“ The biggest online seller of clearance food and drinks „
I discovered this interesting website the other week and decided to give it a try. I have to say I have been impressed. The basic premise is that you can buy a variety of food and household products that have short or overdue best before dates at a massive discount. In my case items were on average a couple of months out of date but in some cases products on the site had 17 months to go before their expiry date and for many household products there is no such date. In each case the best before dates are quoted clearly on the site for you to make your own decision. The range of products is quite large but also changes quite a bit. This means that you cannot rely on specific brands or products being available all the time, but it also means that you can often pick up something a little bit different. Since the items are often big and bulky delivery can be reasonably expensive, but you can get quite a lot within your weight allowance so it is worth stocking up on the bargains and keeping things in your cupboards. Specifically, the current delivery charges are £5.25 per 29kg of shopping or part thereof, although if you buy certain products you can get small reductions on this value. (The rate quoted is the national rate, this rises to £10.50 for the highlands and £12 for off shore islands). The items come very quickly by courier after having placed your order and I found it very useful to order heavy items such as tins and drinks so that I didn't need to lug them back from the shops myself. I was notified by both text and e-mail as to when this would be and had the opportunity to change the date if necessary. Obviously it is not for you if you are the type of person to obsess about the dates on food, but if like me you aren't that worried then I recommend you try them out; the quality of everything I have ordered has been absolutely fine.
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I had heard, like many others about Approved Food from the MoneySaving Expert website. I was intrigued a few months ago and planned all the lovely things I could buy.
I enquired about postage and whether it all could be delivered on a Saturday, as me and my husband both work. I was told that the postage is high for a Saturday delivery, but they can leave it with a neighbour. I made a mental note to self that I would order from this powerhouse of Cheap as soon as either myself or hubby dearest was going to be off work.
This week it happened. I ordered £40 of shopping from Approved Food on Saturday, It arrived the following Wednesday evening. For my £40, I got so much stuff, Hubby was unpacking as I got home from work and it looked like the best hamper EVER.
Most of the things they sell, as have been noted by other DooYooers, are all the stuff that is bad for you! Crisps, Chocolates biscuits etc, and as hard as I tried to look past what value it was, I came home and realised I had ordered about a million bags of crisps.
It is really difficult not to see the value. or example 'just' out of date Kettle chips. Normally nearing the £1.50 mark per pack. 2 for 99p. I know. Amazing. I will have to test of of these things before I take them round to friends houses for a night in, but all seems good. Also 2 x 12 packs of hula hoops for .99p (i won't even tell you the rest , you would be so ashamed!)
I also have a major passion for CousCous. You would have been able to see that had you looked through my kitchen window at 6pm last night. Instead of paying 79p in my local Aldi for 2 x 100g sachets of couscous, I paid 99p for 3 boxes (6 individual packs of couscous). I also bought snack packs of couscous (to take to work) 19p each !
Cans of Diet Coke 10 for £2 (yes the normal sized ones), 6 x 2L bottles of water for £1, Big bottles of 7Up, snack packs of Soreen and loads of other lovlies.
I also purchased 10 (I know) tubes of wasabi paste - for 49p. The reason is that we both love Sushi, and love wasabi. I went into a shop a few weeks ago and saw wasabi powder that you can make into paste and it was about £4. I didn't buy it as we had no real need. And I'm glad i didn't, I have saved loads of cash!
The only thing I need to do now is make sure all the wraps, couscous, crisps and coke get used in a positive way and before they all go green (wasabi paste excluded of course!)
We also love wraps. So a case of 12 packs of old el paso wraps were only £1. Again these need to be tried, but they will go out of date shortly, but they are vacum packed and can also be freezed! They have also started doing veg. I got 2 massive spanish onions (the ones the size of a childs head) for 20p, I also got some carrots, sprouts and parsnips. All were pretty good value, and looked and felt fresh. My best bargain- and something i do genuinely buy a lot of is tartare sauce. I tend to make my own fishcakes and the sauce is perfect! The cheapest and best quality I had found so far was Aldi (Bramwells) for 45p each. I was blown away when I ordered 6 of the same size jar... for 99p.
