Favorite supermarket/shops and why -

 
  Gayspie Deputy Commissioner

Location: Adelaide, SA
I watched the video about Kangaroo Island Free Range Eggs, and thought it was very well done. My supermarket had them and the first ones were tried this morning (boiled). The shells are slightly less robust than some others, but the eggs are excellent eating.
Glad to hear - the chooks are extremely free-range and they eat stuff that they normally would in nature (insects, grubs etc) so the eggs taste how eggs should be. My mate who lives on the island says that the people who run the farm are highly regarded and they treat their staff really well, they pay $30 an hour for picking and packing.
don_dunstan
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  Valvegear Oliver Bullied, CME

Location: Banned
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Gayspie
How witty. Did you hear it said by someone on Big Brother?
  don_dunstan Oliver Bullied, CME

Location: Adelaide proud
Work is dead at the moment so I've had time to peruse the interwebs - and I found on Product Review a few thousand reviews of Aldi.

Some of the most interesting ones are:

After complaining about GOLIATH cling wrap today on Product Review, I tried to contact ALDI to complain. I spent two hours running around in circles on the Internet - no luck! You can't phone them anymore, can't email them, can't contact them in any way except to complete a very strictly controlled Product Review Form which threw me off twice at the end of completion with no explanation.

Yeah the cling wrap is rubbish, I've made the mistake of buying that before.

Cheap and nasty, meat goes off quickly and product range is private label pretending to be a brand. If u bought private label elsewhere, same pricing and in the industry known as control brands, e.g instead of Aldi baked beans, same lower standard product, call it bobs baked beans and they will have the label designed similar to the market leader to trick customers. Don't we luv the customer service, throw your groceries at you, had it land on the floor a couple of times.

Aldi food is budget quality wrapped in packaging to resemble top sellers. The budget brands at major shops are cheaper and you can actually buy everything in one store. So much of Aldi food I have thrown in rubbish as it tastes so bad. Electrical products fail, lawn mowers last two to three time then fail. Aldi seems to be a dumping ground for poor quality products with plenty of safety recalls.

If they weren't trying to convince people that their products were the same as the major brands then why do they do that? They were successfully sued by Arnott's for copying the Tim Tam packaging and writing - they're hoping you won't notice the difference is the answer.

I have used Aldis laundrite laundry powder. Just threw half the box out. No matter what I do the powder won’t dissolve. Even in Hot water. Leaves chunks of powder on our clothes. Love a lot of Aldis products but this is the worst. Cheap and nasty. Do not buy.

Didn't notice the fact that it didn't dissolve properly - but DID notice the cheap stench it left.

ALDI vs Coles chicken - There is a significant difference between these two chicken breasts. Not only is the ALDI chicken of much lower quality than the Coles chicken, the price is not lower either. In fact, it's higher, at $13/kg. The white stripes in the ALDI chicken breast is known as "woody breast" and it happens when chickens grow too big too quickly due to aggressive genetic modification intended to breed bigger birds and increase output. The fillets are abnormally large and the meat is of substantially lower quality with a tough, chewy texture. The last time I ate ALDI chicken the texture was so rubbery and so off-putting I couldn't eat it. It's like a strange mix of crunchy and chewy and very unpleasant. If you've ever eaten ALDI chicken breast you'll know exactly what I'm talking about. It's disgusting, and this is why.

Yuck.

My husband managed to get through most of his steak which was cooked according to the packet directions. Mine will go to the dogs. Full of sinew totally inedible, unbelievable. Lift your game Aldi, We are farmers and know and appreciate quality meat. We couldn't even cut it with a steak knife.

Yeah nothing if consistent.
  Aaron The Ghost of George Stephenson

Location: University of Adelaide SA
Pasadena/Frewville Foodland and Gaganis for the more bespoke needs, Woolies for 90% of the rest, some Coles, and a little Aldi, but really wish Lidl would enter the game. Lucky to live near three Woolies (though I only ever go to one - I get lost in the other two), two Aldi, a Coles and a Foodland.

I find Aldi to be exceptionally hit and miss, they have decent drumstick type knockoffs, Shultz mettwurst (some of the best you can buy), but I find their meat to generally be well underwhelming. Sometimes their fruit and veg is good, sometimes woeful, I hate their bread. The cling wrap and alfoil suck, but their fly spray is awesome, I don't generally like to use it, but when I need to there's nothing better. A bought a ALDI microwave, and that thing is awesome, I have bought a better KitchenAid microwave since, it's a lot better, but it was also $1199, the Aldi one was $399, so hardly a fair fight.
  Aaron The Ghost of George Stephenson

Location: University of Adelaide SA
chickens grow too big too quickly due to aggressive genetic modification intended to breed bigger birds
don_dunstan
Absolutely incorrect. Chickens are certainly bred to grow faster and bigger, but this absolutely not due to genetic modification in the method implied by this person. Sadly, and yes, I genuinely mean sadly, we do not have genetically modified animals for consumption in Australia.

