We have watched as US WEST COAST Aldi's grocery advertise $12 an hour for employees----on EAST COAST we see a whopping $25 an hour. The truth will be NONE OF THE ABOVE. These US media and corporate FAKE WAGE advertisements are simply a PLOY to allow these global corporations into our US FOREIGN ECONOMIC ZONES under the pretense of GOOD PAYING JOBS. ALDI grocery is DISCOUNT FOOD----much as SAVE-A-LOT ---meaning it does not meet QUALITY FOOD STANDARDS---no matter how much ALDI advertises QUALITY FOOD.
We are seeing these global discount food corporations filling our US economy because all US standards for quality food ---oversight and accountability have been dismantled by CLINTON/BUSH/OBAMA----no USDA inspection happening in US-----and our US 99% WE THE PEOPLE are being made so poor ----we can only afford the lowest quality of food.
ALDI GROCERY has expanded globally in third world nations that have no developed nation quality standards for food----they are expanding today in Europe and US because NOW we don't have any quality standards for food.
Aldi and Lidl
Tomorrow, not quite the world
The German discounters’ successful business model only stretches so far
Mar 12th 2015 | FRANKFURT
IN GROCERY, at least, globalisation has met its match. Many of the most illustrious names in the business have had to retreat from disastrous forays abroad. Carrefour of France has quit 19 foreign markets in the past 20 years. Tesco of Britain lost billions on a failed attempt to make it big in America, abandoned in 2013. In 2006 Walmart of the United States, the world’s biggest retailer, gave up on its attempts to conquer Germany and South Korea.
In the past few years the big success story in food retailing has been the international expansion of Aldi and Lidl, two German chains founded in 1946 and 1973 respectively. They are now the world’s biggest “deep-discount” grocers, offering mostly their own brands of goods and almost no premium-priced products. The Schwarz Group, which owns Lidl as well as a hypermarket brand, Kaufland, is also Europe’s biggest retailer. As mainstream supermarket groups contract, in Europe especially, the German duo continue to eat up market share. So, how far can they go?
In their home market their position is strong, though far from dominant. Their combined share of sales among German food-retailing chains was just over a quarter last year, reckons Planet Retail, a research outfit. Aldi (which is divided into two legally separate but co-operating companies, Aldi Nord and Aldi Süd) had 14.8% and Lidl 10.9%. In Europe as a whole they are still relatively small: Aldi has a 3.3% share of sales and Lidl 3.8%. In Britain—where the two increased their sales by 22.6% and 15.1% respectively last year—their combined share is now 8.5%. Aldi, which already has 600 stores in Britain, aims to have about 1,000 outlets by 2022.
Aldi’s performance in Australia has been impressive. The discounter opened its first store there in 2001 but already has about 10% of the grocery market on the eastern seaboard. It recently announced plans to spend A$700m ($530m) on distribution centres and outlets to expand into southern and western Australia.
In America, Aldi has been quietly growing for decades. Aldi Süd has 1,375 stores under its own name, mainly on the east coast, but has expanded into Texas, Florida and California. Aldi Nord operates 435 shops in America under the name of Trader Joe’s. Together they have just 1.7% of the national market. But in 2013 the group announced a $3 billion expansion plan, to add 650 Aldi-branded stores. Lidl had planned to enter the American market this year but has postponed this until 2018.
Despite the impression of relentless expansion, Aldi is picky when it looks abroad. It only “seeks out countries where returns on groceries are significantly higher than global averages,” explains Paul Foley, a former head of Aldi UK. Usually this is because the local market is dominated by a few giants. Britain is one such place. Australia is another: Aldi has muscled in on a cosy near-duopoly between the Woolworths and Coles chains. In America, Aldi started out in those states and regions where market conditions were similar. As a family-owned, private company, with no need to appease outside investors, Aldi grows slowly and organically, Mr Foley explains, “to suck the profitability out of the industry in favour of the consumer.”
This is not the only way in which its strategy is self-limiting. Aldi is highly protective of its reputation as a squeaky-clean, family-owned business. This has made it uncomfortable about entering countries where corruption is endemic. Much the same can be said of Lidl. It is therefore hard to see the duo plunging into the emerging markets. In November it was reported that Aldi Süd was looking to enter China—but analysts still think this unlikely.