I did stay away from the chocolate, as the price was not enough of a bargain for me to buy in bulk. Also it will just get eaten very very quickly !! You do have to measure up how you will deal with all that bad food in the house if you are anything like me! But coming up to Christmas I thought a few bags of crisps won't hurt, and if people don't like crisps, they can have some couscous !
I also ordered some cleaning products i usually buy from the 99p shop for the same price (just so i didn't have to carry them!). These came in a heavy sealed plastic bag - presumably if they got crushed they wouldn't damage any of the other goods, which i think is an excellent touch when you are putting cleaning spray in with food.
The day before I was told that my delivery would be the next day (via e-mail) and that I could track the parcels on the internet. I also received a text message int he morning, giving me an hour slot of when they would be delivered (and they were bang on time). There is nothing bad to say about Approved food, the only slight issue was when contacting them via the website, I received no e-mail back regarding Saturday delivery- it was only when I e-mailed the boss directly (Dan) that I received a reply. Hopefully if anyone has issue with their orders, they will get sorted quickly, or use the old fashioned method of calling to get in touch with them !
The other good things are that you are told the RRP of the items, so you can decide whether it's good for you, also when ordering the delivery (usually £5.25 for a 29kg box) is totted up alongside each page, so you can get the most for your money (eg lots of water would be heavy and counter productive, but couscous and crisps, you would get more of !)
I am off to find couscous recipes that involve a bit of wasabi, crisps and tartare sauce !
I found out about Approved Foods from the Martin Lewis money saving expert website.
The site was described as a stockist for low cost food and household items because of short best before dates.
I decided to take a look because I have always been of the opinion that best before dates are just a guide and with items which are tinned or dry foods such as pasta they can pretty much be ignored, I regularly buy reduced produce in the supermarkets and either use it up quickly or cook and freeze it as a way to save money, so I thought this would be a great way to make some savings on the food bills.
The website is a nice simple layout, not too cluttered. You can search for items by using the product categories which is great as if you are looking for something it is very easy to find.
They also have sections which show the latest additions to their stock and things which are at rock bottom prices.
As it was my first time using the site I looked through absolutely everything to get an idea of the sort of thing they sell, but in future it will be easy to search by category.
I was amazed by how cheap some of the items were, I knew they would be bargains but wow!
I spent about an hour browsing as the site currently has a huge range of items available, at the end I had a bill for £40.60 and under that total it told me how much I would have paid for these items based on RRP - £223.27 !!!!!!!
As you look at the products you can see the best before dates so you can decide if they would still be acceptable to you personally, much of the stuff is approaching the best before rather than actually being out of date though.
You can also see what the RRP for each individual item is so you can decide whether the saving is enough for you to consider buying it from them. For example if something only had a week left on it and was an item like biscuits which can get a little soggy once its best before has passed and the saving was only 20 or 30 pence then I personally would buy that from a supermarket instead.
Postage is charged at £5.25 which is quite expensive if you are not buying much, this is for orders with a weight up to 28kg and as you add items to your basket it calculates the weight so you know how much more you can add before your postage will start to increase, for the UK mainland it starts at £5.25 then once you go over 28kg it creeps ups slowly in price. For the Highlands postage starts at £10.50.
I got some real bargains from Approved Food, including -
A whole case of individual sachets of lemon and coriander cous cous for £0.99, the RRP would have been £7.92
24 packets of Nik Naks for £1, should be £3.98
12 Hartleys individual jellies for £1.49 which should have been £5.88
20 packs of wotsits for £1.50, should have been £4.98
Lemsip max all in one liquid for £1.49 should have been £5.79
6 1kg boxes of regal icing for £1.49, should have been £12
8 jars of 700g organic apple puree for £3.96, should have been £15.92
And that's just a few of the many many bits I bought!
You can not do all your shopping on the site as they do not stock things such as meats and other fresh produce for obvious reasons, but cupboard foods, loo roll, shampoo etc... can all be bought from this site.
My shop has bulked up my cupboards with packet and tinned foods and the cost has been very low.
One thing I will say though is it is easy to get carried away and order things you do not really need as there is a huge selection of yummy chocolates and crisps and fizzy drinks, I edited my shopping basket a few times before placing my final order!
