Food & Nutrition

8 Reasons Why Aldi’s Store Brands Are So Dang Great

They’re exclusive

Commerce AldiCourtesy AldiRoughly 90 percent of brands at Aldi are “exclusives,” which means you won’t find them anywhere else. That’s why shoppers can stock up at Aldi for half what it costs at a regular grocery store.

They beat the “national brands”

Dairy AldiCourtesy Aldi“We test our products to meet or beat the national brands’ quality,” says Kate Kirkpatrick, an Aldi spokesperson (and expert). That means a product like Fit & Active Yogurt, for example, has to be able to hang with the best-selling yogurts. Here are the 5 items you should definitely be buying at Aldi.

They’re customer approved

Finds AldiCourtesy AldiAldi’s customers help give the thumbs-up to 100 or so products each year. “Our ALDI Finds are limited-time-only products,” says Kirkpatrick. “If people love them enough, then we make them available all year.” Learn more about why everyone is talking about Aldi

They’re serious about quality

Meat AldiCourtesy AldiSimplyNature products have 125 ingredients you won’t see on the label, like high fructose corn syrup, artificial colors and flavors, plus a bunch of other crazy things (methylene chloride, anyone?). Never Any! is the label for meats with no antibiotics, added hormones, steroids or animal by-products. No exceptions!

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Products are tested… a lot

Interior of AldiCourtesy Aldi“We quality test our food regularly,” says Kirkpatrick, “and have heard from our supplier partners that we test our food more than anyone they know!” They have an Aldi Test Kitchen at their HQ in Illinois where all the magic happens.

You return what you don’t love

Checkout AldiCourtesy Aldi“We guarantee the quality of our ALDI-exclusive brands, and if you don’t like one of our products, bring it back. We’ll return your money and replace the product,” says Kirkpatrick. (Yes, the Double Guarantee has been put to the test!)

High quality at a low price

Shopping Cart AldiCourtesy AldiAldi’s no-frills approach to grocery shopping helps keep prices low. Things such as bringing your own bags, not using coupons, and paying $ 0.25 for a cart all add up. “We want everyone to have high-quality food at affordable prices,” says Kirkpatrick. Find out other reasons why Aldi’s groceries are so cheap

They’re very on trend

Employee Stocking AldiCourtesy AldiIt took Aldi less than a year to develop their Elevation protein bars (that’s a Millville brand) and PurAqua Belle Vie sparkling water. That’s lightning-fast in the food world! Aldi was also the first grocery store with their own almond milk, Greek yogurt and a gluten-free line, liveGfree. Next, find out the 50 supermarket tricks you’re still falling for.

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