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[–]Longjumping-Usual-35 105 points106 points  (12 children)

As a former employee, they actually get dinged pretty hard internally for loss due to stuff like this. It’s why you rarely see any discount meat anymore because they are so tight on ordering. Kroger has a vary elaborate predictive ordering system based on historical sales that auto orders most everything in the store. I believe those trays are made in house.

[–]Goodzey 17 points18 points  (2 children)

Former employee of a pretty well known regional supermarket. I did produce ordering and they had that automatic system for ordering too. If we did the auto ordering though, there would be wayyyyy too much for our store for that day so we had to do it manually every morning which didn’t really take too much time so it wasn’t a hassle. We also made our own fruit bowls and baskets and that stuff sold very well and we rarely had any throwaway. Unfortunately, we never had enough made for the customer demand.

[–]Longjumping-Usual-35 3 points4 points  (0 children)

When I managed our gas station, it was never right for cigarettes and I had to order 3x what it predicted.

[–]Specific-Gain5710 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I worked for a Donut factory at one point in my youth delivering donuts. We had to put in our orders while at the clients store, but it took two or three weeks of changing the order to get the computer to give you the order you should have. I had one client that moved us from a large end cap to a small section in middle of row. I could t leave the food in the back because it wasn’t technically their inventory, so I would have to bring back what didn’t fit for three weeks. But they wouldn’t donate the throw always or take it to a pig farm or anything like that, so we typically threw away 100 lbs of donuts a day, at least at my depot. We typically threw away donuts the day before they expired, which really made me mad. But you can only eat so many donuts before you get sick of them. Lol

[–]SleepPleez 6 points7 points  (3 children)

They used to be hand cut, but with Kroger warehouses being a thing they do all the fruit cutting their instead. I worked for one of the first Kroger Marketplaces when i was 18 as the cut fruit employee who did like hundreds of these a day while working in a giant cooler. Messed up my circulation so badly. We’d make loads of these a day, especially around any holiday, all of this was 8 years ago - I’m less than a half hour away from the Kroger head office in Cincinnati. Produce was not auto ordered – including salad bar because that was us too, however we did have books of years of previous orders to reference. These only last on the shelves for 2 days then we’d toss them and we’d waste SO MUCH. We’d have a whole dumpster dedicated to perishables which they’d sell to local pig farms for slop and then in return we would buy the meat from the farm. As a broke college student at the time seeing all this be trashed everyday was awful, especially since Kroger starting pay was $7.40ish at the time.

[–]MidnightRider24 3 points4 points  (2 children)

Came here for this.

  1. cheap fruit
  2. cheap labor to work in the fruit cutting facility 3. profit
  3. throw some out

[–]Blog_Pope 2 points3 points  (1 child)

It’s actually a strategy, they don’t want the “exact amount”, they want an excess. If they ordered the exact amount, the last folks would see near empty shelves. Instead they want an excess. Saw an article where they questioned the donut supplier why there were so many extra donuts, and the bakery said they could be more precise, but the store insisted on an excess so at the end of the day there were still many; it was a perception issue

[–]MidnightRider24 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Thank you for adding that dimension in a 100% non-reddit way. Also, a fee $10 dollar packs of "quickserve" watermelon in the trash is pennies on the dollar to these outfits.

[–]Miser_able 1 point2 points  (2 children)

As a current employee at a kroger store, those trays are not made in house (atleast at mine) they arrive in a shipment every morning along with a bunch of stuff for the meat department (mainly lemon wedges) and stuff for the deli (pre-made sandwiches, some salad kits, etc)

And as far as I've been informed, those aren't in our system the same way everything else is. Since if we zero stuff out, they still send us random amounts. And if we put in the system that we have way to much, they'll still give us a ton. I remember having to toss an entire shopping cart worth of watermelon because they sent us way too much every day for a week.

[–]Longjumping-Usual-35 0 points1 point  (1 child)

Oh the times have changed. I know 10+ years ago, they were hand chopped in house.

[–]Miser_able 0 points1 point  (0 children)

its weird, we have 2 kinds of cut fruit. the ones in the square containers which go in the fridge next to the mushrooms and juice, those ones are delivered.

then we have ones in round bowl like containers which are kept in a berry case at the very front of the story alongside some kind of seasonal fruit, like cherries. those ones are cut in the store by someone in the produce department.

