A differentiation must be made between Best-Before, Use-By and Expiration Date. Best-Before refers to the “shelf-life”. It does NOT indicate that a product is no longer edible. The manufacturer determines the BBD of their own free will to give customers an indication. Even honey, which keeps for several thousand years, has a BBD on the bottle. In most countries, the sale of food with an expired BBD and even repacking is legal. Please check the legal requirements of the countries for which you wish to resell purchased goods.
Technical, any substance (solid or liquid) consumed to provide nutritional support for the human body. Usually of plant or animal origin. Living animals, growing plants, cosmetics, tobacco, feed and medicine are not declared as food.
- products to clean and care for house and garden (like detergents, roomspray...)
Animal foodstuffs can be divided into 3 groups: mixed feed (small pellets of mixed content) and fodder; agricultural food just for domesticated animals for industry; and pet food for private persons.
Regular goods that are offered “while stocks last” for a regular price. Often special packs (2 for 1). Strongly advertised, often timed with special events (potato chips and beer for a sports event).
The problem with returned food is that it often has defects in its packaging due to transport-damage. Even when free of faults, the expiry date for returned food is often shorter. Returned goods are usually unsellable.
Products that do not have the producers’ brand, but the brand of the chain store they are exclusively sold in.
=End Of Life-Goods, goods that are no longer produced or promoted (often just the package) but are otherwise flawless.
Produced to fit one special time in the year (such as chocolate products for Christmas or Easter); can be sold for several weeks only.
More goods are produced than consumed. On the one hand, this is due to the stores and customers who want a wide range of brands for any product and each single one in full stock every day and hour; on the other hand, this is due to agriculture where the final amount of goods is unpredictable. Overproduction is the most controversial part of dealing with surplus goods.