33 Facts About Aldi


Aldi is the common company brand name of two German multinational family-owned discount supermarket chains operating over 10,000 stores in 20 countries.

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The business was split into two separate groups in 1960, that later became Aldi Nord, headquartered in Essen, and Aldi Sud, headquartered in Mulheim.

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Internationally, Aldi Nord operates in Denmark, France, the Benelux countries, Portugal, Spain and Poland, while Aldi Sud operates in Ireland, the United Kingdom, Hungary, Switzerland, Australia, China, Italy, Austria and Slovenia.

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In 1976, Aldi Sud opened its first store in the United States in Iowa, and, in 1979, Aldi Nord acquired Trader Joe's.

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Aldi Nord is responsible for its stores in Belgium, the Netherlands, Luxembourg, France, Poland, Spain, Denmark, and Portugal, and operates the Trader Joe's markets in the United States.

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Aldi Sud had invested an estimated €800m in Greece from November 2008 until pulling out on 31 December 2010.

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Aldi launched in Great Britain, on 5 April 1990, when it opened its first store there in Stechford, Birmingham, using the wholly owned English registered company of Aldi Stores Limited.

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In September 2022 it was confirmed that Aldi had overtaken Morrisons to become Britain's 4th largest supermarket with a 9.

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Aldi opened its first store in Sydney in 2001, and has grown rapidly since, maintaining a 12.

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Aldi opened 26 new stores in 2018, but Aldi Australia CEO Tom Daunt predicted that "store growth would be slower in the future".

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Aldi did not expect to open stores in the near future as of 2019.

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Aldi Sud opened its first 10 stores in Italy on 1 March 2018.

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Aldi stated that "the emphasis is on fresh produce and ready meals".

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In February 2021, Aldi said that it is planning to open 100 new stores in 2021, in the United States.

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In March 2021, Aldi announced plans to expand to Lithuania and open 15 stores within a year.

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On 9 August 2018, Aldi announced plans to expand its product selection by offering more organic, fresh and easy-to-prepare meals.

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Aldi aims to expand to about 2,500 stores in the United States by 2022.

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On 18 September 2018, Aldi announced its intent to offer grocery delivery in the United States.

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Aldi began testing grocery delivery in 2017 in select cities such as Atlanta, Georgia, and Chicago, Illinois.

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On 4 March 2020, Aldi announced that all its suppliers must utilize recyclable, reusable, or compostable packaging by 2025.

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Aldi stores are noted as examples of so-called no-frills stores that often display a variety of items at discount prices, specializing in staple items, such as food, beverages, toilet paper, sanitary articles, and other inexpensive household items.

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In March 2019, Aldi Sud launched a smaller format store in the UK called Aldi Local, with first store in Balham, southern London.

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In 2021, Aldi UK opened its first cashierless store in Greenwich.

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Aldi Suisse became one of the first companies to accept the Apple Pay contactless payment system on 7 July 2016.

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Aldi has a policy in Germany of not advertising, apart from a weekly newsletter of special prices called "Aldi informs" that is distributed in stores and by direct mail and often printed in local newspapers.

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In February 2015, Aldi narrowly lost to Waitrose for the title of Supermarket of the Year 2015.

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In February 2017, Aldi overtook the Co-op to become the United Kingdom's fifth largest supermarket chain.

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In Ireland, Aldi has been accused of a "lack of corporate responsibility" to their farmer suppliers by the Irish Farmers' Association.

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Aldi was named 2018 "Retailer of the Year" by Supermarket News.

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In 2021, Aldi was named the most sustainable grocery chain in the United States by Brightly.

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Aldi has a mobile virtual network operator in Germany and the Netherlands, called Aldi Talk, known as "MEDIONmobile".

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Until March 2016, Aldi had an alcohol website serving the east coast of Australia.

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In November 2019, Aldi announced same-day beer and wine delivery via a partnership with Instacart.

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