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06/16/2021

Aldi lowers prices for summer cookouts

The discounter aims to make summer cookouts more affordable, pricing a slate of cookout staples to be 30% less than the national average spend on a cookout.
Dan Ochwat
Executive Editor
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Aldi’s looking to sweeten the summer months by lowering prices on its fresh food and household items.

The retailer said as COVID-19 mandates gradually lift across the country, consumers are looking to get out and enjoy the summer BBQ season. To honor that, Aldi has reduced prices on fruits like grapes and cherries, meats for grilling like brats and boneless skinless chicken breasts and other cookout standards like guacamole and frozen treats.

Aldi said the American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) conducts an annual survey to determine the average price point of a Fourth of July cookout, finding that two years ago a 10-person BBQ was $52.80. With inflation occurring in many food categories, that price could be even higher this summer.

Aldi said it is pricing a comparative BBQ cookout at $36.61, 30% less than the 2019 national average. “People are excited to get back together with family and friends and we don’t want rising food costs to get in the way of summer barbeques,” said Dave Rinaldo, co-president of Aldi U.S. “We’re already known for low prices throughout our stores and  we’re taking that a step further by lowering prices on dozens of summer favorites.“

The ingredients Aldi priced in its less-than-$40 BBQ includes:  eight hot dogs (1 lb.) and buns, eight ¼-pound hamburgers (2 lbs. pre-cooked weight) and buns with cheese slices,   4 lbs. pork spare ribs,  ketchup and mustard, 3 lbs. deli potato salad, 28 oz. baked beans, 15 oz. corn chips, 2 qts. Lemonade and  1 whole watermelon.