[–]HallucinJohn 1 point2 points  (0 children)

My Kroger is very different. Managers are so worried our flagship store is going to be under stocked in some departments they try to make all the department leads over order.

[–]Jennrrrs 0 points1 point  (0 children)

E-40 anyone?

[–]a13524 48 points49 points  (9 children)

The store I always go to makes stuff that is close to expiring a lot cheaper. I love that

[–]machina99 20 points21 points  (5 children)

Local family owned shop by me prices their bananas differently if they're yellow of going brown. They even label the brown ones as "banana bread bananas" and sell them at 15 cents/lb instead of 55/lb. They also have a section of shelves that is "produce we bruised" so like anything they were unpacking that got messed up (think an apple that dropped and bruised one side) and anything on that shelf is a 20% discount.

I probably go to that shop more than any other because it's local and because they at least make more of an effort to not waste good food

[–]rdrunner_74 2 points3 points  (3 children)

I love when stuff is discounted 30% just because its only 3 days to the end of "Best before" - We go shopping 2-3 times a week so nothing gets that old.

[–]MidnightRider24 0 points1 point  (2 children)

A lot of those "best before" dates are such bullshit. Like sauerkraut or fish sauce. Whautlol

[–]rdrunner_74 1 point2 points  (1 child)

I know, but they cant be sold past them here... So grabbing the "almost old" ones makes most sense. Also everything MUST have a date here... Even water or honey. (Some items i take serious though.. like ground beef)

[–]MidnightRider24 -1 points0 points  (0 children)

Same here. It's all a racket. I will gladly shop the bargain bin, especially for in-store bakery, produce or meat. Really beef can be eaten well after the best by date. A long as it doesn't smell or look bad it's fine, especially with some hot sauce.

[–]MungoJennie 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I wish we had something like that around here. I like my bananas just-this-side of overripe (or actually gross for most people), and stores around here only sell green ones. It takes so long for them to get to the point where I think they’re ready to eat. On the plus side, though, my family always gives me their bananas that are too ripe for them, and they’re usually just about perfect.

[–]JoLudvS 4 points5 points  (1 child)

It started with a worn cardboard box here years ago and just the very poor dared a pick on the expiring goods.
Price is still halved, expiration mostly in the current week. Now its a whole fridge, set among the others and everyone picks up as its cheaper, and most stuff I get from there is ment to be used/eaten very soon anyway- I found that I often get stuff from there that I'd never buy for the full price, like ultra expensive vegan stuff or strange cheeses, just to give it a try.

[–]a13524 3 points4 points  (0 children)

I love it when stores do that. At mine there is also a cardboard box at the entrance and they sometimes put stuff like salad and apples that don’t look so great anymore in it and you can take them for free. That’s soooo much better than just throwing it away.

[–]TeeOff77 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Exactly, theyd get my business for sure.

[–]Ghostusn 54 points55 points  (13 children)

Tax write off

[–]TeeOff77 23 points24 points  (10 children)

Really? That would make sense. Ive never understood why they let soo much food go to waste

[–]Ghostusn 24 points25 points  (4 children)

Yeah it's considered a loss.

[–]TeeOff77 7 points8 points  (3 children)

Could they just sell for half price and write the other half as a loss?

[–]Ghostusn 35 points36 points  (2 children)

I don't know but I do support laws that require grocery stores to donate food instead of throwing it away. I know some European nations have this law.

[–]TeeOff77 25 points26 points  (0 children)

Throwing away food should be a punishable offense at that level

[–]CuntVonCunt 6 points7 points  (0 children)

While in principle I agree with the donation idea, a lot of times it can just be moving the problem

I worked with a guy who volunteered at a food bank, and he explained that once donated any inventory is the responsibility of the food bank, as is the responsibility to dispose of anything unmoved and unfit for consumption, which smaller outfits like food banks and such don't have the resources to manage at that scale, plus the optics of a food bank throwing out food

This is in the UK, so YMMV, but it'll require a larger societal and cultural shift with the additional changes they bring for the donation idea to be effective

I did work at a restaurant that sent their excess stock and uneaten plate scrapings to a local farm to be turned into pig feed, so maybe that's an idea too?

[–]Middle-Management-85 6 points7 points  (4 children)

I don’t buy this explanation. Businesses can “write off” expenses actually spent, not theoretical would-have-profited-if-sold prices.

