ALDI’s story began in the German town of Essen in 1913 where the Albrecht family started their own grocery business. Throughout the 20th century, ALDI grew from a small family business into an international retailer with 7,060 stores around the world, serving millions of customers in eleven countries.

All of our ALDI-exclusive brand products are sourced by our very own team of quality experts and undergo regular in-house testing and independent laboratory analyses in order to meet our transparent quality and safety assurance standards.

ALDI has remained true to one key principle that has guided us since our story began in Germany more than 100 years ago – providing top-quality products to our customers at great value.


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ALDI Milestones

       ALDI Story              

       ALDI Story              

1913

Our History – Where It All Began

  • Anna Albrecht opened a small food store in Essen, Germany
  • In 1948, her sons took over the store and expanded to four locations.

1954

First Self-service Grocery Store

  • The Albrecht family opened their first self-service grocery store in Essen, which was also the first of its kind in Germany.

1954

First Self-service Grocery Store

  • The Albrecht family opened their first self-service grocery store in Essen, which was also the first of its kind in Germany.

1967

The ALDI Brand

  • The brand name was shortened from “Albrecht Discount” to “ALDI”
  • By 1968, there were more than 200 ALDI stores.

1970s until Today

Becoming a Global Brand

  • Since the 1970s, ALDI has expanded into several other countries such as the US, Great Britain, Ireland, Australia, Slovenia, Hungary and China.
  • Today, ALDI is a leading discount retailer with 7,060 stores all over the world – and new stores are continually being opened.

1970s until Today

Becoming a Global Brand

  • Since the 1970s, ALDI has expanded into several other countries such as the US, Great Britain, Ireland, Australia, Slovenia, Hungary and China.
  • Today, ALDI is a leading discount retailer with 7,060 stores all over the world – and new stores are continually being opened.

ALDI Hong Kong Story       

ALDI Hong Kong Story

2009

ALDI Asian Office

  • ALDI’s Hong Kong office opened as a sourcing hub in Asia, bringing our sourcing teams closer to our manufacturing base.
  • Ever since, we have been continuously expanding our Asian supplier base in order to deliver products to all ALDI SOUTH stores globally.
  • We supply diverse ALDI products ranging from food and garments to housewares, electronics and all types of household items.

2017

Supply Chain Management from Asia

  • We started consolidating ALDI’s global shipment volume and controlling all ocean freight-related operations via ALDI’s Asian hub.

2017

Supply Chain Management from Asia

  • We started consolidating ALDI’s global shipment volume and controlling all ocean freight-related operations via ALDI’s Asian hub.

2020 until Today

Further Business Expansion

  • We have recently started supplying products to the ALDI Nord countries: Germany, France, Belgium, Poland, Spain, Portugal, the Netherlands, Denmark, and Luxembourg.
  • We consistently strive to continue our business growth and expand into further product categories. In this context, we put a strong focus on product innovation and delivering added value for every ALDI customer.
  • Buying operations have commenced from our office in Hong Kong in order to support our International Buying team in Mülheim an der Ruhr, Germany.