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  • Post #751 - August 3rd, 2016, 10:14 pm
    Post #751 - August 3rd, 2016, 10:14 pm Post #751 - August 3rd, 2016, 10:14 pm
    Thanks. It looks like I'll be venturing to an Aldi for my next brioche purchase.
    Steve Z.

    “Only the pure in heart can make a good soup.”
    ― Ludwig van Beethoven
  • Post #752 - August 3rd, 2016, 11:14 pm
    Post #752 - August 3rd, 2016, 11:14 pm Post #752 - August 3rd, 2016, 11:14 pm
    Couldn't you freeze it too?
    "I would gladly pay you Tuesday for a hamburger today."
  • Post #753 - August 4th, 2016, 3:46 am
    Post #753 - August 4th, 2016, 3:46 am Post #753 - August 4th, 2016, 3:46 am
    Katie wrote:Couldn't you freeze it too?


    Yes, if I had the freezer space. Sadly, I don't.
    Steve Z.

    “Only the pure in heart can make a good soup.”
    ― Ludwig van Beethoven
  • Post #754 - August 5th, 2016, 8:05 am
    Post #754 - August 5th, 2016, 8:05 am Post #754 - August 5th, 2016, 8:05 am
    The brioche hamburger buns are pretty good.
    Toria

    "I like this place and willingly could waste my time in it" - As You Like It,
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  • Post #755 - October 18th, 2016, 8:36 pm
    Post #755 - October 18th, 2016, 8:36 pm Post #755 - October 18th, 2016, 8:36 pm
    I always buy pumpkin seeds cause I love them, bit am invariably disappointed.
    I picked some up at Aldi's the other day and they are great.
    House brand, worth the trip!
  • Post #756 - October 18th, 2016, 10:10 pm
    Post #756 - October 18th, 2016, 10:10 pm Post #756 - October 18th, 2016, 10:10 pm
    They do have brioche buns in a 4 pack for 1.79. Just bought some today for pot roast sandwiches. I don't really like their regular sandwich breads, but the "specialty" ones are pretty good across the board.
  • Post #757 - November 19th, 2016, 2:02 pm
    Post #757 - November 19th, 2016, 2:02 pm Post #757 - November 19th, 2016, 2:02 pm
    Aldi has individually wrapped and frozen farm raised salmon imported from Lithuania and processed in Norway. I usually try to buy wild caught but I bought some of this to see what its like. Very convenient portions and nice wrappings.
    Toria

    "I like this place and willingly could waste my time in it" - As You Like It,
    W. Shakespeare
  • Post #758 - November 20th, 2016, 11:33 pm
    Post #758 - November 20th, 2016, 11:33 pm Post #758 - November 20th, 2016, 11:33 pm
    Just finished shopping at the new ALDI store in El Centro, CA. It has been opened about four months now.

    The store is about 50% larger than most of the newer Chicago area stores. The lighting is much more upscale and the atmosphere is a lot more open.

    As for selection, the real increase in SKUs is in the produce and the meat areas. MOST of the produce is under refrigeration and there is a lot broader selection of "specialty" produce as well as organic. The price points of some of the produce is pretty high on some of the more upscale stuff but they are also carrying some of the same items as 99 ONLY and matching their prices.

    The meat variety was very good although most of it is prepackaged. A lot of it is priced higher than some of the other supermarkets sale prices.

    They do have some work to do. The store I visited is in Imperial Co, CA, a highly Hispanic population, lower income, with a LOT of cross border travelers. While they do have 200 or so Hispanic items, they also feature a lot of seasonal German items which are now in the "markdown" areas. They will need to address that over time.

    Having said that, ALDI would be my major "go to" supermarkett with Winco Foods once they arrive in Arizona.
  • Post #759 - December 6th, 2016, 4:54 pm
    Post #759 - December 6th, 2016, 4:54 pm Post #759 - December 6th, 2016, 4:54 pm
    Does anyone have insight into the quality of Aldi's Friendly Farms organic milk? They charge $2.85-95 per 1/2 gallon, which is remarkably cheap. The expiration dates usually run 6-8 weeks from date of sale, which is remarkably long. Do either of these facts raise a red flag, or are these just a well-priced loss leader for Aldi?
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  • Post #760 - December 6th, 2016, 5:23 pm
    Post #760 - December 6th, 2016, 5:23 pm Post #760 - December 6th, 2016, 5:23 pm
    Snax wrote:Does anyone have insight into the quality of Aldi's Friendly Farms organic milk? They charge $2.85-95 per 1/2 gallon, which is remarkably cheap. The expiration dates usually run 6-8 weeks from date of sale, which is remarkably long. Do either of these facts raise a red flag, or are these just a well-priced loss leader for Aldi?


