I admit to shopping anywhere for food, I find that all supermarkets have their good and bad points. I love Waitrose for their reliable service, monthly magazine and good quality food. Some supermarkets I can't stand going in because they are too big and service leaves something to be desired.
Aldi is a funny one, I can cope with the manic rush at the checkout and I understand how it all works, how ever, I think most people still see it as a sub standard supermarket. I believe it is good for basics, with a few hidden gems thrown in. Aldi's "strictly no frills" approach means that its shops do not decorate aisles or fill shelves: pallets of each products (in cardboard boxes, shaped so customers can easily pick them up) are placed alongside the aisles; customers retrieving them gradually empty the boxes (since Aldi charges for bags, its empty cardboard boxes are often removed by customers and used as "shopping bags"). After a pallet has been emptied, it is replaced. Multi-tiered shelves are utilized in many shops, sporting identifiable cases of product. Long queues at the checkout are common, however, because of Aldi's checkout system, a long queue does not necessarily reflect longer waiting times than in other stores. In Ireland and the UK, Aldi operates a "one-past-the-belt" system; when a customer waits beyond the end of a staffed conveyor belt, another till is opened. Employees are expected to work both at checking customers out and at maintenance, often doing both during busier times. Conversely, when customer traffic is low, only one employee will be at the checkout, while others perform different tasks, including stocking and cleaning. Aldi has carved a niche with this approach; while some patrons may not like shopping in a bland or industrial-looking shop, such a lack of frills has become the norm with Aldi. "Top quality at incredibly low prices", "smarter shopping", and "Spend a little, live a lot" are Aldi's slogans.
There are some items at Aldi's that I think are exceptional and here are two of them.
Below is Harvest Morn Berries and Cherries Muesli, it is packed with blackcurrant flavoured barley flakes, raisins, sultanas, dried cranberries and blueberries, freeze dried cherries, blackcurrants and raspberries.
Such nice colours and tastes lovely.
The other one is Harvest Morn Really Exotic Muesli, this one contains Oatflakes, dried cranberries, dates, seeds, almonds, pecan nuts, dried pineapple, toasted coconut and freeze dried raspberry pieces.
I love the pumpkin seeds, pineapple and coconut in this one.
The jars that I keep the muesli in so that you can see the lovely colours came from TK Max, they were just £2 each, again another shop that if you keep an open mind, and look hard enough, they have some good up to date bargains.
The muesli is approximately £2.29 per box.