Aldi Foods

Aldi Stores Aldi
, short for Albrecht Discount, is an international discount supermarket chain based in Germany.

History
In 1946, brothers Karl and Theo Albrecht took over a small store in a suburb of Essen, Germany, their mother had opened in 1913. Soon after they opened another retail outlet nearby and by 1950 owned 13 stores in the Ruhr Valley.

A priority for the Albrecht brothers was cost cutting: by the end of World War II, they had nearly perfected the philosophy of the “limited assortment” grocery store. The brothers did not advertise their business, did not sell fresh produce and kept their outlets small.

The brothers split the company in 1960s over a dispute about whether to sell cigarettes. By then, they had operated 300 shops and earned some DM 90 million per year. Two years after the split, which broke the chain into two legally and financially separate entities, they introduced the name Aldi. From then on, the Albrecht brothers’ business operated as Aldi Nord (Aldi North), which was known as Aldi Market, and Aldi Sud (Aldi South).

The companies continued to expand, Aldi Nord growing into 35 independent regional branches with about 2,500 stores, and Aldi Sud growing into 31 companies with 1,600 stores. In the 1970s and 80s, after the German reunification and the fall of Iron Curtain, Aldi expanded internationally, eventually operating some 8,210 individual stores worldwide. Both Aldi Nord and Aldi Sud operate markets mainly in Europe, but Aldi Sud also operates in the United States and Australia, among other locations.

In 1976, Aldi opened its first American store in Southeastern Iowa, continuing to use the Albrect philosophy: “When you buy a can of peas at Aldi, you’re paying almost entirely for the can of peas.” Aldi claims it saves customers money by leaving out the “army of stackers,” “piped-in music,” fancy display” and “gimmicks and games.”

In order to offer less expensive items, Aldi manufactures its products without the various factors — packaging, transportation, stocking, staff turnover and others — that tack pennies on to the final price consumers pay. To further reduce cost to the consumer, Aldi encourages customers to bring their own shopping bags, but also offers grocery bags for sale. To further reduce costs, Aldi’s shopping carts are available to rent for a quarter (deposit returned with the cart), thereby eliminating the need to pay an employee to recover carts. The store telephone numbers are unlisted to avoid needing an employee to answer the phone. Aldi’s labor costs are about 4 percent of store sales.

Aldi stores sell their own brand label foods, beverages and inexpensive household items, including electronics and appliances. It limits the number of outside brands it sells, usually to one or two per product, in order to increase sales and keep Aldi stores smaller than supermarkets that offer more diversity for a similar range of products. Aldi does not accept manufacturers’ coupons, although some stores in the U.S. experiment with a store coupon successfully.

Like some no frills, warehouse-style stores, Aldi does not decorate its aisles or fill all of its shelves. It offers pallets of its products, boxed in cardboard, which it places alongside aisles for customers to pick from.

The company maintained its policy of not advertising in Germany, with the exception of a weekly newsletter of special prices, because, it claims, the cost-saving measure can be passed down to consumers. In the U.S., Aldi advertises regularly through newspaper inserts and television commercials. Aldi is known to do its advertising in-house, so as not to spend money on an external advertising agency.

Although it had a reputation for being cheap and selling low-quality products, Aldi’s success hasn’t wavered. It continues to expand in Australia, England and the United States.

Stats

Headquarters: Batavia, Illinois
Number of Stores: 1,400 in the U.S., 8,500 worldwide
Number of Employees: 11,000
Annual Revenue: $68,700 million (U.S.)
Geography: Germany, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Denmark, France, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Slovenia, Spain, Switzerland, United Kingdom, United States
 (36 states from Kansas to the East Coast)
Demography: Bargain hunters and do-it-yourself shoppers
Subsidiaries: Combi, Hofer

Brands

Fit & Active
Grandessa Signature
Beaumont Coffees
Benner Tea Company
Summit Soft Drinks
Nature’s Nectar Juice
Lacura Skincare and Beauty Products
Tandil Laundry Detergent

Important Links
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Circular and Specials (U.S. only)
Jobs and Careers
Store Locations
Contact information
Online shopping – NA

112 Comments

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  2. Gene S January 1, 2017 at 7:20 pm - Reply

    Why is there no mention of Albrecht-owned Trader Joe’s operation?

  3. MV November 2, 2016 at 6:49 pm - Reply

    Don’t be fooled with low prices, doesn’t mean good quality. Still love Stated Bros, Sprouts, TJ, Ralphs

  4. Sandi Kisner October 5, 2016 at 1:39 pm - Reply

    I am planning on visiting your store in Cumberland, Md do you offer motorize carts, I am in a wheel chair?

  5. Kinzee December 10, 2015 at 11:57 am - Reply

    Does Aldis sell cigarettes?

  6. Tom December 8, 2015 at 7:18 am - Reply

    It will be sad when Aldis goes out of business when Western Europe collapses soon and breaks out into civil war due to 10,000 refugees arriving daily.

    • Jo January 14, 2016 at 9:12 pm - Reply

      Such a bad attitude Tom

  7. Hanan August 1, 2015 at 11:08 am - Reply

    Would like an aldi in Gilbert Arizona please

  8. Michele Torello March 14, 2015 at 9:42 pm - Reply

    I purchased your SHEP dog treats and I’m trying to find on the packaging how many you are allowed to give your animal per day, and am unable to find it. Could you please respond thank you

  9. Wanda Steele January 19, 2015 at 12:25 am - Reply

    We have an Alco store here in Red Bud that is closing and many people have voiced their opinion that an Aldi store would great to have in Red Bud. The only grocery store we have is an IGA and it is very expensive. I only buy their sale items. There are many Senior citizens here who are unable to drive out of town so they are more or less forced to shop at the IGA store. There is also a Dollar General store here.
    I would be very pleased if you would look into this. Thank you Wanda Steele

    • dana March 2, 2015 at 1:36 pm - Reply

      I agree with Wanda! An aldi in Red Bud would be great! We gave to drive a minimum of 20 minutes to get groceries reasonably priced

  10. Jack Coffield January 17, 2015 at 6:19 pm - Reply

    Are you coming to Canada?