We only commercially grow GM cotton, canola and safflower here, with some others under trial planting only. I am very privileged to have GM safflower, strawberries and a grape vine growing in my house, and I was able to relatively recently buy golden rice (the real deal, in an organics shop no less!) Which both impressed me, and disappointed me, nothing worse than a special product being sold in a market that doesn't need it.
  don_dunstan Oliver Bullied, CME

Location: Adelaide proud
chickens grow too big too quickly due to aggressive genetic modification intended to breed bigger birds
Absolutely incorrect. Chickens are certainly bred to grow faster and bigger, but this absolutely not due to genetic modification in the method implied by this person. Sadly, and yes, I genuinely mean sadly, we do not have genetically modified animals for consumption in Australia.

We only commercially grow GM cotton, canola and safflower here, with some others under trial planting only. I am very privileged to have GM safflower, strawberries and a grape vine growing in my house, and I was able to relatively recently buy golden rice (the real deal, in an organics shop no less!) Which both impressed me, and disappointed me, nothing worse than a special product being sold in a market that doesn't need it.
Aaron
So what causes the striations in the breast meat that poster was talking about?
  Aaron The Ghost of George Stephenson

Location: University of Adelaide SA
chickens grow too big too quickly due to aggressive genetic modification intended to breed bigger birds
Absolutely incorrect. Chickens are certainly bred to grow faster and bigger, but this absolutely not due to genetic modification in the method implied by this person. Sadly, and yes, I genuinely mean sadly, we do not have genetically modified animals for consumption in Australia.

We only commercially grow GM cotton, canola and safflower here, with some others under trial planting only. I am very privileged to have GM safflower, strawberries and a grape vine growing in my house, and I was able to relatively recently buy golden rice (the real deal, in an organics shop no less!) Which both impressed me, and disappointed me, nothing worse than a special product being sold in a market that doesn't need it.
So what causes the striations in the breast meat that poster was talking about?
don_dunstan
That part is possibly correct, the chicken has grown quickly, but that's breeding, not a GM process. I have not seen the effect the person is referring to, but without seeing it, white lines in meat to me sounds more like fat marbling, if it were steak, the butcher would charge you 30% more for that...

I am not a chicken farmer, it's been 15 years since I last walked into a broiler shed, when I was last around meat birds they were harvested at about 6-8 weeks, these days they're probably down to consistently around six weeks, forget 8 weeks. In the last two years with wineries generally closed, the only farming I have been near is citrus orchards. What do you want to know about limes, lemons, red grapefruit, blood oranges and tangelos?
  The Vinelander Minister for Railways

Location: Ballan, Victoria on the Ballarat Line

I have used Aldi's laundrite laundry powder. Just threw half the box out. No matter what I do the powder won’t dissolve. Even in Hot water. Leaves chunks of powder on our clothes. Love a lot of Aldis products but this is the worst. Cheap and nasty. Do not buy.

Didn't notice the fact that it didn't dissolve properly - but DID notice the cheap stench it left.
don_dunstan

We use the same washing powder as it's really cheap compared to the others AND because it's cheap it does NOT have added perfumes which I hate.

As I always soak clothes in my machine overnight once the powder is dissolved even in cold water, I always get a good result and no 'cheap stench'...perhaps that's from the Murray Question

Mike.
  Aaron The Ghost of George Stephenson

Location: University of Adelaide SA
If you want to get your clothes clean, so long as you are on the sewer system, pick the detergent with the highest possible phosphorus/phosphate content.

This is remarkably bad advice for cleaning your car at home, but it’s why commercial car wash places can wash as well as they can, even the ones where you input the labour yourself. Their ability to use high phosphorous detergents and reuse of water builds a really soft water for cleaning.

Likewise in your dishwasher, high phosphorus rinse aid will yield the best spot free drying result.
  don_dunstan Oliver Bullied, CME

Location: Adelaide proud

I have used Aldi's laundrite laundry powder. Just threw half the box out. No matter what I do the powder won’t dissolve. Even in Hot water. Leaves chunks of powder on our clothes. Love a lot of Aldis products but this is the worst. Cheap and nasty. Do not buy.

