The following post is sponsored by ALDI.
I am SO excited to tell you guys about my ALDI trip. I’m still on a little bit of a post-trip high. We were so spoiled and I learned so much. I even went straight to ALDI from the airport when I got home – got all my grocery shopping done!
So here’s an #ALDItruth ….I had a negative perception of ALDI prior to this trip. I had only one previous experience with a store in a bad area of town when I was little, and part of the reason I wanted to go on this trip was because I know they have been totally stepping up their game lately. I was eager to learn more. The prices are AWESOME, especially for someone going into medical school and living on a budget, so if ALDI could impress me with their food selection I’d be thrilled.
And they DID impress.
Part of our trip to headquarters included a store tour. We learned all about how the stores are set up, their operating efficiencies, the product lines they carry, and got to ask a ton of questions.
First, each store is set up almost identically. There are usually only about 4-5 aisles and the product is in the same spot in each store. This is convenient for shoppers, but also for stockers. Their warehouses are set up the same way the stores are, so product comes to the store in the correct order and stocking the store is a breeze. This, combined with their display ready cases (you won’t see individual items on shelves – they keep them in their crates) allow for super quick re-stocking and therefore is a way that ALDI saves money that it passes on to customers.
A good note: ALDI pays their employees well over the industry standard, and was also first to offer even part time employees full benefits. One of the employees at the store we visited came over personally to say thank you to us, because we are the reason he has a job. SO NICE. They really love working there.
(WINE!! And beer! We got to taste some of it and it was GREAT! They use suppliers from Europe and Australia for wine.)
One of the most interesting things to me was that ALDI uses the same manufacturers as leading brands. They work with them to create their own store-line product that tastes the same or better (using 3rd party blind taste testing) than the leading brand, but they design their own packaging in-house. The product ingredients are usually identical or very similar (or better!) — we got to compare. So I have no qualms about choosing an ALDI brand. They are just cheaper due to all the operating efficiencies that ALDI has in place!
ALDI has INCREDIBLE prices on chia seeds, organic coconut oil, nuts, dried fruit, PURE 100% maple syrup, spices and more. I was SO impressed.
ALDI’s Fresh Commitment: By the end of 2015, all ALDI store brand products will have NO MSG, NO SYNTHETIC COLORS, and NO TRANS FATS.
ALDI is totally open to making products even better for customers, and to carrying new things that customers want. They are trying out new things all the time!
ALDI’s produce does not disappoint either. They carry organic produce (though not all is organic) and have incredible prices. Lots of it is sold in bulk — you buy a package of 3 zucchini instead of each individually — but they also have some stand alone options. Plus those 3 zucchini I bought looked WAY better than the options at the other store where I usually shop!
You admittedly can’t always get EVERYTHING you need at at ALDI, which is why they recommend starting your shopping at ALDI. Get most of your list at a super low price, and then get any rare extras elsewhere.
ALDI CHEESE. Holy cow…their honey goat cheese log is $1.99 and their fresh mozzarella was like $2.69. They have really worked on their cheeses lately!
Other super impressive product offerings to note:
- Grass fed beef
- Wild Caught Salmon, a bag of frozen filets, for less than $4
- Almond milk and soy milk
- Organic granola
- Really awesome baking ingredients
ALDI also has a DOUBLE GUARANTEE: if you aren’t satisfied with ANY product, even after eating it, you can go talk to the manager and get a refund PLUS a replacement product*
Other important things to note about how ALDI keeps costs low:
- ALDI only takes debit and cash right now (they are testing out credit.) This is one of the ways they kept costs low
- ALDI requires that you rent a cart for 25 cents that you get back when you return the cart
- ALDI does not provide free shopping bags or bagging service.
- ALDI products have multiple, huge barcodes on the packaging so they can be scanned in one swipe.
I hope this gave you a better perspective of what ALDI is all about, their awesome product selection, and the ways that they keep their prices so low.
I am SO grateful to have learned all of this, especially because I got SO MUCH GOOD FOOD for so cheap when I went shopping on the way home from the airport!
*The Double Guarantee does not apply to non-food Special Buy items, alcohol or national brands.
Disclaimer: I was asked to be part of a trip to ALDI headquarters, sponsored by ALDI. I am being compensated for my time. All opinions are my own.