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  • Post #871 - November 9th, 2018, 3:11 pm
    Post #871 - November 9th, 2018, 3:11 pm Post #871 - November 9th, 2018, 3:11 pm
    The thin mint Girl Scout cookie was a bust. Horrible. People actually saying they could not tell the difference. Shaking my head.
    Toria

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  • Post #872 - December 5th, 2018, 8:00 am
    Post #872 - December 5th, 2018, 8:00 am Post #872 - December 5th, 2018, 8:00 am
    HI,

    I was just looking at Aldi's gift flyer for products put on the floor today:
    - a sous vide for $49.99
    - a 9-in-1 pressure cooker programmable pressure cooker for $59.99
    - my favorite to amuse myself and will never, ever buy: a Coca-Cola mini can fridge for $44.99

    What I will buy is their stollen and a few packages of stroop waffles.

    Regards,
    CAthy2
    Cathy2

    "You'll be remembered long after you're dead if you make good gravy, mashed potatoes and biscuits." -- Nathalie Dupree
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  • Post #873 - December 5th, 2018, 10:59 am
    Post #873 - December 5th, 2018, 10:59 am Post #873 - December 5th, 2018, 10:59 am
    toria wrote:The thin mint Girl Scout cookie was a bust. Horrible. People actually saying they could not tell the difference. Shaking my head.


    Their look-alike products, at least the ones I've tried, are always off-putting. They either lack the same flavor profile, intensity of flavor or quality of ingredients. Trader Joe's is an example of how a popular product can be matched for better value, so it's certainly possible, but Aldi's execution is lacking.
  • Post #874 - December 7th, 2018, 12:32 pm
    Post #874 - December 7th, 2018, 12:32 pm Post #874 - December 7th, 2018, 12:32 pm
    spinynorman99 wrote:
    toria wrote:The thin mint Girl Scout cookie was a bust. Horrible. People actually saying they could not tell the difference. Shaking my head.


    Their look-alike products, at least the ones I've tried, are always off-putting. They either lack the same flavor profile, intensity of flavor or quality of ingredients. Trader Joe's is an example of how a popular product can be matched for better value, so it's certainly possible, but Aldi's execution is lacking.


    Many of those Trader Joe's products ARE the same thing, just with different packaging. Here's one website that claims to have done research:

    https://www.eater.com/2017/8/9/16099028 ... s-products
  • Post #875 - December 7th, 2018, 11:42 pm
    Post #875 - December 7th, 2018, 11:42 pm Post #875 - December 7th, 2018, 11:42 pm
    chicagojim wrote:
    Many of those Trader Joe's products ARE the same thing, just with different packaging. Here's one website that claims to have done research:

    https://www.eater.com/2017/8/9/16099028 ... s-products


    Packaging machines are very expensive. Often you can associate the ALDI product with its name brand counterpart by looking at the packaging as well as the country of origin. For example, many of the cookies sold by ALDI were produced in Canada by Dare (who also produces a lot of the President's Choice brand cookies).

    There is so much consolidation in the consumer packaged goods industry that there are a good number of products that have a single source ... and 60-100 private labels.
  • Post #876 - December 14th, 2018, 2:44 pm
    Post #876 - December 14th, 2018, 2:44 pm Post #876 - December 14th, 2018, 2:44 pm
    Apparently the Aldi in Vernon Hills opened yesterday.