  11. Ryan January 14, 2015 at 12:08 pm - Reply
  12. JJ Severson January 3, 2015 at 4:07 pm - Reply

    I don’t think this article is accurate. Aldi opened its first U.S. store in 1976 in Iowa City, IA, as it says on their own website. So, I’m not really sure you should trust anything on this site. Poorly researched.

    • Editor January 7, 2015 at 6:00 pm - Reply

      Can you please provide a link for that fact on their website?

  13. Monica December 29, 2014 at 5:04 pm - Reply

    does aldi sell cigarettes?

  14. jester November 13, 2014 at 11:50 pm - Reply

    Aldi has really stepped up their game in the past few years. The quality of food has really come around. I don’t do all my shopping at Aldi’s, but the shopping I do is well spent. Thanks Aldi’s for keeping food prices reasonable and more of my hard earned buck in my pocket.

  15. Andi Beschta October 23, 2014 at 8:31 pm - Reply

    I love ALDI for clearly labeling their products that are GLUTEN-FREE, but I must warn those with celiac disease to be very careful when purchasing any of these products. ALWAYS be sure to read the ingredient label to see if the product contains WHEAT, BARLEY OR BARLEY MALT, RYE OR REGULAR OATS, all forms of gluten that will make those with celiac disease very ill. It has come to my attention that the Choceur Candy has products that are labeled gluten-free and yet their ingredient label states that these products have barley malt or wheat in them. Newly diagnosed celiacs or those who are not yet familiar with the various names for gluten may purchase one of these products. It is very disappointing that ALDI has not made a decision to remove these products from their shelves to protect their customers from harm, even though numerous people have expressed concern. Customer safety should take priority over profit.

  16. Mary Reinhard Siegel October 5, 2014 at 9:03 pm - Reply

    How come there are so many questions but no answers? I have recently started shopping at Aldi’s on Buford Hwy.and quite pleased with shopping there. I try to read ingredients and have only been disappointed in only three products so far. Really like the produce and chocolate but I must admit that I am concerned by one of the customers referring to the seafood products from China. I do not eat them but my daughter does. I must also admit to curiosity about Batavia. IL. There are many can goods in the main stream grocery stores that come from China. For some reason, mushrooms are one of them. All things considered, I am pleased with Aldi’s.

    c

  17. Dave October 4, 2014 at 12:22 pm - Reply

    I like shopping at Aldi’s and hate wallyworld, but I also am concerned about food products from china, the way I understand it most of the food they make would make a cockroach puke. supposedly you can find out thru the upc code #, this is what will do. and to any of you out there who think Europe, or any country is better than USA in food production, water purification, or any thing than you are either young and naïve, or have never seen any other part of the world. don’t get me wrong some are better than others
    and some are downright 3rd world countries. If you hate America so bad leave. it is only just beginning turn bad hopefully we can save Her.

  18. Bert Orange September 28, 2014 at 9:13 pm - Reply

    Aldi’s is the best ever with a very perfect low price of delicious food plus sales of home things go use each week so low prices n wonderful.

  19. Judith Connell September 18, 2014 at 12:55 pm - Reply

    I read all labels – for Country of Origin – I don’t buy anything from China. After seeing a documentary about how they feed their tilapia fish using chicken droppings and the disgusting filthy ways they keep chickens, etc. I quit buying especially fish from China. I really like fish and its hard to find fish from any other source. I understand Bird’s Eye Foods has moved to China so they are out too. I trust items from Europe, Canada, Australia, South America – anywhere but China. I hope Batavia, Illinois means the product originates in the USA.

  20. R S September 13, 2014 at 11:23 am - Reply

    I purchased a container of Friendly Farms Greek Yogurt and opened to eat and there is a small green mold strip on the top. The sell/best by date is still days away. I tried to contact them but no phone number given, only email contact for customer service. It is a Saturday so it will be at least 2 days before it is read. Hope no one gets sick.

  21. Jim Alexander August 29, 2014 at 4:15 pm - Reply

    When can we expect to have an Aldi open in Mobile, Al.

  22. KENNETH LEITENBERGER August 19, 2014 at 12:52 pm - Reply

    I LOVE ALDI..miss it now im in florida from Ohio….to all the ALDI executives…There is a place called Meadowcrest…Crystal River Florida…the Winn Dixie because of a corporate merger just took over another store and moved out (sweet bay)…this empty building is not only a perfect opportunity but size wise perfect for an ALDI….Please look into it….

