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Questions for ALDI?

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Well, guys I’m blogging at you from Kalamazoo!

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Traveling was surprisingly pleasant considering the weather lately. I was really expecting delays or the airports to be a mess, but it was all smooth sailing.

I did a good job managing travel snack attacks, too. I took my own advice (#8 on Tips to Manage Airport Snack Attacks) and packed a few things, one of them being pistachios, which has been my new go-to since buying a humongous bag at Costco.

When I landed in Detroit for my 2-hour layover, I found a seat (next to an outlet, of course,) ordered a big salad and got some work done.

I’ve been really proud of myself these past few days. I was starting to feel a little out of control in the food department so I made a few changes — namely I stopped worrying about food journaling — and just decided to focus on smart choices. It’s working! I’m feeling all sorts of motivated again!

Side note: Embrace Change and Adjust still in full effect. ;)

Anyway, I wish it wasn’t so cold and snowy — I’d love to explore town and take one of my travel runs but between my leg and the weather it’s a no-go.

Tomorrow I have a jam-packed day interacting with Kellogg. After dinner tonight, I’m really looking forward to it. It was so refreshing to be around such accomplished women.

Tomorrow evening I fly back to Baltimore and then Thursday I head to the ALDI Test kitchens. We have a jam-packed schedule! I’m still not sure what to expect, but the agenda is sprinkled with words like “Tastings,” “Challenges,” and “Tours” — all of which sound good to me! Oh and there’s going to be a food stylist giving a presentation so I’m hoping to pick up a few tips for GreenLiteBites.

Speaking of, I was able to get one of my posts done on the flight today. Click here to check out my Simple Fried Millet idea. Don’t know what millet is? Don’t worry, neither did I!

Right now I’m writing this and getting distracted by Girls on HBO.  I don’t watch this show enough. Lena Dunham is amazing!

Anyway, I need any and all questions for ALDI. So far I have one from SuzzaneU on my first post:

Is Aldi’s owned by Trader Joe’s? Maybe you can find that out. I love Aldi’s. I did an experiment and bought the same groceries one week at Martin’s and the next week at Aldi’s. I saved $75 on the exact same items at Aldi’s. LOVE IT!

So besides the ALDI/Trader Joe’s connection what other questions can I ask on your behalf?

OK, off to bed I go. I’m exhausted!



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    Sarah

    March 5, 2014

    I’m just wondering when I can find an ALDI in Arizona! Put an ALDI or fifty here and we’d have paradise here!

      RoniNoone

      March 5, 2014

      LOL I will put a bug in their ear! ;)

    Jen

    March 5, 2014

    I’ve wondered for a long time if there butter is rbgh free. I know their milk says it is rbgh free but I haven’t been able to find the label on the other dairy products they carry.

      RoniNoone

      March 5, 2014

      Great question! Thanks!

    Candice

    March 5, 2014

    Ok let’s try this again since it erased it.

    Love their Simply Nature line. Do they plan on consistently carrying it, plans on expanding it? Will they be carrying more organic produce? Are their eggs considered cage free? Can they please put less preservatives in their almond milk line? Would love more gluten free options, do they plan on exploring this? Glad to see their bread line has removed the HFCS (please tell them thank you), do they plan on removing it from their other products? They use to carry these amazing chicken sausages that would fall great into their Simply Nature line, any plans on carrying them again? Will they be looking into having their can goods be BPA free? How’s that Roni? I love Aldi.

      RoniNoone

      March 5, 2014

      Awesome! I will bring all of these up!

    Carmen Courtney

    March 5, 2014

    Their produce is super cheap compared to grocery stores like Publix and Kroger. So, what’s the catch? (I hope they say there is no catch)
    Also, what do they consider to be their top selling item? I wonder this because my focus is produce but wonder what other awesome stuff I’m missing.

      RoniNoone

      March 5, 2014

      Will ask for sure! Thanks!

    marie

    March 5, 2014

    When is Aldi’s coming to New Orleans, LA?

    Jeri Lyn

    March 5, 2014

    Would love to know if they’re planning to put any stores in Southern California?? Thanks.
    Enjoy your trip/s, I LOVE CHICAGO!!!

    Sabz

    March 5, 2014

    Does Aldi use animal or microbial rennet and enzymes in their cheese?

