Each week, we round up the biggest stories in the international world of Aldi. Here’s what we’ve been reading:
United States: Aldi Working Toward Seafood Transparency
Aldi and Lidl are working with the Seafood Business for Ocean Stewardship and the Global Dialogue on Seafood Traceability, along with more than 60 other seafood companies and retailers, to implement worldwide industry standards relating to quality, efficiency, and affordability of seafood traceability. The news was announced during the Seafood Expo North America (SENA) 2019.
Traceability has already been a concern in the seafood industry, but the lack of global standards also was a problem.
“These unprecedented pre-competitive voluntary standards will equip the seafood sector for the 21st century’s globalized, information-based economy, and will help make digital seafood traceability a universal industry practice,” SeaBOS and GDST said in a joint statement, adding that “a set of voluntary industry norms” are necessary “to eliminate costly and unnecessary barriers between the dozens of incompatible, proprietary traceability systems that exist today, and to help guide governments towards the harmonization of standards affecting seafood trade.”
Source: Progressive Grocer
United States: Man in Incredible Hulk Mask Robs Aldi
Police are searching for a suspect who reportedly wore an Incredible Hulk mask while committing an armed robbery at an Aldi store in Kernersville, N.C.
Shortly before the Aldi store opened on the morning of March 14, police received a call for an armed robbery. The report states a dark-skinned male with a gun entered the store, forced employees to go into an office, demanded money, and then drove away. The man is described as between 5’7″ and 5’10” and wore a black hoodie and camouflage pants. He also wore an orange traffic vest in addition to the Incredible Hulk Halloween costume mask.
Police believe the same suspect is wanted for several other robberies at Aldi stores in North Carolina. Anyone with information on these crimes is encouraged to contact the Kernersville Police Department (336) 996-3177.
United States: FBI Arrests Men They Allege Had Plans to Rob Armored Truck Outside Aldi
The FBI arrested two men outside an Aldi store in Merrillville, Indiana, on March 18 who they say had plans to rob a Brinks armored truck.
Authorities allege the suspects followed the Brinks truck as it made several stops to collect money from local banks and businesses. As part of an ongoing investigation, the FBI followed the men to each stop. Agents believed a robbery was imminent, so they arrested the two suspects.
Federal agents said the men also are suspects in another $500,000 robbery of a Thillens Cagistics armored truck in July in Blue Island, Ill.
The U.S. attorney’s office charged Reilly Jackson Jr., 23, of Griffith, with conspiracy to commit robbery after the Merrillville incident.
His alleged companion, Delvin Perkins, 23, of South Holland, was charged with being an armed felon.
Merrillville police assisted with the arrests. At the time of the arrests, the government alleged officers could smell a “very strong odor of marijuana coming from the Jeep.”
Officers also found a Glock 9mm semiautomatic handgun and a Springfield Armory .40-caliber semiautomatic gun on the passenger side floor.
Source: The Times of Northwest Indiana