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As today’s high inflation causes Americans to reconsider how, when and where they shop, salvage food stores are gaining traction.
Nicholas Duke, director of Uplifting Deals in Asheville, North Carolina, joined “Fox & Friends” on Monday to explain how salvage food stores buy excess inventory from traditional retailers to then resell in their own stores.
Duke said the existence of best before or “sell by” dates on items tells retailers when to refresh their food stock.
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Products, however, are still recoverable.
“We are extremely diligent in pulling dates when we know the food is no longer of quality and that[ting] get rid of it,” he said.
“We make sure we sell a quality product to our customers and we make sure they have food they can put on the table for their families,” he also said.
Other items tossed aside at retailers may be slightly damaged, dented, or outdated in terms of packaging.
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Duke mentioned that a brand name cereal box in his store sells for $1.50.
Meanwhile, the same cereal in some big cities like New York costs as much as $10 a box right now.
As it’s unclear exactly what might be coming to the store week-to-week, Duke advised shoppers to be consistent in checking their local recovery food store stock.
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“It’s kind of a mixed bag,” he advised.
“So you always want to check in and see what happens – and make sure you get here first.”