From my order there is only a 1 item which is actually out of date - my wotsits are 4 days out of date but they are still crunchy and yummy so that's not a problem, other stuff is due to go out of date in a few weeks but as it is dry packets stuff that is not a problem, other bits still have almost a year left on them!
I placed my order easily by giving basic details for my account, a password was e-mailed to me so in future I can just login and shop. I paid using paypal which was quick and easy. Approved Foods sent me a text message letting me know they day my order would be delivered, then on the delivery day I got a text early in the morning telling me the time I could expect my delivery - between 3pm and 4pm, so I could still carry on with my day and not have to wait in for the delivery to arrive. There was also an option to text back to approved foods and let them know the delivery day was not suitable and choose another day to have it delivered!
Mostly my order arrived well packed, although unfortunately one of the cous cous packets was split so had gone over some of my other shopping, also one of the security lids on one of my jars of apple puree had popped and another jar had smashed, but I have e-mailed Approved Foods and I should get a refund on that based on what I have read in other reviews/forums.
Approved Food are also now offering free shipping on your second box making it even better value!
I highly recommend this website, it is especially good for large families who go through lots of food!
UPDATE - I was sent a voucher code for £7.50 which covered the losses of the damaged items plus allowed me not to have to pay postage on my next order. I am very pleased.
-What is approved foods?-
Approved foods is a company that sells out of date, nearly out of date and/or damaged goods, and delivers them to you at a bargain price.
-What kind of things?-
They sell everything and anything, but you have to check constantly, because things go very quickly, and sometimes they have nothing. But as a guide expect to find:
Soft drinks - coke and pepsi
-How much do things cost-
It really varies, sometimes they don't have much in at all, and sometimes they have lots and lots. For example, last time I shopped there I got 10 Cadbury's Creme Eggs for £1!!
At the moment they have 24 bags of niknaks for 99p! The prices are very varied.
-Are the foods good?-
As many of the foods are either out of date or going out of date, it is important to choose carefully. Crisps can lose their crunch as they go out of date, they are still edible, but not as nice. The same for some chocolate, it is nice, but not as nice as newer chocolate. And some things are just plain horrid when out of date - like pepsi, which goes flat if it is TOO out of date.
-How do you know if things are out of date-
When you click on an item, it will tell you the best before date, use this as a guide before ordering something in great quantity!
-What about shipping?-
Shipping is expensive, national rate is £5.25, but that is no matter how much you order! The best way I have found is to group together with friends, family or neighbours and order together to save money on shipping.
Delivery normally takes a couple of days, sometimes it is fast, others it is not.
-How is it packaged?-
Goods normally arrive in a big brown box, some things are just chucked in there haphazardly, like my creme eggs, so it's like a lucky dip!
Sometimes they run out of products you've ordered before delivery, this will be noted on your enclosed invoice and they will refund the money to your card in a couple of days. This can be frustrating as you may order from them for one specific thing, and not get it.
It is good value, but not to buy every week, as most of the stuff is snacks, crisps and chocolate, nice for a treat, but makes you fat. Buy once in a while when something good comes in, order fast, and try not to eat 10 Cadbury's Creme Eggs!
Approved food.co.uk is the online website of a company who specialise in the sales of goods, which are either close to, or past their best before dates, or are end of lines or overstocks, and the purchase of these can represent a substantial saving over standard shop prices.
The company is the brainchild of Dan Cluderay, who was a market trader originally in Hull and Doncaster. This company has received much publicity in recent months, with an appearance on BBC Breakfast, as well as references on moneysavingexpert.com
I have been a customer of theirs for over 6 months now, and the reason I started was I noticed that they were selling a large number of whole food items, and gluten free products on a regular basis. Being vegetarian and having a slight wheat intolerance due to having the medical condition M E, and also having a vegan daughter at university I have been able to source many food items which have saved hundreds of pounds. Having said this their stock is limited daily by the containers they have, and the best savings are to be made by daily visits to the website, as sometimes they only have one pallet of a line, which is here today and gone tomorrow.
The website itself is rather colourful in lime green trim, and here the best deals are often showcased on the front. Above this the individual food and grocery sections are clearly labelled, and it is easy to navigate on this home page even if it is your first visit.
