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ALDI Food Products Country of Origin

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Although I like the prices at ALDI I am concerned about the source, some products state their country of origin but great bulk just say Distributed by ALDI Foods. How do I know these are made in the USA? Thanks.

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  1. Seeing as Aldi's overwhelming presence is here in Europe, why would you assume that the products are produced in America? I regularly shop at Aldi in the UK and doubt whether a single product is made here.

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    1. re: Harters

      I would eat anything made in the UK, it's China I worry about.

      1. re: ken44

        I asked the question about country of origin and all the cashier could tell me was the food is distributed out of Illinois I believe. I'd like to know where the country of origin is as well. Europe is one thing, China is a completely another topic. I don't even purchase food from China from the major food chains. Aldi must monitor these boards. How about an answer - if it's the right one I'll be shopping there a lot more.

        1. re: pam14976

          I wouldnt expect a checkout operative to knwo the slightest thing about country of origin sourcing but you could email Aldi's USA headquarters and ask the question. They might source products differently for your country than they do for mine.

          1. re: Harters

            I've read about the problems with labeling in the UK which, I believe, are being resolved now. Apparently poultry and red meat products could be labeled as UK sourced even if only the final processing was done in the UK for meat raised elsewhere in the EU.

            1. re: ferret

              Yes, the key word here is "processing". If a supermarket sells, say, a chicken, then it's country of origin is where it was raised. However, if the chicken is raised in one country and then shipped to another, where it is turned into chicken pie, then it is currently legitimate to describe the pie as coming from the second country. It's one of a number of "weasel word" descriptions that are currently being addressed by the EU. There are imports from certain other parts of the world that also have misleading country of origin labelling and these are also beign addressed (as recently confirmed to me by my Member of Parliament)

            2. re: Harters

              Thanks for the suggestion - I have gone to their website and couldn't locate an email for them - a physical address is available, but I had hoped someone could give me an answer through this board.

      2. A lot of the frozen fish at Aldi is from China. The chocolate is often from Germany.

        1. http://www.privatelabelmag.com/pdf/pl...

          I dug this out of my work archive. 80% of the info is still current.

          1. Since Aldi is very loosely connected to Trader Joe's you will find many brands under the Aldi brand that are really TJ's. Their hummus is one, puff pastry, croissants (frozen), and some specialty crackers like the gorgonzola.
            What foods do you suspect of being from China? Some of their frozen fish and shrimp are asian, as are many in supermarkets.

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            1. re: Terra Cotta

              I'm sure that 95% of people here fairly regularly eat chinese garlic, wonder how those unaware would react.

              1. re: DukeOfSuffolk

                Chinese garlic is disgusting. I only by California garlic and always ask if not labeled.

                1. re: foodslut

                  If Chinese garlic is so disgusting, you should be able to identify it without asking the country of origin. . .

                  I'm curious as to what you find so repulsive about it.

            2. Their food products come from Batavia, IL. I stock up when I'm in the Midwest and haul it home, the east coast.

              @ DukeOfSuffolk - 90 or 95% of garlic and onions consumed in the US is from California - Southern CA, I think, where the droughts currently are.
              BTW, the food sources are currently in danger of being contaminated because CA is in the process of piping water from norther CA, little that's available in the state, to use for Fracking, which will infuse chemicals into the ground in the farming regions, thus poisoning the US food supply. It will then of course be draining off water from the fields of northern CA, which is the vegetable basket of the US.

              It might be that Aldi's UK food is from the UK, maybe their policy is to sell food from the country where the store is, as much as possible. I don't know that for a fact, but it's an idea considering that it would help keep cost low by limiting shipping.
              RE: Aldi's chocolate being from Germany; Great! It shuld come from there or Switzerland. Except for M&Ms I haven't eaten American chocolate in 35 years. US chocolate is bitter, has a bade taste and much of it has paraffin in it. German and Swiss chocolate are the best, as is Mexican. Chocolate comes from Mexico, Central & South America. The Swiss developed the method for making it into a solid. US chocolate producers have never come close. Hershey's - YUK!

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              1. re: EssenLiebhaber

                "Their food products come from Batavia, IL"

                I'm not sure what you mean by that. Batavia is the location of Aldi's US office. That doesn't mean any of their products originate there.

                1. re: carolinadawg

                  On everything Aldi sells it only states "Distributed inBatavia Illinois" Not giving up any country or state of origin. Little shady if you ask me

                  1. re: bellmom

                    not shady -- keep looking - it may be very tiny, or hidden on a back or bottom panel.

                    If you're that worried, contact them and ask them.

                    Aldi is a large multinational company with entire buildings full of people paid to stay abreast of labelling laws for individual countries.

                2. re: EssenLiebhaber

                  A large amount of U.S. garlic production is from the Gilroy, California area, between Monteray and San Jose.

                  The garlic at Aldi is from China.

                  Much of the food procts at Aldi do have the country of origin.

