As more information has become readily available via the Internet, consumers are as concerned as they have ever been about the sourcing of the things they buy. From their cheese to their living room couches, people want to know who made it and where.
Germany-based grocery chain Aldi carries a majority of private-label goods, so, unsurprisingly, their origins are unknown in a lot of cases.
If you’re an Aldi fan and you’re curious about where their products come from, I’ve got you covered. Below are some of Aldi’s popular items and who makes them!
Who Makes Aldi Products?
Aldi Almond Milk Made By Friendly Farms
Almond Milk by Aldi’s Friendly Farms label is a preferred choice for many vegans and lactose-sensitive folks, not just because of the price (only about $2 per half-gallon, compared to Silk, which commonly retails for about $3).
Aldi’s almond milk is also free of carrageenan, an additive used to thicken liquids that have been linked to health issues.
The Friendly Farms label products come from a VT-based company called Ehrmann Commonwealth Dairy, whose parent company Ehrmann AG is based in Germany.
Aldi Nappies (Diapers) Made By Little Journey
New parents quickly learn the value of a quality diaper for a low price; it can feel like you’re going through hundreds per week, and you need an entire budget just for the nappies.
Aldi sells their diapers for an incredibly competitive cost of about 14 cents per diaper, which is amazing when you consider that big-name brands can cost as much as 80 cents per diaper.
The company that makes Aldi’s Little Journey diapers is called First Quality, LLC. They have facilities in PA and GA specifically for making baby care items.
You might have heard of other First Quality items, including Prevail adult incontinence products, Plenty paper towels, and their own brand of diapers, Cuties.
Aldi Bread Products Are Made By L’oven
Aldi’s bread is always a great deal, with the white bread loaves selling for as low as $0.89!
And it’s an even better deal when you find out they are made by the same manufacturer as Sara Lee products, called Bimbo Bakeries USA.
One user on Reddit commented that this made sense because Bimbo supplies Wendy’s hamburger buns, and they thought Aldi buns tasted exactly the same.
It’s also worth mentioning that Aldi Australia sources some of its bread from a 100-year-old family-owned business called Davies Bakery. They provide bread, crumpets, and English muffins under the Aldi label Bakers Life.
Aldi Beer By Various Labels
Aldi’s beer doesn’t get quite the same accolades as their wine selection, but it’s still drinkable and way cheaper than either big brands or craft breweries.
What’s more, some of the beers from Aldi’s collection are packaged and sold under the name of the actual breweries.
As it happens, the Third Street Brewhouse label is an actual microbrewery from Minnesota with whom Aldi partnered.
The Wernesgrüner Pilsner, considered by Thrillist to be the very best of the bunch, is an import from Germany. In fact, the brewery was founded in Saxony almost 600 years ago and has been operational ever since.
The Imperium, White Tide (reminiscent of Blue Moon), and the Brens Lager hail from a brewery in Bocholt, Belgium, called Brouwerij Marten, NV. The company sells its own-label beers and partners with other companies to sell private-label brews as well.
The Independence Harbor Amber Ale (a take on Sam Adams, I would think) and the Wild Range IPA both hail from a brewery called Custom Tap Brews in Rochester, NY. According to BeerAdvocate.com, these beers are brewed via Genesee Brewing, another Rochester brewery.
The also-USA-made Ryder No. 8 Blonde Ale, Hopping Nomad IPA, and Brecken Bock are all brewed by the State of Brewing in Waunakee, WI, a regional brewery.
The Cerveza Monterrey, a Corona dupe, is another import brewed at Cervecería Centro Americana, S.A. in Guatemala.
True to its name, the Holland Lager 1839 is imported from the Netherlands via the Swinkels Family Brewers, who have a huge portfolio of IPAs, lagers, and more.
Aldi Ice Cream Made By Belmont and Sundae Shoppe
Aldi’s Belmont ice cream receives mixed reviews, with some absolutely loving the flavors (especially Moose Tracks) and others totally panning it, calling it “ice milk.”
It’s hard to complain, though, when the Ben and Jerry’s dupes sell for less than $2.50 per 16 oz., and the brand name can top $5 a container.
Still, if you were wondering, Aldi does not source its ice cream from Ben & Jerry’s; it actually comes from a northern Michigan company called Ludington’s House of Flavors.
