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Waitrose & Out of Date Food

On 31 Jan 2016 at 4:26pm Stig of the Dump wrote:
Waitress with all their profits they're making you'd at least expect the food we buy to be fresh..
I have noticed on numerous times to many times to be a coincidence that a great many of their products are only a day or two in-date, like milk products etc.
If you buy 4 pints of milk you'd hope that it would last longer than a day or two.. I wonder if the person in charge of reordering produce is keeping the best for online sales?
On 31 Jan 2016 at 5:14pm Agony Aunt wrote:
Dear Stig,
As see it you have several options that could result in you buying dairy products that are in date:
1 talk to the manager at Waitrose to voice your concerns about the freshness of their products.
2 change to home delivery - you'll find out whether what you think is true.
3 shop at a larger supermarket, like Tescos, that probably have a higher turnover so possibly have products with a longer shelf life.
4 go vegan - I believe that almond milk is all the rage and has a very long shelf life.
Sincerely yours,
Agony Aunt
On 31 Jan 2016 at 5:59pm Stig of the Dump wrote:
Dear Auntie,
Your advise for Almond Milk is interesting, I will certainly try it. It sounds really scrumptious, but I don't know what it will be like in Tea & Coffee..
My post was meant to ask if anyone else had the same problem of unwittingly buying goods that only have a few days shelf life left. Its as though the person in charge of Waitrose stock has given strict orders to all staff to leave items such as milk until it sells & then when the shelves are totally empty restock the shelves.
This seems to be happening not only with Milk, but many other products.. I wondered if buying online is any better?
Seeing the usual price to have your shopping delivered is minimum shop of 30.00 I can't always afford to buy that way..
Best Wishes
Stig of the Dump

On 31 Jan 2016 at 6:13pm Stig of the Dump wrote:
Dear Auntie,
I'd like to put in a request if I may.. Please could you feed me with a few drops of Almond Milk it sounds utterly luscious..
Stig of the Dump
On 31 Jan 2016 at 6:53pm Celine wrote:
Answer is to look at the use by dates when you buy. I ofter rucks around at the back of products to retrieve later dates as we don't use our dairy products very quickly. Delivery does not solve the problem and Waitrose charge a minimum 60 shop for delivery. Having said that I wouldn't shop anywhere else.
On 31 Jan 2016 at 8:10pm Mavis wrote:
I also agree that Waitrose has very short shelf life left in their food. Also I have noticed not much stock on their shelves, I've nothing at the back. The only thing that seems busy about this store is the car park these days. Aldi has a larger market share than Waitrose these days, so get with the programme.
On 31 Jan 2016 at 11:21pm Ali wrote:
The freshest products are always at the back of the shelf, the ones near their sell by date having been brought to the front, but does it really matter? I find most food (except meat and fish) which is kept in the fridge is still edible way after its sell by date.
On 1 Feb 2016 at 10:28am Annette Curtin-Twitcher wrote:
I agree Ali, sell-by dates are a way of encouraging people to chuck out perfectly good food and buy more imo.
And regarding preference being given to online shoppers, I stopped shopping online because I was fed up with getting the ingredients for 5 meals that all needed to be used in 2 days.
On 1 Feb 2016 at 11:03am MrPointment wrote:
My Mum only yesterday told me that she picked up a packet of short crust pastry in Waitrose that was 2 days out of date. Very strange produce management for such a large store.
On 1 Feb 2016 at 1:32pm trooper wrote:
I was a dedicated Waitrose shopper however, under the current store management it now leaves a great deal to be desired. I am sure we all aware that there is great competition between the supermarkets, but there are limits especially when Waitrose have the reputation they have !!!
On 1 Feb 2016 at 3:41pm Clifford wrote:
Those extended opening hours don't pay for themselves: the customer has to pay by goods being taken up to the margin, and the staff have to pay by presumably being driven harder. Is that right? Perhaps a Waitrose worker could tell us.
On 1 Feb 2016 at 4:17pm Jack Cohen wrote:
We don't have these problems at Tesco. And it's cheaper.
On 1 Feb 2016 at 8:57pm Mavis wrote:
I've seen Waitrose staff shopping in Aldi ! Even with their discount it's too expensive for Waitrose staff to shop in their own store, that says it all.
On 18 Aug 2016 at 9:55am Joanna wrote:
I am not from or living in Lewes but happened across this forum after complaining about Southend Waitrose having short dated stock, in particular some humous that I bought on a saturday which had a Use by date of the sunday which of course I didn't look at when I purchased it. Their response:
We think that the system that we and other food retailers use is the best way to let customers know how fresh a product is, so that they can decide whether or not to buy it. Our policy is to sell all products within the stated shelf life, and clear them from our shelves by the last day of that period. If the product remains unsold towards the end of the day of the expiry date, the manager has discretion to offer it at a reduced price to avoid waste.
Short of saying caveat emptor they're basically saying "tough!". Asda or Tesco it is then!
On 26 Aug 2016 at 8:37pm Frenchrose182 wrote:
Speaking from experience Waitrose Lewes staff work incredibly hard to get the stock on the shelves, due to hours being cut the staff who are actually there work hard to get it out for the customers. Due to stock rotation the shortest date will naturally always be at the front, and the competent operations team work to make sure there is no out of date food however due to the size of the store some naturally get missed. I would recommend checking the dates and going to the back of the shelf for the best ones

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