Information on our Packaging & about our Minimum Spend

Thank you for shopping online with us, we care about the quality of our meats & the service we provide whilst delivering great value for money.

£29.50 min spend UK next day £9.95 delivery charge

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When shopping online for meat you expect your products to arrive in perfect condition as described on our website, this can only happen if 2 things happen; first, the products need to be handled carefully when packing, secondly; you need the right box for it to be shipped in. We only use recyclable premium packaging; this will ensure the products are kept under temperature & don’t get damaged during transit.

We have excellent Slow Thaw Gel Packs that, at -18°c, stay frozen for longer & that cover a larger area in the boxes, the packaging is a cost of £6.00-£8.50 per box, it is sturdy, waterproof & keeps your meat under temperature for much longer.

Once your order is packed correctly, it needs to be delivered on time in good condition… every time. We have many different courier services available to us & only use those with a proven track record. The cheapest couriers are not always the best & we pay a little extra using only the best delivery service, as you want your meat order to arrive undamaged, on time & under temperature.

We make sure that all home deliveries are collected from us at -18°C & are packed correctly, we are unable to guarantee all of the items will be frozen upon arrival. We have tested deliveries to many different locations over several days & some items were 3°C when delivered. This was in the height of summer to places like the South Of France.

You should be able to place all items straight into the freezer, as they will all be frozen or just above freezing.

The £6.95  & £9.95 delivery cost for next day service to your door means you can shop safely in your home on your mobile phone or tablet, whilst lowering emissions for a greener environment. Let us come to you making your life a little tastier & more convenient.

About the packaging we use

All our products are shipped in recyclable packaging using two suppliers, Icertech & Hydropac. They both make purpose designed boxes for carrying food & medical supplies chilled via the national courier network.

All boxes are corrugated for strength & insulation, we then have a recyclable bubble liner sleeve that fits perfectly inside that is leak proof, & adds an additional layer of insulation to the packaging. Once the box is assembled, we then add frozen gel packs to the bottom, the 20% recycled polystyrene sheets are added between the liner & box, also the top if room.

Your meat is then placed on top of the frozen Gel Packs, then additional frozen gel packs are placed on top before the self-sealing liner is closed. The box can then be sealed closed with additional tape, labelled & stored in the freezer at -18°c until collected by courier.

Great care is taken to ensure that your purchases are delivered to you in excellent condition, & the cost of the packaging complete can cost us between £6.50 & £8.50 per box. The packaging & delivery of your order is the final link in the chain, it has to be temperature controlled & products protected during handling, so this is not a cheap quick fix with jiffy bags or air pocket solutions.

To ship something in a non-temperature controlled box is a fraction of the cost, so clothing, accessories small items are very cheap so they can offer free packing & postage. We don’t have hidden costs at Sherwood, & don’t inflate the prices to compensate for losses on the postage & packaging, so we are constantly looking to find a cheaper solution so we can offer bigger savings to our online clients.

There are other uses for the packaging once your order has been delivered, & we are pleased that all of it is recyclable, please see examples below.

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Reusing your packaging:

There are other uses for the packaging once your order has been delivered, & we are pleased that all of it is recyclable, please see examples below.

Reusing the Inner Liner:

The inner liners are waterproof & sealable, this makes them a ready made fold down insulated way of carrying food. This can be for chilled shopping in the back of the car or simply a family picnic (weather permitting !). Another use for all the liners you accumulate with your deliveries; is to unfold them & stick them to the wall behind radiators at home, this allows the heat to be reflected back into the room because of the silver surface.

A fantastic way to save money on your energy bills at home through simple use of our packaging.

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Reusing the Strong Cardboard Box:

Our strong double skinned cardboard boxes are great for storing items at home. These are a good size at 28-42 litres & will be easily sealed shut for storage in loft or garage areas, protecting the contents. Kids toys like Lego or wooden bricks are fairly heavy & awkward to store, these boxes are strong enough with enough volume to take a large amount. If you have pets like cats & rabbits, they love to play with an empty box!

Reusing the Slow Thaw Gel Packs:

You can recycle the plastic from these packs, but the gel does have to go into the bin once it’s done its job. Don’t try to pour the gel down the sink, as it could block your drains.

Before you think about disposing of it, there are lots of things you can do to reuse gel packs. These are expensive to buy & are very useful for picnic boxes or insulated cold boxes, they can be reused as many times as you like as they are fully washable.

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1. Ice baths

If you’re in to sports or exercise of any kind, an ice bath can be a great idea if you’ve been pushing yourself quite hard. Drop the frozen ice packs into cold water as a whole pack, without removing the plastic.

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2. Ice packs

If you’ve really overdone it, use one of our packs to ease tight muscles and swelling. Make sure you wrap the pack in a clean towel or similar material so it doesn’t burn your skin.

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3. Cooling your shopping / picnic

If you’ve run out of our cooling bags, use the ice packs or sheets in ordinary plastic bags and place them amongst your shipping / picnic to keep it all cool.

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4. Gardening

If you prefer taking it easy in the garden, rather than rushing around doing all that exercise, open the plastic pack and mix the gel contents in with the soil around your plants. It’s a very efficient water retainer to keep plants thriving if they’ve been without rain for a while, and the gel will absorb both water and nutrients in the soil or your compost, so the plants can take them up as needed.

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Contacting SHERWOOD WHOLESALE FOODS

If you have any questions about our delivery options please write:

By email:
hello@sherwoodfoods.co.uk

By phone:
+44(0)7821 120 186