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Where go the expired food at Migros or coop ect...?

I would like to know what the supermarket in Switzerland like Migros, Coop ect... do with expired food.
It's for the garbage or they recycle or processed food or give away or donate food on the last date before expire?
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Old 14.12.2013, 13:14
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I would like to know what the supermarket in Switzerland like Migros, Coop ect... do with expired food.
It's for the garbage or they recycle or processed food or give away or donate food on the last date before expire?
You find a lot of 50% discount on the last day before expire. You just have to go at the right "happy hour" time. The rest goes to garbage as it's illegal to sell. But i heard some freegans manage to get some of the disposed food (saw that in lausanne)
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Re: Where go the expired food at Migros or coop ect...?

As both shops are excellent at reducing prices considerable well some days before sell by date, would be surprised if they have much wastage.
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Re: Where go the expired food at Migros or coop ect...?

At our local shop, you'll often find that expired food is still on the shelves.

I would hope that this is not the norm across Switzerland.
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Re: Where go the expired food at Migros or coop ect...?

There are people that lie in wait for the staff to come out with the 50% stickers. I don't lie in wait (honest ) but am always happy to pick up the half price stuff. It's usually expired on that day but I've safely eaten it a couple of days later and I'm still here to tell the tale.

I'm often in the checkout queue behind people who have stocked up on the discounted goods and they have a proper eclectic mix. Would love to see what's on their dining table that night...
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I would like to know what the supermarket in Switzerland like Migros, Coop ect... do with expired food.
It's for the garbage or they recycle or processed food or give away or donate food on the last date before expire?
Some goes to Caritas Markt. There is one for instance in Thun. Refugees an others on a low income are entitled to buy there.
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Re: Where go the expired food at Migros or coop ect...?

On 10vor10 a few weeks back they did a segment on what happens to all the bread and some of the baked goodies. It all goes to a huge processing facility and gets made into slop for the piggies. I forget how many tons per day it adds up to, but it was a lot. The Coop near us stopped discounting bread goods, which is annoying. My guess is they write it off as a loss and sell for pennies to the slop makers. I would happily buy day-old bread here (at a discount) but it seems that it's just not done.

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Re: Where go the expired food at Migros or coop ect...?

This is wonderful. In one of our local supermarkets in France - Match - they throw out the rotten vegetables. I have seen them throwing out tomatos twice, they weren't so bad and could have been used for soup/sauce. I said it was a pity but the girls said that was management policy. I thought of writing a letter to complain but have been too lazy/busy.
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Re: Where go the expired food at Migros or coop ect...?

I happened upon a tv documentary last week about a Swiss guy (hippy, as in "back to nature type" - barefoot, wears a skin skirt, long hair) - who lives on what is thrown out by shops. He goes thru the mulders outside shops and retrieves all his vegetarian food - amazingly quite fresh looking veges and fruits! And quite well known at small local shops where they save their expired foods for him to collect.
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At our local shop, you'll often find that expired food is still on the shelves.

I would hope that this is not the norm across Switzerland.
We have never seen that by either Migros or Coop & we have used a number of them in different cantons.

There was a one off shop, not a chain, by a round-a-bout a few weeks back, the frozen vegetables looked like it had frozen, defrosted and been frozen again and charging CHF8.00 for 400gms Okra , lady fingers, yes CHF20 a kilo. It was shop recommended to us for Okra that, no will not go back there again & when next meet up with the friend who recommended will let them.
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Re: Where go the expired food at Migros or coop ect...?

I remember seeing a programme in UK about "skippers". I think that's what they were calling it.

People that literally shop by means of raiding supermarket waste bins. There was even a lady, bit hippy'ish, on the TV show Come Dine With Me who prepared her meal, or part of it, with food raided from bins.

A lot of supermarkets are quite protective over their waste though. Tesco have threatened to charge people with theft for taking their food waste from the bins. Marks and Spencer have bins that the skippers can't get in.

My younger bro used to work at Marks and Spencer food section in his student days. He would often report how much perfectly decent food got thrown in these bins. They wouldn't even let the staff have it or buy it at cut price. Well, certainly not steaks etc. Seafood they would give away and we did get a few lobsters during that time for dinner
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Re: Where go the expired food at Migros or coop ect...?

