Are you wondering what happens to your beloved nut butter and co. if they don't sell as quickly as we thought? And what we at KoRo do to prevent food waste? Then you've come to the right place!
First of all, of course, it has to be said that since we at KoRo only sell long-life food, we don't have to struggle with the issue of short shelf life and avoiding food waste at all. That is a huge advantage! Nevertheless, we are of course concerned about what happens to our products in case you don't buy them out of our warehouses so quickly.
Best before date - a date that can be stretched
Every child knows about the best before date. You may have also thrown away a yoghurt or two just because the date was too long gone. But does it have to be like that? Let's take a closer look at what this date can actually tell us.
According to its definition, the best-before date, or BBD for short, indicates the time until which the manufacturer guarantees that the food will retain its specific properties if stored correctly. So smell, taste and nutritional values must still be optimal at this time. It is therefore a guarantee for the manufacturer. The manufacturers can also set the date themselves. The shorter the date, the safer it is for them to guarantee the quality. Since many producers understandably prefer to play it safe, this date is usually a lot earlier than the actual perishability. So as a consumer use your senses! Smell, sight and taste are called for. Just as you would do with any fruit or vegetable!
KoRo's 3 principles for seemingly expired foods
We also put our senses to work here at KoRo. In the so-called sensory test, our trained tasting team examines the goods from all sides. Here, for example, we scrutinise "broken" goods, but also products that are approaching their best-before date. If they still smell, taste and look convincing and there is no difference in quality, it's time to get them out into the kitchens of our customers. We then offer these products at a lower price. This way we make sure that the food is not wasted. You have surely noticed this in our online shop and we're happy about it.
It's not really expired!
We think that the best before date is only a recommendation. You can read more about why above. If we have a product in stock that is approaching its best-before date, but we assume that it is still in perfect condition, then we ask our manufacturer directly whether they think it would make sense to extend the best-before date. That is one of the advantages of our short supply chains. Middlemen would not be able to decide that. Once our manufacturer has given his GO!, the best-before date is officially extended and we can sell you the goods with a clear conscience. On the one hand, this prevents food waste, but it is also more appreciative of the food. We believe that our products are worth every cent of their fair price.
Cheaper for everyone — in a big way!
A third principle we apply at KoRo in this context is the so-called spot positions on the market. What does that mean in concrete terms? We ask our suppliers if they have goods for us that will expire soon. The suppliers then usually have a harder time getting rid of the goods and we are happy because we can save large quantities from being wasted at once and guarantee you your fair KoRo price. But we don't just ask our known suppliers for this kind of goods, one-off purchases from new suppliers can also come about in this way. Either on direct demand, or we do a so-called outreach and the suppliers get in touch with us. A classic win-win situation.
In case we make an occasional mistake
Even with these three principles, it is of course not impossible that we are wrong with our calculations. And then: if there is anything left over at the end, we will gladly donate expired food or food close to the best-before date to Tafel Deutschland e.V. or offer it to you in our sale category with a hefty discount.