The latest deals are the first category, and here you can find all the deals which have come in over the last few days by then clicking on the new lines link. This makes repeat visits very quick, as you can select a period as short as one day, if you want to find out if anything new has come in, without searching all through the sections you may have searched through the day before. This section also has a "new prices" section, where lines are reduced even more, and a section for "true bargains" which are almost given away. There is also a rather entertaining video link which occasionally has some rather good adverts for the lesser known products.
If you prefer to search through individual items you can do so following the links on the home page to sections including, tinned food and groceries, hot and cold drinks, chocolate and sweets, crisps and snacks, pet food and non food items.
Adding them to your basket is simply a question of clicking on them, and rather cleverly, this also shows you the weight of your basket on the right hand side of the page, as this is important for the postage charges.
It is possible to order 28kgs of items for only £5.25 postage if you live in the mainland UK, and in addition addresses in the highlands and islands can have deliveries for £10.50. There is a sliding scale of charges if you exceed the weight, which are still reasonable, and where we live in Essex DHL delivers their parcels, who are an excellent company and always deliver professionally and on time.
The website runs quickly most of the time, but it can sometimes struggle if there has been recent publicity about them. In general orders arrive 3 days or so after ordering, but this varies and I have had items literally arrive the next day.
The company packs the goods superbly. One of the added bonuses I have found is that they are so generous with bubble wrap and boxes, that I have had ready made parcel containers for all my Christmas presents I have had to send this year, which has been absolutely fantastic. Everything is packed to perfection, and only once did I have to report some spoilage, and within 2 hours my account was credited with not only cash, but also apologies and kindness.
The company just asks you to set up an online account with them, and a password is then supplied for you to make future orders speedier, and I pay through Paypal but other options are available.
So what have I bought over the last six months? Well there is no doubt that the biggest savings can be made on junk foods, as items such as crisps and biscuits have very short shelf lives, and so here you can always stock up if this is your desire. Personally I have become a bit more discerning about this, as I tend not to eat too many processed foods, and so I scan the sections for things which are either artisan, or fair- trade, and here I have had the most successes as I can mirror what I would normally purchase in the shops for a substantial saving, and on many occasions buy luxury items for which I would not normally be able to justify the expense.
I have purchased Nak'd raisins, Gillian McKeith seed mixes, 5 litre tins of Spanish apricots, Taylors of Harrogate speciality teas, Granose soya milk, Jordan's cereals, Granose cornflakes, Divine chocolates, Simply Hibi hibiscus drinks, Percol coffee, Organic Epicure Kidney Beans and many more. If anyone is a ceoliac there are so many savings to be made it is quite astounding.
There is often something which takes my fancy, and I enjoy the savings and these are considerable. The basket also shows you what the cost of the items you have chosen would have been at the recommended retail price, and often this is a staggering figure which makes you feel really happy at having saved so much.
Sustainability also comes into play here, as buying products like these certainly fits my philosophy of saving wastage and items going into landfill. These items, whilst at the end of their best before dates, are certainly in excellent condition, and there is no difference between their taste, and those of their similar counterparts in supermarkets with six months left to run.
In recent months I have enjoyed so many products only normally sold in farm shops and delicatessens, and seeing these on sale at 20 times the price, with their dirt cheap almost at their "best before date" relatives, languishing in my cupboards is rather uplifting! Yes you do have to seek these out and be patient, because many visits to the website will not excite, but vigilance pays rewards.
There is even a forum on the website where customers can discuss products and this is fascinating! Questions are quickly answered here in relation to specific products by an Approved Food employee, so this ensures good customer service, but others chip in too with entertaining stories about products and recipes!
I think this company are superb from ordering through to delivery their attitude and performance is second to none.
My only proviso would be that if you are nervous about ordering because of feelings about the quality of the food due to fears about freshness then maybe your custom would be better placed elsewhere. However just to remember that "use before" dates on fresh foods are not sold by this company, as these are what they are "use before" dates and should not be exceeded. These are simply goods which have been around a while and need a quick sale, but not exclusively as many lines I have purchased are not in this category at all, but are over stocks,end of lines etc.
You could slash the cost of your food spending and you may even be dining in style on some goodies hiding in amonst the listings on the site.
I have and it's been great!