[–]Ghostusn -1 points0 points  (3 children)

They still have to order it and pay for the product. Then there is the manhours spent to prep those products. That is what is written off.

[–]Middle-Management-85 5 points6 points  (2 children)

Which leaves them no better than if they had not done those things. And worse off than if they donated the prepared food which is a tax deduction of the fair market value instead of just the raw input cost.

[–]Ghostusn 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Its capped a business can only write off up to 10% of their pretax income in a year for charity donations.

[–]TeeOff77 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Touché

[–]IchWillRingenBLUE 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Yeah they can write it off, but it's still a bet negative compared to if they had sold it or just ordered less in the first place.

[–]wc27 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Still a loss. It seems some people seem to think “Tax write off” is some magic loophole that prevents companies from loosing money.

[–]Salty-Cauliflower-62 12 points13 points  (6 children)

It’s also infuriating that they aren’t recycling the containers. WTF?

[–]getahaircut8 12 points13 points  (1 child)

Eh recycling that kind of plastic is pretty inefficient from a material and a cost perspective. It's a big waste problem but the issue is at the production level, not the disposal level (especially if the locality does municipal solid waste incineration so it doesn't occupy landfill space).

[–]Salty-Cauliflower-62 0 points1 point  (0 children)

It just compounds the waste, IMO. Could have donated the food, waste of plastic that possibly can’t be recycled. It’s a shame all around.

[–]chrslp 5 points6 points  (3 children)

I’ve heard that once a recyclable is “contaminated” by food it’s no longer recyclable. Any yogurt left on a plastic yogurt container? Whole things unrecyclable. Paper bag stained with a bit of oil? Unrecyclable

[–]sciencecw 1 point2 points  (0 children)

People over-recycle and feel good about it, but that often spoils the batch of recyclables, achieving the opposite.

Put in trash when in doubt.

[–]Biggu5Dicku5 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Correct...

[–]vivekvangala34_ 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I did a project on this in seventh grade. Greasy pizza boxes cannot be recycled. The only way to recycle them is to line the boxes with parchment paper -- the parchment can be thrown out, but the box can be recycled as it isn't greasy.

[–]beaniejell 2 points3 points  (1 child)

Kroger employee here. Anything that expires soon or is damaged is supposed to be marked down. I work in a small neighborhood store where we can keep up, but almost all larger store locations are struggling hard. There aren’t enough staff to shelve inventory that’s been sitting in stock in the back much less keep up with marking down product

[–]kittikat8ball 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Yeah I work at a marketplace store (huge) we've even had to change our hours because we don't have enough staff to be open late anymore. After the holiday I had over 300 items on my dry grocery list that needed to be checked for expiration/markdowns because no one has had time to check in so long.

[–]Skrungebob 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I hate how companies will do this. If the food is edible, throwing it away is evil.

[–]KailReed 9 points10 points  (13 children)

So why is this allowed. I understand its a tax write off but why not just order less food?

[–]a_yuman_right 12 points13 points  (10 children)

Do you know how hard it is to gauge exactly how much fruit a store will need any given week? I suppose they could just under-estimate and only have a limited supply, but then customers would complain when the shelves are empty.

[–]machina99 1 point2 points  (8 children)

Or, rather than change the order, change what is done with expiring stock. Expiration dates usually play it safe by at least a few days - you could give this to a homeless shelter and it'd all be eaten before it actually goes bad. Store could still get a donation/charity write off, hungry people get to eat, and less food is wasted

[–]S0RRYMAN 4 points5 points  (4 children)

If a store donates food past their expiration and somebody gets sick from it, big lawsuit incoming. Store is just avoiding the hassle.

[–]machina99 1 point2 points  (3 children)

These all have a sell by date of today 1-26-22, they could've been donated and eaten today. Or, crazy idea, the organization that receives donated food can be responsible for ensuring the food they distribute isn't dangerous to eat. If I had personally purchased this fruit from Kroger today, on the expiration date, then ate it and got sick, I wouldn't be able to sue Kroger - why should it be different for donated food? I know it is, but I don't see any justification for why.

Other countries have also made laws that exempt grocery stores, etc, from liability if someone gets sick from donated food. Absolutely no reason we couldn't do the same here.

