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Thank goodness, because if there were 130 objections, there were thousands more people, such as myself, who are sick of the big two supermarkets commandeering the market and then reducing their stock lines, so there is such limited choice.
Aldi brings some welcome relief with its range of local and overseas foodstuff which are excellent value for the price and increasingly winning awards in all kinds of categories.
It is really about everyday basics. For example for school lunches they sell a pack of 6 sultanas boxes for $1.79, some fruit for as low as 99c a kilo, 500 grams of cheese slices for $2.99 and good bread for $1.49.
They also throw in some gourmet food every week at good prices except you never know what it will be so you are always surprised. For example last time I bought some French ground coffee and I wish I had bought ten of them as it was sensational.
I don't normally succumb to what I term, the man trap, in the centre of the store. But I did walk out with a TV today.
It was $99 for a 60 cm (24 inch) for an LCD with built in DVD. An opening special. Bliss my own TV, just in time to save me from the male members of my family's obsession with football. Paradise here I come.
I love Aldi. I buy the majority of my groceries from Aldi and only top up from Coles for the things that Aldi doesn't stock. The quality of all their products is superb..try their skincare, suncream etc too. The fresh meat is consistently good. I could go on and on. The savings compared to Coles & Woolworths are major. Add up the savings over a year and you'll see the difference. I don't like the Coles & Woolworths arrogance and claims of helping Aussie farmers. My brother and I worked at Safeway in our teens and you would not believe how long they keep fruit and veg stored out back. Fresh Food People they certainly aren't. I don't know how they get away with it.
How fascinating. I am sure people have a lot of stories about working at these supermarkets. It would be interesting to know even the half of it. Yes have to agree Aldi's skin products are great and so cheap!
Fantastic article idea, and great writing! You've captured the thrill of an Aldi shopping expedition perfectly :) I'm a fellow Aldi addict, and I did a Toyota jump the day I found out there was one moving in at my local shopping centre. Since then, the house has been gradually filling with Aldi merchandise. I don't even need most of it, I just get too excited.
Onya Nadine; its not a matter of being an Aldi Adict, but more an anti - duopolly adict. We need to form a support group to strengthen any supermarket which takes it up to Woolworths and Coles. The ACCC is obviously not worth a cup full of cats wee. We the buying public need to force the issue. If Aldi ever went public I would buy shares.
Why do you support Aldi when it splits the Australian retail dollar with profits to Germany? And I often wonder why we are such cheap-skates that we don't want to pay a reasonable price for things we need ....and don't need. I think about whether someone in Brazil or Thailand is insufferably poor because we want something cheaper. Go away Aldi.
I will buy Australian products at Aldi but detest buying iced confections made in China Streets iced confections are also made in China We have a great climate in Australia to grow and deliver foods within hours to the supermarket and we know what types of fertilisers are allowed on all crops!!!!!!!!! Support our farmers or we'll be buying all our foods from overseas
We are not a lover of Coles or Woolworths either in the livestock markets they really screwed down the prices of lamb during Oct and Nov 2012 but were still charging dearly for it compared to 2011 they were paying $30- a lamb less. We try to grow an assortment of vegetables, kill our own meat, have hens and make jam and sauces. I am not a greeny but am concerned at what chemicals and effluent other countries use on their food products
My husband and I love shopping at Aldi too. We have reduced our monthly shopping bill by at least $50. We find that their brands stack up (and sometimes surpass) the quality of brand name goods. Well worth checking them out.