New Store Will Specialize in ... Expired Food
From the former president of Trader Joe's
By Ruth Brown, Newser Staff
Posted Sep 22, 2013 10:15 AM CDT
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(Newser) – Trader Joe's has made a profitable business out of repackaging regular supermarket food in cooler boxes and selling it in funkier surrounds. Now the company's former president wants to do the same thing for ... expired food, reports NPR. A new report has found that 40% of America's food is wasted because people are confused by "sell-by" and expiration dates. So Doug Rauch plans to repackage food that has passed its sell-by date but is still safe to eat, and sell it at huge discounts in "underserved" areas at a new store called the Daily Table.

"It's the idea about how to bring affordable nutrition to the underserved in our cities," he says. Rauch says most of the food will be stuff that grocery stores would otherwise throw away because the label says it's too old, or because it doesn't look attractive enough. The Daily Table will be "kind of a hybrid between a grocery store and a restaurant," he tells NPR, "because primarily it's going to take this food in, prep it, cook it (for) what I call speed-scratch cooking. But the idea is to offer this at prices that compete with fast food."

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rambler
Sep 23, 2013 8:07 AM CDT
Now you can save money until you expire
JUNIORHIGHTOWERTEXAN
Sep 22, 2013 6:56 PM CDT
You just newed it was goan be some calfornia girlie boy type cause they aint gots no food there its all abuncha gangs and stuff. Here in TEXAS we grows food for them hole world we dont needs to eat spoilt food like thems in calfiornia cause we gots cattle and we gots all kinds of food but in calfonria they aint gots no water and they them dont grow nuthin and thats way them is all broke and needs TEXAS and other states to feed all them girlie boy types and gangs . TEXAS TEXAS PRIDE TEXAS STRONG JOHNNY TEXAS FOOTBALL TEXAS
WhateverYouSay
Sep 22, 2013 3:08 PM CDT
There's a store like that near me that specializes in fresh fruit and veggies. They buy over stock, less than perfect, slightly beyond "best by" dates... but most of what they sell is identical in quality to supermarkets... and I'm very picky about quality ... yet at considerable discount from my local Publix. I shop at this clean, locally owned and well run market, called Neighbor's, regularly. They also carry an incredible selection of fresh oriental veggies... top quality, hard to find elsewhere. Spend $20, you get a free dozen eggs... yes, always still fresh. Some examples of what I saw yesterday... 1 pound bags of yellow string beans for $1, strawberries for $1.89 a quart, cantaloupes for $1.25, romaine lettuce for $1.19, papayas for $1, apples for $.99 a pound... etc. etc. And all of it was good. I don't have to shop discount, but why should I pay double just to shop in an upscale supermarket?