Waitrose has been rated Britain’s worst giant on-line retailer for grocery freshness, in accordance with analysis.
The patron group Which? investigated the standard and longevity of contemporary produce from British supermarkets. Twelve undercover customers ordered greater than 1,000 objects from six retailers to look at how contemporary their foods and drinks merchandise have been.
Every Which? shopper ordered the identical 16 perishable objects from every of the net supermarkets. Analysts totalled up the variety of full hours remaining from the time of supply to midnight on the use-by date for every merchandise and calculated a mean time per grocery store.
Tesco got here high for freshness, with objects lasting a mean of 11 days. The grocery store confirmed the anticipated shelf lifetime of perishable objects on its web site and had no examples of broken packaging or meals that had gone off by the point it was delivered, in contrast to some rivals.
Tesco was intently adopted by Asda, which had a mean of 10.5 days of shelf life on its merchandise on all grocery objects, though it did ship one pack of bacon on its use-by date.
The net-only agency Ocado was intently behind Asda with a mean lifetime of 10.4 days for merchandise.
Waitrose, which launched its on-line enterprise final yr after ending a partnership with Ocado, was backside of the desk, with objects lasting a mean of 8.6 days. It additionally delivered two packets of beef that appeared to have gone off, regardless of being inside their use-by dates.
Waitrose stated: “We all the time prepare our companions to select merchandise with the longest best-before date for on-line deliveries. We’re sorry this fell wanting our excessive requirements and are dedicated to creating this higher for our clients.
“Sometimes we generally shorten the date codes on sure contemporary produce to make sure it’s at optimum high quality, so this may increasingly even have been an element behind the outcomes.”