As for the Sundae Shoppe label, those products are manufactured by the Fieldbrook Foods Corporation out of Dunkirk, NY.
Aldi Cereal Made By Millville
Numerous sources claim Millville cereal is actually just General Mills, but according to Mashable, that is not the case. However, the site doesn’t go on to say who does make the Aldi generic brand, so I did some digging.
Millville cereals were produced by the MOM Brands Company from Minnesota, but that was bought out by Post Holdings (also from Minnesota) in 2015.
So provided Aldi stuck with its manufacturer during the merge, Post Holdings makes Millville boxed and bagged cereal.
But they don’t make all of it. Millville-label granola is produced and manufactured by New England Natural Bakers in Greenfield, MA.
Aldi Chocolate By Moser-Roth
Aldi’s chocolates are celebrated sweets, perfect for s’mores in the summertime or charcuterie board greatness any other time. The label Moser-Roth is made by a German company called August Storck.
Moser-Roth was originally founded in Stuttgart in 1841 but has changed hands a few times since. August Storck KG revived the label and began producing it exclusively for Aldi in 2007.
Aldi Baby Formula Made By Perrigo Nutritionals
Aldi’s Little Journey label covers many baby basics, to the relief of cash-strapped parents everywhere. Their formula, in particular, is a godsend for many, as a canister of 22.5-oz sensitive formula is only $13.59.
If the formula’s ingredient list looks familiar, that would be because it’s made by Perrigo Nutritionals, who also supplies private-label formula to Kroger, Walmart, and Sam’s Club, among others.
Aldi Potato Chips Made By Olde York Potato Chips
If you haven’t tried Clancy’s brand of chips from Aldi, you are missing out! In a world where a good sale on chips means paying $3-4 per bag for a brand name, Clancy’s won’t set you back more than two or three dollars, depending on what type.
Aldi sources their Clancy’s label from a variety of places.
The Combo snack bags and wavy potato chips are made by Olde York Potato Chips out of Brampton, Ontario. Their cinnamon apple chips are made by the Seneca Snack Company in Marion, NY.
And some chips from Clancy’s are made by a Minnesota snack company called Barrel O’ Fun.
Aldi Bagged Salad Mixes Made By Little Salad Bar
Bagged salad mixes make throwing together a healthy meal super easy and convenient, and Aldi sells their Little Salad Bar Garden Salads for only $1.49 per bag.
In comparison, the Fresh Express brand bagged salads can sell for as much as $3.50 a bag.
The real kicker? They’re the exact same product. Yes, Aldi bagged Garden Salads are made and manufactured by Fresh Express; only Aldi charges a fraction of the price.
Fresh Express is based in California, but they have growing regions for their various greens all over the country and even in Mexico.
Aldi Trail Mixes And Mixed Nuts Made By Southern Grove
Nut lovers rejoice at Aldi’s low prices, as the fancier types, including trail mixes, pistachios, and even almonds, can be pretty pricey at grocery stores.
However, Aldi’s Southern Grove Sweet & Salty Trail Mix, which is sold in individual packets of eight, costs only $2.65 for a total of 12 oz. of snack mix.
And that snack mix is actually the product of a company called King Nut Company, which is in turn owned by Kanan Enterprises of Solon, Ohio.
Kanan Enterprises is also responsible for the Peterson’s Gourmet Nuts and Snacks fundraising catalogs that schools and organizations use to raise money.
The King Nut Company’s website even touts its private label and custom packaging capabilities!
Another Southern Grove label item is the Mixed Nuts Less Than 50% Peanuts product, which Aldi sells for $4.99 for 14.75 oz. A similar container of Planters sells for a whopping $11!
This Aldi product, though, is manufactured by the Superior Nut Company of Cambridge, MA, which was founded in 1929.
It’s not surprising Aldi partnered with this particular company, as Superior Nut takes its sustainability efforts pretty seriously; as of 2013, the company reached net-zero emissions for all its business practices. This is in keeping with Aldi’s considerable sustainability mission.
Aldi Non-Dairy Almond Milk Frozen Dessert Made By Earth Grown
Also known as vegan ice cream, Aldi’s non-dairy almond milk frozen desserts, which come in three flavors (mocha fudge, chocolate, and vanilla), are surprisingly delicious, even for non-vegans.
