German ALDI vs US ALDI

German ALDI vs US ALDI

everyone’s just grabbing bottles out of
the packages just like in Germany. hey guys! what’s up? it’s Kelly again and
welcome back to my channel. for those of you who might not know me and you’re new to my channel and you’re wondering why I’m on YouTube,
I mean I’m also wondering why I’m on YouTube, I’m gonna give you a little bit
of context as to why I’m making this video. so I lived in Germany for about a year
and a half and I just got back to the states and I’ve been living in DC for
two months and my German boyfriend who I’ve been with for over a year now is
here with me in DC visiting on a non-immigrant visa. we went to a grocery
store like the first weekend he was here and he suffered from what could only be
described as sticker shock which basically means that he was floored by
how expensive the price of food was here in DC specifically, it’s different all
over the country, but specifically in DC it’s very expensive. and so we started
looking around trying to find some cheaper grocery stores to go to maybe a
little bit outside of the city and we stumbled across a bunch of all ALDIs. so
we headed to an ALDI and he was like a kid in the candy shop you guys. he was so
excited to see the prices which were much more reasonable and just like
having that little bit of familiarity in a foreign country for him and it was
really exciting to see. so I thought hey why not make a video to show you
guys, because I have a lot of Germans that watch my channel, to show you guys
what an ALDI in the US looks like. and for those of you who are living in the
US if you didn’t know, ALDI is actually a german grocery store chain and it’s
here in the US and they actually run their stores very similar here as they
do in germany so if you’ve been shopping in ALDI, you’ve been shopping the
german way the whole time! so i’m gonna take you guys around the store and i’ll
point out some of the differences and some of the similarities between ALDIs in the US and ALDIs in germany. so let’s check it out! so first things first the carts, just
like in Germany, you have to deposit a coin to be able to pull one out. I’ve got
my quarter here but in Germany it would be a 1 euro coin. so if you watch my German grocery store
video then you would have heard me talk about how the entrances to grocery
stores are a little bit different between Germany and the US. oftentimes in Germany you’ll see these like gates that will open up to divide like the entrance
from the exit. in the US, usually you have like entirely separate doors and
then here you’ll see like the food is being used as a lane to separate the
entrance from the checkout area. it’s actually kind of funny and I’m sure it’s
just a coincidence but the peanut butter aisle here is just as sad as the peanut
butter aisles that I would see in Germany. usually in US grocery stores I
mean you have at least like 20 different types of peanut butter to choose from.
here, there’s only like four so if you look behind me you’ll see that all of
the food items are being held mostly in like these little cardboard crates that
they come in whenever they’re shipped to the grocery store. so US grocery stores
normally don’t display their products like that. normally you take all of the
products out of the boxes and then put them on the shelves but this is an ALDI
and so they’re doing it the same way that you would see it in Germany which
is in the boxes. and I think probably because it cuts down in time which means
it cuts down in labor which means you have to hire fewer employees which of
course means lower prices. now this is actually something that you would not
see in a German ALDI because they don’t refrigerate their eggs. in the US we do
because during the whole farming process we actually wash the eggs which means we wash off the protective coating that is kind of I don’t know given to the egg
whenever it’s laid and so we have to keep them refrigerated whereas in
Germany they don’t wash them and so they’re able to store eggs at room
temperature so you would never see eggs in a cooler like this they would just be
sitting out on a shelf. these spices are so much cheaper here
than they are in other grocery stores in the US. you really just wouldn’t see bags of
flour and sugar sitting on pallets on the ground in like a normal US grocery
store but you’re seeing it here in the ALDI in the US and you would see that
everywhere in grocery stores in Germany. correct me if I’m wrong but I just
really don’t remember seeing that many energy drinks in Germany. I would see
like the 5-hour energy drinks like what’s over my shoulder here but not
like a lot of monsters and Red Bulls and so on which is what you see in a lot of
US grocery stores and you’re seeing the knockoff versions here in this ALDI in
the US. everyone’s just grabbing bottles out of the packages just like in Germany.
these water bottles are a lot smaller than what you see in Germany. these are
only about a half a liter and in Germany you usually buy bottles that are one and a
half liters. I’ve been to a couple different ALDIs now and they all
kind of have a little bit of a different setup but pretty much with the same idea
of using the cardboard boxes to display their produce. in other US grocery stores,
you just wouldn’t really see that. they’re normally shelved or in special
little sections… they’re not sitting in the boxes that they were like shipped to
the store in. I think one of the food prices that
stuck out like the most to my boyfriend was the price of bell peppers or paprika as
Germans will call them. in Germany you can get like three multicolored bell
peppers for one euro. here, you’re lucky to get one bell pepper for $1. it’s a lot
more expensive and I remember talking to one of my classmates here about it and
he was just like “oh yeah you’re not gonna be able to afford the multicolored
Peppers anymore like you get green.” I’m really excited guys, I just found
some white asparagus! in Germany this is known as spargle and it is a huge huge deal in Germany it’s seasonal in the spring and
everybody just goes crazy for it. I mean it’s not fresh but I’m really excited to
find some in the US and I’m gonna buy this and take it home to my boyfriend. so
it looks like I found the authentic German food section and all of the food
