Our sandwiches don’t last 3 weeks!!
Cafe Alba make a lot of sandwiches…. I mean loads!
The freshness of our products is something we have become a stickler for and this has worked in our favor as we have a good reputation for the standard of our produce. Most of our sandwiches go out on buffets but maybe 100 per week go into food vending machines in workplaces. The use by date is always 3 days for us, and is often taken out and binned after 2 days, because we want the product that bears our logo to be of the highest standard.
Recently I was walking through the cash and carry and saw a tray of sandwiches that had a 3 week expiry on them! we have been scratching our heads to figure out what kind of food could last that long? Sure with preservatives and vacuum packing you could get the bread to stay, but what about the Tuna Mayo? what would it even taste like after being locked up for 3 weeks!
Fresh bread will last for 4-5 days, but the filling inside can affect the quality of the bread, mayo for example will make the bread soggy, salad products will go off quicker than the bread!
The addage, you get what you pay for, could not apply more than it does in the world of catering. Next time you are grabbing a sandwich, if its just over £1 and has an expiry date longer than a few days then maybe head for the fruit aisle.
Off course if it has a Cafe Alba logo on it you can rest at ease knowing Linda or Ian made it in the last 24 – 48 hours with the best Scottish produce we can get our hands on!