ALDI

Aldi Nord logo Aldi Süd logo

Aldi is an international hard discount supermarket chain based in Germany. It is actually two separate companies but is commonly referred to as one. The company's name stands for Albrecht-Discount, using the founders' last name. Historically, Aldi is said to have been Germany's first real discount supermarket. Its spartan stores with low prices on a limited range of goods can now be found in more than a dozen countries.

History

The company was founded in 1946 by the brothers Karl and Theo Paul Albrecht in Essen, Germany. Back then, it comprised only one small food shop. In the year 1961, the then-Aldi chain of supermarket stores split into two sister companies (each belonging to one of the brothers) over a dispute whether to sell cigarettes and other tobacco products at the checkout. Thus today, Aldi consists of Aldi Nord (Aldi North) (where tobacco sales were deemed to be acceptable) and Aldi Süd (Aldi South) (where they were not; however Aldi Süd began selling tobacco products in 2003). The chains initially covered the respective different regions of the then-West Germany. The companies have since expanded internationally, into other European, North American, and Australian markets. In principle, the two firms share nothing but the name and a similar corporate identity; however, they describe their relationship as a "friendly alliance" and there appear to be agreements between the two insofar that they do not compete directly with each other and (except for Germany) never both operate in the same countries.

Regions where Aldi operates

A map of the countries in Europe that Aldi operates, orange: "Aldi South", dark blue:"Aldi North"

Aldi Nord operates in

  • Northern Germany
  • Belgium
  • Denmark
  • France
  • Luxembourg
  • The Netherlands
  • Portugal (coming soon)
  • Spain


Aldi Süd operates in

  • Southern Germany
  • Australia
  • Austria (where it operates under the name Hofer)
  • Ireland
  • Slovenia (where it operates under the name Hofer)
  • Switzerland
  • United Kingdom
  • USA

What you may find in an Aldi store

Aldi specializes in staple items such as food, beverages, sanitary articles and other inexpensive household items. One reason for Aldi's success is that the number of brands is very limited, you usually don't find more than two different brands for one kind of product and often only one. This increases the numbers of sales for each article and also allows Aldi stores to be smaller than supermarkets which cover the same range of products but with more diversity. Also it allowed Aldi to avoid the use of price tags even before the introduction of barcode scanners (see below).

Additionally to the standard assortment Aldi also has weekly special offers, some of them on more expensive products such as electronics, appliances or computers, usually from Medion. Although not always available, but regulary put up for sale are clothing, toys, flowers, gifts. The specials are only available in strictly limited quantities and for a limited timeframe (one week). In the past some of Aldi's early computer offers, created some kind of hysteria in Germany, with all available items sold in only a few hours.

Aldi is the largest wine retailer in Germany. Aldi mainly sells exclusively produced, custom-branded products (often identical to and produced by major brands) with brand names including "Grandessa" and "Fit and Active". American Aldi stores also feature bargain-priced, gourmet foods imported from Germany. Although Aldi emphasizes low prices, reports from a German consumer watchdog suggest that this does not negatively impact the quality of Aldi products.

Low price philosophy

Aldi's "strictly no frills" approach is evident for instance in that typically Aldi stores do not decorate aisles — or even fill shelves for that matter: Pallets of the products on offer are commonly simply parked alongside the aisles, and customers picking up products will gradually empty them. When all items on a pallet have been sold, it is replaced. Long queues at the checkout counter are also relatively common, reflecting Aldi's minimal staffing levels, as well as the competitive situation in Aldi's native Germany, where long supermarket checkout lines are part of daily life. However, due to the efficient checkout system, a long queue does not necessarily translate into longer waiting times than in other supermarkets.

