Aldi U.K. knows what people want, releases “hangover-proof” Prosecco 

When it comes to the wine, beer, and spirits selection at Aldi’s U.K. locations, the collective longing of The Takeout staff is well-documented. That’s not a slight on Aldi’s U.S. locations, by any means, but we just don’t get things like their color-changing gin or their award-winning whiskey in these parts. With…

Supermarket employees collectively lose hundreds of pounds on keto diet

This isn’t a story about the merits of the keto diet—I’m not a nutritionist, please ask your doctor any and all medical questions, etc. No, this is a story about supportive coworkers, a positive work environment, and a Sprouts supermarket in Katy, Texas. Good Morning America recently profiled five employees of said…

Dude arrested for rubbing grocery store produce on his butt, putting it back

Manassas, Virginia police responded to a strange incident late Saturday afternoon at a Giant Food location. The store’s loss-prevention employee—someone whose job it is to watch for theft—reportedly noticed a man selecting produce off the shelf, sticking it down his pants, rubbing it on his butt, and returning the…

Last Call: Why supermarkets should consider stocking more store-brand stuff

I never realized store-brand goods were so lacking in the U.S., but according to this interesting piece in the Harvard Business Review, 51 percent of products on U.K. grocery-store shelves are store-brand. In America, it’s just 15 percent. The HBR piece goes on to suggest that at a time when traditional U.S. grocery…

Ohio grocery employee allegedly ate $9,200 worth of stolen ham over several years

The Columbus Dispatch has reported that an employee of a Giant Eagle grocery store in Bolivar, Ohio, “is facing felony theft charges after she was accused of stealing $9,200 worth of deli meat.” The employee would allegedly often help herself to a few slices of ham (“she occasionally ate salami”) during her shift.…

Grocery store walkway ranked British town’s top tourist attraction

In the small coastal town of Bude, Britain, an unlikely star has emerged. A local grocery store’s “tunnel”—a clear, covered walkway from the Sainsbury’s supermarket’s parking lot to its door—has become the town’s top-rated tourist attraction on TripAdvisor, with 173 overwhelmingly excellent ratings that liken it to…

Trader Joe's xiao long bao is—dare this Chinese food writer say it—pretty decent

If I’m forced to burn my Chinese card at the end of this review, I will grasp onto it with white knuckles until the very last second. Because I’m about to make a statement that takes one of Chinese gastronomy’s most beloved exports, and dare say a made-for-Americans supermarket version is actually, inexplicably,…