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  • Post #841 - June 13th, 2018, 10:27 pm
    Post #841 - June 13th, 2018, 10:27 pm Post #841 - June 13th, 2018, 10:27 pm
    Hi,

    Today, I picked up a two pound bag of nectarines at Aldi. As I write, I am eating the last one as well as my first one. My parents ate all the rest.

    When I pinched them in the store, the flesh gave just a bit. I thought they might be slightly under-ripe, though my Dad found them perfect.

    These were the most fragrant nectarines with a great scent rivaling perfume.

    I hope others may be as lucky with these California-grown nectarines from Wawona Packing.

    Regards,
    Cathy2
    Cathy2

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  • Post #842 - June 13th, 2018, 11:25 pm
    Post #842 - June 13th, 2018, 11:25 pm Post #842 - June 13th, 2018, 11:25 pm
    As if the very act of walking in Aldi, and repudiating every molecule of pretention that one encounters was not enough. An enjoyable product too?

    Especially telling since behemoths like WF have taken no initiative in stocking quality nectarines. Good find!
  • Post #843 - June 14th, 2018, 5:45 am
    Post #843 - June 14th, 2018, 5:45 am Post #843 - June 14th, 2018, 5:45 am
    I know that Whole Foods stores are larger but their 470 stores in the United Slates and 479 worldwide but they are dwarfed by Aldi’s 1600 US stores in 35 states (a year ago), and plans to have 2000 stores by the end of this year and 2500 by 2022. Their huge buying power may give them more incentive and advantage.
    Perhaps the fact that Aldi US is based in Batavia Illinois shortens the time between product arriving at their main warehouse and available for sale in Chicago stores, also resulting in a tastier product.
    Last edited by B2B on June 17th, 2018, 12:46 pm, edited 1 time in total.
  • Post #844 - June 14th, 2018, 10:24 am
    Post #844 - June 14th, 2018, 10:24 am Post #844 - June 14th, 2018, 10:24 am
    And the stores that they have opened since 2016 are a major upgrade both in terms of fixturing as well as freshness of produce.
  • Post #845 - June 14th, 2018, 3:01 pm
    Post #845 - June 14th, 2018, 3:01 pm Post #845 - June 14th, 2018, 3:01 pm
    I just stopped by the new Menards in Vernon Hills, next to the Aldi being built, and it is immense. It basically has an entire grocery store (without the refrigerated/frozen food, meat and deli) inside it.....about 8 aisles of food). You are going to have Jewel, Mariano's, Aldi, Menards, and Trader Joes all at that intersection, with Whole Foods going in right down the street. It will be interesting to see if they can all make it.

    -Will
  • Post #846 - June 17th, 2018, 9:06 am
    Post #846 - June 17th, 2018, 9:06 am Post #846 - June 17th, 2018, 9:06 am
    There's a newbie from Germany on the starting blocks. Lidl, by revenue the 4th largest grocer in the world, has started rolling out locations on the Eastern seaboard.

    https://www.lidl.com/
  • Post #847 - June 17th, 2018, 11:15 am
    Post #847 - June 17th, 2018, 11:15 am Post #847 - June 17th, 2018, 11:15 am
    Lidl started rolling out on the East coast sometime last year, and from what I have heard it is not doing that well in the US so far.
  • Post #848 - June 17th, 2018, 3:20 pm
    Post #848 - June 17th, 2018, 3:20 pm Post #848 - June 17th, 2018, 3:20 pm
    NFriday wrote:Lidl started rolling out on the East coast sometime last year, and from what I have heard it is not doing that well in the US so far.


    They have scaled back their expansion plans in the US considerably. Mst of my friends in North Carolina have told me that they have been there one or twice to see what the buzz is all about but have never gone back. Maybe another Fresh and Easy that was neither???

    It has taken ALDI several decades to penetrate the US market to the extent that it has. And there have been a lot of mishaps along the way as well as repositioning. They are finally at the point where they can throw up 500 stores in a year and pull it off. They are planning on expanding in SoCal and will be opening 20-40 stores in Phoenix in 2018-2020. Midwest transplants in Arizona cannot wait until ALDI opens. The locals are all in doubt whether they can be successful in Phoenix.

    I will say this, when ALDI enters a market with Winco Foods, it is like the day that you raid the chemistry lab and toss a bit of sodium in the toilet. The two companies generally start a "pricing war" that would seem to hurt their bottom line at first but in reality will draw market share from the conventional grocery stores.
  • Post #849 - July 19th, 2018, 11:47 am
    Post #849 - July 19th, 2018, 11:47 am Post #849 - July 19th, 2018, 11:47 am
    What mystifies me is that despite its German roots, Aldi does not sell rye bread. Except those hard square things which in my opinion don't count.
    Toria

    "I like this place and willingly could waste my time in it" - As You Like It,
    W. Shakespeare
  • Post #850 - July 19th, 2018, 6:12 pm
    Post #850 - July 19th, 2018, 6:12 pm Post #850 - July 19th, 2018, 6:12 pm
    Toria,

    Our local Aldi sells two or three kinds of your actual German bread, stuff I've bought in the Old Country as well, so I know it's real. My wife particularly enjoys vollkornbrot, a really grainy, indeed chunky, thin-sliced rye bread.

