In a bid to cut down on fruit and vegetable waste, Lidl has joined the ranks of Morrisons and Asda to start selling “wonky” veg boxes.
Their “Too Good to Waste” boxes will have 5kg of fruit and veg and will cost just £1.50 for the whole box.
You’ll get a selection of fruit and vegetables that aren’t considered “perfect” (but can you tell after you’ve chopped them up and added them to your dinner?).
The fruit and veg in their boxes will still be absolutely fine to eat.
Lidl announced their plans to stock the Too Good to Waste fruit and veg boxes back in August 2018, but didn’t list out which stores they were planning to stock them in, as this is just a trial.
However, from 27 March 2019, they are now being sold in all stores 🙂
What do you get in a box?
You’re going to get a fair bit of veg and fruit in their “wonky” boxes!
You’ll get a selection of 5kg of fruit and vegetables.
The contents will likely change every single time, and they are being made by Lidl’s “Freshness Specialists”.
Lidl wants to encourage people to purchase fruit and veg that may have been left on the shelf before so less goes to waste.
When buying these boxes, you need to be aware that the fruit and veg will not last as long as other veg bought directly from their shelves. Some of the fruit and veg may be slightly damaged, discoloured or deteriorated, but it’s all perfectly good to eat.
Yes, you will save money, but if you won’t use it before it gets too limp (or you can feed it to your bunny), then you will still be wasting food and your cash.
You need to be quick though!
These boxes aren’t going to be on the shelves for long.
The whole idea is to use up the fruit and prevent food waste.
The Too Good to Waste boxes of fruit and veg will go on sale in store first thing each morning (if there is suitable stock).
They will be available for the first two hours of trading and, if they’re not sold, will be donated to local caused via Lidl’s “Feed it Back” food redistribution programme.
Which stores are selling the veg boxes?
It’s all been a bit of a mystery up to now, with shoppers just heading into store and checking, which can be a bit of a wasted journey just to check.
With some 700 stores and only 122 of them selling the boxes first thing in the morning, it was hard to work out where to shop.
However, Lidl has now announced that all stores will be selling the Too Good To Waste boxes in a bid to tackle food waste.
Even more savings
While the fruit and veg boxes are great, Lidl has also said it will be introducing additional price reductions.
They are looking to reduce prices on fresh produce that reaches its best before and use by dates (more yellow stickers anyone?)
They already offer 30% off foods that are close to their printed best/use by dates. However, these new reductions are going to be on their food items that do not contain best before and use by dates already.
Like the idea of cheap “wonky” food? Have you tried “wonky” meat yet?
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