    -Will
  • Post #877 - December 14th, 2018, 11:02 pm
    Post #877 - December 14th, 2018, 11:02 pm Post #877 - December 14th, 2018, 11:02 pm
    Since I cancelled my dad's Tribune subscription [R.I.P.], whoever has the route for the advertising circulars on this block ceased leaving the weekly Wednesday {nee Red Plum / Inside Shopper} Retail MeNot bundle at the abode. (I swipe the bundle off an absent neighbor's walkway.) The bundle has that week's Aldi flyer.
    But I can't help thinking that Aldi would be better served by returning to its pricing flyer of a quarter-century ago. It listed every item it had that week in its stores, the item's size, and its price. 'Special buys' were in red text (v. black).
    This would positively educate shoppers as to which other grocery stores' prices were the "loss leaders", because Aldi's regular prices were(| are :?:) unbeatable.
    I think this would still be the case.
    Do not just tell me that you dropped the price on 8 oz. cream cheese from $1.29 to 89¢. (Jewel wants $2.00 for 16 oz.) Show me your price for everything in stock that week. :idea:
    The links you can use, without the fluff, or sales pitch: http://208.84.112.25/~pudgym29/bookmark4.html
  • Post #878 - December 23rd, 2018, 1:22 pm
    Post #878 - December 23rd, 2018, 1:22 pm Post #878 - December 23rd, 2018, 1:22 pm
    I checked out the new Aldi in Vernon Hills a few times this week. It is close by and could turn out to be convenient, so I'm withholding judgment to some extent, but after waiting so long for it to open, I have to say, I was a bit disappointed initially. I think I like the Mundelein Aldi better. Based on the stock and the prices, the VH Aldi doesn't seem as interested in being competitive. I was sent a few coupons for $5 off a minimum $30 purchase, but I barely came up with $20 worth of purchases.

    Now, this is not a complaint about the VH Aldi, but an Aldi gripe in general. One thing that caught my eye in the weekly flyer was St. Elmo's cocktail sauce for $5.99. St Elmo cocktail sauce, at Aldi, of all places? I've been wanting to try the blow-your-head-right-off hot horseradish in this cocktail sauce some day but don't have a trip to Indianapolis on the horizon, so I thought I'd buy a bottle. I had to ask an employee where to find it, though, because (a) for who knows what reason, it's in the refrigerated area (and not near any shrimp), not with the other condiments, and (b) the $5.99 price is for a 12-oz bottle, whereas the picture in the flyer is clearly that of the the fatter $19-oz bottle. The ad does say 12 oz; it's just the photo that's wrong. It's still at least a few dollars less than a $12-oz bottle online, and no other stores around here carry it, as far as I've seen. The photo of the wrong size product just seemed to me to hint at a feeling of Aldi not caring too much lately about being competitive on price. It's a feeling of suspecting purposeful deception passed off as carelessness (like, for example, when Walmart and Garden Fresh just takes the shelf price tags off of things they're hoping you'll buy without caring what they cost).This seems like a mistake to me, especially at the new store in Vernon Hills, which is literally across the street from a Mariano's and from the parking lot of which you can stand and see a Jewel and a Trader Joe's.

    Another example at the VH Aldi: regular bananas (29 cents/lb) and organic bananas (58 cents/lb), placed not just right next to each other but rather in intermixed boxes, so that you have to be careful to check the color of the Chiquita stickers (yellow=regular, green=organic) on individual banana bunches to make sure you're picking up the ones you want at the price you want.

    Oh, and the parking lot is shoehorned into too tight a tight space and is a pain to use. When I've pulled in there's always been some car blocking the entrance and not moving for no immediately apparent reason---until I saw that that car was waiting for some other car to execute some slow, careful three-point maneuver in order to get out of a parking space and leave. I might just park at Menard's or Chase Bank in the future. To be fair, the parking lot at the Mundelein Aldi has a different geometry but is nearly as annoying.
    "Your swimming suit matches your eyes, you hold your nose before diving, loving you has made me bananas!"
  • Post #879 - December 23rd, 2018, 4:33 pm
    Post #879 - December 23rd, 2018, 4:33 pm Post #879 - December 23rd, 2018, 4:33 pm
    Hi,

    I just visited the Vernon Hills Aldi for the first time the other evening. I found the staff to be in good humor and very helpful. I was looking for the waffle cookies, but since they opened just last week. They were not likely to have it this year.

    I bought two stollen: the classic marzipan and the gourmet stollen. Nobody had any experience with the gourmet but had tried and liked the classic. I told them I will do a side-by-side tasting and let them know what happened.

    I bought some bakery items: almond croissant, chocolate croissant and a cheese twist. They did not charge me, because they were now in the range of day-old.

    I am glad I shot over there from a meeting, because this location closes at 8 p.m.

    I also visit the new Waukegan location in Fountain Square. It is much larger than the Park City location which closed when this opened. I have noticed the prices seem a tad higher than at the old location.