Didn't notice the fact that it didn't dissolve properly - but DID notice the cheap stench it left.
We use the same washing powder as it's really cheap compared to the others AND because it's cheap it does NOT have added perfumes which I hate.

As I always soak clothes in my machine overnight once the powder is dissolved even in cold water, I always get a good result and no 'cheap stench'...perhaps that's from the Murray Question

Mike.
The Vinelander
So you like walking around stinking like a harlot's hankie? You'll certainly be easy to find in a crowd.

And call me old fashioned but I shouldn't have to pre-soak overnight - that sort of process belongs back in the thirties along with washboards and manglers.

Although I'm not surprised that you do your washing that way to compensate for the cheapness of your choice.
  The Vinelander Minister for Railways

Location: Ballan, Victoria on the Ballarat Line

I have used Aldi's laundrite laundry powder. Just threw half the box out. No matter what I do the powder won’t dissolve. Even in Hot water. Leaves chunks of powder on our clothes. Love a lot of Aldis products but this is the worst. Cheap and nasty. Do not buy.

Didn't notice the fact that it didn't dissolve properly - but DID notice the cheap stench it left.
We use the same washing powder as it's really cheap compared to the others AND because it's cheap it does NOT have added perfumes which I hate.

As I always soak clothes in my machine overnight once the powder is dissolved even in cold water, I always get a good result and no 'cheap stench'...perhaps that's from the Murray Question

Mike.
The Vinelander
So you like walking around stinking like a harlot's hankie? You'll certainly be easy to find in a crowd.

And call me old fashioned but I shouldn't have to pre-soak overnight - that sort of process belongs back in the thirties along with washboards and manglers.

Although I'm not surprised that you do your washing that way to compensate for the cheapness of your choice.
"don_dunstan"


Again...the best rebuttal you can cobble together ...how the 'mighty' have fallen Exclamation

M.
  Madjikthise Deputy Commissioner

Had to throw out a Coles chicken the other night. Should have guessed when I tipped out a heap of water from the bag. It came out of the oven like it had been boiled, and even more water came out of the smeg end when I tipped it over the sink. It did not smell nice.
  don_dunstan Oliver Bullied, CME

Location: Adelaide proud

I have used Aldi's laundrite laundry powder. Just threw half the box out. No matter what I do the powder won’t dissolve. Even in Hot water. Leaves chunks of powder on our clothes. Love a lot of Aldis products but this is the worst. Cheap and nasty. Do not buy.

Didn't notice the fact that it didn't dissolve properly - but DID notice the cheap stench it left.
We use the same washing powder as it's really cheap compared to the others AND because it's cheap it does NOT have added perfumes which I hate.

As I always soak clothes in my machine overnight once the powder is dissolved even in cold water, I always get a good result and no 'cheap stench'...perhaps that's from the Murray Question

Mike.So you like walking around stinking like a harlot's hankie? You'll certainly be easy to find in a crowd.

And call me old fashioned but I shouldn't have to pre-soak overnight - that sort of process belongs back in the thirties along with washboards and manglers.

Although I'm not surprised that you do your washing that way to compensate for the cheapness of your choice.


Again...the best rebuttal you can cobble together ...how the 'mighty' have fallen Exclamation

M.
The Vinelander
Whatsmatter Mike - trouble drinking your gin through a mask?

Don't tell me - tell your boyfriend Dan.
  don_dunstan Oliver Bullied, CME

Location: Adelaide proud
Had to throw out a Coles chicken the other night. Should have guessed when I tipped out a heap of water from the bag. It came out of the oven like it had been boiled, and even more water came out of the smeg end when I tipped it over the sink. It did not smell nice.
Madjikthise
Raw chicken is a real hassle, you can get food poisoning really easily even if its nice and fresh and you handle it properly.
  Aaron The Ghost of George Stephenson

Location: University of Adelaide SA
I have eaten torisashi.
  Madjikthise Deputy Commissioner

I have eaten torisashi.
Aaron
Tradition would suggest Seppuku before serving this particular Coles chicken.
  don_dunstan Oliver Bullied, CME

Location: Adelaide proud
Re-opening an old thread - I found this article in The Financial Review about Dick Smith's upcoming book and he had some interesting things to say about Aldi:

Dick Smith Foods was able to give Australian farmers and producers business at a retail level of nearly $500 million. Most importantly, we were able to donate over $11 million to charity – including the Country Women’s Association, the Salvation Army, St Vincent de Paul and Mission Australia.