  23. Kevin Winkler August 16, 2014 at 10:33 am - Reply

    Hello Dumbass’s,
    The fellow that asked if products at Aldi were from China or elsewhere has a good point. I lived and worked in Germany for years. I speak, read and write German fluently and am married to a German citizen. You dumbass American kids today never concern yourselves with where a product comes from and therefore have an ever increasing unemployment rate and very shitty wages and no benefits. Jobs today are increasingly customer service jobs, which we suck at as well.
    I’ll tell you kiddies a little story about the krauts. Back in the 90’s Walmart wanted to expand into Europe and asked the Krauts if they would be receptive to American Walmarts and their cheap prices.
    The Krauts welcomed Walmart with open arms and hugs and kisses. SO, Walmart invested Billions of DM to build huge Walmarts in Germany thereby giving Germans TONS of jobs.
    THEN Walmart opened it’s six stores, and within two years had to close and sell their facilities (at have the initial construction costs) to Edeka, Aldi, etc.
    The common German said to me, “there was nothing but Chinese crap in Walmarts and it was expensive”. LIARS! They want to dominate the globe with THEIR stores just like they do in todays European union!
    They suckered the Americans to build Walmarts there, knowing all the while that the German citizens would boycott Walmarts and force them out of business.
    Ask a Greek, Italian, Croatian, Serbian, Polish, etc., etc., what stores are in their countries—GERMAN stores and products.
    That’s why the rest of Europe dislikes Germans.

    • Tina October 6, 2015 at 1:57 am - Reply

      DumbJackass,
      Not all of us Americans shop or even like wal mart!! In fact I hate wal mart and will not shop there!! We all know this Mr Dumb Jackass. Why do you think we are all asking for Aldi shops to be open in our different areas, DUMB JACKASS!!!

  24. Allen Millian August 4, 2014 at 9:59 pm - Reply

    Dakota Western Beans are the best tasting beans. You can use them in so many different ways. The store in Belmont, NC no loner sells them. I really love them. Is there any way to buy them from your company. Thank you so much. Allen Millican

    Seem like at one time They were called Dakota Texas Western Beans

  25. Yvette McNary July 20, 2014 at 5:44 pm - Reply

    Aldi’s used to sale a lemon crème pie in the freezer section. It was the best thing ever, because I don’t care for lemon meruinge. Will you ever bring it back?

  26. jeanne July 1, 2014 at 8:17 pm - Reply

    I love Aldi Grocery stores. They are the only cheap grocery store that has quality products. The produce is great, never no rotten stuff, the dairy is really good, a whole lot better than Wal-mart. I like their spaghetti sauce, canned goods, coffee, tea, bread, spices, nuts, goat cheese, dark chocolate,ice cream,etc. I haven’t bought a lot of meat there, but what I did buy, was really good. Got some excellent barbecued ribs there. The stores are clean, the people working there are always really nice and helpful. I am in and out a lot faster than any other store, like Wal-mart who spreads the necessities from one end to the other, to keep you in the store longer. In most cases, I only buy what I need at Aldi’s. But the best part is I SAVE $500-$1000 a YEAR ON GROCERIES!! 10 Stars

  27. Kerry June 16, 2014 at 6:10 pm - Reply

    I haven’t shopped at Aldi in maybe 15 years. The quality of the food was so bad I quit going. However, with the cost of food on the rise in regular grocery stores, I thought maybe it was time to check it out. A lot of people I know shop there and were surprised that I didn’t since we have a large family of 7. I too, was curious as to where the food was made, so I decided to research it a bit…….I find it funny that people are asking about GMOs and stuff. What do you think you are buying when the prices are so cheap? Did you really think you would find high quality organic items here? The bottom line is this place is geared toward the cost conscious people. If you are worried about what is in your food then I wouldn’t shop here. As for me, I may check it out, give it another shot, but I have a feeling I will just continue to shop at costco

  28. Spoon May 20, 2014 at 7:30 am - Reply

    I don’t know what Parkview plant is making the Brats & Italian sausages we get in the Sedalia, MO store, but DON’T let them change the recipes. The brats are the best we’ve tasted…period! Both the hot and mild Italian links are also very good tasting and not a lot of excess fats/fillers, noted.

    Thanks ALDIs for keeping meals more affordable.

  29. L. Grisamore March 29, 2014 at 10:46 am - Reply

    To whom it may concern,
    I would like to start with saying I am a HUGE Aldi’s fan. I recently moved to Park Rapids, Minnesota from Iowa City, Iowa. I would like to request Aldi’s to open a store here. Park Rapids is in a major lakes area making it unique in that its population fluctuates throughout the year roughly by 20,000+ between May and September from families coming up to family cabins and resorts—similar to population fluctuations in Iowa City being a University town. Currently there are two grocery stores-Coborns and Hugo’s, also a super Walmart which serve not only Park Rapids but surrounding small towns that do not have grocery stores. I desperately miss Aldi’s, and know that not only would this company benefit greatly if they were to have a location here, but the people of Park Rapids and surrounding area would be truly grateful. Thank you for your time and consideration.
    L. Grisamore
    Park Rapids, MN 56470

  30. j.kirk March 28, 2014 at 6:54 pm - Reply

    I really like your sheps chicken and rice dog food but now i can’t find it in your Lyndhurst Ohio location. I ask one of the cashier’s what happened to it and she replied we order it and the don’t send it.Is it recalled. My dog loves it ,I hope you send it soon.Other dog owners have asked also. Thanks.

  31. shirley January 29, 2014 at 10:01 am - Reply

    I am very disappointed that your store no longer sell the sweet harvest jar fruit. Me and 28 of my very close friends live, eat this fruit daily. If you can’t return this product to our selves can you please advise us on how to order and buy this product we love.

    Thank you
    Memphis Tennessee 28

  32. John J Nelson December 16, 2013 at 9:30 am - Reply

    I lived in Germany for a total of 7 years (ex- military).Two of my favourite items are curryketchup and ziguener sauce,neither of wich I can buy in Leeds West Yorkshire.I can buy bratwurst and other foodstuffs but not those two.I am aware you cannot supply everything,but do you think there is a place somewhere I can buy these items.At the moment I buy them on Amazon,and I pay for them.Please help,I am on my last jars of both.

