Aldi’s new sangria kits will make summer cocktails *that* much easier to assemble

If you're not spending your summer sipping rosé…well, maybe it's because you're more of a sangria person. Good news, then: Your go-to grocery story just made your summer beverage dreams a little more effortless. Aldi is launching sangria kits just in time for hot summer nights.

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On June 12, keep your eyes peeled for the arrival of both white and red Season's Choice Sangria Blends at Aldi, which are basically specially blended bags of frozen fruit intended for red or white wine sangria.

What's inside? The white sangria blend includes a mix of oranges, strawberries, pineapple and apples, while the red blend has oranges, dark sweet cherries, tart cherries and blackberries. If you're like, I can mix frozen fruit on my own, we see a couple ways these blends are useful. For starters, who has the space in their refrigerator for all that fruit? (Ours is too full with half-wilted kale intended for meal prep.) And second, the fruit is pre-cut. We'll just leave that there.

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Quicker shopping experience

I’ll let you in on a secret: While I love to bake and do my fair share of cooking, I can’t stand grocery shopping. Wandering giant supermarkets seems like it takes forever, plus I hate navigating aisle after aisle just to find a jar of molasses for my favorite recipes.

Aldi stores, on the other hand, are much smaller. That means when I’m running in for a dozen eggs to complete my easy weekend brunch, I can be in and out of the store in record time. Or, if I’m doing my shopping for the entire week, I can be confident that the trip will take half the time—a huge bonus for me.

Oh, and let’s not forget that Aldi clerks are lightning fast. Your cart will be loaded with all your great deals before you can even pull your wallet out of your purse.

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Easy-to-navigate stores

In addition to being smaller than your typical supermarket, Aldi stores stick with a pretty consistent floor plan from store to store. That means when my friend asks me to pick up a bottle of wine on the way to her dinner party, I can stop at her neighborhood Aldi and know exactly where to find it.

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It encourages green habits

At home, I try to be as green as possible, but one eco-friendly habit I had trouble with was remembering to bring my reusable shopping bags with me to the store. However, shopping at Aldi has trained me to keep a few totes stashed away in my car. To keep prices low, Aldi doesn’t hand out paper or plastic bags, so shoppers have to bring bags (or buy some of their reusable totes) to carry out their groceries. After a few trips without, you learn that lesson fast! Now, I have to learn how to keep these bags clean—turns out they get grimy fast!

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The staff is paid well

I love that Aldi provides me with inexpensive groceries while also providing their employees a decent wage. Entry-level employees start making $12 an hour (sometimes more), and managers can make up to $94,000 a year. It’s a great gig for all types of folks looking to make just a little more, plus I’m sure an employee discount doesn’t hurt!

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Better ingredients

You already know that Aldi is great for buying organic, but you can feel good about all your purchases from the store. In 2015, Aldi eliminated MSG, synthetic colors and trans fats from its food offerings. Just a little bonus for us health conscious folks.

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Products are guaranteed

Shopping at Aldi, you may have noticed that many of the brands are a little unfamiliar. Brands like Baker’s Corner, Friendly Farms and Priano are all exclusive to Aldi. If you’re like me, branching out to new products like this can be a little worrying—What if it’s not good? What if it doesn’t work in my recipe? But Aldi offers a double guarantee for all their exclusive products. If you don’t like an item, they’ll refund your money and provide you with a replacement.

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No parking lot dings

The parking lot of most supermarkets is a total zoo. Close spots are hard to come by and there’s always a rogue cart or two waiting to put a ding in your car. At Aldi, you never have to worry about that nonsense. When you rent your cart at the start of your trip, you’ll have to return it to the bank of carts to get your quarter back. Safely locked in place, these carts aren’t out in the lot looking to wreak havoc.

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Aldi Finds

Every week or so, Aldi brings in a fresh batch of new, limited edition products at low, low prices. One week you may find an inexpensive folding table and supplies for your next tailgate, the next it might be children’s toys and books, and after that maybe some great seasonal decor. You never know what will be in the Aldi Finds section, but it’s always a thrill to find a few unexpected bargains in addition to your grocery deals.

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There's one caveat, though. The actual wine isn't include with these sangria kits, so you'll have to fend for yourself finding booze (aka heading a few aisles over to Aldi's wine department). Might we suggest a garnacha for the red and a dry Riesling for the white? You could also just use the frozen fruit blends for smoothies if that's more your speed (or frosé, hint, hint).

The sangria blends will retail for $3.49 a piece. Time to make some space in your freezer.

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They avoid brand names

At most supermarkets, you’ll find tons of big-brand items, but at Aldi, a whopping 90 percent of the products are private label. By avoiding brand names, Aldi can skip going through another company and offer you cheaper prices. Don't miss this explainer about the hype surrounding Aldi

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They have a small selection, meaning smaller stores

Did you know that Aldi only offers a selection of 900 core products? Since they don’t have national brands, they have less to warehouse and display in the store. This means having smaller stores compared to most other grocery retailers, and in return, smaller rent prices! Make sure you buy these 5 items next time you’re at Aldi.

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They take less time restocking shelves

Aldi’s design was specifically made for minimal stocking and upkeep. Other stores may have beautiful displays, but employees have to constantly restock them. At Aldi, products are inside boxes or simply stacked on each other, making it much easier for employees to restock.

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They use boxes, milk racks and pre-packaged produced

Boxes aren’t the only way Aldi saves time (and money). Products such as milk and even produce help reduce the upkeep at an Aldi store. Milk already comes in racks, and produce is pre-packaged and ready for checkout. Check out these ways to spend less at the grocery store

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They use energy-efficient lighting

In a press release in February 2017, Aldi announced its initiative to save money by remodeling some of the stores. A modern design (and even using open ceilings) will bring natural lighting into the store, making it environmentally friendly, too. They’ll even use recycled materials, energy-saving refrigeration, and LED lighting.

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They use fewer workers

Aldi will often schedule only two or three staff at a time. That’s nothing compared to the number of employees you’ll see at other markets. With the way Aldi is designed, not as many workers are needed to stock the shelves or keep things in order. This also allows the store to pay those few employees a decent paycheck.

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Aldi customers bring their own bags

Aldi doesn’t bother buying as many plastic bags as other stores, thanks to their bag policy. If you end up using an Aldi plastic bag, you’ll have to pay for it. This is to encourage customers to bring their own bags—keeping the store a green environment and putting money back into customer pockets. Here are some other grocery shopping secrets everyone should know

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They don't have a ton of TV ads

Have you ever seen a Walmart or Target ad on TV? Yes. Aldi? Probably not as many. Although Aldi does have a small television campaign, advertisements on television aren’t seen as frequently as other popular name brands. This means Aldi has extra money to save for what they do best—bring you cheap prices.

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They have smart shopping-cart rental system

No need to have someone working the shopping carts all the time with a system like Aldi’s! In order to use a cart, you must put a coin in the cart to unlock it. This gives people an incentive to return the cart and get their money back. Didn’t know about that? Well, here are 5 things to know before shopping at Aldi next time.

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They're about consumers, not profits

Unlike most supermarkets, Aldi doesn’t charge suppliers for shelf space and keeps their terms simple. According to Australian newspaper The New Daily, Aldi claims it wants “to suck the profitability out of the [supermarket] industry in favor of the consumer.” Every decision the company makes always has the customer in mind, and it pays off. Next, don't miss these 29 things your grocer won't tell you.

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