Aldi Expands Pledge to Remove Pesticides


German grocer Aldi has announced that as of Jan. 1, 2017, it will be removing eight pesticides from all products on its shelves in U.S. stores. The chain also plans to expand its organic food brands while removing some artificial ingredients from products in place of gluten-free options. Aldi, which has been strict on the removal of certain pesticides and chemicals from products sold in-store, has even removed certified synthetic colors, partially hydrogenated oils, and MSG from private-label items, which accounts for 90 percent of sales. 
 
Its health-oriented efforts also will include the expansion of the brand’s SimplyNature line and the gluten-free line liveGfree, says theearthchild.co.za. The brand’s NeverAny! products offer meats free of added antibiotics, hormones, and animal by-products. 
 
Aldi currently operates 1,500 locations across the United States, and plans to launch an additional 500 by 2018.

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