Aldi brands

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Aldi brands
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Tue, 10-25-2011 - 8:30am

I thought this was an interesting blog

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Tue, 10-25-2011 - 11:51am

Aldi foods are name brand in disguise. A friend did a search of sorts.

 

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Wed, 10-26-2011 - 8:30am

Let me preface this by saying that I have never shopped at Aldi.

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Wed, 10-26-2011 - 1:21pm
I think we are all at different stages in life. For some aldi canned foods etc. feeds their family. Others may be able to buy all organic, grass fed etc. I think I am in the middle, baby stepping towards more whole foods. Grinding my own wheat to make bread, raising chickens for eggs, honey bees that hopefully eventually will give us honey, and maybe next year we will try dairy goats...but I am ok with frozen pizzas at times if necessary. ;-)
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Wed, 10-26-2011 - 6:34pm
I would love to have goats and chickens! We did an embryology project last spring and we were all sad to see our chicks go to a local farm. Our city is pretty stict on zoning. We are moving lte summer of next year and are planning on composting and utilizing water barrels.

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Thu, 10-27-2011 - 11:54am
Some families can only afford to eat canned fruits and veggies,and while these may not be as nutritious and environmentally friendly as we would like, that is all they can buy. Some people, no matter what, will eat canned veggies their entire life and that is a better option than not eating veggies at all. Only the privileged have the luxury of worrying about certain lifestyle choices, while others can barely get those cans on the table.

Perhaps this blog is more suited for the latter.
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Fri, 10-28-2011 - 2:35pm
I agree, I'd like to see an ingredient comparison. I do shop at Aldi and it really allows us to stretch our grocery budget. I have looked in the past and things like HFCS Aldi actually has crackers without them vs the name brand that does have it. The tortilla chips are low in sodium compared to the national brands. I haven't done a ton of comparisons since price overrules things around here. I do buy some things at the regular store vs Aldi for things like canned goods without added sodium. And the Light and Fit peaches use a light syrup and I can get store brand peaches in juice at Meijer. So some things are better, some are not. Organic and sustainability would be wonderful to consider but with6 of us to feed on 1 income I have to do what is best for us financially.
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Sat, 10-29-2011 - 11:10pm

Hi Folks,

I'm Jeff, and I write the blog that was referred to in the first post of this thread - The Smart Aldi Shopper. Thanks so much for linking to my blog, and I sincerely appreciate you all taking the time to check it out and for posting your thoughtful comments!

I share many of your concerns, especially regarding ingredient and nutritional labeling in general, and how the Aldi products measue up against the national brands in particular. One of the decisions I had to make when I started the blog was if, and how much of that kind of information I was going to discuss, and how I was going to do it. What exactly was the blog going to be about?

There are SO many aspects to think of when you try to decide if product "A" is better than product "B", that I was quickly overwhelmed when trying to cover all the angles. Cost, nutrition, sourcing, sustainability, technology, transporatation, humane treatment of animals, labor issues, and so on - so many things, and all of interest to me on one level or another.

In the end, I decided to just try to answer the simple question, "Is _____ product from Aldi any good?". Obviously, what means "good" to one person means something entirely different to another. We're all judging things using different criteria. There's simply no way I would be able to cover EVERYTHING that was important to me and my readers - I simply don't have the time, nor access to the kind of information I would like to have in order to provide that kind of in-depth coverage. So, I decided to keep the scope rather narrow. I simply try to let people know if I think a product is worth trying or not, and share