    If they use animal enzymes, can they switch to microbial

      RoniNoone

      March 6, 2014

      Will ask for sure!

    I love Aldi and used to shop there all the time. None by me now though. Tell them to come to Utah. One time I asked a clerk at Trader Joe’s if they were owned by the same company as Aldi and he treated me like I was crazy. haha.

    Jessica

    March 5, 2014

    Aldi’s and Trader Joe’s are both owned by the same company, Theo Albrecht.

    It makes you wonder if they compromise the food to get it so cheap.

    Jessica

    http://myweightlossfactor.com/

      RoniNoone

      March 6, 2014

      Actually I don’t think they are anymore, but I’ll be asking.

    jody

    March 5, 2014

    why don;t they make the pre-sliced gouda in the cheese packages anymore? It’s not been available for so long and I love that. We need an Aldi Dream Whip.

      RoniNoone

      March 6, 2014

      I didn’t even know they had a pre-sliced Gouda!

    Shannon

    March 5, 2014

    If you see a seasonal item, how long can you expect to see it? I never know when to stock up on special buys or seasonal items. Two things I wish they had: frozen mixed veggies ( traditional blend) and frozen edamame. Oh, crockpot liner bags,too!

      RoniNoone

      March 6, 2014

      Got you on my list!

    Sherri

    March 5, 2014

    Your recent posts inspired me to buy the millet, which I am anxious to try and to make a trip to Aldi’s. I bought several things including pork tenderloins, multipack of hummus, spinach and broccoli crowns. The one thing I did notice and was disappointed about was that all the frozen fish I looked at to buy came from China and even if it is wild caught I don’t buy fish from China. I believe there have to be other sources. I just don’t trust food products from China. Thanks for your continued posts. I really enjoy them and your honesty.

      RoniNoone

      March 6, 2014

      I will ask about their fish supplies!

    Sofi

    March 5, 2014

    There are Aldi’s in Brooklyn and the Bronx, but none on Staten Island, are they planning on expanding to Staten Island? I love the store but crossing bridges is expensive.

      RoniNoone

      March 6, 2014

      On my list. :)

    Patricia

    March 5, 2014

    A Kellogg’s comment instead (sorry that it’s probably too late!), since I don’t believe ALDI is in Canada: I’ve stopped buying most of Kellogg’s products mainly due to the lack of fiber and high amount of sugar. I don’t find it worth it to buy their food-like products. That said, I know you’re fighting the good fight, and hope that you get a chance to really be heard as a mother and woman who has found her healthy balance – and I am looking forward to hearing all about your experience there.

      RoniNoone

      March 6, 2014

      I used your comment in yesterday’s post! http://ronisweigh.com/2014/03/a-day-at-kelloggs.html

    Nancy

    March 5, 2014

    One thing that has always bugged me is that the produce in my local Aldi here in NJ is in the middle of an aisle somewhat near the refrigerated section but not refrigerated or chilled in any way. It’s always room temperature, and I feel that a lot of the produce is not as fresh as it could be for this reason. It’s fine for things like potatoes, onions, etc. but they also store grapes, berries, peppers, and other more fragile produce this way. I’m wondering what their policy is on displaying/storing produce. Is this just how my local store does it or is it standard for all stores? Thanks!

      RoniNoone

      March 6, 2014

      Will definitely ask!

    SuzanneU

    March 6, 2014

    I feel like a celebrity!! LOL :)

    Marina

    March 7, 2014

    Hi Roni! Its Marina from Madrid. Today was the opening of Aldi here. I was exciting to get there thanks your influence. I have to say that is very similar to Lidl ( i think that one it is not in the US), but I like it more. It was a shock when I realized a product was from Trader Joe’s. I am a super fan of TJs , every time I travel to the States I came back with a suitacase full of products! So, it is correct what a reader of you said about the conection!
    Cheers!

    Angela Sherman

    March 16, 2014

    I can’t believe I just found your blog! I’m very glad I have, and I am excited to go through your previous posts. I am a mother of two, sahm, looking to get back on track with healthy eating and adding in some fitness. I also live in Baltimore– Dundalk specifically. And since your post was actually about Aldi, I have to say I really enjoy shopping there; I discovered it this summer and have been overjoyed everyitime I shop there. Thank you for sharing your journey!