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  • general_dogsbody
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    • 17th Feb 10, 12:25 AM
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    • 17th Feb 10, 12:25 AM
    Somerfield - 25% reduction on that day's dated fresh meat, produce, chilled and bread at opening, 50% at 1 o'clock and 75% on these and bakery two hours before close.
    Southern Co-op - now operates policy as above, except fresh produce (fruit & veg for the uninitiated) and bakery which it doesn't reduce.

    Most supermarkets don't differentiate between Best Before and Use By for these purposes.

    It is worth noting that individual stores operate a level of unofficial flexibility around these policies, depending on staffing etc. so for example many stores will do the first 25% reduction the day before. Also large overstocks will be treated more flexibly with earlier / larger reductions.

    Best way is to learn your local store's times by visiting yourself. For example I have no idea about Morrison's policy but I know my local store reduces to clear that day's dated products by 50% plus at about 5-6pm.

    Please, please DON'T follow the poor chap doing the reductions around, asking him/her if he's "reducing this? Is this going down any more?" It is REALLY annoying and likely they will go and find another job to do until you have gone. Much better to be discreet and let them finish and then go and have a look.
    Last edited by Former MSE Penelope; 19-02-2010 at 12:22 PM.
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  • Mattie73
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    • 17th Feb 10, 7:43 AM
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    • 17th Feb 10, 7:43 AM
    Iceland

    Reduce fresh meat at the start of the day it is going out of date by 50%.

    After Christmas, Mid May and Mid October they change there frozen range. All discontinued products are half price or better and are sold via a Reduced cabinet. Lots of stores still have party fayre lines post christmas with only 3 more weeks to clear them. There is a sandwich platter with 24 sandwiches in them which you just defrost. The quality is excellent and this is only £2.50 which you'd pay for one sandwich in most shops. Keep you in packed lunch for a week!!!!!!!!!
    Last edited by Former MSE Penelope; 19-02-2010 at 12:42 PM.
    • Doc N
    • By Doc N 17th Feb 10, 8:59 AM
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    • 17th Feb 10, 8:59 AM
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    • 17th Feb 10, 8:59 AM
    @Tesco workers:

    Any truth in the extract from the BBC website below?


    At Tesco, it was re-packaged and re-labelled with a new date and reduced in price, sometimes days after it should have been sold or removed from the shelves.
    A lot of the time, the counter staff treated the meat and fish we were selling with indifference and, worryingly, there were times at Tesco when they had no idea what the real sell-by date was as they had altered it so many times.
  • voiceofreason
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    • 17th Feb 10, 9:15 AM
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    • 17th Feb 10, 9:15 AM
    @Tesco workers:

    Any truth in the extract from the BBC website below?


    At Tesco, it was re-packaged and re-labelled with a new date and reduced in price, sometimes days after it should have been sold or removed from the shelves.
    A lot of the time, the counter staff treated the meat and fish we were selling with indifference and, worryingly, there were times at Tesco when they had no idea what the real sell-by date was as they had altered it so many times.
    Originally posted by Doc N
    If you post a link, this won't appear so out of context.
  • desb48
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    • 17th Feb 10, 9:24 AM
    tesco bottled water
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    • 17th Feb 10, 9:24 AM
    Hi Martin and users , well i can tell you this for a fact as an ex HGV driver i regularly hauled bottled water for tesco as well as HIGHLAND SPRING MINERAL WATER and they are exactly the same bottled same factory and only difference is the labels pure and simply and ther is a big difference in the shelf prices.
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    dennis
  • scoobydoo2
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    • 17th Feb 10, 9:27 AM
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    • 17th Feb 10, 9:27 AM
    If you post a link, this won't appear so out of context.
    Originally posted by voiceofreason
    A bit out of date but interesting all the same!

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/business/6676345.stm
    • echelon101
    • By echelon101 17th Feb 10, 9:28 AM
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    echelon101
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    • 17th Feb 10, 9:28 AM
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    • 17th Feb 10, 9:28 AM
    If you post a link, this won't appear so out of context.
    Originally posted by voiceofreason
    http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/business/6676345.stm
    21 May 2007, 23:01

    Bit old...also
    It is not illegal to sell food past its sell-by date, but it is store policy at both Sainsbury's and Tesco that once the food has passed that date it should not be sold to customers.
    Yet, I saw food past its sell-by date on the fresh food counters at both supermarkets, and it was regularly being sold.
    Last edited by echelon101; 17-02-2010 at 9:31 AM.
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    • Doc N
    • By Doc N 17th Feb 10, 9:39 AM
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    • 17th Feb 10, 9:39 AM
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    • 17th Feb 10, 9:39 AM
    If you post a link, this won't appear so out of context.
    Originally posted by voiceofreason
    I see a couple of people have already posted the link - thanks - but I'm not sure why you feel this to be out of context.

    The thread's about reductions on fresh goods going out of date, and the post was about allegations that Tesco were redating fresh food to avoid having to reduce it.
    • SilverLiz
    • By SilverLiz 17th Feb 10, 10:38 AM
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    SilverLiz
    What is Marks&Spencer's Policy on Food Reductions?
    Does anyone get good food reductions in their local Marks&Spencer store?