In the end, I was forced to close down Dick Smith Foods because we simply couldn’t compete with foreign-owned companies like Aldi and Costco. These companies are incredibly shrewd, but I don’t understand their greed. For example, Aldi is owned by two super-secretive German billionaires who are worth more than $40 billion. Why would they want any more money? I am sure they haven’t come to Australia for charitable reasons. But here they are in Australia with an incredibly successful German formula.

Basically, they employ half as many staff as traditional Australian food retailers. Whereas the Australian-owned Woolworths and Coles supermarkets spend about 8 per cent of their turnover in paying Aussie wages, with Aldi it is about 4 per cent. In effect, if Woolworths and Coles want to compete on price, they will have to sack half of their staff – that’s over 150,000 Australians losing their jobs.

Our peanut butter, produced in Australia from Aussie peanuts, was selling for over a dollar more than Aldi’s peanut butter. Why were they so cheap? They were really astute; I call it “extreme capitalism”. Aldi grew its peanuts in Argentina and made its peanut butter there too – as farm and factory workers receive very low wages.

I couldn’t believe that even some of my wealthy friends loved and supported Aldi. In fact, Aldi was voted as the most trusted brand in Australia, even ahead of Qantas, while being at the same time the most profitable supermarket as well as the cheapest. There is no doubt in my mind that they are the smartest and most ruthless retailers in the world. But with the advantage of the cheaper prices globalisation offers, you also get the disadvantage that our wonderful Aussie-owned and made products, and the jobs they create, will disappear.

To keep our products on the shelves, the supermarkets said we had to have at least a 3 per cent market share. But when Aldi started selling everything cheaper, we didn’t even have that, and the writing was on the wall for us.

I do wonder how the Aussie-owned companies will ever compete in the long term. At least Woolworths and Coles are on the stock exchange, so Australians can share in their wealth creation. You can’t do that with Aldi.

Yeah but you get what you pay for though - if Aldi brands were really that good then why do they always - ALWAYS - emulate the packaging of the product they're trying to knock off? Case in point is Arnott's Tim Tam biscuits. Arnotts sued Aldi to stop them from using the name "Temptin's" which confused consumers into thinking they were the same as the Australian made biscuits - yet Aldi still knocks off the basic design of the Arnott's packaging and gets away with it:

  Valvegear Oliver Bullied, CME

Location: Banned
For example, Aldi is owned by two super-secretive German billionaires who are worth more than $40 billion. Why would they want any more money?
"don_dunstan"
Years ago Bob Hawke told of meeting Rupert Murdoch in America, and saying to him something like, "Rupert, you're worth billions now; when are you going to say that enough is enough, and retire?" Hawke later said about the exchange that "Rupert looked at me as though I was mad".

It seems that the pursuit of money may be some form of addiction. I worked for one man who was personally worth at the very least A$30 million.  He arrived at the office at 7.00am, stayed until after 6.00pm, and came in every Saturday morning as well.
He had a house at Portsea, and none of us knew why. On any Saturday, he never got there until 2.30 at the earliest and was home for dinner on Sunday. He always bought used cars. Even when he was terminally ill, he was in his office as usual. As far as any of us could work out, he had tunnel vision with only $ at the end of the tunnel. His "quality of life" was a constant source of wonder.
  Graham4405 The Ghost of George Stephenson

Location: In exile
Yeah but you get what you pay for though - if Aldi brands were really that good then why do they always - ALWAYS - emulate the packaging of the product they're trying to knock off? Case in point is Arnott's Tim Tam biscuits. Arnotts sued Aldi to stop them from using the name "Temptin's" which confused consumers into thinking they were the same as the Australian made biscuits - yet Aldi still knocks off the basic design of the Arnott's packaging and gets away with it:
don_dunstan
Obviously a marketing ploy. I'll buy the Aldi choccy bickies over Arnotts any day, they are ~half the price and much nicer. Aldi Corn Flakes have less sugar than Kellogs.
  don_dunstan Oliver Bullied, CME

Location: Adelaide proud
Yeah but you get what you pay for though - if Aldi brands were really that good then why do they always - ALWAYS - emulate the packaging of the product they're trying to knock off? Case in point is Arnott's Tim Tam biscuits. Arnotts sued Aldi to stop them from using the name "Temptin's" which confused consumers into thinking they were the same as the Australian made biscuits - yet Aldi still knocks off the basic design of the Arnott's packaging and gets away with it:
Obviously a marketing ploy. I'll buy the Aldi choccy bickies over Arnotts any day, they are ~half the price and much nicer. Aldi Corn Flakes have less sugar than Kellogs.
Graham4405
So you don't mind sending 100% of the profits off-shore to a German private company then? Good to know.
  The Vinelander Minister for Railways

