Bargain supermarket Aldi has launched its first ever food delivery boxes amid the coronavirus pandemic.
The store – which has various shops across North Staffordshire and South Cheshire – is offering food boxes for vulnerable Brits who face months at home amid the lockdown, and the retailer will even deliver them.
Our colleagues at the Liverpool Echo ordered one – but it didn’t arrive as our sister title had hoped.
The Echo writes: “I ordered Aldi’s Food Parcel on Friday morning (the day they were released) and received an email straight afterwards stating it would be delivered in three to 10 working days.
“To me, 10 working days seemed long to wait for a box full of essentials but given the current circumstances we can’t really complain about delivery times.”
It adds: “However, to my surprise I received an email on Sunday morning from Hermes saying they had received my parcel. It arrived the next day.
“The product arrived, similar to Morrisons, and Marks & Spencer – in a big cardboard box by courier.”
The full contents were:
- 400g salted peanuts
- 500g Fusilli
- 4 pack of toilet rolls
- 4 pack of tuna in brine
- 1kg of classic basmati rice
- 2 packs of 6 brown bake from home bread rolls
- One litre of British semi-skimmed long life milk
- 80 gold blend teabags
- Lacura handwash
- Tinned peeled plum tomatoes
- Two tins of tomato soup
- Chicken and Noodle soup
- Tin of baked bins
- Tin of rice pudding
- 500g of bolognese pasta sauce
- Minestrone soup
- Four tins of sweetcorn
- Tinned Chilli Con Carne
- Tinned sliced carrots
- Mini delights chocolate bars
- Four pack of biscuit assortments
But the Echo adds: “However, the main issue I found with the box was how it arrived. You may be wondering why no coffee is listed above.
“This is due to the fact when I opened the box the Alcafe jar was completely smashed. The coffee had then consequently spilled all over the box.
“It would benefit customers if glass items were wrapped separately. When I opened the box it looked like everything had just been thrown in.
“The box itself was also heavy to lift. Aldi does state this on its website, but it is worth bearing in mind if you’re planning to order one to an elderly relative or someone whose mobility isn’t great.
“Overall, the box does come with essentials items but I do think the delivery of it needs some work.”
Aldi’s food parcel is priced at £24.99 and includes free standard delivery.
To order, customers can visit its website here. Aldi is advising shoppers that stock is being replenished everyday, so keep checking back if it is sold out.