Friday, March 1, 2013

Selling 'expired' food

        Came across this item the other day:
BOSTON (AP) — The former president of the Trader Joe’s grocery chain has an idea for the massive quantities of food that America’s supermarkets throw out every day because it is near, at or past its sell-by date 
Doug Rauch says he can take that still-edible food and turn it in to a healthy, palatable and affordable meal to sell to Boston’s low-income families.
Rauch is negotiating to open a 10,000-square-foot store in Boston’s Dorchester section for his Urban Food Initiative, an idea that emerged from his research into hunger while studying as a fellow at Harvard University’s Advanced Leadership Initiative.

 But I'm not sure there's any difference between what Mr. Rauch is proposing and your basic salvage store.  On the other hand, most of the salvage stores I've been to have been in smaller towns or more rural areas.  Perhaps it would be a good thing to bring the concept to larger urban areas.

 Then again, he plans to open other outlets across the U.S. if this one is a success. So maybe we'll be seeing a salvage store chain one of these days.
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