Alterra Coffee and Bright Tea packets carry long shelf lives of eight months to a year, and as the largest distributor in our area, we turn over our inventory in about a week. Still, thanks to the confusing expiration date code, we sometimes get asked if we are selling outdated or expired product. Here’s how you can check the shelf life yourself:
The key to understanding Mars Drinks’ coding is to understand that the printed date is a sell-by date, in year-month-date format. Specifically, yy.mm.dd — such that 11.08.16 represents a sell-by date of August 16th, 2011.