Tuesday, June 28, 2005
Trader Joe's vs. Aldi
I started to ponder how ironic it would be if Trader Joe's was, in fact, owned by the Walton family, and all the tote-bag loving WalMart haters were actually handing over their organic greenbacks to the Retail Red State Devil. I was close.
Trader Joe's is owned by the Albrecht brothers, who are most famous for owning Aldi. Karl Albrecht was Forbes's #3 Richest Man in the world in 2004. That's richer than the Waltons! And brother Theo ranked #20 - apparently his stock went down after being kidnapped and ransomed in 1971. I didn't think anyone except maybe Bill Gates was richer than the Waltons. Now, you can say, well the Albrechts aren't EVIL, and aren't trying to manipulate all of the products and foods we consume (see the June 2005 issue of Gourmet) but feeding anti-union billionaires is still feeding anti-union billionaires. So, in your face, self-righteous Trader Joe shoppers!