  33. Hans December 13, 2013 at 2:48 pm - Reply

    Amazing the concern with products from China and that one would “never buy a Chinese product”. Well, I don’t know of any Chinese product at Aldi and let’s face it, if you clear Chinese products from American shelves, stores would be almost empty and Walmart would have to close down completely. Secondly, people want the best but don’t want to pay for it. Lastly, people want to buy American but what they want to buy is no longer made in America for above reasons.
    Aldi is a great store for basics, often offers superior quality and does indeed respond to complaints. Customer service answers within 24 hours….if you have a PC or Laptop. It is a very good alternative to stores with music , artificial thunderstorms and greeters. Don’t demand Dollar Store prices at Neiman Marcus….it’s that simple.

  34. Denise Queen October 30, 2013 at 7:40 am - Reply

    I frequently shop at Aldi. I like the produces and prices. A couple weeks ago I bought a German pound cake with Almaretto liquor. We liked it so much wanted to buy more.
    Cannot find it any longer. I don’t think it was a “special”. Have you stop selling it?

  35. alan wagner September 27, 2013 at 10:59 pm - Reply

    I will NEVER shop at Aldi again . The McKnight rd store #69 rips customers off . I have been over charged six out of seven trips to this store . I sent a complaint to corporate and the response was more of an insult than being over charged . ” Sometimes errors occur” was the reply I got . Six out of seven times ?? Should be ALWAYS errors occur . I was charged for an item not even in my cart the very last trip . In a thousand trips to ANY other grocery store , I was NEVER charged for an item that wasn’t in my cart . This has happened four times at this store . There is a Bottom Dollar and Good Cents a mile away and that is where I will spend my money from now on . They can stick the half hearted “sorry ” up their a$$ . For less than fifty dollars , they lost my $1800.00 average yearly purchases there . And people wonder why companys go out of business ? If they had any customer service , I would have recieved a ” sincere ” apology instead of a bullshit excuse and would consider shopping there again.

  36. LARRY SMITH September 24, 2013 at 8:55 pm - Reply

    Who was the idiot at Aldi’s that rearranged the store? NOT AN IMPROVEMENT. I went to a new Ruler (Kroger) store that is set up to compete with Aldi, and the prices are just as good and nicer store.

  37. Ann Strickland August 17, 2013 at 4:20 pm - Reply

    I am very disappointed with the products that are listed in your Summer Savings book and items are NOT in the store. I really wanted 2 of the Adventuridge Directors Chair for $26.99. Is there any in any of your stores? I would be glad to pay for shipping, if 2 could be sent. It’s under camping pages 18 which does not expire until August. It looks as if this product was not even offered in our area. I do hold you to your policy. My address is 620 Nix Drive, Gainesville, GA 30501

  38. Mitzi Crawford August 9, 2013 at 7:00 pm - Reply

    We would love an Aldi’s in East Bend, NC or King, NC. Please think about it!
    Sincerely,
    M. Crawford

  39. Ed Wardyga June 18, 2013 at 1:14 pm - Reply

    With all the name brand products seeming to be using GMO (genetically modified organisms ) ingredients, does anyone know the status of Aldi’s products? I haven’t been able to determine that. Must of the product sold in the USA are manufactured in the US (and GMOs are allowed here). This includes breads, cereals, baking mixes, drinks, chocolate, etc. Very interested in knowing one way or another.

  40. Judy Fields June 13, 2013 at 9:30 am - Reply

    I love shopping at Aldi foods and my big complaint is that you don’t have enough stores open. I live in Boynton Beach Florida and the closest one is in Delray Beach. It’s not very convenient for me and there is a real need right here in Boynton Beach for your store. I would certainly do my major shopping at Aldi if one were closer to me. I have never bought anything there that was not quality food and you just can’t beat the price! Please take this into serious consideration. I just moved down here from Indiana this last fall and I’m convinced that people in this area are just not familiar with this company and that sales would boom right here.

  41. Judy Sloth June 4, 2013 at 10:25 pm - Reply

    People, ALDI follows the USDA and FDA country of origin labeling requirements. Basically, if it comes from a foreign country or is packaged there (which is always cheaper) it has to be labeled by law. However, if it just says “distributed by ALDI” then it means it originates from the USA. ALDI also confirmed this in writing to me when I went to their website at http://www.aldi.us and sent an email to the corporate office. They also have a Double Guarantee. Not everyone has a lot of money and so I understand when you are worried about every dime you spend, but ALDI offers great products and a low price… so stop bitching and just be thankful they exist to help feed your family. You don’t like how fast the cashiers put your groceries in the cart? Go to Dominicks or Jewel and pay 4x what you would at ALDI. You don’t like that the stores don’t have phone numbers? The people that work there are helping the customers IN THE STORE. Drive over there or call the corporate office for products.

  42. Jerry J May 7, 2013 at 2:26 pm - Reply

    I am a bit concerned at the antiprogress Aldi is making on a couple items. I enjoy shopping at the Greenfield, Wi store but these things recently bothered me.
    They now have one of their specials that last only until they are gone. “Snack-Pack” type pudding $1.79 . . . when they are something around $1.00 at a normal store. I think the price should have been marked $.79 but I am not sure.
    My kids like the “Sticks and Cheese” but sometimes the cheese is only 1/2 full, and typically 2/3 full, but never all the way full. And when dealing with kids that’s a pretty big deal.

  43. kathleen a mchale February 18, 2013 at 10:26 am - Reply

    2/18/2013 i was in canadaiguany to have a non driver’s id made,for some reason….to buy beer at byrne dairy or smokes at riteaid,some of the people who don’t know me,thankgoodness…and wound up at an aldi’s with someone,shopping.it’s a nice store,neat and clean,easy to find groceries.

