Aldi to Go Full Organic, Bans Pesticides and Rivals Whole Foods as Healthiest Grocery Store

What many are still not aware of is that our soil, air, and water are severely contaminated due to the use of synthetic pesticides, GMOs, petroleum-based fertilizers, and sewage sludge-based fertilizers. Residues of these chemicals remain in and on the food we consume.

Additionally, livestock is often given growth hormones, antibiotics, and other animal by-products. Despite the disastrous effects on the environment, the way the food we eat is grown and raised also affects our health.

Therefore, the more we pollute our environment, the more important it becomes to start consuming organic foods only.

According to a poll by organic produce company Earthbound Farm, almost half of Americans buy organic food at least some of the time. Millennials are particularly enthusiastic, with one in five claiming they buy organic products all the time.

During the last years, German retailer Aldi is making a name as a health-oriented supermarket which pleases food-conscious shoppers.

As of January 1st, 2017, the food chain decided to remove 8 pesticides from all products on its U.S. stores shelves.

These pesticides include:

  •    Thiamethoxam
  •    Chlorpyrifos
  •    Clothianidin
  •    Cypermethrin
  •    Deltamethrin
  •    Fipronil
  •    Imidacloprid
  •    Sulfoxaflor

Moreover, Aldi is going even further in their quest for quality:

  • They are expanding their organic food brands, adding more gluten-free items, and discarding some artificial ingredients from products
  • They have removed certified synthetic colors, partially hydrogenated oils, and MSG from their private-label products
  • Apart from milk, other dairy products like cottage cheese, yogurt, and sour cream will contain no artificial growth hormones
  • They offer more high-end foods like quinoa, artisan cheeses, smoked salmon, and coconut oil
  • They offer “Never Any!” brand of meats that contain no added antibiotics, hormones, animal by-products or other additives
  • They will expand the SimplyNature line and their gluten-free liveGfree brand

As part of its expansion, existing Aldi stores also get brighter lights, bigger aisles, less-cluttered shelves, and more refrigeration space. Aldi is also launching meal kits and offering more alternative milks, such as soy and almond.

Being focused on health, the food chain is becoming the leader in health supermarkets.

John Karolefski, grocery store analyst and editor of Grocery Stories, says:

“Aldi has a lot of good quality, good-tasting products at good prices. It’s one of the reasons they’ve been so successful in the U.S.”

“The best place you can buy organics, and they’re continuing to roll out, even more, is probably Aldi,” agrees Phil Lempert, food industry analyst and editor of SupermarketGuru.

Aldi’s SimplyNature brand offers shoppers great value on organic products. Karolefski adds that elsewhere, those “can be pricey, but you can get them for a good value at Aldi.”

The low prices of Aldi are partly due to the fact that the vast majority of their products are private label, so customers do not pay for the marketing and advertising that many brands must use to attract shoppers.