Stock Rotation & Product Shelf-Life.

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Our products will stay fresh for many months / even years, IF you can store them under refrigeration….which is just not practical most of the time! If not refrigerated, shelf-life mainly depends on the temperature – in hotter conditions the good oils in the almonds, cashews, coconut, hemp & brazil nuts will deteriorate much more quickly (start going rancid). The spirulina & chlorella in Pondy will become ‘stronger tasting’ – this is not a good thing! Bugs have also been an issue sometimes in our products (creatures love making their homes in organic produce).  Always this has happened in summer, & often when the stock has been allowed to spend time in the sun / warm areas. This is why it is sooo important to keep stock out of the sun, & rotate older stock to the front of stall so it sells first at a market…HEAT IS THE ENEMY OF FRESHNESS!

We give all bags a 6 month shelf life on the stickers, to make sure everyone consumes them at their peak nutritionally, but if you want to buy in bulk & hold stock for long periods, we recommend refrigeration / storage in the coolest part of the house to maintain optimum freshness. Nothing will happen from eating old stock, but it won’t taste anywhere near as yummy, & some nutrient value will have been lost. Old stock is best not sold – if in doubt – turn it into bread / muffins / something you can eat at home, rather than sell it to a customer (who you normally only have one chance to impress)!

Quick checklist to make sure customers are getting fresh stock:

COURIER:

Your local courier MUST be leaving stock orders in the shade, not just delivering stock & dumping boxes in the sun (you have to drum it into them sometimes, if ever this is a problem – notify HQ immediately, it is important.

STORAGE:

Choose the coolest part of your house to keep stock in. The less exposure to heat, the fresher your product will stay, the more impressed your customers will be, the more they will buy & tell their friends, the happier you will be!

IN TRANSIT:

Never leave your car parked in the heat with stock inside. goodMix dies in hot cars – find shade that you know will last. Don’t book lunch with a mate after a market & forget you’ll have a car full of stock! Also with utes – stock will still get hot under the cover while driving – you’ll need to insulate somehow to protect it.

PACKING THE CAR AT NIGHT:

Wait until the car is cool before packing stock ready for next morning (you can pack everything else, but leave the stock boxes until later).

SETTING UP / PACKING DOWN:

Check the temperature of ground before putting stock boxes down. A warm afternoon can turn bitumen or concrete into a hotplate, which you then put your stock straight onto whilst setting up the stall / making a pile to pack the car. Put something between stock & a hot surface (i.e. 2 bits of wood, your folded table cloths or whatever – just keep stock off the hot ground. Leave your tent up until the last possible moment to shade stock, or move bins into a shady area.

AT STALL:

Watch the sun! Keep an eye on your tables, if you see sun shining on bags, you’ll need to move either the tent, the stock, or the tables – whichever is most practical (sometimes you can use signs to block it, & do use your umbrella, moving as required). Remember when booking new markets or changing position – ask for a back to sun spot, as your product is heat-sensitive. When stocking the tables, check the BB stickers quickly as you go, any older ones just put to the side as you set up the display, then add the older stock to the front / top / into a known spot so you can hand it to customers first (obviously without telling them you need to get them the oldest stock, just be conscious that if it doesn’t move this week, it will only get older & might be best ‘written off’ as poorly managed).

IF DROPPING STOCK INTO YOUR RESELLERS, CHECK THEIR EXISTING STOCK DATES FOR THEM – THEY WILL APPRECIATE A FRESHER REPLACEMENT IF STOCK GETTING A LITTLE SHORT, THIS IS UP TO YOU BUT ANY HELP YOU CAN GIVE THEM WITH STOCK MANAGEMENT WILL ULTIMATELY COME BACK TO YOU WITH MORE ORDERS :)

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