These and other cost-cutting strategies save Aldi money and arguably the general price level in Aldi stores — as compared to more "upmarket" supermarkets — appears to show that at least some or most of these savings are passed on to consumer. Aldi has successfully carved its own (actually rather large) niche with this approach: While shoppers may not normally like shopping in a bland or industrial-looking (and possibly congested) store, such utter lack of frills has become part of the accepted norm with Aldi, and consumers appear to be willing to accept it because of the "incredible value" they expect to get in exchange. ("Top quality at incredibly low prices" is an Aldi marketing slogan.)

Aldi also profited from the introduction of the euro in Germany and other countries. Consumers believed that many merchants had used the currency changeover as a cover to increase prices, often substantially; this was later confirmed by independent studies. In contrast to other supermarkets, Aldi prominently listed "before and after" prices on posters in stores for months after the introduction, and generally rounded its euro prices down. As a result, Aldi earned a great deal of customer goodwill.

Advertising policy

Aldi has a policy in Germany of not advertising, apart from a weekly list of special prices called Aldi informiert (Aldi informs) that is distributed in stores, by direct mail, and sometimes printed in local newspapers. It claims this is a cost savings that can be passed on to consumers. However, in the USA, Aldi advertises regularly via weekly newspaper inserts and Aldi television commercials have begun airing on the TBS network, and in the UK print and television ads appeared in mid-2005. Aldi do not have publicly listed telephones in stores to minimize the time checkouts are unutilised.

Checkout system

Aldi's checkout procedure is highly standardized, with checkout operators sitting down in swivel chairs, passing products through a two-sided barcode scanner. Products have very long barcodes covering several sides of the packaging to speed this procedure. Cashiers save additional time by preparing the most likely amount of change while the customer is still searching for money in his/her wallet.

Aldi was, however, a latecomer to barcode scanners, and many stores only added them in 2004; previously, cashier clerks would manually enter a three-digit code for each item from memory (Aldi Nord) or the price (Aldi Süd). An advantage of this was that the cashiers could already type in the prices of all the articles on the conveyer belt even if the customers were blocking the process by not putting the articles quickly enough back into their shopping cart.

Once products have been scanned, they are put directly in the shopping cart, which has a special dock on the counter for this purpose. This is why Aldi stores in Germany insist that customers use a cart; the customer is expected to bag groceries at a separate bench. Many, if not most customers, however, ignore this rule, not least because it would force them to join the queue to leave the store even if they hadn't purchased anything. Aldi generally does not offer hand baskets. However, in Australia select stores do have hand baskets available.

Reputation

In West Germany, before about 1990, Aldi shops were often ridiculed as being cheap shops selling poor-quality goods. Aldi's customers were alleged to be only poor people who couldn't afford to shop elsewhere. Loyal German soccer fans, ashamed of their favorite team's performance, were known to wear Aldi bags over their heads as a gag. Being held in such low esteem by many did not seem to dent Aldi's profits however. After German reunification, many German middle class families had to cut down their spending and Aldi's popularity and public acceptance grew. Many individual consumers "discovered" that the poor reputation of Aldi's products was apparently undeserved. This shift in public perception was boosted by a series of cookbooks that only used Aldi ingredients, which led to the emergence of a kind of Aldi fandom into the German mainstream.

In countries such as the UK, where the level of service and presentation of mainstream supermarkets is arguably lower than in Aldi's native Germany, Aldi's public reputation does not appear to have improved in the same way. Despite this, and the strong price competition between such British retailers on precisely the basic goods Aldi sells, the firm apparently remains profitable.

In the United Kingdom, Aldi (just like it's rival Lidl) is often the centre of jokes regarding the wealth of a person, particularly with the younger generation. Many consider it to be derogatory to shop at Aldi, and as a result a lot of students will not admit to shopping there if they do.

Business practices

Many Aldi practices are common in German supermarkets but largely unique to Aldi in markets such as the U.S. and Britain. These include the system of metal gates and turnstiles forcing customers to exit through the checkout, the practice of charging for shopping bags, and the fact that Aldi until recently accepted only cash (since 2004, German stores have begun to accept the Maestro debit card). Debit cards are also accepted in the USA. Like most German retailers, Aldi does not accept major credit cards. Aldi does accept MasterCard, Bankcard and Visa in Australia for an additional 1% surcharge.

