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Aldi does not sell bags of ice in its US stores. Only Aldi stores in the United Kingdom do. Typically, most stores carry a minimum of 10lbs (4.5kg) bags of ice. Aldi UK sells 2kg (4.4lbs) bags of ice from the Gianni’s brand and 20kg (44lbs) bags from the Strachan’s brand. The prices start from £0.89 per bag.
Things to know before buying ice
The average American buys four bags of ice annually. Little do they know that ice is just as prone to contamination as the food items you buy from grocery stores.
Since you’re going to use the ice in consumable drinks like slushies, boba tea, and juices, you’ll need to take proper care when handling them. For this reason, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) strictly monitors and regulates its circulation.
You can’t tell what hands have touched the bags of ice you’d like to purchase from the grocery store. So you’re at the mercy of Administrations and associations like the FDA and IPIA seals.
IPIA stands for the International Packaged Ice Association. It is a group of industries representing producers, distributors, and suppliers in the ice industry. If a bag of ice has the IPIA seal, it means it has been inspected and is safe for consumption.
Packaged ice manufacturing companies with IPIA approval
Here’s a short list of companies with the IPIA seal of approval. So if you’re not sure what brands to buy, you can always look out for these names at grocery stores:
- Reddy Ice
- Good Time Ice
- Kwik Trip, Inc.
- Arctic Glacier Ice
- Diamond Ice
- Penguin Ice
- Arctic Ice
- Chesapeake Bay Ice
- Cape Cod Ice Company
What stores sell bags of ice?
Since Aldi only sells bags of ice in the UK, here’s a list of grocery stores and supermarkets that sell them in the United States of America:
Whole Foods Market
Whole Foods Market is one of the most trustworthy and popular sources of organic produce. If you have trust issues with other stores, this is one store you can’t go wrong. The store sells 7lbs (3kg) bags of ice.
Thanks to Amazon’s acquisition of Whole Foods Market, the store now offers delivery services. If your order is above $35, you’d be eligible for these two options: free curbside pickup for one hour and free home delivery for two hours.
Whole Foods delivery is expensive. It costs $10, so you’re better off going to other stores like Publix and Albertsons if you plan to shop on a budget.
Walmart sells bags of ice from brand names like Arctic Glacier Ice and Reddy Ice. Reddy Ice costs $3.88, sold at $19.4¢ per lbs. You can check Walmart’s website for the availability status of the ice. You will also see information on the correct aisle to check in your region.
Target sells Reddy Ice, as well as Arctic Glacier Ice. Reddy Ice costs $2.19 for 10lbs (4.5kg), while Arctic Glacier Ice costs $1.69 for 6lbs (2.7kg). Target offers delivery services, so you don’t have to go to the store to purchase bags of ice.
Sam’s Club sells bags of ice. However, it’s a members-only store. So you’ll need to pay for a plan to access certain benefits. Without a membership plan, you’re going to face some restrictions.
Sam’s Club has two membership plans; Club and Plus. The Club membership costs $45 per year, while the Plus membership costs $100 per year.
Safeway sells mainly Reddy Ice. They have it in 10lbs (4.5kg) and 20lbs (9kg). You can choose between Signature Select and premium packaged ice. Here is a breakdown of their prices:
- 10lbs premium packaged Reddy Ice: $3.49
- 20lbs Signature Select Reddy Ice: $3.99
- 20lbs premium packaged Reddy Ice: $5.99
Publix sells 10lbs (4.5kg) bags of ice. You can use the website’s store locator to find a branch near you. The store has partnered with Instacart, so you can order your bag of ice from Publix through the Instacart app or website.
Albertsons sells 10lbs (4.5kg) Reddy Ice for $1.99, and they’re available for both curbside pickup and home delivery. You can check the store’s website for more information about the ice.
Just a recap!
Unfortunately, Aldi does not sell bags of ice in its US stores. But Aldi stores in the UK have them. Stores like Albertsons, Publix, and Safeway sell them in the United States. But before buying ice from any store, check for IPIA seals of approval. Ice manufacturing companies like Reddy Ice and Arctic Glacier Ice have the seal.
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