Instead of expanding to more countries, Aldi and Lidl are likely to concentrate on spreading across America and doing even better in places like Britain. There, analysts expect the two together to end up with about 15% of the market, as they already have in Ireland. To do this they are stretching their business model by adding upmarket products—including lobster and claret—to keep the middle-class customers they attracted in the post-2008 downturn.
How might their competitors fight back?
Some think that Aldi and Lidl could be vulnerable online. Neither has yet developed an internet-based sales channel, although online grocery sales are increasing. In Britain, for example, rivals like Sainsbury’s and Waitrose are investing heavily in digital technology. The mainstream supermarkets are also trying to learn from France, where the incumbents, Leclerc and Carrefour, fought back with big price reductions and by selling more non-food items, recovering some lost market share for a time at least.
Even so, warns Jürgen Elfers, a retail analyst at Commerzbank, Lidl still bounced back to record its largest ever share of the French market (5.2%) in November. Having wisely recognised the geographical limits of their model, the two German deep-discounters are patiently and systematically advancing in their chosen territories, and rivals there are likely to keep losing shoppers to them.
We have discussed in detail the consolidation and merger of all US food brands----those FRITOS and COKES----those KELLOGG CEREALS----that BOTTLED NESTLE'S WATER----into massive global food brand corporations. The difference today in MOVING FORWARD is this: those GLOBAL FOOD BRANDS did not own our GROCERY STORES------
Those massive food brands had to sell to INDEPENDENT FOOD GROCERY STORES their food brands. MOVING FORWARD CLINTON/BUSH/OBAMA are now consolidating even that separation of FOOD BRAND from FOOD STORES.
So, today's WHOLEFOODS----as today's ALDIs have eliminated the need to compete for market space in grocery stores by becoming the grocery store. REAL organic brands can no longer compete with WHOLEFOODS 365 which only PRETENDS to be ORGANIC. REAL US grocery stores cannot compete with an ALDI'S because ALDI is owned by global FOOD MONOPOLIES.
How Does Aldi Keep Their Prices So Low?
By doing a number of things.
One of the biggest reasons behind the company's discount business model is that 90% of the products are Aldi-exclusive brands, letting the grocer provide high-quality product without the hidden costs of advertising and marketing usually associated with national name brands.
If these global monopolies MOVE FORWARD inside US ----then all US national groceries---what is left of them ---SAVE-A-LOTS and WALMARTS ---as well as our local small business grocery stores will CLOSE. We already know those BIG BOX WALMARTS AND COSTCOs were being consolidated into those massive global food brands-----but now even our US local food stores will disappear IF-----we continue allowing MOVING FORWARD.
When the global FOOD BRAND owns the GROCERY STORE----there is no way these global monopolies are going to care about FOOD QUALITY STANDARDS.
The Environmental Impact of Food
The Modern Monopoly
He's not as harmless as he looks.
In the world today, there are food giants, and then...there's everyone else.
Tyson, Cargill, Swift & Co, and National Beef Packing apparently kill 84% of cows. This statistic is worrying because a) jee whiz, that's a lot of cows, and b) it speaks volumes about the effect of agribusinesses on the overall food industry. The examples of monopolies in the food industry seem to go on and on; 81% of all corn exports in the US are done by Cargill, Continental Grain, ADM, and Zen Noh. That's as good as dominating the industry. Almost 80% of all soybean crushing is done by 4 companies: Cargill, Bunge, ADM, and AGP.
There are also a few giants in the food industry that have their fingers in many pots. Kraft, Unilever, and ConAgra are examples of this. Monsanto has been all over the news lately for controlling corn and soy - in fact, Monsanto controls 97% of the genetically modified corn and 91% of GM soy. Examples of other dominant companies in the food industry include Dean (known for their milk production), Kellogg (cornflakes, anyone?), Danone, General Mills, and Tyson.
According to Phil Howard in The Natural Farmer, there are three different ways that we can see these monopolies slowly gaining control. First of all, horizontal integration - we have to observe the ratios above more closely over time to see the extent of the monopoly. The moment that a few companies control a little less than half of the market, we can no longer say that competition is being encouraged. Secondly, vertical integration links companies in various links of the supply chain. In the example given in the article, ConAgra both distributes seeds and processes chickens for cold dinners. This kind of infiltration does not allow other companies to enter the market. Thirdly, we can see these monopolies through global expansion. Again, in the example given in Howard's article, WalMart has expanded far beyond the boundaries of the continental United States.
