I have a 501 (c)(3) non-profit in Dallas and Aldi is simply the MOST WASTEFUL grocery store chain in the world.
I doubt if ANYONE will believe this unless they saw it themselves as I did. Over a two year period I found huge amounts of food in their dumpster located near downtown Dallas. Some days I would find cases of perfectly good don food. And, the biggest waste of all were the 40 spiral cut hams I found over a five month period. These hams had just been thrown out and they were still cold to the touch or I would have never touched them. They were taken to my apartment immediately and properly frozen for safety reasons. Biggest question being. Why the *** would any one in their right mind throw away perfectly good hams like these? I gave these hams to needy families in the area because Aldi doesn't have enough common sense and compassion to give these to a local food pantry or shelter. Some church ministry with the right facilities and volunteers could have easily made 2,000 really good ham sandwiches that could have been served to local homeless.
And my attorney had no success in getting Aldi to allow us to pick-up this food from their loading dock instead of forcing us to get it out of the dumpster. Yes, it's all best-by-date food which has nothing to do with safety but rather maximum freshness of the item. It's all perfectly safe and edible food covered under the Emerson Good Samaritan Law which means NOBODY can be legally sues just in case somebody would get ill.
Now here's the biggest gripe against this wasteful store. After two years of allowing us to save this good food they went from bad to worse in their wasteful thinking. They removed the open dumpster and installed a pricey food compactor instead. So, now they can truly hide all their wasteful, sinful ways and nobody can save even a can of soup any longer - because it is all crushed into destruction.
Aldi Grocery Pros: Holly, Good variety.
Aldi Grocery Cons: Massive waste of good food.