Coronavirus: Aldi launch home delivery service for first time to help during outbreak

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German discounter Aldi has launched a new home delivery service to help those struggling in isolation during the coronavirus pandemic.

The supermarket will sell food parcels on its website for the first time from Friday, April 17, to help vulnerable people, especially the elderly and those suffering from the life-threatening infection.

The parcels, which will be available to order online, contain 22 essential products including tinned soup, rice and pasta.

Each food box will also include antibacterial handwash and a four-pack of toilet roll.

The move marks the first time Aldi has sold groceries online outside of its ‘special buys’, which are available on a first come, first served basis each week.

Aldi is Britain’s fifth largest supermarket with more than 875 branches – but until now, it’s only offered an in-store service

Fritz Walleczek, managing director for corporate responsibility at Aldi said the boxes have been introduced to support those ‘most at risk’.

“We are committed to providing quick, safe and affordable access to food for all our customers and understand that, for some, visiting one of our stores is not an option at the moment,” he explained.

“We’re constantly looking for new and better ways to support our customers in these uncertain times and I’m hopeful that these food parcels will make life a little easier for some of the country’s most at-risk people.”

The parcels will be available to order online at Aldi.co.uk/food-parcels at a retail price of £24.99 including delivery.

Boxes will be limited to just one per customer. The scheme follows in the footsteps of both Morrisons and Marks & Spencer who have both launched similar initiatives to help cope with unprecedented demand over the past fortnight.

Aldi’s food parcels will contain the following 22 items

  • Antibacterial Handwash
  • Aloe Vera Toilet Tissue 4pack
  • Choceur Milk Chocolate Bar
  • UHT Green Semi Skimmed Milk
  • Rice Pudding
  • Salted Peanuts
  • Biscuit Barrel Assortment
  • Gold Label Tea
  • Instant Coffee
  • Premium Baked Beans
  • Premium Plum Tomatoes
  • Bolognese Pasta Sauce
  • Tuna Chunks In Brine 4pack
  • Bramwells Carrot & Coriander Soup
  • Tomato Soup
  • Minestrone Soup
  • Chilli Con Carne
  • Basmati Rice 1kg
  • Fusilli
  • Part Baked Brown Roll
  • Sliced Carrots
  • 4 Pack Sweetcorn

Morrisons offers four varieties of food boxes

Morrisons became the first supermarket to launch the initiative in March, offering a hamper with enough food and essentials to last two people one week.

The veggie and meat boxes cost £30 plus £5 delivery, with the option to get them as soon as the next day as long as you make the 3pm cut off.

The boxes contain the following items, including fruit and vegetables, toilet roll and milk.

  • Canned baked beans, soup and pasta sauce
  • Milk
  • Dairy products such as butter and cheese
  • Bread
  • Rice and pasta
  • Vegetables, such as potatoes, carrots and onions
  • Fresh meat such as chicken or beef or Vegetarian proteins
  • Essential household items such as kitchen towel and loo roll

High street chain Marks & Spencer is also doing the same for £35.

The boxes include everyday items such as toilet roll, tea, coffee, rice, pasta as well as tins of soup and baked beans.

Marks & Spencer has also rolled out its own online food hamper

There are also a few luxuries in there like Percy Pigs, shortbread biscuits, salted peanuts and chocolate buttons.

Those who want to get their hands on a box can order them online at marksandspencer.com.

The full box includes:

  • Fusilli (500g)
  • Baked beans (220g)
  • Tomato and herb pasta sauce (550g)
  • Beef Bolognese pour over pasta sauce (340g)
  • Chunky vegetable soup (400g)
  • Basmati rice (500g)
  • Cream of tomato soup (400g)
  • Chunky steak (206g)
  • Rich roast instant coffee (100g)
  • English breakfast tea bags (125g/50 bags)
  • Scottish all butter homebake style shortbread squares (200g)
  • Dark chocolate (100g)
  • Milk chocolate (100g)
  • Prime corned beef (205g)
  • Wild Alaskan red salmon (213g)
  • Vegetable curry (400g)
  • Roasted and salted large peanuts (200g)
  • Giant milk chocolate buttons (150g)
  • Percy Pig™ (170g)
  • Soft white 2-ply toilet tissue (pack of 4)

Priority online is being given to those aged over 70 with a Sparks card so that M&S can identify their age.

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