    These guys give it their lowest rating and say that the source is from Aurora Dairy in Platteville, Colorado. Doesn't mean it's bad, just that they know nothing more than what's on the label.

    https://www.cornucopia.org/dairysurvey/FarmID_266.html

    You can confirm the source here:

    http://whereismymilkfrom.com/finding-my-code
  • Post #761 - December 7th, 2016, 2:27 pm
    Post #761 - December 7th, 2016, 2:27 pm Post #761 - December 7th, 2016, 2:27 pm
    Snax wrote:Does anyone have insight into the quality of Aldi's Friendly Farms organic milk? They charge $2.85-95 per 1/2 gallon, which is remarkably cheap. The expiration dates usually run 6-8 weeks from date of sale, which is remarkably long. Do either of these facts raise a red flag, or are these just a well-priced loss leader for Aldi?


    We buy it once in a while. Ours only has fat free, 2% or whole, and we are usually buyers of 1 %. I'm not big on milk, but the Mrs says the Aldi brand is, "fine." (She is NOT a fan of the Meijer Organic milk, fwiw.) If you think the Aldi brand is cheap, and your household can handle a gallon, you might wanna check Jewel's house brand organic price. It's usually 5.99 gallon.
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  • Post #762 - December 7th, 2016, 5:49 pm
    Post #762 - December 7th, 2016, 5:49 pm Post #762 - December 7th, 2016, 5:49 pm
    seebee wrote:
    Snax wrote:Does anyone have insight into the quality of Aldi's Friendly Farms organic milk? They charge $2.85-95 per 1/2 gallon, which is remarkably cheap. The expiration dates usually run 6-8 weeks from date of sale, which is remarkably long. Do either of these facts raise a red flag, or are these just a well-priced loss leader for Aldi?


    We buy it once in a while. Ours only has fat free, 2% or whole, and we are usually buyers of 1 %. I'm not big on milk, but the Mrs says the Aldi brand is, "fine." (She is NOT a fan of the Meijer Organic milk, fwiw.) If you think the Aldi brand is cheap, and your household can handle a gallon, you might wanna check Jewel's house brand organic price. It's usually 5.99 gallon.


    We usually by the Mariano's organic milk by the gallon. At the Edgewater store, it's $5.75 a gallon.
    -Mary
  • Post #763 - December 7th, 2016, 11:10 pm
    Post #763 - December 7th, 2016, 11:10 pm Post #763 - December 7th, 2016, 11:10 pm
    The GP wrote:We usually by the Mariano's organic milk by the gallon. At the Edgewater store, it's $5.75 a gallon.


    I wish I could just go to Mariano's and get a gallon of milk. Guarantee you I'd walk out with a gallon of milk, 2lbs of Todd's brisket, some flavor of "All Butter" cookie, and a 1/4# of pulled pork for the ride home.
    We cannot be friends if you do not know the difference between Mayo and Miracle Whip.
  • Post #764 - December 8th, 2016, 11:13 am
    Post #764 - December 8th, 2016, 11:13 am Post #764 - December 8th, 2016, 11:13 am
    toria wrote:If I have not said it before the Special Reserve Aged white cheddar in the black stick package is really good.
    Curious, is the number of years aged specified on this cheese?
    I did absolutely nothing and it was everything I thought it could be.
  • Post #765 - December 8th, 2016, 11:35 am
    Post #765 - December 8th, 2016, 11:35 am Post #765 - December 8th, 2016, 11:35 am
    seebee wrote:
    The GP wrote:We usually by the Mariano's organic milk by the gallon. At the Edgewater store, it's $5.75 a gallon.


    I wish I could just go to Mariano's and get a gallon of milk. Guarantee you I'd walk out with a gallon of milk, 2lbs of Todd's brisket, some flavor of "All Butter" cookie, and a 1/4# of pulled pork for the ride home.

