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Apr 2, 2013 07:51 AM

Aldi's - brand name cheese section

When Aldi's started carrying tubs and individual serving sizes of Fage 0% Greek yogurt at deeply discounted prices (you save as much as $2.00 on the tub and .50 cents on the small servings) I was happy but when their cheese section started carrying brand-name cheeses like Dubliner cheddar, Jarlsberg USA and fresh goat cheese, I started paying attention. Small logs and wedges when you don't need a Costco sized piece and no cheese priced at more than $4.00; many for $2.00...that's worth mentioning.

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  1. Hello! This thread peeks my interest as I love Dubliner cheese. There is an Aldi nearby which I have never been to but now a quick 10 minute trip might be worth the drive. Do you know the price/lb in general? It's under $4 but for what quantity?

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    1. re: fldhkybnva

      When I bought the 1/4 lb of Dubliner it was $3.99 and the 1/4 lb Jarlsberg USA was $3.29. The fresh goat cheese (plain or herb) is always avail and $1.99 at my location for a 4 oz. log.

      This week Aldi's had a number of cheddar choices, havarti, gouda, fresh mozz and grated parm -all brand names.

      1. re: HillJ

        FYI, from a source who would know, I'm told that more Aldi stores are going to start carrying a limited number of brand name goods, not at dirt cheap prices, but reasonable prices. They want to keep the business of the people who are absolutely attached to some brand name stuff but still do lots of shopping at Aldi.. Real Diet Coke, for example.

        Some of this higher end, organic, or more esoteric stuff they've had lately is in the same line of thinking. It totally works on me!

        1. re: Violatp

          me too. and I've noticed the brand names in nearly every dept so far for well over a year already. The brands clean out!

          1. re: Violatp

            Great, good to know. I think your comment about "not at dirt cheap prices, but reasonable prices" is right. The Dubliner seems to be the same price as my local Whole Foods but good to know as I can browse there for many things now.

            1. re: fldhkybnva

              If you found 7 oz of Dubliner @ WF for $3.99, you're lucky. Best prices I found here in NJ WF's was double that. And, in larger qty. Costco sold it in 2 lb blocks for $12.99.

              1. re: HillJ

                It's 7 oz at $4.99 but usually on sale for $3.99 which is really the reason why I ever bought it. I'm a Kerrygold fan and it was on sale a few weeks ago and now I'm hooked.

        2. re: fldhkybnva

          The Dubliner I bought for $3.99 was a 7oz block.

            1. re: Violatp

              Several weeks ago, I picked up several 7oz kerrygold (including Dubliner) cheeses at $2.99 at our local (RI) Aldie. At the time, I assumed it was simply a clearance item from perhaps Trader Joe. They were dated 1/14 expiration, so it wasn't old product. I didn't check this week to see if they had any more.

              I frequently see one time (name brand) items at our Aldie at really low clearance pricing.

          1. At Aldi in Lebanon, OH, I purchased 7 oz blocks of Dubliner Cheese for $2.99. Jarlsberg wedges were priced variably at $4.99 or so a lb. a while back (last fall, I think.)

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            1. re: donw9876

              Whoa, nice I need to check that out.

              1. re: donw9876

                That Jarlsberg price is about $1 less than every day price at Stop and Shop here in CT. About $2 less than a local Shop-Rite.

                1. re: njmarshall55

                  Agreed, it was a bargain. This is Ohio and they have to key off of the local shopper preferences.

                  1. re: donw9876

                    I just went back to the same Aldi store and there is no more Dubliner cheese, but that price was right. They have a few squares of a different flavor of Kerrygold. So the Kerrygold seems to have been a St. Patrick's or early spring deal, then. The Jarlsberg is now being sold and is actually 6.49/lb.

                2. re: donw9876

                  Nice score. I paid $6 for one 7 -oz. block of Dubliner last week at my Publix in FL. If you see the Kerrygold Irish Whiskey cheddar, try one. I liked it much more than the Dubliner.

                3. I still haven't *completely* finished a Costco-sized piece of Jarlsberg I think I bought two months ago.

                  I'm eager to see what Aldi's will offer when they open two blocks from me.

                  1. Alright I've never been to Aldi's but you've convinced me to check it out on my very next day off! Sounds like a great way to experiment with new cheeses without blowing too much money!

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                    1. re: ohmyyum

                      Excellent point. Also if one dish calls for a small amount of cheese, you don't have to commit to a big wedge or block. We've already had two instances where Aldi's cheese fit the bill picking up odds & ends for a hotel kitchen in our room. Just enough to make one nice meal without waste.

                    2. From an "industry source," each Aldi has the ability to have a "personality" that is appropriate for its neighborhood.

                      There are three in reasonable driving distance from me, and each is VASTLY different... but one IS a great cheese one!!

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                      1. re: Kris in Beijing

                        Very true! There's one here in Chicago, in Lincoln Park, that I am told is the only location (at all) to play ambient music. Oooh, fancy! ;-)