Earlier this month, I made my first trip ever to an Aldi grocery store because Lauren Greutman, known to many as “I am THAT Lady” (www.iamthatlady.com) posted that there was a new line of gluten-free products called "liveGfree." Well, that's all I needed to know before I high-tailed it over to the location near me in Fayetteville, NY. Here’s a photo of my stash. So far, my daughter tried the cheese pizza, which she said was comparable to other brands sold in supermarkets. I will keep you posted as we try the others. For now, I can tell you that the prices are great, and lower than another grocery chain's gluten-free brands. I got everything pictured, plus a couple of items for a neighbor and one brand name gluten-free cereal, for a little over $40. (Trust me, that's a bargain in the gluten-free world.) One of the cashiers said that Aldi plans to offer the products maybe more than once per year but the more you buy, the more inclined the higher-ups would be to continue to offer the products (hey, I did my part, now it's your turn!).
A few things to know before you go to Aldi:
1) Bring a quarter to unlock a shopping cart (really!). I had no clue what was happening (or not happening, as I couldn't pull a cart out from the line).
2) Bring your own grocery bags, or the cashier will toss your items back in the cart like they do at warehouse clubs, which is no biggie, just letting you know. (Of course, I left my bags in the car. Thankfully, it was a nice day to be bagging groceries trunk side!)
3) There's no shoppers' club/loyalty card but you can get an app on your smartphone and/or sign up for Aldi’s weekly newsletter (www.aldi.com).
4) Cashiers at location I visited were friendly and helpful, striking up a conversation with me about my interest in gluten-free products and, as I mentioned, giving me info on future availability.
I would definitely go back to this location when in the area. Please share this post with anyone you think would benefit!
As you can see, it is a great time to be gluten-free!