                  1. re: EssenLiebhaber

                    "It might be that Aldi's UK food is from the UK"

                    As my post upthread, back in 2009 - very few of Aldi's products sold in the UK are produced here. It's a German company - why would I expect them to source/produce goods in a foreign country (unless it was profitable for them to do so, of course)

                    1. re: Harters

                      heh -- my latest Aldi favorite is Five Counties cheese -- a layered block of Double Gloucester, Red Leicester, Cheshire, Derby, and Cheddar.

                      Imported from the UK,labeled as such, and delicious!

                      1. re: sunshine842

                        Ah. You have a Cheshire in there, so it should be fine.

                    2. re: EssenLiebhaber

                      No, it is NOT true that 90 or 95% of the garlic in the U.S. is from California. It is almost the reverse. It is very difficult to find garlic heads grown in the U.S. on the East Coast. I have no idea about onions.

                      http://www.usitc.gov/publications/701...

                    3. If products are sold in the US, they are required to state the country of origin if 51% or more of the value of the product is produced somewhere else.

                      Not the same as saying "made in the USA", I realize, but yeah -- if it doesn't specifically say it's made somewhere else, it's probably made in the USA.

                      Aldi isn't stupid enough to play games with the labels.

                      1. California has been sending water from the water-rich north to the largely desert south since the 1960s. I think the garlic and onions come from the north, actually. The town of Vacaville between San Francisco and Sacramento is largely an onion town (when you drive through you can really smell the onion dehydrating plants) while Gilroy (near San Jose) is famous for garlic, but has recently been displaced by garlic sources in China. But in any case, this stuff is NOT coming from Batavia IL, where distribution is coordinated at best.

                        1. Aldi's and Trader Joe's are both owned by the same German company. Together they are the largest grocery chain in the World. They distribute their food to the US market from Ill. The majority of their Aldi brand products are made by the very manufacturer's that make the most famous of the name brand product you would buy. Their buying power is their secret. The food network show Unwrapped featured Aldi a couple of years back and showed that the name brand manufacturing facility would just stop making their (for example) Nabisco saltine crackers and change the packaging and fill an Aldi brand saltine cracker order. Not all of their products are just repackaged name brand products, but a good many are. Their business model is amazingly efficient and that allows their cheaper products. It is quite an in genius concept IMHO. If you do a little research you will also find that they pay their employees very well and have a full benefit package available to even part time employees. I am a big Aldi fan. I don't care for a few of their products but for the most part I can get about 70% of my pantry and grocery basics there and not notice a difference in taste or quality.

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                          1. re: lisa_in_sc

                            No you are incorrect. There are two Aldi companies and although they were in the same family, they are completely separate. They split in the 1960s over selling cigarettes. Many of their sources are the same so you will see some of the same items in both companies and of course at Trader Joe's, too. It is always more expensive at TJ's.

                            1. re: RussTheRaccoon

                              You're both right -- there are two Aldi companies in Germany -- Aldi Nord and Aldi Sud.

                              Aldi Nord owns Trader Joe's.

                              They're not the largest grocery chain in the world, though -- they're #8, according to Supermarket News, behind Walmart, Tesco, Carrefour, Costco, Kroger, Schwarz, and Metro.

                              1. re: sunshine842

                                Lisa was incorrect in her claims about Aldi ownership. Russ was correct, and of course you were correct about Aldi North and South.

                                I can't believe this keeps coming up.

                                (We shop at Aldi several times each week. There is an Aldi a mile and a half from our house, much closer than a regular grocery store.

                                1. re: John E.

                                  she just said "Aldi" without clarification that there are TWO companies called Aldi. Not 100% correct, but not really wrong.

                                  No harm, no foul.

                          2. I'm sorry. RussTheRaccoon wins the internet. I don't research, I just remember what I was told when I worked for Aldi. Of course that was 12 years ago. My how time must fly. Carry on and ignore my evident ignorance. I still love Aldi. :)

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                            1. re: lisa_in_sc

                              I understand that Aldi works their employeea pretty hard, but that the pay and benefits are quite good. Was that the case for you? (Aldi did not show up in the Twin Cities until fewer than ten years ago.

                              1. re: John E.

                                That is true. I was hired in 2002 part-time as a second job. They had over 400 people apply. They started you at 10 an hour and you worked about 20 a week. You had full benefits. Health, dental, 401(k) that they matched. Automatic raise every January of .50 per hour (at the time). You worked so hard. I swept and mopped the entire store, cleaned the bathroom and wiped down the freezer cases. Every second you were on a register was measured and you were expected to be fast, accurate and friendly. I would have stayed longer than 6 months, but after that long I was already in the need of carpel tunnel surgery. I never learned to slide the groceries. I always picked them up and scanned them. If I were a grad student in business during that time I would have used their business model for a study project. I have quite a few interesting stories of my time there.

                                1. re: lisa_in_sc

                                  I have gotten to know several of the managers at my local Aldi. They always seem to be young blond women. (I hope that's not too sexist.) they work hard and are always friendly. I think the managers and other experienced employees are moved to new stores. We did get a rotten onion in the bag of o ions we purchased yesterday, but we really like shoppung at Aldi. Now, if only Winco would enter the Twin Cities market.