Approvedfood.co.uk is the UK's largest seller of clearance goods. A lot of their products are past or at their sell-by date so not for purchase in regular stores, but this is precisely what makes them such a bargain. That, and the lack of a regular shop and the associated costs, mean that approved foods can sell products at a fraction of their retail price.
Shipping is pretty high - it's £5.25 for every 28kg of shopping you have delivered, or £10.50 if you're in the Scottish Highlands. Having said that, once you have three or four items in your basket you've covered the cost in terms of what you're saving.
The website has a handy tool that shows you how much you're spending, what it'll cost including shipping, what weight your order is up to and, most excitingly, how much you're saving on RRP. In general it's easy to navigate, with sections for tins, jars etc and various logical divisions. You could - if you wanted - avoid the chocolates, biscuits and snacks altogether, but this is where the biggest bargains tend to be so why would you?
If you want to avoid outdated products there's a filter to do so, which is also pretty handy. The selection of products is fast-moving and varied, and although a lot of it's out of date some isn't and most of it is incredibly cheap. There's also an occasional gem - today I bought as gag gifts Ministry of Defence teabags and London Underground bath foam, and as well an Apple Martini gift set for £1.50.
When you get to checkout, it automatically registers you as a customer so it retains your address details for next time. You don't get to choose your own password, which is a bit annoying, but more secure than using the same one for everything, I suppose. Payment is by Paypal or Google checkout, which is secure also, and they keep you updated on your order's progress by email.
You couldn't use the site for your regular shopping unless you were prepared to subsist on prepackaged, non-fresh products, but it's a great addition and wonderful for stocking up for parties or Christmas. I've knocked a star off because I keep buying junk food and because it's hard to resist buying 28kg of stuff when 5 or 6 is all you really need.
approvedfood.co.uk is an online website that sells products that are near to their sell by date or past their sell by date but are still perfectly fine to be consumed or used.
They regularly have very cheap prices such as chocolate bars 8 for £1.00 or multi-packs of crisps for 90p and some of these are not past their sell by dates so these are an even bigger bargain!
The website is very easy to use and separated in to different food sections such as canned goods, sweets, chocolate etc and this makes the site very easy to use. You simply browse around and add the required amount of goods to your basket and then at the end of shopping you can calculate how much your shipping will be based on the weight of the products you have brought and the charges are extremely reasonable at 28kg or under costing just £5.25 in England, Wales & Scotland and 56kg or under being £10.50 although there is an alternative courier service available for different prices depending on the weight.
I have had a couple of orders from the website now and have never been disappointed with the quality. There have been some items I've purchased that were out of date but when using the cooking sauces or serving up crisps or pretzels at family get togethers nobody has ever commented and I always feel good knowing what a bargain I got.
I find the website very easy to navigate and I am definitely a satisfied customer. I have had no reason to have to contact the website about any problems so I am not able to comment on their customer service. Delivery is always prompt and the goods arrive in good condition (unless previously specified on the website). I would definitely recommend giving this site a look as they have lots of different items and it seems to be updated very regular so keep missing back to ensure you don't miss out on a great deal.
I am rating the website 5/5 as I don't have anything bad to say about it, with my budget being so low it's nice to be able to get myself some treats at a bargain price!
I have just recieved my first order from Approved food, I think of it as the food section of homebargains or a £1 shop but online, as the food is either close to its sell by date, or past it, but not past its best before date.
There is a difference between the two, shops have to sell by there sell by date, but there best before (or eat by date) is a while after that. You may have noticed his on more and more foods in supermarkets, especially fresh food they have 2 dates on them.
With ravenous kids to feed the food I have bought from here, never goes past the short shelf life dates, so that is a bonus.
It sells alot of branded products, which can differ from week to week, but their customer service is great, so if something goes out of stock quick they will email you to let you know, and either refund or substititute it for a similar item usually of higher value.
I know some people may have had a long waiting time recently for orders to be fullfilled, but due to a customer posting this great find on moneysavignexpert.com they had an influx of orders they had never anticipated, but i cannot fault them for dealing with this as quickly as possible and working around the clock to fullfill orders.
Just to give you a hint of the kinds of savings that can be made. Faboulous baking boys chooclate cupcakes retail at £1.25 for a box of 6 in the supermarket, i got a box of 30 of these for £1
also 750g giant nuttella £1.50
Delmonti frutini high juice 24 pack £1.44 ( i got 3 of these for kids packed lunches)
4 x easy washing up liquid 625ml 50p each
Shipping was £5.25 but i saved more that that on the items I bought alone and including shipping.