    I don't see many in our local Felixstowe store but I do see trolleys stacked with food taken off the shelves to be reduced. I asked an assistant when they would go on the shelves and was told that these reductions were for staff only.

    Is this the M&S policy nationwide? If so - lucky staff but poor show for the customers who keep the stores open.
  • adsteps
    I used to work for m&s and their weekly staff shop was amazing. Items collected off the shelves reduced to asittle as a penny. Maybe having lots of reduced items on the shelves doesn't fit with their image ?
  • Alexi
    Does anyone get good food reductions in their local Marks&Spencer store?
    Originally posted by SilverLiz
    I've worked on and off for Marky Sparkies for about three years, and as far as I can tell, reduction policies differ throughout the stores. However, the first store-wide 'waste-check' (that is, for items that go out of date that day) commences at around 3pm, and can lead to items being reduced. If the foods manager is organised and not short-staffed, a staff member takes a trolley around, and sticks reduction labels on just about any product due to expire that day (apart from the bakery products).

    From what I can see, the bigger the shop, the more organised (and consistent) the reductions are likely to be. The M&S in Nottingham tends to reduce a lot more food than the store I work at when I'm in Kent, for example.

    SilverLiz - If reduced stock still hasn't been sold by the end of the day, it's taken to the staff shop. But you are right - the store I worked at used to have the policy of only selling waste to staff. This changed last year, but some stores may still operate on this policy.
  • Little_red_devil
    Scottish Co-op
    I work for a co-op up in Aberdeen and we reduce all stock thats due to be displayed until the next day roughly between opening and lunchtime for the next day by just about any amount the member of staff chooses. The stock due out of date that day gets reduced further again at any time between opening and lunchtime but gets reduced again between 6pm-8pm right down to 10p for most items and bakery gets reduced to about same nearer 9pm.
  • Reverbe
    Alexi I once had a M&S staff member in a store that wasnt my local refuse to sell me rhubarb crumble that was YS stickered as he hauled loads of them off the shelf into a trolley saying these are to be binned.Surely better to let me have them at reduced price than to make nothing on them??
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  • mellymeep
    I worked in M&S over Christmas and my store had a really organised waste routine.

    Reduced items for the customers would be stickered about midday, and left on the shelves with the full priced things, there wasn't any designated area where reduced items would go so it would just be a case of finding the stickered items on the shelves (we used yellow stickers, dunno if its different in any other store.) Then at 3pm the out of date food would be taken off the shelves altogether for the staff waste shop... boy do I miss that!
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    • jamespir
    • By jamespir 17th Feb 10, 5:12 PM
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    ive noticed recently that tesco seem to be changing the way they reduce stuff like you used to be able to get things for 10-20p but now they dont seem to reduce anything below 50p now (unless it was less than 50p to begin with )

    also i go in at 8 oclock in the morning to get my paper and theyll have loads of stuff on the reduce isle from last night because it hasnt sold becasue it is considered too expensive even when reduced
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  • Reverbe
    james most of the things on our Tescos reduced shelf have always been over a £1 still. Occasionally my flatmate has found breadrolls etc for 10-30p but it is very rare.To me it is no wonder it is still there from the night before as some ppl say they can get things for a few pence while our MrT still charges over £1-£2 for each item.
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  • stevenevermind
    http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/business/6676345.stm
    21 May 2007, 23:01

    Bit old...also
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    Originally posted by echelon101
    It is not illegal to sell food past its sell-by date, but it is store policy at both Sainsbury's and Tesco that once the food has passed that date it should not be sold to customers.
    Yet, I saw food past its sell-by date on the fresh food counters at both supermarkets, and it was regularly being sold.
    I think using the words "sell-by date" is a bit confusing.

    Food products usually have either a "Use By" or "Best Before" date.

    Therefore it is illegal to sell after the "Use By" date and not illegal to sell after the "Best Before" date.
  • taffytoffy
    I'm a food manager in a M&S store. Our company policy is to reduce food no more than 4 hours before we close and then only if there are 3 or more of the same item going out of life that day. This should only apply to fresh produce, meat, ready meals, bread, etc. All reduced items are yellow stickered and left in their usual place, we don't run 'reduced counters' as you find in other supermarkets. Longer life items such as biscuits, crisps, etc do not come under this policy. As mentioned by another member, please don't follow the staff around when they are doing reductions,as it's very annoying and they will likely go off and do another job until you have gone, many people buy every single reduced item, not giving our other customers a look in. Any items left at the end of the day are sold to staff at either half or quarter of their original price. This has always been a favourite perk for M&S staff and also reduces the amount of waste the company has to pay to dispose of.
    Last edited by Former MSE Penelope; 23-02-2010 at 8:24 PM.
  • mab30
    hi all
    new to this, but was interested in the 'use by' 'sell by' threads - please note that it IS illegal for a retailer to sell a product where the 'SELL BY' date has already expired - the fine is substantial and it may even be worth speaking to the retailer that you've identified a product that is due to expire, if they'd like to 'offload' it at a discount. The guerilla alternative is to make the purchase, leave the store and then contact the retailer stating that you've been sold goods unfit for consumption as they're beyond their legal SELL BY date.
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