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  • ken44 Dec 20, 2009 09:21 AM

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.

            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.

                        1. re: Harters

                          LOL

                  2. 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.