    Geo
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  • Post #851 - July 20th, 2018, 12:02 pm
    Post #851 - July 20th, 2018, 12:02 pm Post #851 - July 20th, 2018, 12:02 pm
    Any rye I've seen is not like a loaf of rye bread you would buy here. Its the pumpernickel square kind in a cellophane package. Very hard and not really bread in my opinion.
    Toria

    "I like this place and willingly could waste my time in it" - As You Like It,
    W. Shakespeare
  • Post #852 - July 20th, 2018, 12:07 pm
    Post #852 - July 20th, 2018, 12:07 pm Post #852 - July 20th, 2018, 12:07 pm
    Toria,

    This is the Real Thing: it is what you buy in Deutschland when you're going after packaged rye, pumpernickel, etc. bread. From a bakery, it's obviously in a loaf. But at an Aldi in Germany, this is what you'd buy, just like at a full-service Aldi here in the U.S. Indeed, I've bought this kind of bread here in Plattsburgh NY of all places.

    Geo
    https://www.healthyfoods-online.com/delba-vollkornbrot-500g
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  • Post #853 - July 20th, 2018, 4:03 pm
    Post #853 - July 20th, 2018, 4:03 pm Post #853 - July 20th, 2018, 4:03 pm
    Toria,

    The bread you don't like is a product introduced to Germans during food shortages between WWI and WWII. There was a shortage of wheat, so they concocted what you see today. When the deprivations were over, there was now a preference for this style of bread.

    I have been watching youtube videos with tours of Aldi stores in Germany and such.

    Bread vending machine


    Bread slicing machine
    Cathy2

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  • Post #854 - July 20th, 2018, 5:27 pm
    Post #854 - July 20th, 2018, 5:27 pm Post #854 - July 20th, 2018, 5:27 pm
    Cathy2 wrote:Toria,
    Bread vending machine



    IwantitIwantitIwantitIwantitIwantitIwantitIwantitIwantitIwantitIwantit.

    Buddy
  • Post #855 - July 25th, 2018, 1:34 pm
    Post #855 - July 25th, 2018, 1:34 pm Post #855 - July 25th, 2018, 1:34 pm
    Hi- I don't know how many people here visit the Evanston store, but the Evanston Aldi's on Oakton is currently remodeling. You have to enter the store from the side. It looks like they are adding an addition on to the store on the East side of the store. I assume that the store will shut down for a few weeks during the final remodeling phase. I am kind of surprised that they are remodeling the store, because the store is probably only five years old.

    I only go to Aldi's maybe four times a year, and I was there yesterday. I spent a total of $9.99, and all I bought was a two pound box of Michigan cherries, a container of low fat ice cream and a loaf of 100% whole wheat bread. The cherries had been sitting around too long. They were $5.50 for a two pound box, and the Western cherries were $1.49 a pound. They were okay, but I had to throw a few away. I think they were selling a lot more of the Western cherries, and they did look okay. The peaches and cream ice cream was just okay. That was the first time I had purchased ice cream at Aldi's, and it will probably be the last. Does anybody else here purchase ice cream at Aldi's? It was too sweet and tasted artificial.
  • Post #856 - July 25th, 2018, 7:50 pm
    Post #856 - July 25th, 2018, 7:50 pm Post #856 - July 25th, 2018, 7:50 pm
    Construction of the new Aldi's in Vernon Hills, next to Menards and in front of Mariano's on Milwaukee Avenue, is moving along quickly now. Looked to me like the steel framing was complete when I drove by a couple of days ago.
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  • Post #857 - July 27th, 2018, 9:50 am
    Post #857 - July 27th, 2018, 9:50 am Post #857 - July 27th, 2018, 9:50 am
    The Aldi at Argyle and Pulaski reopened this week. The interior remodel is complete, though the parking lot and landscaping are still being worked on. Most noteworthy aspect of this remodel is how much roomier this location is related to other updated stores in the area, such as Montrose/Western, which feels cramped by comparison. Prices remain low by and large, even while some staples like milk and cereal have seen some significant increases, though still lower than the big box competitors.
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  • Post #858 - July 27th, 2018, 1:12 pm
    Post #858 - July 27th, 2018, 1:12 pm Post #858 - July 27th, 2018, 1:12 pm
    Regarding the rye bread in cellophane...I know its real and stuff and I have been having it all my life. My grandmother kept that kind of bread along with Zwieback. Still don't like either!!!
    Toria

    "I like this place and willingly could waste my time in it" - As You Like It,
    W. Shakespeare
  • Post #859 - July 27th, 2018, 1:14 pm
    Post #859 - July 27th, 2018, 1:14 pm Post #859 - July 27th, 2018, 1:14 pm
    The bread machine is interesting.
    Toria

    "I like this place and willingly could waste my time in it" - As You Like It,
    W. Shakespeare
  • Post #860 - August 9th, 2018, 12:52 pm
    Post #860 - August 9th, 2018, 12:52 pm Post #860 - August 9th, 2018, 12:52 pm
    Aldi unveils new products in aggressive push toward fresh and organic

    http://www.chicagotribune.com/business/ ... story.html
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  • Post #861 - August 9th, 2018, 5:01 pm
    Post #861 - August 9th, 2018, 5:01 pm Post #861 - August 9th, 2018, 5:01 pm
    I am surprised that Aldi's only held 4.1% of the market share in the Chicago area last year. I've never seen milk for $.97 a gallon at the Aldi's I go to. I bet you that the only Aldi's that sell milk that cheap, are located near a Walmart.

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