  44. Edith Warren February 2, 2013 at 12:33 pm - Reply

    I live in Lehigh Acres, Florida. I miss having an Aldi store near by. I moved from a city where I had four stors near my house so I was in your store more than once a week. Now I have to drive two hours to get to the nearest Aldi store. Do you have any plans for coming to the Fort Myers, Lehigh Acres area any time soon? Please consider it for us folks in South West Florida. Thanks, Edith

  45. Cathy Virtz February 2, 2013 at 10:00 am - Reply

    I have been shppoing at aldi in westminster since they have open . Great prices and great tasting food .But this mornig I was very disapointed . Eggs went from 99 cents to 1.65 in 1 week .. The milk went from 1.99 to 269. in a week . Noticed price jumps on many other items i buy weekly..
    What happen to the comericial why do you have to pay higher prices and we can sell it for less. I guess like everything and everyone else who cares if people can’t afford . Just go back to my regular grocery store …

    • Ben June 13, 2013 at 10:52 pm - Reply

      On certain staple items (milk, eggs, sugar, flour, bananas….) Aldi bases their prices on the prices of their competitors. Aldi sends employees into the stores of their competition every week to check their prices, and it is then Aldi’s policy to beat those prices by a certain percentage. Aldi’s prices went up on those items because their local competitors went up as well.

      • Debra B. April 1, 2014 at 8:14 am - Reply

        Does anyone know if Aldi’s brand of tea called “Benner Classic Blend” has GMO’s (genetically modified organisms) or other possible toxins like soy lechithin, corn starch or artificial colors or so called “natural flavorings”? They can be treated with pesticides and I am worried about what is in this tea that I have used for a very long time. Can someone please advise me? Thank you!

  46. Janet weber January 21, 2013 at 3:23 pm - Reply

    I just signed up foryour newsletter and have the UK version, I l live in Usa, thankakyou!

  47. anne ney January 16, 2013 at 5:09 pm - Reply

    Hi,

    I love, love your oatmeal, walnut cranberry gourmet cookies. i have been buying the refrigerated dough and ready to eat cookies for quite a few years. I bought some recently and I noticed that the fat was higher and lo and behold, it’s now got palm oil in the ingredients. The others had butter or veg. oil. Palm oil is the worst oil for your health. Could you consider another recipe that doesn’t include this very unhealthy oil?

    Thanks so much,
    Anne Ney

  48. John Hawk December 11, 2012 at 11:31 pm - Reply

    I have been shopping at the ALDI store in Laurens, SC and the one product that I can no longer find is the “Breakfast Best” hot/spicy sausage patties. Your store carries the original patties but I have had no luck at finding the others even at the Greenville, scstore.
    When you have a product that sells, you should keep it in stock.

  49. Jimmy Matthews December 3, 2012 at 5:43 pm - Reply

    I started going to Aldi’s nearly 10 years ago, the one in Clay N.Y. I was pleasantly surprised that one landed here in Massachusetts only 20 minutes away.
    I am disappointed though that we bought a brand of peanut butter with honey mixed in.It was only in the store that one time. I have asked for it every time since and have been told that it may not come. Are there any plans for you to start carrying it again?
    Thanks for moving to Mass.

  50. nancy LaLiberte December 2, 2012 at 11:21 am - Reply

    still looking for the glazed pecans?? suppose to be in stores nov 12th! not here in minnesota-where can i order them from?? thank you!! packaged by southern grove!-sincerely nancy

  51. karen cline November 26, 2012 at 10:49 pm - Reply

    I love aldi’s I have been shopping there for about 25 years. Yes people used to think it was a cheap low-grade store, but they sure have come along way. I would rather have some of their products over name brands. Keep up the good work I will keep supporting you. Thanks for keeping the prices low.

  52. Butch Baker November 18, 2012 at 3:51 pm - Reply

    I’m wondering why did you change the formula on your diet cola. It was wonderful, however the new taste is way too sweet. A once very satisfied customer to an unsatisfied customer. I’m not the only one that’s noticed or dislikes the change. God Bless. BB.

  53. christine pausch September 23, 2012 at 2:35 pm - Reply

    Please please do something about your store in Clinton Twp., Mi (Hayes Road)and its cleanliness.
    It is absolutely disgusting to come to your store and see the filth on the ground where the baskets are stationed. As long as the store has been there, I do not think that the stall was ever hosed down and cleaned. I realize you go for cost effectiveness, but this ??? I will not come back til something is done and the place looks cleaner. Pardon the expression, but it is close to becoming a pig sty. Shouldn’t the carts be cleaned once in awhile?? The inside of the store has looked better too, specially when you open up the refrigerators. All in all I think you need to do some effective house cleaning here.Hope this can be resolved.
    Thank you
    C.Pausch

  54. Jo Ann September 10, 2012 at 6:58 pm - Reply

    I have been searching for the telephone number to one of your stores in our area, & I can’t find one. My husband went shopping there today, & when he got home he looked at the sales receipt to check the price of a package of asparagus, & found out he was charged twice for one package. He didn’t want to make a trip back there because of the distance & the price of gas, but he wanted to call to let them know so that he could get reimbersed the next time he went in. I understand that you don’t want people calling all the time when your salespeople don’t have time to answer phones, but I think it would be better business if there was a way to contact the local Aldi’s if there is a problem. I’ll be waiting to hear from you. Thank you.

  55. doris proper August 16, 2012 at 7:14 am - Reply

    we have been purchasing at least three bars per week of your Choceur dark hazelnut 7.05oz. chocolate bar. we can’t find them anymore have you stopped selling them. they are my husbands favorite.

