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Old 11-10-2010, 12:18 PM
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Too bad you ran into a bad one.
That is not a good first impression.

Have been to 3 or 4 different locations in MN and WI.
Only have stopped there a couple times a year.
All have been very clean, neat, well lit, and professionally friendly.

Must admit, I have been VERY selective of what I get there.
Have only bought some canned goods to try out. Some were good, others not so.
Crackers, cookies, snacks and small stuff like that.

Must admit, there frozen fruit bars are to die for.
Strawberry, lemon lime pineapple, tropical, pionacoloda flavor. (I know, bad spelling)

Better luck next time
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Old 11-11-2010, 02:17 AM
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Hi DingDongFarm, I'm in North West Alabama and our Aldi store is wonderful. They have great prices, friendly and efficient staff, decent selections and have never ever been not clean when I have gone. Hopefully you have just happened into an ALDI store that was very poorly managed. My family and I have been pleased with the store in our area. Shannon
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Old 11-11-2010, 08:15 AM
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We have three in SE TN, and I'm pleased with the two that are closest to us (and, I must admit, I like one better than the other). I don't buy any of their canned stuff, as I have to watch my sodium (no more than brand names, but I have to keep it down to a dull roar). I do buy most of their dairy and pasta, and definitely their frozen OJ. I found good deals on US blueberries in season, and they have good European chocolate. We don't buy a lot of meat as a rule (although I have bought Butterball turkey breasts for a good price there), and we have a produce stand at the end of our street, so I can't comment on the produce or meat much. Being a girly girl, I do buy their skin creams, which are pennies compared with even drugstore creams, and are excellent. We have good family friends (who are legendary for their thrift in a good way) who have just moved back to the States from Germany. An Aldi opened up near them, and they do about 90 per cent of their shopping there. They say it's very comparable to shopping at Aldi in Germany. Stores are clean and staff is pleasant and friendly, if not chatty, which is fine with me.
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Old 11-13-2010, 08:45 AM
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Life being what it is-- unpredictable and all-- there are lots of folks who have a homestead mindset who end up still having to supplement with groceries from stores or possibly buy groceries all the time.

I always had the homestead dream but, not the right situation. I grow food what I can but still have to shop for most things.

I like Aldi because saving money is very important to me--and there are days when getting in and out of a small store is so much better for me physically that I'm just grateful for that.

I'm not one of those who is convinced that you must eat organic, chemical free, etc.. so it just doesn't matter to me. I know it matters to many folks and I figure good for them.

At the Aldi I was in this week in Cary NC--near where my husband works. The cashier was like most I've seen --friendly but not talkative--and having worked in grocery stores I can tell you--- no store would want a cashier to be overly talkative--just because it slows down the line. They did have a line--they always do--but they also move fast.

Speed is money. And if the store makes money--then they can exist and pay the employees--which Aldi pays better than most grocery stores.

Also-- if the store can cut frills they are more profitable and the savings is passed down to the customers--which I think is great.

That's the whole point of Aldi--saving money and time.

Employees there do more than just run a register --and frankly that's normal in most stores, just not quite as much so. They get paid better and have benefits if they want them.

I enjoyed visiting quite a bit in my shopping trip--with another customer who was tipping me off to try certain frozen veggies that were new, etc..

I have run into an occasionally crabby cashier--but seldom--and if it persisted--I'm one who will complain or go elsewhere if I feel I'm not treated well. The stores WANT to know usually if their employees are turning off customers. Home Depot sent me a $30 gift card when I complained about a cashier that was basically ignoring her customers. They also sent a team out to train the workers better.

I've never complained to an Aldi--mainly because I have only experienced that one or two times in the past 20 years or so that I've shopped Aldi stores.

I'd always give a store at least 2 tries--unless the place was super filthy--then no.
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Old 11-14-2010, 11:31 AM
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There are pros and cons to Aldi's just like anywhere else. I happen to like shopping there for certain items. I agree I would not buy the meat, etc. and some of things you mentioned. But, I would not buy them elsewhere also. I always check all ingredients and select only what I know is safe for me (allergic to lots). For the items I do select the price is fantastic and the clerks in our store friendly also. I think their Kona coffee is to die for! Their fruit in glass jars superior. Just be discriminating like everywhere.
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Old 11-16-2010, 09:31 AM
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They're trained to not be friendly. It's bad for productivity.
They're specifically trained to give the shortest possible answer to any question and responded to any serious complaint or concern by escorting the customer out of the store as soon as possible.

The cashiers have to meet a certain ring speed (which is why they throw the groceries) or they get fired!
There's no time to be friendly!
None of that is true. My oldest used to work at Aldi; and everything you stated is blatantly false and they pay well; pay is much above the usual pay for a grocery store or similar job. If you store is dirty and such, complain.

Most of their foods are actually brand-names that have their name on it. This is true of most store brands. There are only a few manufacturers/canners/growers and most all food comes from the same ones. Need to do your research.
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None of that is true. My oldest used to work at Aldi; and everything you stated is blatantly false and they pay well; pay is much above the usual pay for a grocery store or similar job. If you store is dirty and such, complain.
I'm only relaying what I was told by Aldi employees!
Here's another account that I found online.....
http://aldi-grocery.pissedconsumer.c...123162744.html
Also read the comments!

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Most of their foods are actually brand-names that have their name on it. This is true of most store brands. There are only a few manufacturers/canners/growers and most all food comes from the same ones. Need to do your research.
Since you seem to know so much, I'm sure that you can help with my research? Right?
Where's the direct proof that most Aldi products are private labeled name brands?

Please enlighten us all!!!

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Old 11-16-2010, 02:19 PM
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I'm only relaying what I was told by Aldi employees!
Here's another account that I found online.....
http://aldi-grocery.pissedconsumer.c...123162744.html
Also read the comments!



