Turning Food Past Its Sell-By Date into Healthy, Low-Cost Meals

Friday, October 18, 2013

Doug Rauch, former president of Trader Joe’s, talks about food insecurity, food waste, and his new project, The Daily Table. Rauch plans to open a restaurant/grocery store that will sell prepared food, fruits and vegetables that are past their sell-by dates yet are still fresh and safe to eat. He wants to use some of the grocery industry’s estimated $47 million of wasted food each year to help feed low-income communities.


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Comments [9]

Tony from Canarsie

Overheard recently: "Trader Joe's has great employees, but the customers are awful."

Oct. 18 2013 01:30 PM
Bill from Manhattan

Joel from Nyack, Aren't you happy that a Fairway has opened on Rt.59 in Rockland? :)

Oct. 18 2013 01:27 PM
Amy from Manhattan

Some stores put "Reduced for Quick Sale" stickers on food approaching its sell-by date. I've bought half-gallons of organic milk for $1.99 (originally over $5) at Gristede's.

Oct. 18 2013 01:25 PM

Seconding Chuck's comment, the food banks depend on those donations & those eligible for food pantry/banks depend on them. You are taking from the poorest for your profit; for shame.

Oct. 18 2013 01:24 PM
Amy from Manhattan

People need to know more about when food is unsafe. For example, if a block of cheese gets mold on it, you can cut it off w/a 1-inch margin & eat the rest; if bread or soft fruit gets mold on it, you need to throw the whole thing out, because the spore may have spread invisibly to the rest of it.

Oct. 18 2013 01:22 PM
Rick Sanchez

Nyc dept of consumer affairs issues $500 fines for every item on the shelf that shows an "expired" date

Oct. 18 2013 01:22 PM
pina from So.Plainfield

I always get upset when organic food at local ShopRite. It never looks fresh, nobody is buying it, but that's because prices are high. And I keep thinking, wouldn't it be better to make it cheaper so people will buy it. They rather trash it than lower their prices.

Oct. 18 2013 01:11 PM
joel from Nyack

Please open a Trader Joe's in Rockland County,NY

Oct. 18 2013 01:02 PM
Chuck Genco from Westfield NJ

Our local trader joe's donates expired food to food banks. Won't this make them sell their old food and not donate it any more? Won't that hurt those in need in that they will need to buy it now?

Oct. 18 2013 12:07 PM

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