German discount grocer Aldi was founded by brothers Karl and Theo Albrecht in 1946 when they took over their mother’s store in Essen, which had been in operation since 1913. The retailer was split into two groups in 1960, these later became Aldi Nord and Aldi Süd.
Aldi Nord operates in Germany, Denmark, France, the Benelux countries, Portugal, Spain, and Poland, while Aldi Süd operates in Ireland, Great Britain, Hungary, Switzerland, Australia, China, Italy, Austria, and Slovenia. Both Aldi Nord and Aldi Süd also operate in the United States.
The two branches of Aldi, Aldi Nord and Aldi Süd, will be combining their private brand purchasing. The two companies have commenced a joint purchasing structure for private brand products, with the alignment planned to be completed by the end of 2020.