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Aldi is a discount grocery chain that started in Germany in 1948, when Karl and Theo Albrecht took over their mother’s store in Essen.

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Aldi is a discount grocery chain that started in Germany in 1948, when Karl and Theo Albrecht took over their mother’s store in Essen.

The name Albrecht Diskont was later shortened to Aldi.

The company stocks virtually all own-brand products which are offered at very low prices thanks to exclusive deals with suppliers, many of which are big name producers. There are currently an estimated 11,235 locations worldwide, spread across 20 different countries.

In 1960, the business was split into two groups, Aldi Nord and Aldi Sud. They have been financially and legally separate since 1966.

Aldi Nord has a red, white and blue logo whereas Aldi Sud has a blue, yellow and orange logo that is seen all across the UK. Aldi Nord operates in France, Portugal, Spain and Aldi Sud has stores in the UK, China, Italy, and Australia. Both types of store can be seen in Germany and Aldi Nord in the US goes by the Trade Joe’s name.

There are currently around 930 Aldi stores in the UK and the company is aiming to have 1,200 by 2025. The shops are widely known for their cheap prices and good service.

Aldi products and services:

  • Meat, Fish, Poultry, Deli
  • Fresh Produce and Flowers
  • Grocery and Household
  • Frozen Food
  • Bakeries, on the move food, prepared meals
  • Hospitality
  • Clothing
  • Home and Beauty
  • Gardening and flowers

Following the passing of the Albrecht brothers, the company has been passed down through the generations of the family. The ownership group is now titled Aldi Einkauf GmbH & Co.


In the previous financial year, the average number of employees, including part-time staff and directors was 41,707. The Aldi website states that around 1,400 people work in the Atherstone head office. Therefore, the other 40,000, are spread across the UK in a variety of roles ranging from design and administration, to serving on the shop floor.

Head office

The Aldi UK head office is located in Atherstone.

Holly Lane, Atherstone, CV9 2SQ


Aldi is a privately owned company. It is owned by a German company called Albrecht Discounts. The Aldi Stores Limited (financials below), is the UK arm of the larger business. The latest global revenue figures are an estimated $121.1bn.

Year to 31 December 2020
Revenue: £13.530bn
Pre-Tax Profit: £264.8m

Year to 31 December 2019
Revenue: £12.279bn
Pre-Tax P/L: £271.5m

Contact information

Aldi can be contacted via phone or email to their Atherstone head office.

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