Location: Ballan, Victoria on the Ballarat Line
Yeah but you get what you pay for though - if Aldi brands were really that good then why do they always - ALWAYS - emulate the packaging of the product they're trying to knock off? Case in point is Arnott's Tim Tam biscuits. Arnotts sued Aldi to stop them from using the name "Temptin's" which confused consumers into thinking they were the same as the Australian made biscuits - yet Aldi still knocks off the basic design of the Arnott's packaging and gets away with it:
Obviously a marketing ploy. I'll buy the Aldi choccy bickies over Arnotts any day, they are ~half the price and much nicer. Aldi Corn Flakes have less sugar than Kellogs.
So you don't mind sending 100% of the profits off-shore to a German private company then? Good to know.
don_dunstan

Pull your head in imposter from SA, you just HATE that Aldi is getting good press. Bad luck...have another Pimms and a lie down, I'm sure you'll feel better.
BTW, free travel in Vic on NYE & NYD, whats your doomed conservative government doing for you poor crow eaters over the Christmas period Question

Mike.
  The Vinelander Minister for Railways

Location: Ballan, Victoria on the Ballarat Line
For example, Aldi is owned by two super-secretive German billionaires who are worth more than $40 billion. Why would they want any more money?
Years ago Bob Hawke told of meeting Rupert Murdoch in America, and saying to him something like, "Rupert, you're worth billions now; when are you going to say that enough is enough, and retire?" Hawke later said about the exchange that "Rupert looked at me as though I was mad".

It seems that the pursuit of money may be some form of addiction. I worked for one man who was personally worth at the very least A$30 million.  He arrived at the office at 7.00am, stayed until after 6.00pm, and came in every Saturday morning as well.
He had a house at Portsea, and none of us knew why. On any Saturday, he never got there until 2.30 at the earliest and was home for dinner on Sunday. He always bought used cars. Even when he was terminally ill, he was in his office as usual. As far as any of us could work out, he had tunnel vision with only $ at the end of the tunnel. His "quality of life" was a constant source of wonder.
Valvegear

That was HIS quality of life. I can understand an obsessive compulsive person doing exactly as you described as that was his quality of life. Not to beat my own drum, but I'm working today and right through to Easter despite how quiet it is right now, although I was very busy yesterday. A part of my quality of life is knowing I'm assisting in keeping the wheels of government turning when many are on holidays, including our dear leader Dan.

Mike.
  GrahamH Chief Commissioner

Location: At a terminal on the www.
'favourite' and 'supermarket' in the one phrase???

Aldi, the least bad, as I can get in and out in the least time, and they are not afraid to employ checkout operators.
  michaelgm Chief Commissioner

Yeah but you get what you pay for though - if Aldi brands were really that good then why do they always - ALWAYS - emulate the packaging of the product they're trying to knock off? Case in point is Arnott's Tim Tam biscuits. Arnotts sued Aldi to stop them from using the name "Temptin's" which confused consumers into thinking they were the same as the Australian made biscuits - yet Aldi still knocks off the basic design of the Arnott's packaging and gets away with it:
Obviously a marketing ploy. I'll buy the Aldi choccy bickies over Arnotts any day, they are ~half the price and much nicer. Aldi Corn Flakes have less sugar than Kellogs.
Graham4405
Having previously produced packaging for both Aldi and their competitors, it is certainly no coincidence that they are very similar.
  don_dunstan Oliver Bullied, CME

Location: Adelaide proud
Pull your head in imposter from SA, you just HATE that Aldi is getting good press. Bad luck...have another Pimms and a lie down, I'm sure you'll feel better.
BTW, free travel in Vic on NYE & NYD, whats your doomed conservative government doing for you poor crow eaters over the Christmas period Question

Mike.
The Vinelander
That was HIS quality of life. I can understand an obsessive compulsive person doing exactly as you described as that was his quality of life. Not to beat my own drum, but I'm working today and right through to Easter despite how quiet it is right now, although I was very busy yesterday. A part of my quality of life is knowing I'm assisting in keeping the wheels of government turning when many are on holidays, including our dear leader Dan. Mike.
The Vinelander
A little grab-bag of stuff designed to elicit my attention.

I realise this is lost on someone who works for the public service, but there's no such thing as 'free'. SOMEBODY pays for it - and given your Dear Leader has taken VIC state debt from $36 billion to $190 billion in the space of just seven years I'd imagine it won't be long before the creditors stop Dear Leader dead in his tracks just as they did with Kirner.

Then what?

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