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German retailer Aldi has announced they will be removing 8 pesticides from all products served on it’s US store shelves from January 1st, 2017. We take a look at what changes will be made and the impact it’ll have on supermarket trends. 

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Over recent years, Aldi has been making a name for itself as a health-focused supermarket with low prices and an emphasis on health and wellbeing. With a growing reputation as food conscious retailers, Aldi will be removing the following pesticides:   

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

Other changes include:

  • They are expanding their organic food brands, removing some artificial ingredients from products and adding more gluten-free items.
  • They have removed certified synthetic colors, partially hydrogenated oils, and MSG from their private-label products (which make up 90% of sales).
  • They have expanded their sales of fresh and organic meat and produce, including the “Never Any!” brand of meats that contain no added antibiotics, hormones, animal by-products or other additives.
  • The chain will also expand the SimplyNature line (which is free of more than 125 artificial ingredients) and their gluten-free liveGfree brand.
  • Their milk was free of artificial growth hormones, but now its yogurt, sour cream, cottage cheese, and other dairy products will be as well.
  • They have begun to offer more high-end foods like artisan cheeses, smoked salmon, quinoa, and coconut oil.

Phil Lempert, editor of SupermarketGuru.com says it is a sign of a changing industry.

“Today’s shoppers are more involved with food than ever before. They want to know everything about their food and the companies that supply them – especially as it relates to ingredients and the impact on their families. ALDI is leading the supermarket industry in rightly responding to the science that shows the implications of these ingredients, and meeting the needs of the increasingly savvy consumers who don’t want artificial or potentially harmful ingredients in the products they buy.”

As a result of the UK’s organic food sales increasing by 4.9 per cent to £1.95bn in 2016, we’re hoping Aldi will be implementing these changes in our British stores. We’ll be interested in seeing how these changes effect the modern shopper and other competitor brands such as Whole Foods.

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