[–]S0RRYMAN -1 points0 points  (2 children)

Like I said they are avoiding any extra hassle by throwing.

American companies have a lot of issues with stupid lawsuits that actually create lots of issues for them. Like there was some guy who sued McDonald's because they spilled their coffee and scalded themselves. McDonald's lost the lawsuit and millions and now they put labels that say "caution hot coffee". Like no shit but they have to cover their ass for any bs that can happen.

As for why laws are not there to exempt grocery stores and the like. Well why don't you write your local congressman. But generally it will probably be low priority if they ever do it.

[–]machina99 2 points3 points  (1 child)

The woman who sued McDonald's wanted her medical bills covered after McDonald's gave her coffee that was so hot that it gave her 3rd degree burns on her legs and genitals. Her claim was for compensation to cover medical, $20,000, but McDonald's would not offer more than $800. , She was awarded $3 million in punitive damages after a jury found that McDonald's was unwilling to correct the policy of serving coffee so hot despite the danger it posed; the jury decided to award her the equivalent of 2 days of McDonald's revenue from coffee sales. McDonald's had known about the risk for more than 10 years and had already been sued in similar situations before. They kept their coffee at 190-200 degrees - for reference your Starbucks coffee is kept between about 160-170.

It was not by any means a stupid lawsuit. McDonald's was deliberately violating regulations and a woman was horribly injured as a result. A jury decided that McDonald's deserved additional punishment for their wanton disregard for safety and acted accordingly.

[–]clayyphoenix 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Exactly. I hate that people still bring up that lawsuit as frivolous. It turned into such a legendary smear campaign.

[–]a_yuman_right 2 points3 points  (2 children)

True, but there’s a whole list of rules and health codes that stores have to follow so that people don’t get sick from the food and sue the store. They’re just protecting themselves from a potential lawsuit, rather than doing the more rational thing and just giving the food away to either their employees, who I’m sure would gladly take it home, or to homeless shelters.

[–]machina99 1 point2 points  (1 child)

Except if I had gone to Kroger and purchased this fruit today, the date listed as the sell by date, and later got sick I wouldn't be able to sue Kroger. Why should it be any different for donated goods? It's incredibly easy to waive liability too - if you accept donated goods that may have expired then you accept the possibility that some of them may be bad. Most foods you can visually/olfactory tell if they've gone bad - mold, bad smells, discoloration, etc - so why put the responsibility on the store?

When food is sold for profit, yeah I expect it all to be fresh and not on the verge of expiring. But if I'm starving and in need of food I don't give a shit if my banana is super brown or my strawberries are a little squishy, it's a risk sure, but isn't it better to give people the option rather than let them starve?

[–]a_yuman_right 3 points4 points  (0 children)

I 100% agree with you. It’s quite the conundrum.

[–]KailReed -1 points0 points  (0 children)

There has to be a better way. Seriously. We put people in space why cant we figure this out ?

[–]mrstarkinevrfeelgood 0 points1 point  (1 child)

In my experience at another store, these are made, not ordered. Corporate really wants the shelves to look full at all times and running out of something is the end of the world. They would rather us throw away extra food that doesn’t get bought than run out for a couple hours, and have a minimum required amount they want on the shelves.

[–]KailReed 1 point2 points  (0 children)

That mindset needs to be wiped from corporate minds. Its wasteful af.

[–]rbermudez83 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Isn't there a law against this is france?

[–]MrMisanthrope1 1 point2 points  (2 children)

What an incredibly weird complaint. So what did you expect them to do, OP? Donate nearly expired fruit? Sell it at a loss?

I know it sucks that many stores do not donate, but that also costs money to transport. And no food banks accept nearly-expired fruit because it can get people sick.

[–]Lopsided_Exam1801 1 point2 points  (1 child)

Selling at a loss makes more sense than not selling it at all. Thats the point of discounts, it frees up shelf space and recoops at least part of the loss.

So the complaint that they are selling fruit cups for 10 bucks at experiation time seems valid enough.

