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    • Olliebeak1951
    • By Olliebeak1951 12th Oct 18, 4:54 PM
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    Aldi/Lidl Fruit and Veg
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    Aldi/Lidl Fruit and Veg 12th Oct 18 at 4:54 PM
    I'm quite a 'newcomer' to shopping at Aldi - less of a 'newcomer' Lidl - and I'm generally very happy with ordinary tea / coffee / tinned stuff / regular bread / fresh meat / dairy produce that I've bought there, BUT .................. am I the only person who is quite disappointed with their Fruit & Veg? Or have I just been very unlucky?

    I find that the majority of the produced is pre-packed - I prefer to select my own, for quality, amount AND less packaging. I've also found that the quality isn't as good as I've come to expect from A$DA/MrT's/Morrisons - their satsumas/easy peelers this week were absoltely awful quality - PLUS difficult to double-check as there don't appear to be any BBDates on things .

    Although Aldi advertise that they sell 'gluten free items', as a Coeliac, I struggle to find them consistently enough to be able to rely on shopping there for them - what I DO manage to find are lots of GF Snacky Stuff (crisps etc), which are OK for kids or parties, but not OK for regular eating. DO HAVE TO COMMEND THEM for their GF Sausages and Luxury Pate though !

    Lidl DO have a 'Free From Section' with a very limited choice - certainly no 'Chilled Ready Meals' or 'Free From Freezer Section'.
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    • joedenise
    • By joedenise 12th Oct 18, 6:00 PM
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    I don't find their fruit and veg generally to be too bad, although I shop a couple of times a week so the fruit only usually has to last 3 or 4 days. Can't comment on the GF stuff as it's not something I have to buy.

    • nannywindow
    • By nannywindow 12th Oct 18, 6:00 PM
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    Hi Ollie
    I prefer prepacked as you don't know if people have touched say apples or tomatoes and not washed their hands. Yuck !
    I have found Mr M's fruit awful lately, especially the raspberries which tasted chemical.
    Failure is simply the opportunity to begin again, but this time more intelligently
    • trailingspouse
    • By trailingspouse 12th Oct 18, 6:13 PM
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    No problem with Aldi fruit, veg or salad stuff over here. And I buy a lot.

    I shop once a week. I tend to use the green veg and soft fruit first, leaving the root veg and the more 'solid' fruit for later in the week. But they have plenty of 'ripen in the fruit bowl' types which should last a few days. And you can keep fruit in the fridge if you want to stretch it a little longer.

    Our Aldi opened here a couple of years ago, and bit by bit I've been buying more and more there. Now I basically just go elsewhere for things that Aldi doesn't sell at all. I save 25 a week (average shopping at Asda at least 75, average spend at Aldi rarely above 50).

    I'm a bit confused, as on the one hand you would prefer more loose produce but on the other hand you want best before dates. You don't get best before dates on loose produce!!
    • tessie bear
    • By tessie bear 12th Oct 18, 6:32 PM
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    I have shopped in aldi for over 20 years and up until the last year or 2 never had a problem with the fruit and veg however the list of what I have had trouble with has grown...essentially

    swede cant cook them they stay hard

    carrot as above and they have dyed my steamer a very grim colour which is fading now I buy them from somewhere else

    mushrooms go slimey and mouldy very quickly

    broccoli my goodness it tasted rank

    strawberries /raspberries always look mushy and on last legs

    vacuum packed beetroot last lot tasted woody

    peppers often moldy inside

    I do however still buy and have never had probs with
    salad bits lettuce toms cucumber

    onwards and upwards
    • Olliebeak1951
    • By Olliebeak1951 12th Oct 18, 7:14 PM
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    ............ I'm a bit confused, as on the one hand you would prefer more loose produce but on the other hand you want best before dates. You don't get best before dates on loose produce!!
    Originally posted by trailingspouse
    When I'm buying 'loose produce', I can gauge from touch and smell as to how fresh an item is, or how long it'll last.

    If I must buy 'prepackaged', I prefer for it to have a BBDate to give me some idea of how long it should last. I can also buy the exact amount that I need - ie 3, not 4, as I finished up with.

    My prepackaged leeks - bought Wednesday - looked fine in the packaging and when I made Leek & Potato Soup. However, I've gone to use up the last one today (Friday - 2 days later) and found that I've had to remove the outer three layers from the leek as they're dried out with 'very nasty looking' ends to them . Luckily, I was just 'using it up' - the white part in Savoury Mince and the green part to be steamed with cabbage.

    Maybe I'll try a different branch of Aldi, to see if that one is any better .
    Last edited by Olliebeak1951; 12-10-2018 at 7:17 PM.
    • PasturesNew
    • By PasturesNew 12th Oct 18, 8:36 PM
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    Their prices are keen because they prepack the food. They sell a pack, which is easier to count/stock-check/measure for performance. It also prevents more waste as fruit/veg isn't groped and dropped, or groped and discarded, as loose items are prone to. There is less waste in their chain - so less clearing up of the display/store floor by staff, less waste food disposal costs to pay ....

