We've written endlessly here about Walmart's meat department, but the news this morning that Walmart is facing a crisis from the German food chain Aldi, infamous for packaging horsemeat as beef, is ironic. Hayley Peterson, reporting for Business Insider in 'The worst storm in retail history' is heading straight for Walmart... writes:
Two highly competitive German grocery stores, Aldi and Lidl, are plotting to take over the US — and that's terrible news for Walmart, Kroger, and Whole Foods. Aldi and Lidl have upended the UK grocery market over the past several years by sending the nation's largest supermarkets into a crippling price war that has dented profits, triggered layoffs, and sent the companies' share prices tumbling, The Wall Street Journal reports. The CEO of Asda, the UK's second-largest grocery chain, has called the new competitive environment created by Aldi and Lidl "the worst storm in retail history."
The full-pages ads just write themselves: Walmart: At Least Our Meat Doesn't Whinny. Jeff Hess: Have Coffee Will Write.

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