  56. vicki nuckols August 4, 2012 at 9:05 pm - Reply

    I shop at 2 aldi stores in my area of georgia,i have noticed that the canned fruit and fruit in glass jars is now from china,I refuse to buy this,I checked my can goods and they say distributed by aldi as well as the cat foods,please tell me are not from china?If so,I will not be able to buy these any longer and I am a loyal customer of yours.I do not mind spending a few more cents for quality foods from the us or european but I will not buy from china.Thanks for answering my questions,a loyal customer,Vicki

    • Satrina October 4, 2012 at 8:49 pm - Reply

      Vicki I feel the exact same way. Searching for an answer regarding the country of originof their products is what brought me to this site. There is no indication on most products. Many items indicate China. I can no longer shop at Aldi’s either for this very reason.

  57. Bill S August 2, 2012 at 7:03 am - Reply

    I would really wish to know the country of orign of the coffee BEANS used in beaumont coffee !

    p.s we shop aldi’s 2-3 times a week.

  58. Rusty Carpenter July 5, 2012 at 7:32 pm - Reply

    where does your stone mill garlic come from

  59. Sandy Young June 20, 2012 at 4:28 pm - Reply

    I have recently started shopping at Aldi’s to save money. Much to my surprise is the quality of your products! Off name brands doesn’t mean shortage of quality! Your marketing should be “Discover Aldi’s, You Will Be Pleasantly Surprised!”

    P.S.
    I work in marketing.

  60. Carol June 14, 2012 at 8:39 am - Reply

    I am trying to find information about Beaumont decaf coffee, what is the process used for extracting caffeine, thanks

  61. Leslie May 30, 2012 at 11:47 pm - Reply

    I shopped at Aldi’s in Woodstock, GA before moving to Pensacola, FL. When will you open a store here?

  62. Beverly May 19, 2012 at 9:36 am - Reply

    I can’t seem to find anything online about where Aldi’s food is made? I’m beginning to get very suspicious. I don’t want anything that comes out of China. If it’s coming from anywhere overseas, that is a worry. It takes an average of 11 days for a cargo ship to sail from China to the United States and then it sits in Customs for an average of 4 days. Then it has to be distributed in the states which could take who knows how long. Which leads me to the question: How much preservative chemicals are they putting in their food to keep it fresh? Why can’t we find information as to where their food is made? All their packaging in the Illinois stores say “Distributed by Aldi’s, Batavia, IL”. I thought the law requires the manufacturing origin? What’s the big secret?

    • Judy September 30, 2012 at 4:01 pm - Reply

      I bought a box of the little snack pack of peaches. I have used 2 out of the box, today I started to get out the 3rd one and looked on the package and it said a product of China. The third and fourth snack pack went into the trash.

    • Omar April 13, 2013 at 10:22 am - Reply

      I recently read where the country of origin is not shown on food if it is shipped to another area ie: country or state. I will more than likely have the place where final distribution is made.

    • Anton March 24, 2014 at 6:32 am - Reply

      Beverly, I don’t think that you ever shopped by Aldi, because al the fresh food is bought Localy, do you realy think that the eggs, the bread, vegetables and the meat etc. comes from China ????.

      You want nothing out of China, not a tv , a mobile phone, the parts in your car, the parts in your fridge, in your dishwasser etc. this is realy laughable, very small minded, is america realy so good ??. lol

      Aldi, follows the Europian standard and that is better then the American.the secret is they have contracts with local growers, but they don’t want to tell who they are, that is normal bussiness, ask your Kmarkt, walmarkt etc, who the makers are, they give you then name and address, so you can visite that company and check the products ??, ha ha lol , no brains.

      • Bob May 6, 2014 at 5:12 pm - Reply

        Thank you Anton for your post
        If you don’t like it people don’t buy it jeeeeez !!!

      • Marty October 12, 2014 at 8:15 am - Reply

        Anton, many people are aware of China’s low human rights standards. Is it possible they don’t want to support those standards? Not wanting to purchase products from China may not be all about quality, but, rather, child labor and sweatshops. Chech your own small minded ness!

        • SCLee April 14, 2015 at 7:51 pm - Reply

          Marty are you aware the low wages keeps a family alive in China. Why is it that people like you will never understandread human rights, child labor, sweat shop & those labels just roll out of your mouth. The family in China is benifiting from your purchase. Your actually helping a family survive. What you think is making your point & standing up for your belief obviously you never had to live in poverty… I’m not speaking of American’s version of the word with Govt makes it easier! The cheap labor, feeds a family & child labor, the kids know they have to help. I know this, lived this & I thought it was what everybody did. You’re not the voice of humanity, get over yourself

  63. vantrist April 22, 2012 at 8:12 am - Reply

    My husband took my granddaughter shopping for ice-cream at Aldi yesterday. In puchasing grocies( nolonger just Ice-cream) for the home that care for 2 grandchildren( full-time ) the $50 cash was spent more wisely than at any other grocier in the area. But when the package or two( which was the limit) of strawberries were brought out after being washed, they were delelicious!
    Now we need to return today for 2 more( and it was yesterday the purshase was made), ok hopefully 4 since we are all going and can make 2 purshases!!

  64. AL BOURLAND February 25, 2012 at 10:10 pm - Reply

    MY WIFE AND I SHOP WEEKLY AT ALDI STORE IN HURST TEXAS. WE LOVE THE SPECIALTY ITEMS SUCH AS GERMAN CANDY AND MAPLE LEAF COOKIES. I WISHED ALL STORES WOULD CHARGE FOR THEIR FOOD CARTS AS THE PARKING LOT LOOKS NEATER AND PEOPLE I FIND SOMETIMES SWAP THE QUARTER FOR THE CART AT ONES OWN CAR INSTEAD OF HAVING TO RETURN IT.

