5 Things Aldi Won’t Sell Anymore

Aldi's shelves are filled with great finds at a bargain price, but there are a few things you won't see in their stores anymore.

Aldi is always making changes and adjustments to their stores to keep prices low and customers satisfied. Because of that, things are often changing—but for the better. Customer favorites tend to stick around, but there are a few things that you won’t find anymore when you walk into an Aldi. To clear up any other confusion you had about this top-notch grocery store, here’s the truth behind popular Aldi rumors.

Artificial Ingredients

Aldi made headlines in 2015 for pledging to remove artificial ingredients from all products in their stores. They got rid of certified synthetic colors, partially hydrogenated oils (PHOs) and added MSG from all of their exclusive brand food products. They were able to take this smart step because 90 percent of the products they sell are under Aldi exclusive brands, so it’s easier for them to change the ingredients to be healthier.

Junk Food in Checkout Lanes

Sometimes, the unhealthiest decisions are made in the checkout lane at the grocery store. Aldi made changes to help people pick healthier options when waiting for their groceries to be rung up. By the end of 2016, Aldi got rid of all impulse buys that they had in the checkout lanes and replaced them with healthier options such as single-serve nut packs, trail mixes, dried fruits and granola bars. These are the things you should always buy at Aldi.

Plastic Lids

Aldi is constantly striving to reduce the amount of plastic they use in their packaging. In 2020, they removed all plastic lids from their own-label fresh cream and ready-to-drink coffee products in over 780 stores across England and Wales. In the U.S., Aldi is on track to have all of its own-label packaging recyclable, reusable or compostable by 2025 so expect to see changes to the way your favorite products look. This is what you should know before shopping at Aldi.

Newspapers and Magazines

Towards the end of 2019, Aldi stopped selling newspapers and magazines in all of their United Kingdom stores. The sales for newsstands in the stores were consistently low and they had to better optimize the space. Since their stores aren’t as big as your typical grocery store, they have to make sure all the space in the store is taken up by products that sell.

Last Week’s Aldi Special Buys or Aldi Finds

Aldi sells more than just food and if you’ve ever browsed their aisles, you’ve probably scored at least one of their Special Buys. It could be anything from a rug, to lawn furniture, to a desk, to a winter coat. But, the trick with these Special Buys is that once they sell out, they’re gone. So, if you’re on the fence about something, it’s best to bite the bullet and buy it. New items are constantly coming in and if you want to get ahead of the game, you can check their website for upcoming Aldi Finds. For more insider tips, learn about these secrets Aldi employees won’t tell you.

Originally Published on Reader's Digest

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