We are currently handling salvage food boxes from the following chains: Safeway, Albertsons, Albertsons LLC, SuperValu, Bashas, Wal-Mart, K-Mart, Gourmet (Tree of Life) and Rite-Aid. Each of these chains vary in variety and cost. I will give you a brief outline by chain and any pro's or con's related to them. We specialize in mixed truckloads to maximize variety. Salvage food boxes can be broken down into the following categories:
Full-Service Grocery Store - These boxes will typically contain a wider variety of food products such as cereal, canned goods, pastas and rice, cake mixes, coffee, salad dressings, seasonings, beverages, baby food, candy, condiments, oils, cookies, chips, boxed meals, etc.
Drug Store/Convenience Store - Typically not packed in banana boxes, this salvage consists of convenience/snack items such as candy, jerky, cookies, cereal, protein bars, crackers, gum, chips, popcorn, nuts, etc. There will be coffee, salad dressings and other full service items present, but not predominant. Some chains will also include beverage items such as Gatorade, Boost, energy drinks, etc.
Gourmet - Gourmet food loads can consist of case lot, banana box or both on a truck. These loads are typically high value consisting of specialty food products such as pastas, oils, salsas, seasonings, teas, coffees, sauces, cookies, crackers, organics and gluten-free products.
Breakdown by chain:
Safeway food is generally considered to be some of the cleanest salvage on the market. The boxes are full and well packed with less physical damage than most other chains.
Pros: Higher value, Clean, includes some GM (general merchandise) and Health and beauty items and resets. Consistent.
Repetitive items, occasional dating issues.
Albertson's, Wal-Mart, Basha's general reclamation:
The Industry standard boxes consisting of full service grocery items. Not much varies from chain to chain. These boxes are processed in a reclamation facility where each item is scanned and processed according to the specific chain guidelines. Pet food, chemicals, non-food items and paper goods are separated and sold at a different price point.
Pros: Variety, consistency, solid straight food.
Cons: No GM, HBA or resets. occasional dating issues.
Albertson's, SuperValu Swell:
Swell boxes are not scanned or "processed" like general reclamation so everything other than perishables and damages are kept in the boxes. Food items, pet food (cans), paper goods, chemicals, and GM/HBA items are packed together. Dry dog food and charcoal is separated and sold at a different price point.
Pros: Variety and assortment with GM/HBA/CHEM/PAPER, consistency
Cons: Can be slightly rougher than standard boxes. Occasional dating issues.
Rite Aid food consist of snack/convenience items as described above. Rite Aid is packed in brown boxes twice the size of a typical banana box, 25 per pallet. Beverage is sorted and sold separately.
Pros: Very clean, great brand names, excellent value per box ratio.
items, low supply, occasional dating issues
K-Mart food is packed in non-uniform brown boxes stacked on pallets roughly 5 1/2’ high. The boxes consist of larger convenience sized food and beverages. Additionally, K-Mart includes laundry soaps, chemicals, some GM and HBA. These are “non-processed” loads.
Pros: Cheapest food by the truck, Great value compared to banana boxes. Includes higher value items
Cons: Limited variety and assortment, May have empty packages due to non-processing
Please call for current prices per chain as availability, seasonality and shipping origin factor into pricing.
Q: What is salvage food?
A: Salvage food consists of grocery products deemed unsalable by the grocery chain for reasons such as dating (close date, past date), damaged packaging or can dents, seasonal shelf pulls, excess stock or discontinued.
Q: Why is salvage food called banana box food?
A: Most retail chains recycle banana boxes by packing their salvage to send to the reclamation center for processing. By using these boxes, the chain, reclamation center, and reseller can benefit from the reduced cost of repacking into new cartons.
Q: What is the minimum purchase requirement?
A: Banana boxes are priced by the box but sold by the pallet. Pallets quantity varies by chain but are usually 24 boxes per pallet. The minimum purchase is 24 boxes or one pallet.
Q: Can I mix a truckload between multiple chains?
A: Absolutely. As a matter of fact it's highly recommended that you mix your truck with at least two chains to increase variety. Boxes from many of the chains compliment each other. For instance, drug store food will add convenience items such as gum, jerky and candy to full service food boxes that contain staples such as canned goods, etc. Mixing chains however, is subject to warehouse availability.
Q: Can I buy a truckload direct from a center closer to me than your warehouse?
A: Typically, Yes. But keep in mind you will be required to purchase the truckload exactly as it is offered. You won't be able to mix a load like you can from our warehouse. Also, if market conditions are in short supply and high demand, we typically bring every available load into our warehouse to maintain supply.
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