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#1 Andy_Yellows

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Posted 20 September 2017 - 09:44 AM

Hi everyone, the company I work for currently sells bananas by the kilo or individually to catering outlets but are looking to change to selling by the bunch (basically this is just to save the time in weighing/counting). I've done some research to see if this is allowed or not but am not getting too far. I was thinking it would make sense if we were allowed to sell by the bunch as long as a specified minimum weight and individual quantity were met (a bunch must consist of at least 4 fingers and weigh at least 800g for example). Can anyone shed any light on this situation and possibly post a link to some guidance on whether bananas and other products can be sold "by the bunch"?

 

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Posted 27 September 2017 - 08:14 AM

Hi Andy,

 

That's an interesting question. The point which is decisive in this case is:

  • Whether the bananas are pre-packaged or not

Because if they are not pre-packaged and presented to the consumer in this way, the consumer can see and judge what he or she buys. And in that case, there is nothing wrong with such a way of presentation.

 

Putting a packaging around the bunch, even if it's a transparent foil, will change the whole thing (you will need to guarantee a quantity in he packaging).

 

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#3 Andy_Yellows

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Posted 27 September 2017 - 08:47 AM

Hi Gerard, 

 

Each individual bunch of bananas would come into us wrapped in bubble wrap, in an 18kg box. Since posting I have spoken to our local trading standards authority who have said bananas can only be sold by the weight or by the count and therefore selling by the bunch (even with a minimum weight and count specified) would not be allowed which is a shame  :(

 

Many thanks for your input nonetheless. Kind regards,

 

Andy


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Posted 28 September 2017 - 08:01 AM

Hi Andy,

 

It remains interesting, this question and what a surprising answer! Good that it has been clarified. 

 

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Gerard


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