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Aldi's vs. Name Brands
This is a discussion on Aldi's vs. Name Brands within the Garden, Canning, Long Term Food Storage forums, part of the Survival Food Procurement category; Not too long ago I started a thread on Aldi's . It triggered some discussion on the benefits of name brands vs. the knock-offs. So, ...
Aldi's vs. Name Brands
Not too long ago I started a thread on Aldi's. It triggered some discussion on the benefits of name brands vs. the knock-offs. So, I thought I'd put it to the test to see if the store brands are really so much better. This will be my personal opinion, others can disagree. I only ask that if you want to contribute, please try to do a side by side comparison taste test, ingredients, and cost.
Okay, here's the two Brands. I tried out the name brand from Costco. It's the Libby's. The store-brand from Aldis is the Brookdale. The Brookdale cost me 2.99 cents per can. The Libby's cost 10.99 for 3. So, if you by three of the Brookdale it's a 2.00 difference. The ingredients are the same. They're both made in Brazil, which I found interesting. The Libby's was slightly firmer, but other than that the taste difference is negligible.
The two at the top are Brookdale. The two at the bottom are Libby's.
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Last edited by Annie; 05-20-2019 at 08:18 AM.
Well, Annie, . . . I don't have a "side by side", . . . but from personal experience I can tell you my wife and I have given Aldi the big taste test and they flunked.
EVERYTHING I ever bought there tastes funky to me, . . . or old, . . . and not appetizing.
Try it with peaches, pears, beans, corn, . . . anything in a can, . . . I think you will agree, . . . OR, . . . we taste things differently.
Their boxed cereals taste more like dog food smells, . . . their candy, especially the chocolates are a disgrace and should be banned, . . . and after looking at their pre-packaged meats, . . . I would not eat it if you gave me a freezer full of the stuff.
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You're entitled to your opinion. Makes no difference to me if you like it or not, 'cause I'm not feeding you. Not that I wouldn't offer you dinner if you showed up at my door, because I would. My family thinks I'm a good cook.
Originally Posted by dwight55
BTW, expiration dates on my corned beef experiment are as follows:
So, lets do the math. Given the number of people I'll probably be feeding in an SHTF situation, I can easily see us going through 3 cans per week. That's a 208. dollar savings over the Libby's in the course of one year. The only big advantage to the Libby's that I can see is it's pre-packed in cans of three's, which is nice if you have to load the car up and relocate. I can do a lot with 208. I think I'm going with the Brookdale from now on.
I gave some of each brand to my husband in his lunch, so we'll see what he thinks.
Last edited by Annie; 05-20-2019 at 08:38 AM.
if you've been in the canning and bottling facilities you'd have a little better understanding of these "off brands" >>> they really are nothing more in some cases than a label change between brands - sometimes not - some canning companies save the veggie/fruit "seconds" and cans them for the discount discount brands - buy a few cans first of a new brand and check it out - pure crap is worthless at any $$$$$$$ ...
I've dealt with Aldis since around 1975 or so - their buying has come a long long way - in the beginning they didn't have the volume buy or vendors up the ying yang looking for long term contracts for that volume - I'd still buy short to start and not go deep until all your eaters are satisfied ....
Last edited by Illini Warrior; 05-20-2019 at 09:05 AM.
I've worked in such a facility, and this is absolutely true. We'd spend part of the day doing a run and slapping on a name brand label such as Del Monte or Libby's, then we'd swap the labels being fed into the production line to a store brand. Nothing else changed. Well, maybe how they're palletized, boxed, packaged etc. But the container and contents are identical.
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This is what I'd suspected, given that both of the brands I've tested come from Brazil.
Originally Posted by Back Pack Hack
I have never had anything bad from Aldi.
We buy their bread, meat, pizza, cereal, bacon...
Same thing with a lot of different industries. When I was selling packaging equipment I found it interesting that only 3 companies in the world actually produced real aspirin...just different labels for the different "brands".
Originally Posted by Illini Warrior
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We pass an Aldi's on the way home. Maybe we should stop once.
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