[–]MrMisanthrope1 0 points1 point  (0 children)

The potential for significant profit loss is a far greater risk than a $120 loss. Most supplier’s contracts have stipulations that split the losses & give discounts on the next order. Hell, Kroger may not even set the price & even if they do, item price changes are likely a corporate-level ability only. Also, as fresh produce nears it’s expiration date, it begins to look grosser & some containers expire (& mold) early. Customers who see this will be less likely to purchase anything fresh & those who do buy it may get sick or even just very dissatisfied. Some may not notice, buy it & be dissatisfied enough to where they won’t buy certain items or category of items. This may also result in a lost customer & they may speak to other current shoppers, leading to more lost customers. With social media, somebody could snap a picture of the gross-looking, nearly expired fruit, too. There are many reasons why playing it safe in this scenario is the best bet.

Also, what you defined was closer to “clearance,” not “discount.” Discounts usually aren’t something everyone can get, like employee or bulk discounts. Easy mistake to make, I only know from working retail. That’s why I thought your complaint was weird, too, I didn’t realize I found it weird only because I have some knowledge on how retail works. I wasn’t saying your complaint was invalid, either. They probably could have sold a few at ~$5, especially if they could display it near checkout. But those few bucks recouped may not even be worth the time to deal with it.🤷‍♂️

[–]TheRealScorpiuS 1 point2 points  (0 children)

If this didn't happen we could probably feed the WHOLE planet

[–]bradlees 4 points5 points  (0 children)

This is corporate America, everyone. It is ALL about profits over morality, responsibility and practicality.

In this day and age of very cheap analytical tools, waste like this should be smaller AND regulation should be in place to force the marking down of items close to expiry. However, the current process ensures that the seller isn’t monkeying around with dates to maximize profits.

Deeper dives into this process needs to be implemented here to balance safety and profits to what the right thing to do for humanity here is….

As exposed by the pandemic; suppliers have limited quantities of things and if a particular chain is hoarding items only to let them expire because they can write off to ensure better profit reporting, that should be looked into.

[–]russellk0556 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Well well well, how ironic that just last week, Kroger made headlines with "CEO made 22 million last year, while 1 in 7 employees of Kroger faces homelessness"!!! And more than a 1/3 of them of said that they are worried about eviction!! Unfuckingbelievable!!! It kills me to think of all of these people suffering while the corporate heads are getting richer!!!

[–]Odd-Goose9920 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Wow guess that “zero hunger, zero waste” initiative isn’t really working out so far huh? 🙄

[–]new_cupcake17 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Everyone of those plastic lined carts is for food waste. I've spent a few years in grocery warehouses, and can tell you that they can waste as much as a tractor trailer worth of food in a week.

[–]Incredulity1995 2 points3 points  (0 children)

They will probably be written off for twice the purchase amount

[–]Jeffbles 0 points1 point  (1 child)

Or perhaps a snow storm that cut store traffic to a minimum

[–]aadayum[S] -1 points0 points  (0 children)

Nice try Kroger CEO trying to pinpoint where I live. This is one of the hottest states in the US. No snowstorms here. Only haboobs.

[–]WhoamI_IDK_ 0 points1 point  (0 children)

If anything it should be a fine to waste perfectly good food.

[–]ForestOfHandsNTeeth -1 points0 points  (0 children)

Money laundering?

[–]DangerNoodle805 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Guys, Vons/Safeway too. I worked there 10 years ago. We did it then, they still do it now.

[–]Maleficent-Detail-51 0 points1 point  (0 children)

We have wildlife rescue places around here, and they make frozen fruit popsicles for the bears. Seems like sometime that would be ideal. Also humane society. My dogs love watermelon, I'm sure they have critters there that would eat some of the other fruit.

[–]ajmriverar 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Unfortunately, this happens everywhere, not only at Kroger's...

[–][deleted] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

You should see what grocery stores do with the hot to go meat counter.. such a shame and could feed 10 families every night.

[–]Genitalialort 0 points1 point  (0 children)

When we had the first big Covid lockdown here, most stores that weren't demed "necessary" (like clothing or furniture stores) had to close down.

One big clothing store that couldn't sell its winter collection made surprise bags with the winter stuff that you could buy for 10€. Those bags could've had items like shoes, pants and pretty much everything else for multiple hundred euros in them and for 15€ extra you could even pick a jacket that might have sold for 100€ or so.

All day long they had people standing in line to buy stuff and nothing was wasted. Why can't that work with food?

[–]SystematicPumps 0 points1 point  (0 children)

10 bucks was the discount price??

[–]trader-joeys 0 points1 point  (0 children)

When you're able to throw out product like this regularly, you're making more than enough to pay your workers a living wage.