  65. orville dean February 14, 2012 at 6:45 pm - Reply

    we buy canned goods at aldi every month but last month we bought whole green beans an they were so full oh stema that we gave them away we buy 2 cases every 2 months the freanc cut green beans are great but the whole cut cans are worthless you need to get another canner im not the only person who have had the same problum up seal on one can 041498120511 happy harvest best date by dec 2014

  66. Bill Welch February 10, 2012 at 12:58 pm - Reply

    I shop at the Aldi Store in Watertown, Wis I love it, I see many people shoping there and saving money. The store does very well here. Since you keep expanding all the time here in the Mid West, might you consider putting a Warehouse Distribution center here in Watertown? Bill

  67. Topplez Corporation September 26, 2011 at 5:23 am - Reply

    We would like to put our Cafe 125 in Aldi stores in Illinois. We submitted a few samples. We are hoping for a "yes."

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  69. Jo Hughes August 8, 2011 at 8:19 pm - Reply

    I was visiting my sister in law and brother last fall in Edwardsville, Illinois and we bought tomatoes for a salad at Aldi. As I was preparing the tomatoes I said there is nothing like an Illinois grown tomatoe. My brother said check the package and sure enough the tomatoes were grown in Wilcox AZ, small world.

  70. Linda Devers August 7, 2011 at 7:43 am - Reply

    My husband and I have been buying the sirloin steaks in the freezer section. The flavor is great; but the last 2 boxes we got the steaks were fatty and had gristle in them. We just had 2 on our grill and between the 2 steaks, we had probably at least half a steak which was not eatable. We are retired and on a fixed income. We were very disappointed in the steaks.

    We have bought bags of potatoes which had to be cut away as they were black under the peel. I love your frozen green beans; but again I opened a bag the last time and it had 2 large stems in the bag. I don`t usually say anything but the steaks were a huge disappointment. My husband said he would rather of had a hot dog.

    Linda Devers

    • Mary January 9, 2015 at 6:20 pm - Reply

      Linda, if you keep your receipt, then Aldi’s will take back any product that is not up to par. I do this when needed. It is quality control.

  71. trcy June 29, 2011 at 11:48 am - Reply

    I would like to know the closes aldi near arizona

  72. Jim T June 20, 2011 at 7:46 pm - Reply

    linosuso, are you kidding? Food standards in europe are much more strict than in the US. However, most of the Aldi goods are from local farmers and fields. With 8,000 stores it HAS to be with local involvements.

  73. Dylan Bekis June 20, 2011 at 6:23 pm - Reply

    Greetings! I've been reading your blog for a while now and finally got the courage to go ahead and give you a shout out from Humble Texas! Just wanted to say keep up the excellent job!

  74. Elizabeth McLane June 8, 2011 at 3:47 pm - Reply

    I have been purchasing your fruit flavored waters for awhile. Recently you are packaging 4 different flavors in a 24 pack. That's fine, but no orange anymore!

    (my favorite) seems to have been replaced by lemon (yuk) any chance of orange coming back?

  75. vee endicott May 31, 2011 at 9:33 am - Reply

    What I just experienced at my local Aldi store is something one might expect from Kroger where you get the item free if it rings up wrong. I got 5 bags of salmon where the shelf tag clearly said $3.99 a bag. It rang up $4.49 each. When I questioned it, the manager went and changed the sign and then told me to come and look at the price. I will not shop at Aldi again. It's sad to think they would loose a customer to save $2.50.

  76. linosuso May 10, 2011 at 4:29 am - Reply

    Although your distribution center is in Illinois, I would like to know where the products that you distribute are purchased. China??? Do the canned goods you distribute originate in another country??? Many other countries do not have the standards of the U.S. which makes me concerned about using them.

    • Howard January 2, 2012 at 10:57 am - Reply

      I will not buy any food product that dose not say made in USA

      • Bill S August 2, 2012 at 7:04 am - Reply

        You may have to if BHO is elected

      • Jeannot Kensinger May 29, 2015 at 9:40 pm - Reply

        Good luck with trying to find all products made in the USA.

    • Ruth May 16, 2012 at 10:42 am - Reply

      The products in ALDI’s are mostly made, grown in the USA, and Canada. None from China. . The prices at AlDI’s are great! It is my favorite store! There are no inapporiate magazines in AlDi’s which is great, because it is the only grocery store with no such garbage at the check out line, or elsewhere in the store!
      Plus, I think vee endicott,has the store she went to mistaken for somewhere else, as I have never had a problem with being overcharged at AlDi’s for anything. In fact one time the lady at the cashier rang up the can of corn that said it was marked down to .50 per can, and the register said it was higher, than this, and she still only charged me .50 for this.
      Linda, the AlDi’s stores will give you your money back for a ruined product and let you exchange it for a fresh one, as long as you return it with a reciept within a week from purchasing it. It is the ALDi’s policy to satisfy their customers.
      My only concern is the the shopping carts safety harnesses for children is damaged, or missing a lot from the stores nearby me.

      • lynn July 17, 2012 at 8:40 pm - Reply

        And your knowledge comes from …? I have been looking all over the net to find the manufacturers of Albi’s items and have had no luck.

        • Satrina October 4, 2012 at 8:44 pm - Reply

          Lynn I just went to Aldi’s. While the prices are great I was concerned too of origin, not interested in items made in China.
          Unfortunately a jar of peaches and 3 different types of fruit cups were from China. And many items did not state country of origin. I have lost a lot of interest in their products.

