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Lidl

Hi guys, I've just moved into Switzerland, 10 days ago..
I have question about supermarkets.. I've been shopping on these days in Coop, Migros, but i want to know something about Lidl in Swiss..
When I lived in Croatia, me and my wife shopped in Lidl often.. Today I entered in there and found out that there are many things different than in Croatia (brands etc..).
So, can you give me for now advice about meat brands. Which one is better? Chicken for example?

Thanks a lot..

Any other advice about shopping (food and all other house needs) in Swiss would be great.
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Old 08.07.2015, 23:18
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Re: Lidl

Lidl and Aldi vary their products slightly from country to country to suit local preferences.

In my experience the quality is as good wherever you shop. Just go for the food you like. Some things may be just about the same as in Croatia but sold as different brand names
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So, can you give me for now advice about meat brands. Which one is better? Chicken for example?
This is pretty easy. Most of the fresh produce and especially meat in Lidl is of Swiss origin. Chicken is one of the exceptions, with both German and Swiss available. The German one is slightly cheaper. Quality - you be the judge, it wont cost you a fortune to try both.
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Re: Lidl

Where is your sense of adventure?
Try them all and decide for yourself which one you like the best.



Or buy them all, fire up your bbq and I'll come and tell you which is my favorite.

For free.
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you give me for now advice about meat brands. Which one is better? Chicken for example?
One thing about Coop I like their ready cooked hot chicken, when one wants to be lazy to cook or have limited cooking facilities, i.e. lunch, barbeque etc.

LidL & Adli both german brands are often cheaper compared to Migros or Coop to the Swiss market, but you need to look at their low end value brands for comparion.

Something AdrianBasel, noted to me once in a post was Bio Garlic - he was right.

By both Lidll & Adli we ignore any meat, even if 30 percent reduced, if covered in sauce etc.

Both have different lalbering laberelings dependent what country. You need to check that, a bit like Vanish, a cleaning product, we buy the generit by them.

We live in Canton Thurgau, so buy our Apples/Peare/Potatoes in LANDI
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Re: Lidl

http://www.aligro.ch/de/ueber-uns/di...kte/schlieren/


Close to Dietikon, on the border between Schlieren and Zürich-Altstetten you can find ALIGRO
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Re: Lidl

I wasn't even aware that there were brands for meat or chicken...

I bought some marinated ribs from Aldi the other day and they were not that bad at all!
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Re: Lidl

I rather like our local Lidl. It's a bit more exciting than Migros.

I've bought from there, fairly recently - Quails, Guinea fowl, Kangaroo, venison, marinated anchovies....

I'd avoid the German chicken but the Swiss chicken and pork is fine.

To be honest, I know everyone looks down at Lidl but I'd rather buy MSC cod at Lidl than Vietnamese pangasius from Migros.

They're introducing more Swiss Bio products too.
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Re: Lidl

During this strawberry season I've been spoiling myself by pouring Halb-Rahm (demi-cream) over my berries. Lidl has the best, thick and heavy - that from the Migros is thin and that from Denner is like water. Our local Lidl has lots of local produce and believe it or not I bought 5 pairs of underpants, absolute super ones, for Fr8.00. Not everything is gold but there really are stuffs at very favourable prices.
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During this strawberry season I've been spoiling myself by pouring Halb-Rahm (demi-cream) over my berries.
Wrong. Half-fat cream is a poor substitute for full cream , and better yet would be extra-thick double, but for Ace values of "spoiling" it would have to be proper Cornish clotted cream.
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Re: Lidl

Someone once said that shopping at Lidl was like shopping in a supermarket on a foreign holiday - the goods are more or less the same as what you're used to ..... they just don't look familiar or taste the same.
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Re: Lidl

I am new in Zurich did my first shop in Lidi this week (exciting stuff). I found most products very good value and good quality, similar to Lidi in the UK. Worth a trip to stock up on things once in a while. But the big difference from UK Lidi is that they do not take Visa, which I found out after my chf 200 + shop had been scanned. Very embarrassing but they were very nice about it, keeping my trolley in the back while I dashed around trying to find a cash point. Maybe not taking visa is not unusual here? I'm still learning!!
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I am new in Zurich did my first shop in Lidi this week (exciting stuff). I found most products very good value and good quality, similar to Lidi in the UK. Worth a trip to stock up on things once in a while. But the big difference from UK Lidi is that they do not take Visa, which I found out after my chf 200 + shop had been scanned. Very embarrassing but they were very nice about it, keeping my trolley in the back while I dashed around trying to find a cash point. Maybe not taking visa is not unusual here? I'm still learning!!
Lidl don't need to pay any credit card fees. It's cost saving that passed on to you with cheaper prices.

I've done the cashpoint run - twice!
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Someone once said that shopping at Lidl was like shopping in a supermarket on a foreign holiday - the goods are more or less the same as what you're used to ..... they just don't look familiar or taste the same.
Some of the stuff is truly awful - but isn't it in lots of places? Most salamis at Migros, for example, taste rancid (probably because they are).

We bought some provolone the other day from Lidl and it was pretty good - and that comes from someone who usually only eats provolone, handmade by a relative (through marriage) in the south of Italy.
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Wrong. Half-fat cream is a poor substitute for full cream , and better yet would be extra-thick double, but for Ace values of "spoiling" it would have to be proper Cornish clotted cream.

Yes, well, in my modest way I didn't plump for full cream bearing my tendency to put on weight in mind. The point is that the quality of the half-fat cream from Lidl is much better than that of either Migros or Denner.
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Re: Lidl

Thanks on advices

We'll have a month probation period and try everything.
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We'll have a month probation period and try everything.
That's the spirit! It's all trial and error, tbh. When we first arrived, I bought a few items in different shops and compared the price and quality. Now, I buy different items from all 4 shops (Denner, Aldi, Coop and Migros).

Denner - drinks, detergents, branded items such as Gillette, Heinz, De Cecco, etc.
Migros - mostly meat, cereals, bread, other day-to day items
Aldi - Fruits and vegs, some drinks, bio foodstuff, socks, underwear for kids, other cloth items for kids.
Coop - same as Migros.

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Congrats Clumsy Maman.

Same for me. I do my main shop at Aldi, but get a few other items from Lidl, Migros and Denner.

Aligro is good if you have a big storage room or a big freezer to put stuff in as they tend to sell in bigger quantities, but not really cheaper than anyone else. Their selection of fresh and frozen veg is very good.
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