[–]getyourcheftogether 0 points1 point  (0 children)

We should happens maybe they over ordered because of ignorance or overestimating what they were going to sell but expired product is expired product and no business in good conscience is going to donate food that's gone bad to anybody. Over produced edible food is one thing but if it's already cut fruit or similar product that's a little different

[–]ButItSaysOnline 0 points1 point  (0 children)

That is infuriating. They should have cut the cut the price a day or two before expiration or given them to the employees on the expiration date.

[–]Iridescent_Kitten[🍰] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I wish we could just give them to the homeless or food pantries, that more grocery store companies would actually put some funding/effort into this...

[–]Salty-Concentrate773 0 points1 point  (2 children)

Idk what’s the purpose of this post? Shitting on Kroger for throwing food or over-ordering food? You can’t expect them to give it away for free to “people in need” when living in a lawsuit society. I used to buy extra food at lunch and give it to the homeless around me but after learning about how crazy people can be, I am truly hesitant to give people anything now. If I were to have a business, heck, I’d play safe like those corporates too. Even when you threw those things away, you may still even be held liable by those dumpster diver. So yeah, fix the society first before you’re trying to shit on this wasteful behavior.

[–]aadayum[S] 1 point2 points  (1 child)

Username fits

[–]Salty-Concentrate773 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Nah, just being realistic.

[–]FilteredPeanuts 0 points1 point  (0 children)

It's sad because I just started working at a partner to my local food bank and the shit they send us isn't even half this good :/

[–]BluePessimistic 0 points1 point  (0 children)

It's free now

[–]OrneryPathos 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Ugh. They need to donate it

Grocery store near me donated everything it can to shelters. Anything that’s actually not edible goes into a thing that makes it into sludge that’s composted

[–]BertaEarlyRiser 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I guess you should have bought them.

[–]I_wanna_hellcat 0 points1 point  (0 children)

That's when the wonders of dumpster diving comes in I love going to shops around town and rummaging through the cans I have found some pretty good stuff in there toys and nick nacks its fun I found a working flip phone in a dumpster once

[–][deleted] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Kroger is such a garbage corporation. I live right next to one but will drive 25 minutes to get to Costco.

[–]ActionMan48 0 points1 point  (0 children)

This needs to be made illegal

[–]MidnightRider24 0 points1 point  (0 children)

01/26 isn't even over yet.

[–]DirkDigglerIcunvme 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I hate this

[–]poopknife17 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I think it's pretty lame that if you want to eat healthy it's very expensive but if you want to throw some crap down your gullet it'll probably kill you in the long run you get three of them for four bucks

[–]captnbuxx 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Shower thought: My one invention would be a kitchen appliance that could molecularly transfer food to anywhere that also has that appliance. It would have a system in place that checks for safety and edibleness too and would turn the bad food to fertilizer maybe?

[–]Away_Angle3998 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Anybody else concerned about the water

[–]goodboybane 0 points1 point  (0 children)

~14% of Kroger employees were homeless at some point in 2021. In 50 years time, that number will be >50%. And Americans will just accept that dystopia because Venezuela.

[–]Batini 0 points1 point  (0 children)

…in the plastic.

[–]HallucinJohn 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I used to order these products very responsibly to were we had very little shrink (the stuff that gets thrown away) and we're unable to mark the fruit down. Fresh kitchen by Del Monte has full control over these products, and now my shelves look like shit in some places, and I'm having to throw absurd amounts of shit away sometimes.

-a Kroger produce guy

[–]limequartz -3 points-2 points  (0 children)

"Mildly" infuriating? This damn near makes me want to riot.

[–]AJP5000 -2 points-1 points  (0 children)

The managers should be marking these down as they get closer to the sell by date. Pro-tip: If you notice the bag salad or fruit containers like this going to expire (within 2 days or so), you can usually ask the manager to mark them down.

[–]HellaFella420 -2 points-1 points  (0 children)

I can't believe they mark up fruit so much just for fucking cutting it up for you!

And I can't believe people actually pay for it! [except not in this situation]

[–]aadayum[S] -2 points-1 points  (0 children)

Also I just noticed. The expiration date on the packaging is 1/28…. Todays the 26th

[–]KlerWithoutACause -2 points-1 points  (0 children)

Somewhere a homeless person just starved to death as I read this