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A&P Goes Belly Up & Aldi's Rocking It

Discussion in 'BlackHat Lounge' started by BreaknBrix, Jul 23, 2015.

  1. BreaknBrix

    BreaknBrix Power Member

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    I doubt most you care or even shop at A&P since their prices are ridiculous. But I still find it interesting anytime a food chain this big goes belly up.

    http://www.businessinsider.com/ap-made-one-mistake-that-undermined-its-business-2015-7

    Personally, I get most my food at ShopRite & Aldi's. I remember finding Aldi's like 3-4 years ago. My mom took me there one day and when I saw the prices I couldn't believe it. I really thought I discovered some secret food place where all the food was stolen.

    Yet as much as I liked Aldi's the drive was far, that specific store was in a ghetto and I was embarrassed to shop there.

    Fast forward a bit and I moved. Then I realized a new Aldi's opened up right by me in a better area. So now I rotate between ShopRite and Aldi's. If I fill up my cart at ShopRite, it's always $150-$200. At Aldi's I don't think there's been 1 time I spent more than $100. And I won't buy their meat. But their eggs are cheap as hell, their veggies, then those mixed nut bags which I have to force myself not to buy cause I'll eat like 10 bags in a row.

    Anyway, props to Aldi's. I've always known they don't sell brand name shit (I don't care). But I never fully realized all the other stuff they do. Like cardboard shelves, makes stocking much quicker, renting carts so people are forced to put them back themselves. No middlemen. Employees are paid better. And they're very quickly expanding according to (same source):

    http://www.businessinsider.com/why-aldi-is-so-cheap-2015-4

    Where do you guys shop?

    And what do you thinks gonna happen with Mickey D's? :)

    -BB
     
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    Wal-mart for me.
     
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    Never heard of A&P but Aldi's has got a pretty bad rep in the UK. There's loads of them about but they're always in the roughest areas, along with Netto and Lidl.
    There's lots of running jokes about them - for example: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_7jVLp-n9ww It's a bit unfair as the prices are good and the food's as good as any other supermarket.

    So is it the same in the States or is their reputation better over there?
     
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    I did not know that they expanded to the US. I'm impressed. It's a German Supermarket chain. When I was still living in Germany it had the stigma of "poor peoples supermarket".

    What most people don't know is that their "unbranded" or house brand goods come from the same companies that make the premium brand. Especially all the canned goods.

    Shopping there tells me 2 things about you: You don't care what other people think and you are a smart buyer.

    I wish we had an Aldi here where I live now.
     
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    I would rather buy my SEO on Fiverr than my food at Aldi. Simply because it is all imported.
     
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    Wherever you shop, would be careful where you get the meats nowadays. Some law passed recently where companies no longer are required to label the origin of the stuff. Wouldn't touch meat from China with a 10 foot pole. Another reason why I only eat fish instead of it. I love a tuna steak and flounder so much. Of course not from the Pacific, but that's another story. Imported fishes from Norway is the way to go. I had a yellowfish tuna steak from Indonesia the other day and got random pains in my lower abdomen, terrible stuff.

    I'm sure people here have heard of the trucks with meat from the 1970's in China. Was a big story a few weeks ago. I miss my bacon and chicken cutlets so much sometimes, chicken clubs and parms. Oh man, a grilled well done steak. But seeing how those animals are treated I'm totally against it. I think of it like this, each plate of non free range chicken I eat -- I brutally murdered that little fellow. And people only eat it out of ignorance and price. Free range, organic meats are expensive. It's funny my most missed dish is probably a 40 piece McNuggets with ranch and barbecue to dip with.
     
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    HAHAHA. That video was good.

    It does seem like their reputation is improving. Like they're trying to get more stores in middleclass areas. But it still seems like people won't admit they shop there. If it's Wholefoods people will gladly tell you, "I need to go to Wholefoods". If it's Aldi's it's more like, "I gotta go shopping" LOL.
     
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    Yeah in the UK, those 3 stores had a very bad rep, but due to the economic climate all 3 have become more popular and are taking a greater share of the market.
    They also seemed to have improved quality wise.

