About ALDI FAQs
Q. What is ALDI?
A. ALDI, one of America’s favorite grocers*, operates more than 1,900 stores in 36 states. We take a simple, cost-effective approach to grocery shopping that saves shoppers on their grocery bills. In fact, smart shoppers have found that switching from national brands to ALDI exclusive brands can save them up to 50 percent** on their weekly must-haves. More than 40 million customers each month benefit from the ALDI streamlined approach, bringing shoppers the highest quality products at the lowest possible prices every day.
Q. Does ALDI carry brand names?
A. Shoppers will find that more than 90 percent of the products in our stores are ALDI exclusive brands. ALDI exclusive brands allow us to provide the same high-quality product without passing on all of the hidden costs associated with the national brands, such as marketing and advertising. Recently, we have added a limited selection of national brands in addition to our ALDI exclusive brands. We made this decision in response to feedback from our customers, who have strong brand preferences, yet would like to complete more of their grocery shopping at ALDI. We also may carry a national brand if we are not able to procure an exclusive brand product that meets or exceeds the quality and taste of the national brand.
Q. If you don’t have the brands I know, how can I be sure of the quality?
A. ALDI exclusive brands are manufactured by many of the nation’s leading food producers, and we work closely with suppliers to ensure that ALDI exclusive brands meet or exceed the quality of national name brands.
Additionally, we use the ALDI Test Kitchen to ensure that our products meet or exceed the quality and taste of national name brands. But the best testament to our quality is our customers and our growth: people would not keep coming back and we wouldn’t be growing the way we are if we didn’t have exceptional, premium products.
Q. How much of my weekly shopping can I do at ALDI?
A. Customers can find the majority of their average weekly shopping list at ALDI, including fresh meats, fruits, vegetables and bakery items. Visit our Grocery & Goods section to learn more.
Q. Why do I need a quarter to use a shopping cart at ALDI?
A. The shopping cart rental system is one of many ALDI efficiencies that enable us to keep our prices so low. New customers may be surprised by the simple, yet innovative, cart rental system, and usually come to appreciate its many benefits. Not only do customers get their deposit back, there are no stray carts taking up space in the parking lot or causing dents to cars. By not having to hire someone to police the shopping carts, we are able to pass the savings on to our customers.
Q. Why do you charge for shopping bags?
A. At ALDI, we believe in bringing our customers the highest quality products at the lowest possible prices through a number of operational savings. Given our simple approach to retailing, one of the ways we help our customers save money is by encouraging them to bring their own shopping bags or to purchase a reusable, long-lasting ALDI bag. The end result is that we not only save our customers money – by avoiding adding the cost of the bag to our prices – but also precious resources.
Q. Can I arrange a large purchase for an event?
A. Please feel free to speak with the manager of your local ALDI store to discuss bulk purchasing. If bulk purchasing is available, the manager will be able to assist with your order and arrange for pick up and payment.
For additional information about shopping at ALDI, please view Our Mission page.
Q. Can I resell ALDI products in my store?
A. ALDI is not a wholesaler. All products we sell are intended for our customers' personal use and are not to be resold. However, we do accept valid resale certificates from customers who indicate an intent to resell ALDI products. Please be aware that we do not permit any of our resellers to use ALDI marketing materials or branding for a non-ALDI owned establishment. Click here for more information.
Q. Does ALDI provide funding or products to schools or community organizations?
A. ALDI is dedicated to supporting the health and wellness of kids in communities where ALDI has a presence. Schools and community organizations can apply for funding or ALDI gift cards by visiting ALDISmartkids.com.
*According to a survey of more than 6,000 consumers conducted in March 2014 by Market Force Information.
**Based upon a price comparison of comparable products sold at leading national retail grocery stores.