          • Diana December 17, 2012 at 1:33 am

            Obviously they are not familiar with health dept. and inspection guidelines. Everything has to list where it’s from. They can be written up and closed if they don’t have it clearly listed where something comes from. Especially produce. It has to be relabeled every time it comes in if it’s not from the same place. I know, because my husband is a retail grocery store manager.

          • gottrolled September 17, 2013 at 3:20 pm

            Well, smartass!

            What do you expect?

            China is the biggest producer of peaches, AND the peach originated from there.

            Honestly, stop complaining, and go buy at your snobby Whole Foods. I hope you noticed that college students have a budget, and we cant buy all your “natural” and “organic” crap. As long as the goddamn fruir is delicious, I will fucking eat it.

        • Anton March 24, 2014 at 6:13 am - Reply

          Is het realy important to know who makes the products, of cause Aldi gives that not away, if you want a bucket for a small price, is it then important where he is manufatured ?,

          Same is for al the other products, you want American stuff, buy in a American shop pay more or less, but spend your time better then looking for the manufactures from Aldi.

          Aldi follows the Europian standard, that is better then the American,
          Look to all the fat people in America, Mc Donald, Kentucky etc.

          I like Aldi, cheap, good quality and if I wil pay more I go to a more expensive shop, but I don’t whin about the manufactures, that’s childisch, have you seen, that all the fresh products comes from the locals ? for sure it does not come from China, but.. the chinese has to live too, so what ?, is American stuff better ? lol

          You do not have to buy from Aldi, You have the freedom to go where you like, there are more chops, why picking up Aldi ?, because it comes from Germany ?. Germany has solid stuff, see, Mercedes, Miele etc.

      • walter@genevaonline.com June 5, 2013 at 11:18 am - Reply

        Sorry. That is not true. Most of their frozen fish products come not only from China, but are raised in farm-ponds. often fed chemicals and antobiotics to keep them healthy, or whatnot. Maybe even make them grow faster, who knows for sure. I will not buy those products from any store.

        • Tedwardo February 26, 2014 at 5:59 pm - Reply

          To Gottrolled…there are some fine folks on this site, and then there’s you with that mouth and obsenity. It is obvious that your mind and body has been poisoned with fast food and junk food, and you are a product of your environment. Even after college, I doubt if your nutritional needs and responsibility to yourself will ever become a concern. Get a clue, and clean up your act.

          • Linda June 28, 2014 at 8:38 pm

            I agree, got trolled is probably an old curmudgeon! Means a nasty old person!

          • Ladonna October 30, 2014 at 10:30 am

            Well said Tedwardo! You took the words right out of my mouth! Lol

      • Debra B. April 1, 2014 at 8:04 am - Reply

        Does anyone know if Aldi’s brand of tea called “Benner Classic Blend” has GMO’s (genetically modified organisms) or other possible toxins like soy lechithin, corn starch or artificial colors or so called “natural flavorings”? They can be treated with pesticides and I am worried about what is in this tea that I have used for a very long time. Can someone please advise me? Thank you!

      • dawn December 7, 2014 at 6:22 pm - Reply

        How do you know about the China issue?

      • Jeannot Kensinger May 29, 2015 at 9:44 pm - Reply

        Thank you Ruth for your reply on Aldi. I get so fed up with people thinking that the food marked USA as always safe and the only one to trust.
        Have they heard about Monsanto, the pesticides used in the new conglomerate farms? Rules in Europe are much tighter about pesticides than ours. Have been for years. I buy in Aldi all the time. I am 83 still alive and been eating Aldi foods since I lived in Europe eons ago.

  77. Leila April 9, 2011 at 7:33 am - Reply

    Does Aldi use any products originating in China?

    • Amy February 2, 2013 at 10:12 am - Reply

      When I went to aldi grocery store grand opening
      the suits were there,
      None would say if the food was not marked where it was made
      I asked if it came from China they acted like they didn’t know
      The food that is made in the USA is marked clearly
      The other food is marked distributed by aldi inc.
      The suits had to know where it was made
      Please let the people know what they are eating
      Cheap is not always safe
      I don’t trust stores that will not tell me where it came from when asked

    • mary March 4, 2013 at 2:56 pm - Reply

      the mushrooms are clearly marked product of China

      • Tedwardo February 26, 2014 at 5:51 pm - Reply

        The old cans of mushrooms were marked from China…I stopped buying them. I just noticed that the new ones have the same label, only marked “product of France”. So, who do you trust?

        • Jan Gratzl November 23, 2016 at 4:16 am - Reply

          According to Federal Law it has to have the correct country of origin on the packaging so believe the packaging.

    • antonio March 29, 2015 at 5:19 pm - Reply

      Hello, im in Portugal (Europe) and only recently Aldi supermarkets have started theyre operations here. So i cant teel u about where theyre products are made in, but i can tell that nowadays in Portugal all off the big supermarkets have products packed and marked with theyre own brand … Of course they dont have the ability to make all all off those products so they simply pay an amount to the indrustries where those prodcuts are made and they simply pack them with theyre brand … These products are in average 30 or more percent cheaper then the “originals”. Some are good some are not … Like for example cleaning products to clean the house are almost the same and much cheaper … But for example coca-cola imitations are horrible … Probably, and im just saying probably those products with Aldi own brands are made there, in the usa, exactitly in the same factories then the well know brands, except the recipes are slightly diferent or the sometimes the quality of the ingridients may very. i can teel you that in portugal the so called “white brands” or own brands are becoming each day more popular and are aprooved by the consumers organizations …. sorry for the long text and not o good english …i hope somehow i could have helped anyone

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