In praise of Monoprix supermarkets

Apr 24th, 2007, 06:50 AM
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In praise of Monoprix supermarkets

Monoprix has long been the only supermarket chain in France to have a "freshness dot" on its refrigerated products. If the dot is red, the product is still fine, but if it turns black, it might not be good anymore (because it warmed up at some point, stayed out for too long, or some other reason). However, the black dot has never really stopped anyone from buying an item (especially tourists who don't know what it is for).

Today, I did some shopping at Monoprix and saw that they have started a new system (although the dot system is still on most products). There is now a clear plastic tag covering the bar code on the products. If it gets too old or is not refrigerated properly, the plastic tag becomes opaque and blocks the bar code. Now, even stupid people cannot buy products that may have gone bad.

Has anybody come across either of these systems anywhere else?
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Apr 24th, 2007, 07:33 AM
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Never seen it here in FL, but it sounds great! I hate having to twist and turn packages trying to find the sell by or best by dates!I hate it even more when I forget .
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Apr 24th, 2007, 07:40 AM
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Kerouac, that system is sooooooo way ahead of us down here in darkest ol' Africa! You lucky lucky person. Only our banking systems leave Europe out in the cold. Especially the UK.
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Apr 24th, 2007, 08:07 AM
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no never seen it here or anywhere. Interesting.

Anyway i luv Monoprix in Paris - really scrumptious inexpensive sandwiches and pastries and breads.
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Apr 24th, 2007, 08:16 AM
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clever french idea
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Apr 24th, 2007, 08:37 AM
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Sounds like a good idea. I've seen plenty of out of date produce on Monoprix shelves (red dot having turned blacker than black) so if this stops them from selling it (or eejits like me from buying it) then tant mieux!
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Apr 24th, 2007, 08:38 AM
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tant mieux?
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Apr 24th, 2007, 08:48 AM
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tant mieux = so much the better
tant pis = too bad, never mind, that's tough
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Apr 24th, 2007, 08:49 AM
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tant pis sounds sassy
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Apr 24th, 2007, 08:53 AM
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and here's silly moi who believed all french people did their fresh produce shoppings in their neighbourhood "marche"...
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Apr 24th, 2007, 11:15 AM
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i love monoprix!!
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