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

German retailer Aldi is set to remove 8 pesticides from all products on its United States’ stores shelves of January 1st.

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The food chain is striving to brand itself as a health-focused supermarket.
With competitive prices and a focus on health, Aldi is building a reputation as the food conscious shoppers’ go-to store.

Here are the pesticides being removed:

  • Chlorpyrifos
  •  Thiamethoxam
  •  Fipronil
  •  Sulfoxaflor
  • Clothianidin
  • Cypermethrin
  • Imidacloprid
  • Deltamethrin
Aldi has gained popularity in the recent years for being steadfast in its efforts to remove certain chemicals and pesticides from its products, and they’re even going further in a bid to uphold quality:
  • They’re expanding their organic food brands, eliminating some artificial ingredients from products and including more gluten-free items.
  • They’ve done away with certified synthetic colors, MSG,  and partially hydrogenated oils,  from their private-label products – which make up 90% of sales.
  • They have scaled up their sales of fresh and organic meat and produce.
  • Aldi will also expand the SimplyNature line,which is free of over 125 artificial ingredients, as well as their gluten-free liveGfree brand.
  • They have begun to provide more high-end foods like smoked salmon, artisan cheeses, quinoa, and coconut oil.
  • Their milk was free of artificial growth hormones.  Now their yogurt, cottage cheese,  sour cream, and other dairy products will be as well.
The number of Aldi stores in the U.S currently stands at 1,500, with the plans to open 500 more by 2018. Aldi is surely on its way to becoming the frontrunner in health supermarkets, thanks to its commendable focus on health.

According to Business Insider

The grocery chain is expanding organic-food brands, removing some artificial ingredients from its products, and adding more gluten-free items in hopes of attracting more health-conscious shoppers.

Neonics are systemic pesticides, which are among the newest types of insecticide, used largely in the last two decades to control various pests, especially sap-feeding insects, like aphids on cereals, and root-feeding grubs.

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