We can also see monopolies as links between other monopolies. Oligopolies? It's a possibility Through the usual mergers and acquisitions, companies can come together to split the profits of every part of the supply chain.
So What? Well, right off the bat, according to Friedman economics, the price of any product under a monopoly will rise. This is because the monopoly does not have to make it's price equal to marginal revenue and marginal cost, and it does not have to be fair. It is not controlled by Adam Smith's invisible hand. This doesn't mean that the price can be increased arbitrarily, but it does mean that the price of corn will be higher, and it's all Monsanto's fault.
Also, you are not always assured of the quality of the food because there are no clear competitors in the field. Since the company no longer needs to please it's consumers, it will always opt for the least-cost method. It is important to keep in mind that when genetically engineered food was being introduced into the industry, people had very little choice in the matter - they could only eat what came from their supermarkets, after all.
Another worrisome aspect is the dependency factor. Although it is unlikely (very, very unlikely) that these companies would collapse all at once, if that did happen, we would be bereft of a great deal of food supply.
The modern monopoly in food effectively threatens our health and the quality of our food; it creates an unhealthy economic system with little competition and increases prices.
MOVING FORWARD back to DARK AGES 1000BC----surely has no US developed nation standards for food-----for quality ------or any aspect of what modern US standards for 300 years has demanded of food our US 99% WE THE PEOPLE consume.
It is true in US early 1900s -----THE JUNGLE described what was the worst of meat industry quality----but even that was in a developed nation having SOME FOOD STANDARDS. GLOBAL DISCOUNT FOOD will not meet ANY of our Western nation standards.
The far-right wing global banking 1% TALKING POINT over FOOD LABELS-----is MOOT when no oversight is making sure what that FOOD LABEL is saying it TRUE.
So, we do not know vitamin and mineral content---we don't know what percentage is protein, carbs, fats----we don't know if the fat content is SATURATED or not.
As important, global food brands getting food grown in third world nations often some of the most polluted because that is where the cheapest food originates with slave labor. WHAT IS REAL FOOD? It is not the FAKE FOOD being manufactured to look like real food----that is DISCOUNT FOOD.
Food quality is the quality characteristics of food that is acceptable to consumers. This includes external factors as appearance, texture, and flavour; factors such as federal grade standards and internal. Food quality in the United States is enforced by the Food Safety Act 1990. Members of the public complain to trading standards professionals, who submit complaint samples and also samples used to routinely monitor the food marketplace to public analysts. Public analysts carry out scientific analysis on the samples to determine whether the quality is of sufficient standard. Food quality is an important food manufacturing requirement, because food consumers are susceptible to any form of contamination that may occur during the manufacturing process. Many consumers also rely on manufacturing and processing standards, particularly to know what ingredients are present, due to dietary, nutritional requirements, or medical conditions. Besides ingredient quality, there are also sanitation requirements. It is important to ensure that the food processing environment is as clean as possible in order to produce the safest possible food for the consumer.
As our US 99% WE THE PEOPLE watched these few decades of CLINTON/BUSH/OBAMA the dismantlement of our US FOOD INSPECTION with growing disparity between SAVE-A-LOT stores in low-income communities vs WHOLEFOODS where citizens felt they were getting higher quality------now, MOVING FORWARD there will be no HIGHER QUALITY ----only the global 1% will KNOW the food they eat is QUALITY.
REMEMBER, our US local small farmers are going under the bus as US FOREIGN ECONOMIC ZONES become massive expansive global industrial zones---so our local food markets will not be providing QUALITY LOCAL FOOD.
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Food quality is the quality characteristics of food that is acceptable to consumers. This includes external factors as appearance (size, shape, colour, gloss, and consistency), texture, and flavour; factors such as federal grade standards (e.g. of eggs) and internal (chemical, physical, microbial).
Food quality in the United States is enforced by the Food Safety Act 1990. Members of the public complain to trading standards professionals,[specify] who submit complaint samples and also samples used to routinely monitor the food marketplace to public analysts. Public analysts carry out scientific analysis on the samples to determine whether the quality is of sufficient standard.
Food quality is an important food manufacturing requirement, because food consumers are susceptible to any form of contamination that may occur during the manufacturing process. Many consumers also rely on manufacturing and processing standards, particularly to know what ingredients are present, due to dietary, nutritional requirements (kosher, halal, vegetarian), or medical conditions (e.g., diabetes, or allergies).