    Not a problem for us at the Edgewater store. No Todd's BBQ. :-(
    -Mary
  • Post #766 - February 8th, 2017, 4:25 pm
    Post #766 - February 8th, 2017, 4:25 pm Post #766 - February 8th, 2017, 4:25 pm
    Discount grocer Aldi will spend $1.6 billion to remodel and expand more than 1,300 of its 1,600 U.S. stores in the next few years, including making more room for fresh and organic produce, as well as dairy, bakery and meat sections, the retailer said Wednesday.

    http://www.chicagotribune.com/business/ ... story.html
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  • Post #767 - February 9th, 2017, 10:09 pm
    Post #767 - February 9th, 2017, 10:09 pm Post #767 - February 9th, 2017, 10:09 pm
    Dave148 wrote:
    Discount grocer Aldi will spend $1.6 billion to remodel and expand more than 1,300 of its 1,600 U.S. stores in the next few years, including making more room for fresh and organic produce, as well as dairy, bakery and meat sections, the retailer said Wednesday.

    http://www.chicagotribune.com/business/ ... story.html


    When you compare the newest Aldi stores in the Chicago area (i.e. -St. Charles, IL ) with the new stores in Southern California, the new stores look more like the newer Kroger's stores than the 2014 new builds in terms of merchandising and fixturing. They do NOT look like discount stores. They also have a lot more space for fresh produce, of which about 40% is organic.

    Many of the stores that were opened prior to 2005 that are throughout the Midwest look really dated and need to be updated at this point.

    For the record, the Aldi I visited was not in some tony suburb of Los Angeles. Rather, it was in the armpit of the Imperial Valley - El Centro.
  • Post #768 - February 10th, 2017, 11:28 am
    Post #768 - February 10th, 2017, 11:28 am Post #768 - February 10th, 2017, 11:28 am
    I've noticed that the Aldi's near me are now carrying a new frozen tub of Italian beef. It is Buona beef brand out of Chicago. It is really good! Way better than Papa Charlie's or some of the other cheap brands. Just thought I'd jump in with that.

    Aldi's has been offering some great stuff.
  • Post #769 - February 10th, 2017, 11:56 pm
    Post #769 - February 10th, 2017, 11:56 pm Post #769 - February 10th, 2017, 11:56 pm
    The Buona beef is indeed quite good. $5/24oz. You can justify buying them to use as 'cold packs' for the ride home!

    toria wrote:If I have not said it before the Special Reserve Aged white cheddar in the black stick package is really good.
    I haven't seen this during my last few visits. There's a transparent wrapped white cheddar 'aged over 18 months' that is not nearly as good as that Special Reserved black.
  • Post #770 - February 26th, 2017, 11:49 am
    Post #770 - February 26th, 2017, 11:49 am Post #770 - February 26th, 2017, 11:49 am
    At our outpost Aldi in lonely upstate NY yesterday:

    1) Grassfed Cheddar Cheese, from Australia. A *significantly* excellent cheddar, loads of aged taste, lovely texture.

    2) Parkview Original Irish-style Bangers. (Origin unknown.) Waaaay more authentic in taste, texture, and how beautifully they brown, than I had any right to expect. But of course: says right on the pkg front "10% wheat", which is what makes a banger a banger (and keeps it out of the EU! )

    Geo
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  • Post #771 - February 28th, 2017, 11:29 am
    Post #771 - February 28th, 2017, 11:29 am Post #771 - February 28th, 2017, 11:29 am
    I just bought a whole bunch of chicken drumsticks at the Belmont/Kimball location. The normal price is $.99 per pound and now they've added 1/2 price stickers so it's $.50 per pound. That's almost free people! I'm going to stock my freezer and also confit a bunch of them for dinners this week.
  • Post #772 - February 28th, 2017, 2:28 pm
    Post #772 - February 28th, 2017, 2:28 pm Post #772 - February 28th, 2017, 2:28 pm
    Chicken, you can teach a great supply and demand class with chicken prices. Because wings are in such high demand, legs and thighs can be anywhere between 0.39 to 0.99 a pound. Breasts tend to be between 1.29 to 1.99 a pound. Wings around 2.99 a pound. I love legs and thighs. So many uses. My Mom would have never believed this. Classic case of supply and demand. We win!
  • Post #773 - February 28th, 2017, 2:38 pm
    Post #773 - February 28th, 2017, 2:38 pm Post #773 - February 28th, 2017, 2:38 pm
    Some interesting news related to the upthread article about ALDI spending $1.6B to upgrade their stores; some friends from the far west suburbs of Milwaukee told us their store has added an in house bakery. They said they've been buying fresh baguettes and croissants for a fraction of the price of their prepackaged counterparts.

    They say the interior layout of the store is completely changed as well, and doesn't look anything like the past floor plan. In order to accomplish this, they had to physically expand the building into available space in the out lot.

    It'll be interesting to see how this plays out in the Chicago area. Certainly our store in Des Plaines has plenty of room for expansion. But not all stores have that luxury. Especially those located in tight spaces in the city. Also, will the new look and amenities affect the pricing? Should be a fun ride.