Special-diet food can be hideously expensive, but Aldi makes these lifestyles a lot more affordable. Case in point, a pint of their Earth-Grown ice cream is only $3, while the going price for brand name starts around $4.50 and only goes up from there.
The Earth Grown vegan ice cream is actually manufactured by SmithFoods, a dairy wholesaler based in Orrville, Ohio, with facilities around the Midwest.
Aldi Pesto Sauce Made By Priano
Making pesto is easy, but buying pesto is even easier (and no food processor to clean!), and it won’t break the bank at Aldi.
For only $2.19 per 6.7-oz jar, the Priano brand pesto is an incredible deal (a 6.5-oz jar of Delallo pesto costs $6.99).
This specific Priano label item is manufactured by a German company called BLM Produktions-und Vertriebsges mbH & Co KG. Based in Germany, they specialize in wholesale pasta and pasta-related products.
Aldi Frozen Fruit Made By Season’s Choice
With the explosion of interest in making smoothies, getting frozen fruit at affordable prices is important to many families.
Aldi offers a variety of bagged frozen fruit mixes under the Season’s Choice label for $6.89 per 48-oz bag, a full $2 cheaper than even other store labels.
Aldi sources these frozen mixed fruit items via Wawona Frozen Foods of Clovis, CA, a family-owned and operated business with over 100 products at the market. Wawona also supplies the California grocery chain Raley’s.
Aldi Flour Made By Baker’s Corner
Aldi’s five-pound bag of flour under the Baker’s Corner label costs only $1.15, so home bakers can stretch their budgets pretty far.
This flour is manufactured by the ADM Milling Co., a multinational company that is headquartered in Chicago, with other headquarters and plants all around the country and the world.
Aldi TVs Made By TLC
One of Aldi’s electronics suppliers, Bauhn (rumored to be made by TLC), is a company from Australia that manufactures and distributes not just TVs but tablets, headphones, speakers, and more.
While US markets won’t see Bauhn products, Australians can enjoy their budget-friendly TVs – only $1,000 for a 75-inch 4K UHD.
Aldi Whisky Made By Glen Marnoch
Another bummer for American shoppers – stateside, we don’t see any of Aldi’s hard liquors, even the ones that win gold medals at the Spirits Business Scotch Whisky Masters.
The origin of Aldi’s whiskies is a well-kept secret, as it happens, but some clever (and persistent) Redditors have theories.
One commenter on a thread suggested Aldi buys up “rejected barrels from reputable distilleries” and sells them under their own label.
Another heard “on good authority” that Glen Marnoch is produced by Glendronach, which is situated near the Bridge of Marnoch.
Unless Aldi lets it slip, there will be no solving this one for sure any time soon!
Aldi Gin Made By Boyle’s
Aldi sources its gin from the Blackwater Distillery in County Waterford, set near the banks of the historic Blackwater River.
Infused with blackcurrants, apples, and elderflowers, Boyle’s is named after Robert Boyle, a philosopher and scientist born in the area.
Aldi Vodka Made By Saint Germont
Billed as “Grey Goose at half the price,” Aldi’s Saint Germont Vodka is available in the UK, and its origins – despite the very French name and bottle labeling – are fairly mysterious.
It is not only sold at Aldi, however; a Youtube reviewer picked up a bottle at Tesco.
Aldi Tools Made By Merotec & Keter
Aldi sells quality tools and home improvement accessories through a label called WorkZone, and there are actually multiple suppliers across the product line in the US.
Some of these include Merotec USA and Keter.
One way to find this information is to check Aldi’s Warranties and Manuals page on their website, search for the product you want to learn about and check either the manual or the contact info for the warranty.
In the UK, one of the manufacturers is Einhell, a Germany-based tool company.
While it’s not necessarily name-brand companies behind Aldi products, as some believe, in a way it’s even better. Aldi often partners with smaller companies and wholesalers, who have the ability to interact even more closely with their products and ensure superior quality.
What’s more, much of what shoppers buy under Aldi’s private labels are the same as at other grocers with store brand products, but even there Aldi manages to beat their prices.