seems to be produced by the same company which is Deutsch couch a okay,
I really didn’t learn German. German Kitchen, super creative name there and
since I know you guys are interested in seeing what the prices are here, I’ll
show them to you and just so you know this really is significantly cheaper than
what you would find in like a normal US grocery store, at least here in DC. don’t worry, guys we’ve got some German
sauerkraut here too. for my German viewers write in the comments what you
guys think of this section of German food I’m really curious what you guys
think about it. I went to a lot of different grocery stores in Germany and
there are in a lot of them there were like the US little section or the
American section of food and it would basically just be like a bunch of
pop-tarts and like barbecue sauce and I don’t know… salsa and so I’m curious
what you guys think of our interpretation of German food. I am looking at all these cheeses and I
just started laughing because the first weekend my boyfriend was here we went to a grocery store so he could pick out whatever he wanted to eat and he, without
me realizing it, bought American cheese which is a terrible terrible type of
cheese. it’s like the least flavorful plastic tasting crap you could buy so he
was a little like this is what cheese is like in the US? but we do have better
kinds. it’s a really sad bread section. the tea and coffee aisle in this ALDI
just isn’t as big as the ones that I saw in the ALDIs in Germany. alright
guys I walked through the whole grocery store twice looking for it but I did not
see any boxed, shelf-stable like room-temperature H milk like you would
see in Germany. I only saw fresh milk and condensed milk. another difference I want
to point out is that this ALDI in the US is super air-conditioned compared to the
ALDIs in Germany but guys it is like 98 degrees out right now in fact it
might have hit 99 by the time that I’ve been walking around in here that is so
hot!! and if they didn’t have air-conditioning at the rate that they
have it in here, all of the produce would go bad. this is some really patriotic
packaging. it even has a verse from our national anthem.
alright guys, behind me is the gummy aisle. do you see all the gummies? no you
probably don’t because it’s just this one little
section of Haribo gummy bears. that’s it. not this like excessive huge area of
gummis like you would see in a German ALDI. this is it.
it’s crazy! these are my boyfriend’s absolute favorite. pretty cool that they
have them here. German ALDIs don’t accept credit cards because then they
would have to pay transaction fees which would drive up the prices of their food.
This ALDI has a bagging counter just like all the ALDIs you see in Germany.
seriously guys this is not like a normal feature in American grocery stores, I’ve
only seen this in Germany. wow that was some insane technique from
the cashier. I am thoroughly impressed that girl would fit totally right in in
Germany. if you guys watch my German grocery store video then you would have
heard me talk about how it is like complete and utter panic at the cashier
at the grocery stores for me when I’m checking out in Germany because the
cashiers are just throwing items into your cart as fast as possible, it is like
a sprint. you’re there trying to bag everything as
fast as you can and then you’re trying to pay and it’s just like it’s kind of
really overwhelming. in the US, we oftentimes have baggers and if you don’t
have a bagger, then the cashier will actually be the one bagging all of your
goods into whether it’s your bags or maybe you’re paying extra for bags and
it’s a much more like slow calm process and of course there is usually some good
old American small talk. so I was really curious what the kind of like checkout
situation would be in the ALDI in the US, if it would be like the German Way
or if it would be like a normal US grocery store and it looks like it’s
exactly the same as it is in Germany but fortunately I speak the language so I’m
able to communicate a little easier with the cashier and she actually did, I
didn’t record it, but she did tell me that they are timed at the ALDIs here
for how quickly they check people out so it looks like it’s really similar
overall to the way that all these are run in Germany. a lot cheaper because
they cut down on labor, they cut down on the amount of work that needs to get
done and they’re able to be much more efficient than probably what the average
US grocery store is therefore they’re paying their employees less money by paying fewer salaries and so they’re able to keep the prices lower… it all makes sense
now! I think I’m learning more about the German discount culture now that I’m not
in Germany than from when I was in Germany. alright guys I hope you enjoyed
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actually took me a while to be able to film me putting my cart back into the
little line of carts to be able to get my quarter deposit back and film that
because so many people here were like I’ll give you a quarter if you give me your
cart. I’m like I’m trying to do something here that’s weird and you probably
wouldn’t understand so I…. fine. just take it.

6 thoughts on “German ALDI vs US ALDI

  1. sticker shock….there's a reason jews and germans didn't get along after the industrialization. They are just bough to thrifty.

  2. WHHHAAAAT!?!? 6,99 fo pork schnitzel???? shit it must be REALLY expensive in DC if the Aldi even stacks the price like that.

  3. OHHHH FYI why there's NO JA H MILK in ALDI US is because the biggest Wholesale COMPANY IN GERMANY is called THE REWE they also have a massive grocery chain. Their PERSONAL BRAND is JA that milk you showed there is JA H mIlk since NEARLY ALL groceries and discounters in Germany Bind themselves to the REWE Group to be competitive in wholesale and get best prices…that's why you won't find that milch in the US. REWE is blocked from the US for fears of Overtaking. Since they have become really really big…and I think if I remember correctly theres trouble with H milk in the US they didn't pass the law to allow it i think. SO i THINK its not possible to produce it in the states. Since Rewe cant import…Aldi US doesn't have it.

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