    That's how it works... and that's why they do it.
    • ScarletRibbons
    • By ScarletRibbons 12th Oct 18, 9:30 PM
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    I find Aldi fruit and veg can go off quickly sometimes. I don't buy prepacks, apart from spuds, as I find there's more than I want.
    There's a cheap greengrocer near where I live, I shop there.
    Lidl is ok I think, I don't shop there as often as it's further away.
    • bouicca21
    • By bouicca21 12th Oct 18, 9:53 PM
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    I don't buy soft fruit from Lidl unless I'm going to use it immediately. It goes off very quickly. The local Aldi soft fruit seems fresher, but if I want really fresh I splash out at Marks.
    • Prinzessilein
    • By Prinzessilein 13th Oct 18, 6:50 AM
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    I don't buy fruit or veg from Lidls or Aldi.

    I appreciate that things are different in different stores - I can only go buy what I have seen locally.

    In Aldi the fruit was actually mouldy on the shelf...something like that puts you off going back!

    In Lidls the fruit and veg looks nice, but has a VERY short fridge/veg rack life...berries for example needed to be eaten on the day, even in the fridge they were not good for eating 24 hours later.

    I buy from M&S (we are seriously limited for supermarkets here!) and have never yet had any issues with shelf-life - and zero waste. (plus they are a lot more reasonably priced than people seem to think!)...and I also visit the local market where I can choose exactly what I want without any excess packaging.
    • Olliebeak1951
    • By Olliebeak1951 13th Oct 18, 9:08 AM
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    Thank you everybody for your comments .

    I can see, very clearly, that although Aldi/Lidl have their dedicated fans, some people have found the same as me regarding the Fruit/Veg - wonder if it's to do delivery days. Possibly that they have deliveries on 'certain days' of the week .................... . Or maybe it's do to with 'storage areas behind the scenes' .

    As I said, I've found lots of their stuff to be equal to 'the big 4' and will probably continue to go in there for those specific items - but will stick with my 'usual two' for fruit/veg. We don't have any local markets around here (apart from one 'Farmer's Market' once a month which is extremely expensive) and one small Fruit/Veg shop which is lousy quality.

    Thanks again - Ollie
    • snoozer
    • By snoozer 13th Oct 18, 9:21 AM
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    Lidl do have dates on their fruit and veg but it isn't easy to check. They do it by week number through the year. A good store will rotate the stock but some aren't as conscientious. I find their veg very good on the whole but apart from apples and bananas don't tend to buy the fruit. But then I usually buy my fruit at M & S because the flavour is so much better than all the other supermarkets (it's expensive but doesn't get wasted).
    • Pooky
    • By Pooky 13th Oct 18, 10:54 AM
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    I loved Aldi's stuff, yes you might find a few manky packs of fruit or veg in with the others but they don't have as many staff doing stock rotation as larger supermarkets so they don't get hoiked out as quick. We stopped shopping there because of their lack of gluten free stuff and moved over to Lidl, their gluten free range is great. Our local store always has pasta/spaghetti, oats, biscuits, bread, meat products available. Their fresh stuff is very similar to Aldi, a bit hit and miss sometimes but on the whole I can get what I need.
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    • Wraithlady
    • By Wraithlady 13th Oct 18, 1:24 PM
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    To be honest, I have never held much affection for Aldi's fruit & veg - all prepacked, with mouldy/bruised ones in the packaging, not much of a selection and not actually that cheap in comparison to other places. To be honest, I find T-who-must-not-be-named is actually better on the cheap stuff
    • Farway
    • By Farway 13th Oct 18, 2:26 PM
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    I can only judge by my Lidl, no Aldi near.
    Generally I find it OK for fruit & veg, but I do think it is very dependant upon management

    I've seen the manager going round and chucking F & V out but sometimes I find the tomatoes are hit & miss, and in winter I either do not buy them or if I must have a tomato I get them where I can poke them about
    • candygirl
    • By candygirl 13th Oct 18, 2:29 PM
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    All the fruit n veg has been fine at my ALDI , but not at LIDL
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    • Farway
    • By Farway 13th Oct 18, 2:29 PM
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    Hi Ollie
    I prefer prepacked as you don't know if people have touched say apples or tomatoes and not washed their hands. Yuck !
    Originally posted by nannywindow
    How on earth do think they are picked?
    • Linda32
    • By Linda32 13th Oct 18, 4:23 PM
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    I don't often shop in Aldi but when I did the fruit and salad type things really didn't last for very long. I only bought enough to last the week.

    I stopped using Aldi for that reason, as I was going to two shops and also this particular store sometimes stocked things and sometimes didn't.

    Now I use either Tesco or Asda, both are equal distance from me.

    I don't have a lidl near me so can't comment on them.
    • Well Preserved
    • By Well Preserved 13th Oct 18, 5:19 PM
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    Well Preserved
    Of late I've found them both better than our MrT, which hasn't had grapefruit in for weeks, and rarely seems to stock English apples, whereas they have done.
    • Debran
    • By Debran 13th Oct 18, 5:46 PM
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    Lidl - I don't shop there as the nearest store is several miles away from me.

    Aldi - Fruit and veg is very hit and miss. It's usually as case of pot luck as to what it will cook/taste like.
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