Approved Food and Drink is an online seller of clearance food and drink items, which are either short dated or out of date. However just because an item is classed as being 'out of date' does not mean that it is going to taste horrible or be dangerous to consume - in fact all of the goods sold on this website are perfectly okay and will not do any harm to your health whatsoever (unless of course you get addicted to some of the 'treat' type products that they sell and end up eating far too many calories! Of course this doesn't apply to me and my Chocolate Melt in the Middle pudding addiction... *Ahem* moving swiftly on!). Just to clarify though, that eating a product passed the 'Best Before' date is fine, but it's not wise to eat those which are passed their 'Use By' date. Approved Foods do not sell any of the latter.
So what is the benefit of buying from this website, I hear you ask? Why would you want to buy food that is past it's best before dates? Well, quite frankly it's cheap. Very very cheap in some cases - and who would want to pass up the opportunity to buy cheap branded food, which tastes perfectly fine and is great for your wallet! I have also found items on the website that I have never seen in any of my local supermarkets too, which is also a bonus for me, as it's nice to try different things sometimes.
Some current examples of food that is currently available include a case of 12 Baxters Minestrone Soup for £1.50, 6 cans of Dr Pepper Zero for £1.02 and 3 packs of McVities Caramel Digestives for 99p. Be aware though that stock sells out quickly and they may not get more in, so if you see something you want, order it before it goes!!
The website is easy to navigate and the items are split into sections including 'Deals and New Lines', 'Tinned Food and Groceries' and 'Crisps and Snacks'. They also sell household cleaning products, toiletries and pet food too. On the website, it is easy to add items to your basket and payment is made via Google Checkout. The delivery charges are based on where in the country you are and also on the weight of your package, however the national rate which applies to the majority of England is £5.25 for an order up to 28kg. Orders are delivered via courier (DHL) and are well packed to prevent breakages.
If you live close enough, you can go to their warehouse in Worksop (Crags Cash and Carry) and pick your own items as they are open to the public!
I have been using this company for a few months now and have nothing but praise for them. They have excellent customer service and the products they sell truly are fantastic value for money. Beware though that they are a small family run company who quite often have a backlog of orders, so you may have to wait a bit longer for your order at the moment, but it will be worth the wait!
I found this amazing website whilst looking through the forums on Money saving expert , it was mentioned over and over again with everyone raving about how brilliant it was, so I thought I had better take a look.
It is an internet based cash and carry that sells food and grocery items that are either near to their best before date or have gone over their best before date. At first I was like "ew I am not eating out of date food" but then I got tempted by these Fabulous Bakin' boys lemon cakes that were still in date (only just) and cost £2.00 for 30. Yes that is right 6p a cake !!! Now as a cakeaholic I consider myself to be quite the expert on cakey things and when these arrived they were exactly as you would buy them in a supermarket although in one big box rather than six in a box and they tasted exactly the same. I also got loads of pasta sauce for about 5p a jar, Jordans muesli bars for 10p each, cartons of orange juice for about 3p a carton. In fact I got so much the DHL delivery driver nearly put his back out, It came in three huge boxes and I felt like it was Christmas opening all of the packages. Delivery cost varies depending in where you live, I live in Kent and for the amount I ordered it cost nine pounds. Which I thought was fantastic value considering how much I ordered. It took about a week to be delivered, you can't pick when it arrives but it is delivered by DHL so if you are not in they leave a card and will redeliver.
One of the items I ordered was out of stock and a prompt refund was issued before delivery which I really appreciated.
I thought after I had ordered it that I would not tell anyone that it was out of date, after all it's a bit embarrassing I didn't want the mums at the school having a whip round for me so I could provide my children with an 'in date' lunch. But I have found myself telling anyone who will listen, when people come round I offer them a cake or a biscuit and once they have eaten it and said how lovely it was I tell them 'it only cost 2p because it was out of date'. I have converted at least 5 people who now shop at approved foods regularly. They don't sell anything that is past its use by date, only best before so they wouldn't sell meat or dairy products or anything that could be harmful to you. They just sell brilliant bargains that in my honest opinion taste exactly the same as in the supermarkets.