Besides ingredient quality, there are also sanitation requirements. It is important to ensure that the food processing environment is as clean as possible in order to produce the safest possible food for the consumer. A recent example of poor sanitation recently has been the 2006 North American E. coli outbreak involving spinach, an outbreak that is still under investigation.
Food quality also deals with product traceability, (e.g., of ingredient, and packaging suppliers), should a recall of the product be required. It also deals with labeling issues to ensure there is correct ingredient and nutritional information.
There are many existing international quality institutes testing food products in order to indicate to all consumers which are higher quality products. Founded in 1961 in Brussels, The international Monde Selection quality award is the oldest in evaluating food quality. During the degustations, the products must meet the following selection criteria, required by the Institute: sensory analysis, bacteriological and chemical analysis, the nutrition and health claims, and the utilisation notice. In short, the judgements are based on the following areas: taste, health, convenience, labelling, packaging, environmental friendliness and innovation. As many consumers rely on manufacturing and processing standards, the Institute Monde Selection takes into account the European Food Law.
We will end by bringing are earlier discussion on alcohol capture----with now quality food products with this reminder. There is no mystery behind the killing off of honey bees. MONSANTO and CLIMATE CHANGE are killing our pollinators. Back in DARK AGES 1000BC all those 99% of WE THE IMPOVERISHED PEASANTS could only afford to make bootleg alcohol as MEAD. Today, a citizen has to BUY BEES----and has to keep REPLACING BEES to even manage having enough honey to make MEAD.
'Bees are dying -- what can we do about it? - CNN
Ann White from Vermont Homebrew Supply demonstrates making mead.
If you're a beekeeper, farmer or consumer you have something to lose if bees disappear -- and a significant role to play in their survival'.
Even in higher-income VERMONT-----NEW ENGLAND----all of these sources are CORRUPTED.
Well, we will simply allow cabbages to rot say our 99% WE THE PEOPLE for fermentation---well, global corporate campuses forcing workers to live in factory dormitories ---sweat shop white collar workers never really having a home or family ---not conducive to space and time for rotting food fermentation.
The US is definitely racing towards THIRD WORLD food quality
'The risks of unsafe food are substantial, but can be difficult to quantify.
Diarrhoeal diseases – both foodborne and waterborne – kill an estimated two million people annually, including many children in developing countries. Food contaminants, such as harmful parasites, bacteria, viruses, prions, chemical or radioactive substances, cause more than 200 diseases – ranging from infectious diseases to cancers'.
Some Consumers Are Calling Poland Spring Water 'A Colossal Fraud'
By Jennifer Calfas
August 17, 2017
Eleven consumers filed a class action lawsuit this week against Nestlé Waters North America, Inc., alleging the company’s Poland Spring Bottled Water is “a colossal fraud.”
The plaintiffs in the case argue the company has consistently misled consumers by labeling Poland Spring water as “100% spring water,” which suggests high quality and a corresponding premium, according to the 325-page lawsuit filed in the United States District Court in Connecticut. The lawsuit seeks at least $5 million in damages for false advertising, deceptive labeling, breach of contract and several other claims.
The group argues Poland Spring water has been “a colossal fraud perpetuated against American consumers” since it was first bottled in 1993. They claim that “not one drop” of the water complies with the Food and Drug Administration’s definition of what constitutes spring water, and instead is ground water.
The FDA says spring water “shall be collected only at the spring or through a bore hole tapping the underground formation feeding the spring.” The consumers claim that the sites used by Nestlé to collect its Poland Spring water are not springs according to the FDA — arguing that several of the sites used by the company are “phony” and “man-made.”
The consumers also argue that the Poland Spring in Poland Spring, Maine, “ran dry nearly 50 years ago.”
A spokesperson for Nestlé Waters North America said: “the claims made in the lawsuit are without merit and an obvious attempt to manipulate the legal system for personal gain…It meets the U.S. Food and Drug Administration regulations defining spring water, all state regulations governing spring classification for standards of identity, as well as all federal and state regulations governing spring water collection, good manufacturing practices, product quality and labeling.”
With multiple plants in the U.S. and the current success of bottled water on the market, Nestlé Waters North America is a major part of Nestlé’s business — it created more than $4.5 billion in U.S. and Canada sales during Fiscal Year 2016, according to Nestlé’s annual report.