Since you seem to know so much, I'm sure that you can help with my research? Right?
Where's the direct evidence that Aldi products are private labeled name brands?

Please enlighten us all!!!


Then is the fault of the manager. Find corporate's address and complain to them. Aldi's is a service store and without good relations with the customers, there is no store. Sounds like the manager is an idiot.
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Old 11-16-2010, 04:34 PM
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We hit the Aldi in New Albany, IN every couple of months or so. No, they don't walk on water, but they don't seem to have horns and a pitchfork either, IMO. Store is usually comparable to every other store in that town, if not slightly better than most. Reasonably well stocked, reasonably clean and organized. Staff has never been a bad experience for us, just typical city folks. Some things are priced well (milk $1.59/gal, vs $2.09 elsewhere), some not so much. As to their business and wage practices, I have no idea about that, but I'm pretty sure they don't own their employees and they are free to look elsewhere for employment if they're unhappy with their current lot. Glad we don't have to rely on it exclusively, but would hate to have to do without it too. Like everywhere else, just need to know what you're getting. Do your homework, and hope for the best. That's our approach with every store we do business with. Yes, I have concerns about foreign food, but at least the packages they carry tell you up front that it's foreign. The others, well... maybe, maybe not.

If nothing else, they serve the purpose of providing an independent alternative to the other chains that helps keep costs competitive. That's worth something.

BTW, I consider everything we eat that wasn't grown here to be low quality food.
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Old 11-17-2010, 09:56 PM
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I found some interesting articles on Aldi. This discussed it's private label brands but didn't indicate who makes them.

http://privatelabelmag.com/issues/pl...I-delivers.cfm

Here is a WOW thing! I did NOT know that the Albreight family that owns Aldi also owns Trader Joes! Trader Joe's a few of Trader Joes private label suppliers HAVE been IDed and they also manufacture brand name products! This could very well mean that these same manufacturers produce Aldi brands as well.

http://www.storebrandsdecisions.com/...world-revealed

Here is a pdf from privatelabelbuyer.com and seems to be written by Aldi.
http://www.shopaldismart.com/PL_Buye...ithout-Alt-Tag

On page 3 they say that “ALDI’s select brands are manufactured by many of the nation’s leading food producers, and in our test kitchen, we ensure our products meet or exceed the quality and taste of the national name brands.”

It sounds like they're confirming that the same companies who make the national brand names are also producing Aldi's private label products.
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On page 3 they say that “ALDI’s select brands are manufactured by many of the nation’s leading food producers, and in our test kitchen, we ensure our products meet or exceed the quality and taste of the national name brands.”

It sounds like they're confirming that the same companies who make the national brand names are also producing Aldi's private label products.
Have you ever tasted the stuff?

Name a few products that "exceed" the taste and quality of national name brands?

There are thousands of commercial food manufacturers in this country and around the world.

I suspect that a lot of Aldi products are manufactured by the likes off Allied international and others.
Allied is well known for cheap crappy food!

http://www.alliedint.com/

I'm shocked at the number of people who are satisfied with low quality food, even viciously defending it! To each his own!
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I love Aldis.
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Old 11-18-2010, 02:18 PM
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Odd,I shop my local Aldi all the time,the cashiers are friendly,so the manager.I had a problem with cat litter I purchased there,they gave me a refund,a new product,and wrote to the manufactureer on my behalf,who also sent me a refund and an apology.....

I don't buy a lot of produce,but when I do,it's usually from Kroger or Meijer.

What I do buy at Aldi are low carb snacks for work,nute,jerky,and turkey snack sticks.Which have all been good quality.

We don't eat dairy other than eggs,and I buy those organically,so I can't say anything about the diary products.
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Have you ever tasted the stuff?


I'm shocked at the number of people who are satisfied with low quality food, even viciously defending it! To each his own!
I think that is the total answer for the whole subject. I love Aldis, and just spent forty dollars there today. We have used Aldi foods since I was a teen. If you don't like them, then don't shop there. Variety of opinions is a wonderful thing. And to each his own.
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Neighbor bought a dozen eggs at Aldi in preparation for Thanksgiving. One of the eggs was seriously bloody, not just a speck, a very large clot surrounded by pink runny albumen!

Disgusting!!!

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Neighbor bought a dozen eggs at Aldi in preparation for Thanksgiving. One of the eggs was seriously bloody, not just a speck, a very large clot surrounded by pink runny albumen!

Disgusting!!!
How anecdotal.
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How anecdotal.
How puerile.
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How puerile.



I got a question for you.

Lets say you have three choices for a gallon of milk.

1. Aldis, Cheapest

2. WalMart store brand, Middle priced.

3. Swiss Valley ( Name brand, Local Co. pretty much available at all the name brand store and WM) Highest price. (of the three).

There is a about a $0.60-0.70 difference between high and low and WM is right in the middle.

Which would you buy and which would you say is the best value?
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Neighbor bought a dozen eggs at Aldi in preparation for Thanksgiving. One of the eggs was seriously bloody, not just a speck, a very large clot surrounded by pink runny albumen!

Disgusting!!!
Sometimes you get an egg with a bloody spot, or even a large "clot" from your own chicken house. It's not uncommon. It's just an unformed chick that started to grow a bit. Disgusting or not, it is just the way it is. It happens in nature.
If you don't like the store, just don't shop there.

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I got a question for you.

Lets say you have three choices for a gallon of milk.

1. Aldis, Cheapest

2. WalMart store brand, Middle priced.

3. Swiss Valley ( Name brand, Local Co. pretty much available at all the name brand store and WM) Highest price. (of the three).

There is a about a $0.60-0.70 difference between high and low and WM is right in the middle.

Which would you buy and which would you say is the best value?
You're baiting!
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