    Katie, since you are so particular about parking, I look forward to your evaluation. I thought it was better thought out than what I experienced at Park City. I bow to your expertise.

    Regards,
    Cathy2
    Cathy2

    "You'll be remembered long after you're dead if you make good gravy, mashed potatoes and biscuits." -- Nathalie Dupree
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  • Post #880 - December 23rd, 2018, 6:07 pm
    Post #880 - December 23rd, 2018, 6:07 pm Post #880 - December 23rd, 2018, 6:07 pm
    Cathy2 wrote:Katie, since you are so particular about parking

    ooh... Not really. That Vernon Hills Aldi is certainly tucked into a tight spot, though. I've seen negative comments and constructive discussion about parking lot traffic flow in some other grocery store threads. But in this case, I have a feeling you're making fun of me.
    "Your swimming suit matches your eyes, you hold your nose before diving, loving you has made me bananas!"
  • Post #881 - December 23rd, 2018, 11:55 pm
    Post #881 - December 23rd, 2018, 11:55 pm Post #881 - December 23rd, 2018, 11:55 pm
    Katie wrote:But in this case, I have a feeling you're making fun of me.

    I took it from the point of view as a traffic engineer, you may be more highly engaged in all matters related to transportation. So you may think about these things more than I do.

    Regards,
    CAthy2
    Cathy2

    "You'll be remembered long after you're dead if you make good gravy, mashed potatoes and biscuits." -- Nathalie Dupree
    Facebook, Twitter, Greater Midwest Foodways, Road Food 2012: Podcast
  • Post #882 - December 24th, 2018, 1:16 am
    Post #882 - December 24th, 2018, 1:16 am Post #882 - December 24th, 2018, 1:16 am
    Just picked up a box of Aldi's "Belgian Cocoa Dusted Truffles".

    Hoe-Lee Mackerel are they good! Don't hold 'em in your hand too long, you'll wind up with chocolate covered fingers real quick. Grab one out of the box and pop it in your chops. Thank me later.

    Buddy
  • Post #883 - December 24th, 2018, 7:51 am
    Post #883 - December 24th, 2018, 7:51 am Post #883 - December 24th, 2018, 7:51 am
    Cathy2 wrote:I took it from the point of view as a traffic engineer, you may be more highly engaged in all matters related to transportation. So you may think about these things more than I do.

    Ha ha! Now I understand.
    "Your swimming suit matches your eyes, you hold your nose before diving, loving you has made me bananas!"
  • Post #884 - December 24th, 2018, 7:53 am
    Post #884 - December 24th, 2018, 7:53 am Post #884 - December 24th, 2018, 7:53 am
    Ha ha ha! Now I understand, Cathy.
    "Your swimming suit matches your eyes, you hold your nose before diving, loving you has made me bananas!"
  • Post #885 - January 9th, 2019, 7:06 am
    Post #885 - January 9th, 2019, 7:06 am Post #885 - January 9th, 2019, 7:06 am
    Cathy2 wrote: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


    Meet BreadBot, an autonomous loaf-baking vending machine

    https://www.chicagotribune.com/business ... story.html
    Hors D'oeuvre: A ham sandwich cut into forty pieces.
    - Jack Benny
  • Post #886 - January 10th, 2019, 9:36 am
    Post #886 - January 10th, 2019, 9:36 am Post #886 - January 10th, 2019, 9:36 am
    I've been intrigued by the recent ALDI TV ads touting their super fresh produce. The main point is that it's so fresh you don't even need to test it since "it comes in fresh every day".

    Is ALDI produce really any fresher than at other groceries? I'll take Mariano's out of the running since their produce is essentially dead before you buy it, but that's a different thread.
  • Post #887 - Yesterday, 8:36 pm
    Post #887 - Yesterday, 8:36 pm Post #887 - Yesterday, 8:36 pm
    chicagojim wrote:Is ALDI produce really any fresher than at other groceries? I'll take Mariano's out of the running since their produce is essentially dead before you buy it, but that's a different thread.

    The prices are good, but I sometimes have problems with fruits that do not taste good (e.g. pineapple and cantaloupe which are not sweet or blackberries which are sour). The vegetables at Aldi are really fresh - - about the same as Trader Joe (which I think has the same parent company).

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