The local coop's in Geneva regularly sell food past the expiry dates. No point in complaining, they seem to think it is perfectly ok and your own fault for not checking the date before paying for it.

Everything from meat, dairy and dry goods gets left on the shelves for some unwitting shopping...
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Re: Where go the expired food at Migros or coop ect...?

Hi, I just saw that on BBC "Rub & Stub restaurant in Copenhagen is battling against waste - by serving up food that the supermarkets won't sell."
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-25449219

Also, date before Christmas at Migros I saw lot of staff last day before expire in the basket but don't have sticker 50% off or any special price on. So, I suppose some people who didn't check well will pay a normal price, I saw one people complain at the cashier. In that case who is wrong...
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Re: Where go the expired food at Migros or coop ect...?

Two years ago we had an EF visit to the big Migros distribution center for Bern and district at Shoppyland. We were told that expired food was heavily discounted and sold to employees, the remainder was given to charity.
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At our local shop, you'll often find that expired food is still on the shelves.

I would hope that this is not the norm across Switzerland.
Sadly yes, it's common. Swiss supermarket veg can be some of the worst I have seen.
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Re: Where go the expired food at Migros or coop ect...?

I usually pop into the Coop a couple of evenings a week at 19:30, or 20:30, depending on whether they close at 8 or 9, and scout the red dots on the food.
Firstly, they are never close to date-expired for eating, only for selling, and secondly, you never quite know what you are going to eat that evening or the next day, so making it quite exciting.

Eating the same thing every day for the whole of your life however appealing it is to some, does nothing for me. This way I can try new things, and I get everything at half-price.
What's not to like?

Well, quite a lot actually, but beggars can't be choosers.

Have actually got some mega-bargains that way. They had chicken breasts at 40% off a few months back, as a normal 'Aktion', and then 50% on top of that on the Saturday evening, so me and the Missus bought almost 10 kg of it, and froze it. Had chicken for a month. Lush!

The stuff with the red dots gets massively subsidised for the workers that evening, and then sadly the stuff that they can't sell even at almost giveaway price goes to the pigs, as another poster mentioned.
You can't give it away, as it's illegal to do so, sadly. Not for human consumption.
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A lot of supermarkets are quite protective over their waste though. Tesco have threatened to charge people with theft for taking their food waste from the bins. Marks and Spencer have bins that the skippers can't get in.

My younger bro used to work at Marks and Spencer food section in his student days. He would often report how much perfectly decent food got thrown in these bins. They wouldn't even let the staff have it or buy it at cut price. Well, certainly not steaks etc. Seafood they would give away and we did get a few lobsters during that time for dinner
The reason why supermarkets are protective over their waste is many-fold.
First, they don't want to be in the news with some guy having contracted a disease from the free food out of the bin.
Then, there is the problem that some sort of 2ndary market could be established from the waste-bin food - which of course the supermarket-chains want to avoid, too. At all costs.
And lastly, as pointed out already: what people with no money usually have in abundance is time. If all what was needed to get "free" food was to wait outside the supermarket until closing time then a lot of people would do just that.

There is, of course, a simple solution for the supermarkets for all these problems: have less produce in stock!
But throwing away perfectly good stuff is perceived as a lesser evil than having to send away a customer on a Saturday at 20:50 because duck-breast or strawberries are sold out.
So, this crazyness will go on for some time, until there is a change of heart or the PR backlash becomes more expensive than the opportunity-costs of lost turnaround/food given away....
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The reason why supermarkets are protective over their waste is many-fold.
First, they don't want to be in the news with some guy having contracted a disease from the free food out of the bin.
Indeed.
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http://www.tischlein.ch/index.php?id=4

Sorry, it seems there is no English version.
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Re: Where go the expired food at Migros or coop ect...?

Actually I bought some years ago Teuscher chocolate in Jelmoli and later realiesed that it had expired (checked as the taste was weird). Also noticed a couple of times in some Turkish shops.

But never noticed "expiry date" passed food in Coop or Migros in Zurich, though I notice sometimes some rotten fruits and vegis on shelves.
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