This is site selling food near, past and no where near its best before date. The latter appears to be stuff that appears to have failed to take off. Example Epicure sun dried tomato tapenade (in date). Epicure sun dried tomatoes in a jar with nothing added ie oil etc. The very expensive Brianna's salad dressings out of date June 2013. Delivery £5 something below 50 kilos. Massive choice compared to normal cheapo store and better prices. YOU MUST GIVE THIS A LOOK. JB
I'd not looked at the approved foods website for ages but found myself browsing there last night. Normally there are some great bargains (as well as a lot of stuff which is no cheaper than you can find in the shops) but sadly this time there was nothing which really took my fancy, at least not enough to justify an order.
A few years ago, when I first found out about them, I also remembered looking at another companies website and they were doing the exact same thing, selling off near-dated or unsold food at big discounts. I can't remember what they were called though.
I tend to wait until they have big bags of things like pearl barley, bulghar wheat or pasta then stock up all at once. Deffo some good savings to be had though.
We've still got 2 unopened bags of bulgar wheat from a previous shopping spree there! And some packs of cake mix and cookie mix which seemed too cheap to pass up on.
Mass produced products tend to be of a reliable standard in Britain if produced within the EU I have noticed. I rather enjoy trying the oddball products you can find at cornershops sometimes - you do occasionally find gems.
The South African shops tend to have a small range of beyond best buy items at half price (or bogof deals) and this can include Snowflake Cake Flour (exceptional product) and other staples that are worth giving a go.
I buy cleaning materials from Approved Foods, plus oriental sauces & occasionally chocolate if they have the types I like. I have never had anything that tasted or looked stale. It is packed beautifully & delivered very quickly. Occasionally they even have free delivery. I have saved a lot of money by using them. As I don't use mixes etc I can't comment on them.
"The beautiful is as useful as the useful...perhaps more so."
from Les Miserables
I have bought both Bread and cake mix from them and never had a bit of trouble, in fact , that is why I visit them each day, to see if they have any, and snap it up. I recently bought two big bags of Strong flour, will last me a while, the price in the Shops is horrendous. Have dealt with them for years, and the only thing ever to go wrong was a broken jar of Cherries. I bought a bag of Vegetarian Orange Jelly mix earlier this year, and it has kept four families with children in Jelly all summer. Gave my friend a big bag of Muffin mix yesterday, she loves to bake with her many grandchildren, this is ideal. Tina x
The items I bought
Epicure Sun Dried Tomatoes
To salty to eat as is will add to stews.
Epicure Deli Italia Sundried Tomato Tapenade 190g £0.80p 4
Not bought enough superb Italian starter
Lakeland Maid Assorted Toffees 150g £0.50 4
Bought for WI to sell at Sunday teas
Jack Links Beef Steak Bites Teriyaki 25g £0.40 6
Bought to bait rat trap bought I have eaten them all!
Briannas Rich Santa Fe Blend Dressing 355ml£0.60 4 £2.40
Very expensive product cannot afford normally
CLEARANCE PRICE Heinz Sweet Silverskin Onions in Vinegar 440g £0.33 6 £1.98
What an idiot I should have had 50 of these
CASE PRICE De Identified Dill Simmer Sauce Mix 25g £1.00 1 £1.00
Uhmm I am not sure do I really want 12 or was it 20 packets of dill sauce which makes a litre? Might have to give some away to WI
Lorado Green Olives Stuffed With Lobster 300g £0.50 2 £1.00 A no brainer!
De Identified Herby Dumpling Mix 225g £0.20 5 £1.00
I like no brainer
De Identified Oaty Crumble Mix 225g £0.25 8 £2.00 I make apple crumbles on an industrial scale so another I should have bought more of!
And so on!
De Identified Dried Aduki Beans 500g £0.20 5 £1.00
De Identified Lamb Tagine Sauce Mix 45g £0.19 2 £0.38
Briannas Buttermilk Ranch Dressing 355ml £0.40 3 £1.2
Snappies Greaseproof Paper 10m x 300m Wide £0.99 1
There's always a bad one guess which one
I buy a lot from there and have only had one item I did not like, I recently bought a catering size bag of yorkshire pudding mix 3500gr for 99p instead of £9.99, it makes fantastic yorkshires and you only have to add water. I buy a lot of catering sizes if I can find them, you just have to use some maths to work out how much to use.
Nadine I used to buy astonish cleaning products from there until I discovered I could buy the same ones in the 99p shop.
Never give up Tomorrow is another day.
We've bought from AF quite a few times and have always been very happy with the items.
The only gripe we have is that their packaging is a little flimsy allowing the tins to get a bit battered about.
We still have a massive stock of beetroot soup after I inadvertently added a "0" to the number I wanted
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