Skip to comments.Ex Trader Joe's president to open store selling expired food
Posted on 01/27/2014 8:17:08 AM PST by traderrob6
The former president of grocery store chain Trader Joe's is hoping to make healthy food more accessible to the working poor by opening a store and restaurant that sells expired food, according to Fox News.
Doug Rauch's endeavor is called The Daily Table and will open in Dorchester, Mass. come May.
The food sold and prepared at the store will only be items that are deemed unsellable by other grocery stores. That includes items that are past their sell by date and items in damaged packaging, the TV station reports.
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What could possibly go wrong?
While I don’t think there is anything wrong with the food, I do wonder about the legal issues.
Just get an EO from Bammy.
Do Twinkies expire?
There are a number of “not-too-well-known” stores that already do this. My philosophy on this is, if the food is packaged, the seal is not broken and if the expiration date
is no more than 12 months past due, it’s OK. No frozen or fresh foods, of course.
I love Trader Joe’s. When did this guy bail? I hope they don’t change anything.
Well, they used to carry chocolate UFO’s, but no more. Anyone remember those? The story I got was the machine that made them wore out.
Would be interesting to see the same done with meds, which I suppose may already go overseas to developing markets.
I buy about all my meats from Kroger and WalMart that are at their expiration dates. I visit both stores most mornings to find the best deals. Otherwise, I couldn’t afford it.
I’ve eaten cans of soup, meats, etc that are over a year past their sell-by dates and haven’t had any problems.
You can bet your bippy at some near day in this country’s future, people aren’t going to be so worried about ‘sell-by’ dates - they’ll be worried if they can even get the expired stuff.
Job Lots is pretty good at it, with a lot of quality selections. I think some of their stores are better than others, depending on the neighborhood.
They take frequent naps and occasionally play dead, but they *never* really "expire."
Even if nobody gets sick from the food, this poor guy is going to get all sorts of abuse from those who will accuse him of being condescending to the poor by offering them "expired" food while the privileged 1% go to Trader Joe's and Whole Foods to get the fresh food.
This is going to be a train-wreck of epic proportions.
They already have a chain in Western NY that does this... it’s called Tops Friendly Markets.
I’ve got a place like this right down the street. Grocery Outlet.... http://www.groceryoutlet.com/Oakland-CA/
They are great. Canned veggies for 49 to 69 cents. Usually just days past the sell-by date.
And they sell fresh stuff as well...bread and the such.
You just have to pay attention to what you’re buying.
What I love most about them is that they carry a lot of unusual products....turnip greens, collards etc...
At my local supermarket, meat that is at, or just before, its expiration date, gets a discount sticker. It's still fine if you're going to use it that day.
I remember going to the bread store (Wholesome outlet) with my granny so she could load up on day old bread. She took it home and stuck it in the freezer.
Roger that. I figure that so long as they look OK (that's the MOST important), and they're prepared or frozen immediately, they'll be fine. I get great steaks at my local store that way, all the time. 'Tis pretty much the only way I can afford them.
Don't get me started on dry, prepared foods (think, rice dishes, etc) with sell-by dates on them. It's dry. It's sealed. What the heck is going to happen?
Or ‘E’s gone joined the choir indigestible.
Turnip greens and collards are unusual?
TJ's is owned by Aldi.
He may as well save himself some trouble, and just put his money in a pile and set it on fire.
Get ready for a diarrhea class action lawsuit.
Hey —guess he didn’t get the memo. The poor all get EBT cards now and eat better than the rest of us.
Weevils and meal worms/moths.
I’ve wandered into the kitchen to found a swarm of tiny moths fluttering around, before.
A search turned up a box of sealed and airtight dark chocolate brownie mix with an entire civilization thriving inside.
All dry goods have some kind of bug eggs in them.
Freezing the stuff *might* extend the shelf life.
I was very surprised to find this as common practice in Canada (Quebec anyway). You can go into any store and find expired food, marked down, next to premium food, much the way that food nearing its expiration date is sold in America.
OTOH, be careful buying “ice cream” in Canada. Just like “Cool Whip” sells oil-based “desert topping,” what looks like ice cream isn’t ice cream unless it clearly says all-dairy ice cream on the label.
Being curious about the longevity of such things, they fed it to one of the cats which the museum kept for rodent control. The cat suffered no ill effects.
Lasting even longer than canned food is the dried food. I have stuff in my basement with advertised 25 years of shelf life. There is no danger in eating it even after that time (as long as it remains sealed and dry). The major problem is the loss of flavor.
Back in the 70s, I was stationed in Europe and we got sent TDY about 50% of the time on remote mountaintop comm sites to check out and optimize the comm gear. We’d often go buy C rations at the commissary to eat. Once or twice, I even ended up buying a case of old K rations, believe it or not.
I liked them because they gave you a little 4-pack of smokes with them along with the little P-38 openers - I still have one on my key chain.
“Do Twinkies expire?”
Not with Michael Moore around.
with a 12 year old bite out of it.
I believe it. There is an item, canned ham, from DAK I believe, that has NO shelf life marked on it. You can buy it in Walmart, nearly anywhere. I have several cans.
Even past 12 months lots of well canned foods are just fine. The expiration dates are more suggestions than anything else.
Freezing the stuff *might* extend the shelf life.
Spot on. The food preservations I talk to say there are one of two ways to prevent this problem:
The freeze treatment is FAR trickier because most dry goods have better cold insulation than heat insulation properties.
Of course, you can eat (or marvel at) lots of things after expiration of the shelf-life.
I heard they developed the skill from long years of neutrality and selling the stuff to the warring state of Europe.
Cheap,expired food......Revolutionary! Our troubles are over.
there’s a store in Wisconsin that’s been selling scratch-and-dent canned goods and stuff for years.
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Yes, I believe so.
“Turnip greens and collards are unusual?”
I sure don’t find ‘em at Whole Foods....same for Safeway. They may have fresh, but not canned.
Expiration dates are simply a suggestion and sometimes can be ignored all together when it comes to boxed items. We have a store in town that sells damaged goods that stores won’t sell. If a box is torn but the sealed plastic is fine, I couldn’t care less; especially when it’s 50-80% off the normal price.
I welcome Trader Joe’s offering this option. Their only problems will be if the state takes up an issue.
“Would be interesting to see the same done with meds, which I suppose may already go overseas to developing markets.”
I have an albuterol inhaler that is 14 years past the expiration date and I have used it and it still works as medicine.
Frankly I prefer that my meats be expired. I don’t have the room to house or feed them if they’re still living.