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Aldi steps up its organic expectations

Aldi is quickly becoming an organic-food super-grocer in Europe and the United States.

according to The Alternative Daily. Based in Germany and known as Aldi Süd in Europe, Aldi currently has 1,500 stores in the US and is undertaking a three-billion-dollar expansion over the next two years. Aldi Süd has become the first major retailer in Europe to ban eight neonicotinoid pesticides from its domestic produce, which are thiamethoxam (used in lettuce and endive), chlorpyrifos, clothianidin (used in kohlrabi, herbs, Brussels sprouts, head cabbage, cauliflower and kale), cypermethrin (leek, head cabbage and leguminous vegetables), deltamethrin (cauliflower, peppers, eggplant, zucchini, cucumber, pea, head cabbage, tomato and lettuce), fipronil (only exceptional authorizations for potato fields), imidacloprid (applied to apples, peaches, apricots and lettuce) and sulfoxaflor.”

Aldi is also taking its line of organics further, by removing MSG, artificial colors and partially hydrogenated oils from its private-label products. The company is also adding to its line of organic, antibiotic-free and additive-free meats, and removing growth hormones from its dairy products. On top of that, Aldi is expanding its line of gluten-free products and offering a greater variety of organic specialty foods, such as coconut oil, smoked fish and artisanal cheeses.

However, Aldi’s business plan is one that excels in keeping prices low. The company accomplishes this by methods including keeping inventory limited to private-label items; displaying produce in original shipping containers, which requires fewer workers in the stores; charging customers a deposit on shopping carts, which they receive back when the cart is returned; and making shoppers responsible for bringing their own grocery bags. Prices are approximately 30 percent lower than Walmart, according to Business Insider.

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