Hugh's War on Waste

edited 4 March 2016 at 11:32AM in Old Style MoneySaving
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  • I bought wonky veg potatoes in my local Morrison's on Monday.5 kg for£2. The assistant told me they were selling them in response to the war on waste programme and that they would be donating their waste food to homeless shelters from next year.
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    Oh man! So HFW was reading this thread. Wonder if he saw what I put? :p:lovethoug:grin:
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    Gingerjar wrote: »
    I bought wonky veg potatoes in my local Morrison's on Monday.5 kg for£2. The assistant told me they were selling them in response to the war on waste programme and that they would be donating their waste food to homeless shelters from next year.

    It looks like HFW has had an effect then :D

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    edited 4 March 2016 at 11:31AM
    Hi everyone!

    In case you haven't seen it in the weekly email I thought you might be interested in reading the blog I wrote this week.

    I felt it was quite a blow to consumers, especially people on low incomes, that Asda was introducing cheap wonky veg boxes as a trial (now being pushed out to over 500 stores) yet had removed food bank collection boxes, which are such a major part of foodbanks' supplies.
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    I have seen the wonky veg in Morrison's but I don't think it is being sold on a level playing field with the other goods. I looked at getting the carrots but they were only being sold in 2.5 kg bags not so good when there are only 2 of you. The onions were priced at just a little bit more than the ones that were on this weeks special offer. Call me cynical but I get the feeling that Morrison's are just paying lip service to this so they can say they have reacted to Hugh's war on waste
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    I have seen the wonky veg in Morrison's but I don't think it is being sold on a level playing field with the other goods. I looked at getting the carrots but they were only being sold in 2.5 kg bags not so good when there are only 2 of you. The onions were priced at just a little bit more than the ones that were on this weeks special offer. Call me cynical but I get the feeling that Morrison's are just paying lip service to this so they can say they have reacted to Hugh's war on waste
    You're cynical - but I think you're probably right. :)
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    Wonky Veg is their way of marketing it to the middle classes. They don't want to sell it loose, so poor people can choose the amount they want and buy it .... can't have poor people seen in the shop, that wouldn't do at all. The objective is to sell the Wonky Boxes to the middle classes, who then wander along to the booze aisle and buy a small case of champers (for the weekend) as well as a few carefully placed high margin/expensive other desirable items.

    They want to talk the talk, not walk the walk ..... they'll be gone if the sales of high end wines doesn't increase.
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    Wonky Veg is their way of marketing it to the middle classes. They don't want to sell it loose, so poor people can choose the amount they want and buy it .... can't have poor people seen in the shop, that wouldn't do at all. The objective is to sell the Wonky Boxes to the middle classes, who then wander along to the booze aisle and buy a small case of champers (for the weekend) as well as a few carefully placed high margin/expensive other desirable items.

    They want to talk the talk, not walk the walk ..... they'll be gone if the sales of high end wines doesn't increase.
    Oooooh, PasturesNew - you're even more cynical than clickerty-click. :rotfl:

    I don't think I'm what you would call 'poor people' (nor am I middle-class and certainly don't drink champagne :D) but I really dislike buying any veg or fruit pre-packed.
    I like to choose my own, depending what I'm using it for I'll buy different size/shapes of carrots, parsnips etc.
    And if I want 2 carrots I don't want to have to buy 1kg.
    If the only choice is pre-packed wonky or loose ordinary, I'd choose the loose.
    I think - like clickerty-click - that Morrisons are just paying lip-service to Hugh's War on Waste.
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    I buy wonky veg all the time from fruit and veg shop, last week my son got me a Savoy cabbage the size of a football if not bigger 69p. You never see them that size in a supermarket he said because they'd only get 3 in a crate. He should know coz he used to be head a fresh foods at MrT's, he was walking past our fruit and veg shop and stopped and bought it for his frugal mum. It's done us 3 meals so far and there's still 3/8th of it left and keeping lovely in the fridge.
    Why pay full price when you may get it YS ;)
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    I usually take a couple of the outside leaves off then wrap a cabbage in tin foil and it keeps very well in the bottom of the fridge.I do the same with broccoli as a head of that is usually too much for me in one go as I to live alone.I cut the thick stalk off and slice it up and freeze it to go into casseroles and then the head of it gets wrapped in tin foil and it will keep fao a good week or ten days (well long enough for me to eat it all) usually about a quarter does me steamed as an accompaniment for my main meal.
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