Before I fling myself whole-heartedly into the review, I think there are a few things I should clarify first.
For a start this company deal in short-dated and out of date, products. This does not mean they are past their usable date, simply that some of them (certainly not all) are past their sell-by date. Sell-by dates are simply a measure of quality ie. They state that a product is at its highest quality prior to that date - it doesn't mean they aren't fit for eating!!!
And you will also find when browsing the site that a lot of their products aren't past sell by dates at all - some are rejected simply because the packaging is upside down or, as in the case of something I received recently, in Christmas packaging.
So, in no way are these products unfit for consumption and this is something you do need to bear in mind.
Another couple of points that I feel need to mention, although by the time some prospective buyers get around to reading this review they may well be resolved: are the fact that you need to have a Googlemail account to pay for items you purchase on-line. It's probably best, to minimise personal trauma and stress, if you set up an account before trying to place your first order. Although I do understand that other payment methods are being considered in the future.
The final fact to consider, and it's the reason I've only given Approved Food 4 stars instead of 5, is that due to recent publicity they are getting a little bit behind with orders and deliveries. I must stress that I believe this to be a temporary situation as the owner sorts out the problems, but at the time of writing some people will be disappointed to learn they may have a 12 day waiting time before their order is despatched.
Right, all that aside and we can get down to the important stuff - products and price!
Approved Food is the online site of Crags Cash and Carry. If you live within driving distance of Worksop, then forget everything I have to say and just pay them a visit - the actual store does have more stock available than the on-line arm at the minute and I very much doubt you would manage to drive away without a car full and, only if necessary of course, leave the kids behind if you need to!
The online store carries a range of products that seems to be increasing daily but, of course, there is no fresh produce available.
A quick run down of the current categories on offer is:
Food in Jars
Packet Soups, Pasta and Rice
Sauces and Pickles
The Rest of the Kitchen Cupboard
Biscuits and Cakes
Chocolate and Sweets
Tea and Coffee
For the Home (Cleaning products)
Approved Holidays (just one link to a place in Spain)
So if that list is enough to get you tempted, then I'll give you an idea of price.
Currently on offer are such goodies as Baxters Minestrone Soup, 12 cans for £1.50. Or if you are feeling slightly self indulgent 3 packets of McVites Digestive Caramels for 99p, or if you are feeling even more self indulgent, what about a 250gm of Milk Chocolate Brazils for £1 (Too late, I've ordered loads!)
On a healthier note, you could consider the variety of Full of Beans energy snack mixes they have on at the moment - 5 x 60gm packets for £1, or some Hib Juice for the kids - 24 bottles for £1.
Hopefully these few items have got you more than a little tempted so I'll give you the delivery charges to tip it right in their favour.
Standard Courier Delivery is £5.25 and that is for an order weighing up to 25kgs. This is to all areas except IV and KW postcodes and NI and the Scottish Islands - but here is another bit of good news for you 'remote' dwellers - they will actually deliver to us as well! Neat bit of negotiating with courier companies by Approved Food if you ask me. To these areas delivery is £10.50 for an order up to 25kgs, which is not bad at all if you consider my first order came to around £35 including carriage and I worked out to buy the products under normal circumstances would have cost me a minimum of £100.
Again though, you have to bear in mind that at the time you place your order, the items are in stock. By the time your order is processed, things may not be. So, at the current time you really shouldn't be ordering if you are absolutely desperate for anything. However, yet again Approved Foods are working on this, and hopefully will be installing some kind of system to keep stocking up to date.
So, the upshot is, if you don't want or expect immediate gratification, but do want to save money, then they are certainly worth a lot more than a passing glance. The customer service provided by Approved Food is second to none (you can phone them if you need to) and they are working very hard to sort out the problems associated with their recent publicity explosion.
So they get four stars, although without the recent problems, they would most certainly get five. I do feel a little guilty about giving four stars but feel it's only fair to warn some folk that buying from the site, at the moment, may not run quite as smoothly as they would wish.
I've used them, and most certainly will continue to use them, but for the time being have to keep repeating to myself, 'patience is a virtue,' (and the prices are worth the wait!)