The grocery store chain ALDI just announced that they will be soon supplying all organic products to their customers and will be banning many products that use pesticides and toxic chemicals, including Thiamethoxam, Chlorpyrifos, Clothianidin, Cypermethrin, Deltamethrin, Fipronil, Imidacloprid, Sulfoxaflor and other pesticides.
In addition, the grocery chain announced that they be stocking fresh fish and meat and will be closely studying and watching the distributors that they plan to purchase them from.
CEO of ALDI, Jason Hart spoke of this new decision saying:
“At ALDI, we are dedicated to the well-being of our customers by providing high quality groceries at the lowest possible prices and offering foods shoppers can feel good about serving their families. Our decision to remove these ingredients from all of our exclusive brand foods delivers on our ongoing commitment to meet the evolving preferences of our customers. Since more than 90 percent of the products we sell are under our exclusive brands, eliminating these ingredients will have a real impact on the over 30 million people who shop in our stores.”
“Today’s shoppers are more involved with food than ever before. They want to know everything about their food and the companies that supply them – especially as it relates to ingredients and the impact on their families. ALDI is leading the supermarket industry in rightly responding to the science that shows the implications of these ingredients, and meeting the needs of the increasingly savvy consumers who don’t want artificial or potentially harmful ingredients in the products they buy,” Phil Lampert, editor of SupermarketGuru.com stated.
ALDA also announced that the new policy regarding pesticides and GMO foods will be going into effect as soon as possible.
What has brought attention to the grocery store chain is its low prices. In a recent survey among grocery chains, it showed that ALDA’s prices are 30% lower than that of the self-proclaimed low price leader Wal-Mart. How ALDI’s is able to do this you may ask? Well it is because they order food from specific sellers while not buying a wide variety of brands. ALDI has also cut their cost by limiting the amount of advertising they do and by also limiting the amount of store displays they have. If you have been to one of their stores, you will notice that the aisles are not cluttered with useless space eating displays but more room for items you need.
The chain currently operates over 1,500 stores in 34 states and are planning to build roughly 500 more stores in the United States over the next two years as part of their $3 billion expansion.