    Buddy
  • Post #774 - February 28th, 2017, 2:52 pm
    Post #774 - February 28th, 2017, 2:52 pm Post #774 - February 28th, 2017, 2:52 pm
    Looks like the evil folk in Bentonville are waging war:

    http://www.cnbc.com/2017/02/27/wal-mart ... aisle.html
  • Post #775 - February 28th, 2017, 3:42 pm
    Post #775 - February 28th, 2017, 3:42 pm Post #775 - February 28th, 2017, 3:42 pm
    spinynorman99 wrote:Looks like the evil folk in Bentonville are waging war:

    http://www.cnbc.com/2017/02/27/wal-mart ... aisle.html

    The clash of the titans!

    I check the prices at Walmart, I don't find them especially low. If they adjust their prices to Aldi levels, their customers will be paying less.

    Regards,
    Cathy2
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  • Post #776 - March 1st, 2017, 10:21 am
    Post #776 - March 1st, 2017, 10:21 am Post #776 - March 1st, 2017, 10:21 am
    BuddyRoadhouse wrote:Some interesting news related to the upthread article about ALDI spending $1.6B to upgrade their stores; some friends from the far west suburbs of Milwaukee told us their store has added an in house bakery. They said they've been buying fresh baguettes and croissants for a fraction of the price of their prepackaged counterparts.

    Buddy


    Do you know if the baguettes and croissants are freshly prepared, or baked from frozen?
  • Post #777 - March 1st, 2017, 1:59 pm
    Post #777 - March 1st, 2017, 1:59 pm Post #777 - March 1st, 2017, 1:59 pm
    The implication was that they were baked from fresh, but I can't confirm that.

    Buddy
  • Post #778 - March 2nd, 2017, 2:21 am
    Post #778 - March 2nd, 2017, 2:21 am Post #778 - March 2nd, 2017, 2:21 am
    Cathy2 wrote:
    spinynorman99 wrote:Looks like the evil folk in Bentonville are waging war:

    http://www.cnbc.com/2017/02/27/wal-mart ... aisle.html

    The clash of the titans!

    I check the prices at Walmart, I don't find them especially low. If they adjust their prices to Aldi levels, their customers will be paying less.

    Regards,
    Cathy2



    Before Walmart gets down to Aldi prices, they are going to have to get below Kroger's prices.

    I head down to the local Walmart every three months or so to get certain items that are not carried in the local stores here in AZ - boudin and smoked pork neckbones. In order to justify the trip, I usually walk the aisles to see what they are charging for the 20 items or so that make up about 80% of my purchase. In many cases, the Walmart "everyday low price" is higher than the Kroger's nondiscounted price. When you enter in the various Kroger sales prices AND all of the digital coupons available on their website plus their weekly freebees, why bother with Walmart??

    For me, price is not the ONLY issue. The Kroger private label brands (as well as the Aldi private labels) are far higher quality than the Great Value brand. I do not buy the GV brand. However, I am exposed to a lot of it as that is what my in-laws use. It reinforces what I have heard from a couple of my "contract manufacturing" friends tell me that the lowest quality ends up under the Great Value brand.
  • Post #779 - March 2nd, 2017, 1:07 pm
    Post #779 - March 2nd, 2017, 1:07 pm Post #779 - March 2nd, 2017, 1:07 pm
    BuddyRoadhouse wrote:The implication was that they were baked from fresh, but I can't confirm that.

    Buddy


    "Baked Fresh" or "Baked in house" often means "just baked but the pre-formed dough came in frozen in a "big cold truck". Sort of like the Christmas tree lot near me that has "Fresh cut trees" that sit there for weeks. Well, they were "fresh" when they were cut."
  • Post #780 - March 2nd, 2017, 3:01 pm
    Post #780 - March 2nd, 2017, 3:01 pm Post #780 - March 2nd, 2017, 3:01 pm
    chicagojim wrote:
    BuddyRoadhouse wrote:The implication was that they were baked from fresh, but I can't confirm that.

    Buddy


    "Baked Fresh" or "Baked in house" often means "just baked but the pre-formed dough came in frozen in a "big cold truck". Sort of like the Christmas tree lot near me that has "Fresh cut trees" that sit there for weeks. Well, they were "fresh" when they were cut."


    In Germany, Aldi placed a bread oven in many of its stores and was shipping frozen dough to these stores. the store would proof the dough, bake, and package it .... all a very low Aldi price.

    It was my understanding that German bakers union filed all sorts of actions to stop this but in the end, Aldi won the battle.

    Give the folks in Geneva credit if they can come up with a way to offer good fresh baked goods in the store.

    ===========

    To this date, the ONLY supermarket that comes close to Aldi's price on staples is Boise based Winco Foods.

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