One man’s trash really IS another man’s treasure! At least, that’s what former Trader Joe’s president Doug Rauch is hoping. He’s opening a hybrid grocery store-café called the Daily Table in Dorchester, Massachusetts that will exclusively sell and serve “expired” food! His pioneering project draws attention to a commonly debated issue - what do “sell by,” “use by” and “best by” dates really mean?
As it turns out, not much: that information is not federally regulated and mostly arbitrary. Rarely do the dates stamped on the package actually indicate whether food is safe to eat. For the most part, expiration dates result in lots of perfectly good food going in the trash. In fact, 40% of the total food produced annually in the U.S. is wasted- more than $160 billion worth.
With that in mind, the fact that 15% of American households didn’t have enough to eat in 2012 seems crazy. Rauch hopes his new business is a step in the right direction- towards less waste and ultimately, less hunger.