Asda is making a big change to popular food items – and it will seriously divide shoppers opinion | The Sun

ASDA is making a big change to popular food items and it could divide shoppers' opinions.

The supermarket giant has said it will remove use by dates on more than half of its own-brand yoghurts.


It will then replace them with best before dates in a bid to help customers reduce food waste.

Asda will implement the change over the next few weeks and shoppers should notice the new labels on products like natural yoghurt, Greek yoghurt and strawberry and hazelnut.

Some shoppers will be happy because it means they'll reduce food waste and hopefully save more money.

But some might argue that it could reduce the number of items going to the yellow sticker section and therefore being sold at a cheaper price.

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Stores will often reduce the price of food nearing its use by date to shift stock and avoid food wastage.

The food is still good to eat, and in some cases you can freeze what you buy so it will last that bit longer too.

Supermarkets have been making similar changes recently in a bid to help the environment, particularly with best before dates – see the full list.

On top of that, Tesco is introducing plant-based packaging which will allow shoppers to recycle their tea bags.

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The supermarket sells over one billion tea bags every year and the move will see that all own-brand tea bags are fully recyclable by the summer.

Asda introduced plant-based tea bags late last year.

Retailers have also been ditching their usual colourful packaging for milk tops to help the environment.

Supermarkets like Lidl, Aldi, Waitrose and Co-op have replaced them with clear plastic lids which can be recycled more easily.

It means shoppers will have to look a lot closer at the labels, instead of glancing at the top of bottles.

A green lid usually signals that it's semi-skimmed milk, and a red cap is for skimmed milk, while blue is for whole milk.

How can I save on my supermarket shop?

There are plenty of other ways to save on your supermarket shop.

You can try looking out for yellow or red stickers on products which show when they've been reduced.

If the food is fresh you'll have to eat it fast, or freeze it to have another time.

Sometimes even timing your shop to stock up just as items are discounted on the shelves can help you get the best bargains – lots of shoppers have said this is in the evening typically.

Making a list could save you some money too as you'll be less likely to make any rash purchases when you get to the supermarket.

Going own brand can be one easy way to save hundreds of pounds a year on your food bills too.

That means going for "own" or "value" type products instead of "finest" or "luxury" lines.

Plenty of supermarkets run wonky veg and fruit schemes as well where you can get cheap prices if they're misshapen or imperfect.

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For example, Lidl runs its Waste Not scheme offering boxes of 5kg of fruit and vegetables for just £1.50.

Parents can get up to £442 in Healthy Start vouchers that they can use at the supermarket, on food and more for their children, for example.

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