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The information below is for UK deliveries, for European and Worldwide delivery information go to the bottom of this page.
How much does delivery cost?
We can deliver anywhere in the UK with the exception of the Channel Islands, which for the purposes of shipping are considered International, and currently beyond our reach.
Shipping costs do vary according to where in the UK you live, as Zonal Surcharges are applied to deliveries in more remote parts of the UK. We do absorb part of the cost of these charges and have created the following deliery fee tariff.
Zone 1 = £5.99 (48HR) or £6.99 (24HR)
Isle of Wight = £11.99 (48HR)
Zone 2 = £14.99 !!Please note delivery will take more than 1 day!!
Zone 3 = £16.79 !!Please note delivery will take more than 1 day!!
How much can you send?
Within the UK, we have restricted our maximum parcel weight to 26 kilos. This is because DPD will not carry parcels over 30kg and we have to make an allowance for packing materials (boxes, ice packs, biofoam, etc.). You may order larger amounts, but the shop will charge you for an additional parcel - which will be necessary to ensure goods are not damaged in transit.
How long will delivery take?
This will depend somewhat on what you order and where you live:
We pack items that require chilling with special chilled pads that can keep products chilled at less than 5 degrees for over 30 hours.
Please also note that all orders are subject to acceptance of our Terms and Conditions, which state that chilled items are being ordered for immediate consumption. By which we mean that chilled items that are ordered should be consumed with 3 days of arriving. While we have never found these products to have problems with either short shelf lives or spoiling in transit, we make no guarantees that the food will be suitable for longer periods of storage before consumption.
Additional Notes on Chilled Items
We ran VeganCheese previously from 2004-2005 and a few people raised concerns that we were selling Sheese as an ambient product and sending it through the post. They reasoned that it was a 'cheese like' product and the label said keep chilled so it must be risky in some way. Naturally, we do not take risks with people's health so we had already made enquiries with the manufacturers before we sold it regarding its ambient stability.
Many vegetarian products, especially those that imitate meat and dairy products carry information that recommends that the be treated as meat and dairy products... this also helps customers to find them, as you would expect to find a dairy free 'cheese' in a chilled cabinet with other cheeses... However, these products are not the same and the storage advice given is in our experience very conservative. In their packaging, protected from airbourne bacteria, and the effects of the air (which can make things discolour and dry out) many products cope very well outside of the fridge.
The proof of the pudding for any doubting Thomases out there is the fact that we had some Sheese from the remaining stock of the first incarnation of VeganCheese from 2004-2005) that 'expired' in February 2006 - it was never stored in a fridge before that date, and since then was stored in a garage, a caravan (at the height of summer) and more recently upstairs at Vegeco HQ. It had no signs at all of spoilage - in fact Damian, one of the company directors had been eating it for some time and said that the flavour had matured!! However, this rare 'vintage cheese alternative' will not be available to the public - its now all reserved for Damian.
Guidelines by manufacturers:
In these increasingly litigious times manufacturers are increasing conservative about estimates of their product durability. Generally, advice about how to store such items are about how to ensure that the items achieves its full shelf life. So recommendations to keep a product that has a three month shelf life at 2-5 degrees will ensure that the product remains in its best condition before consumption up to that date. However it cannot be assumed that after that date the food automatically becomes dangerous, nor that if they they are dangerous if consumed after being stored in different conditions for a short while. Many people will buy frozen and chilled products from supermarkets and have them out of these optimium conditions for what can be hours before getting home and chilling them again... this rarely leads to problems. We just have to be sensible about avoiding unnecessary risks.
Special Terms and Conditions for Chilled Items:
Orders placed over the internet have the protection of the 'Distance Selling Regulations', which are intended to ensure that you are not ripped off by unscrupulous online traders. Generally this means you will have the right to return goods that are faulty or sent in error, etc. However, there are some parts of our service which are exempt from these regulations, in particular regarding chilled products, which are not returnable by their nature. which is explained below:
In our Terms and Conditions you must accept the following reasonable points:
2. You accept that the products are safe for periods of time even when not chilled below 5 degrees.
3. You accept that we endeavor to send parcels with chilled items as fast as possible, but that you have a responsibility to provide an accurate address for delivery and to be available, or to arrange to have someone available to take the parcel in for you and place chilled items in a refrigerator. You indemnify us against any liability for the products in cases where they cannot be delivered by errors or omissions in the delivery information you provide to us or if a driver is unable to leave the parcel at the address you have provided regardless of 'no signature required' stickers or messages to leave without signatures'.
4. You agree that you have a responsibility to inspect your products for signs that they may be unfit for consumption and report any concerns within 24hrs.
I am outside the UK, how much will delivery cost?
This will depend on where in the world you are. To find out if we can ship to you and how much it will cost, just make an order and go to the checkout. Before you have to enter any personal information or payment details you can select your country and then see the delivery cost.
Please note that we do not send chilled goods outside of the UK as it is impossible to maintain their temperature in international deliveries.
How long does international delivery take?
This will also depend on what you order and where you live. International Airmail could take around 7 working days (depending how far you are from the UK and how remote your location is for your postal services). Please allow two weeks for your parcel to arrive. After that we would like to hear from you so we can check on its status.