    When I don't order the shopping online, the Wife usually does the shopping, but when I occasionally accompany her, I try to hide my face if we go into one of those stores, just in case I am spotted by anybody I know.

    I also like the fun mystery meat products that are labeled in a foreign language, it is like Russian roulette for the taste buds.
     
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    there was a time i did my weekly shop at our local tesco extra for bout
    7-8 years, but they got so greedy we cut back, for those willing to shop
    around tescso over charge on alot of things by some margin

    now we goto b&m - local butchers - market - and only get what we
    cant get from them at tesco. use to avaerage 80-100 quid week at
    tesco for 2 people, now down to 40-50. fck tesco
     
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    Aldi's is awesome but they're always located in the hood like what others have mentioned. Still worth it for the prices though.
     
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    I read about A&P having some issues a while back and was never a big fan of that store when I lived at the shore and we did not have Aldi's back then up there but Shop-Rite is the bomb and has been since I was knee high to a grasshopper.

    We have Aldi's down here in Florida and it is a decent little grocery store... sort of a hybrid grocery/large deli but they are not in bad areas. At least the ones with which I am familiar are not.

    I think you are right about the meat being a gamble at best with the house having all the odds, BnB, but the majority of the products they offer are pretty decent.

    They have an off brand of 5 Hour Energy with the exact same ingredient make up for about 69 cents as opposed to around 2.00 for 5 Hour and some other products like that which make the hassle of bring your own bags and having to use their crazy cart system worth while.
     
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    Those are World Trade Organization rules and I hate them as well. I want to know where my food is coming from. Yet even when the label says it was produced domestically, processed foods often contain ingredients and additives sourced from countries like China.
     
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    In my area walmart is the cheapest store,I can get a pound of bread for like $.88. And when the sell by date on a product is the current date, the discounts are sometimes like 50%.
     
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    My wife does all the shopping and she goes to Aldi every week.

    They are definitely not located in sketchy areas here in NC like some other places, and they really don't have ay stigma around here that I am aware of.

    The products are as good as any other place and they often have excellent prices on organic stuff that is a lot more expensive in other places.
     
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    Aldi is great because they are serving the underserved areas.
    There are food deserts in poor areas because most grocery chains
    only want to be located in upper/middle class areas. I shop at
    Aldi all the time, it does not bother me that it is in a poorer area
    of town. I am saving money by not shopping a grocery store
    that has a more expensive lease because of location.
     
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    The only meats I'll be eating nowadays are from women.
     
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    Cannibalism is probably not something we'd allow here. If that's not what you meant, don't feel the need to explain - it's still a no.
     
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    People really read in to it like that lmao yeah the wording was weird. I should get some sleep. I like how you said probably hahaha.
     
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    me and my wife shop at aldi all the time. Veg and british meat mainly, and its way cheaper than tesco's asda etc.


    There was a time when i wouldn't be seen dead in aldi lol, but as i got older i became less vain and more clued up on the bullshit tesco's get up to.

    All Hail Aldi!
     
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    Aldi has been founded in Germany by two brothers (Karl and Theo Albrecht)... they split Germany in north and south (Aldi Nord/Aldi Sued). The two have been the richest Germans for a LONG time already. Karl Albrecht is still the richest with around $26,000,000,000 and the sons of his brother Theo share the second place with around $19,000,000,000.
    Together this family owns $45,000,000,000 while the second richest family in Germany (Quandt that owns large shares of BMW and other companies) owns around $22,500,000,000 (so only half of the Albrechts). I guess they don't really care about the 'reputation' they have in certain areas while they keep on growing in market share everywhere they expand to, revenue, profit and overtaking the world one shop at a time ;)


    Edit: This is NET-WORTH in 2012, so they probably own WAY more by now looking at the expansion of the last years!
    Edit2: The decendents of Theo Albrecht also own Trader Joe's
    Edit3: LIDL is also german... the owner Dieter Schwarz has a net-worth of ~$21,000,000,000
    netto (mentioned here before) is also german but its not in private hands as Lidl and Aldi still are - netto is part of the edeka group

    Source:
    I'm german :)
     
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