Aldi stores worldwide are approximately the same size. The company's stores in Germany are similar in size to those of competing supermarkets, and they can often be found in shopping centres or elsewhere where retail units of this size are common. However in other countries, such as Britain, France, and the U.S., Aldi stores are far smaller than those countries' typical supermarkets or hypermarkets, and tend to be free-standing, purpose-built structures.

Aldi stores often have fairly limited opening hours, such as were restricted by law (until 18:30 weeknights and 14:00 Saturdays) in Germany until these laws were relaxed somewhat in 1996 and 2004. Some (but by no means all) of its German outlets, particularly those in shopping centres, now stay open until the revised legal closing time of 20:00. On the other hand, Aldi stores in the U.S. and U.K. close around 19:00 weeknights, earlier on Saturday, and most remain closed on Sunday, in contrast to the late or 24-hour opening times of many U.S. and British supermarkets. Aldi's U.S. stores are the only ones to offer customer toilets.

In Germany Aldi is occasionally jokingly called Feinkost Albrecht (approximate translation: Albrecht Deli).

Recently the similar Lidl chain has grown faster than Aldi; its major difference in business practice is that it stocks a few name brands.

Aldi Talk

On the 7th December 2005, based on their well known brand, Aldi (both Nord and Süd) in Germany introduced a pay-as-you-go mobile phone company Aldi Talk, piggybacking on the e-plus network. They offered rates of €0,05 (approx US$ 0.06) per minute/SMS to other Aldi Talk customers and €0,15 (approx US$ 0.18) to landlines and other mobile phones. This phone offer is available on either a “starter set”, which is a SIM card and €10 (US$ 12.01) worth of credit at €19,99 (US$ 24.02), or a Medion mobile phone [1] with a SIM card at €59,99 (US$ 72.11).

Previously, Aldi Süd in Austria did a pay-as-you-go service called “yesss!” [2] with Connect Austria's One.

Competitors

  • Lidl (5000 stores)
  • Netto (1200 stores)
  • Kwiksave (UK Only)

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Previously, Aldi Süd in Austria did a pay-as-you-go service called “yesss!” [2] with Connect Austria's One. There are also some local formats that in one or other way are pretty similar with Endemol's Big Brother:. This phone offer is available on either a “starter set”, which is a SIM card and €10 (US$ 12.01) worth of credit at €19,99 (US$ 24.02), or a Medion mobile phone [1] with a SIM card at €59,99 (US$ 72.11). It also had its own version in USA for the latin market airing in Telemundo. They offered rates of €0,05 (approx US$ 0.06) per minute/SMS to other Aldi Talk customers and €0,15 (approx US$ 0.18) to landlines and other mobile phones. It's a mixture among Big Brother and Star Academy and has had a huge success in different latin countries, as Chile, Spain, Brazil (formerly known as Casa dos Artistas), Venezuela, Colombia or Mexico. On the 7th December 2005, based on their well known brand, Aldi (both Nord and Süd) in Germany introduced a pay-as-you-go mobile phone company Aldi Talk, piggybacking on the e-plus network. Protagonistas..., a format from the Spanish producer house GloboMedia, developed by its subsidiary in America, Promofilm.

Recently the similar Lidl chain has grown faster than Aldi; its major difference in business practice is that it stocks a few name brands. The Bar, another format from Strix. In Germany Aldi is occasionally jokingly called Feinkost Albrecht (approximate translation: Albrecht Deli). It's the third biggest 'people-living-together' reality show on Earth, only defeated by Star Academy/Operación Triunfo (France/Spain, 2001, Endemol) broadcasted in 50 countries and Big Brother (Holland, 1999, Endemol) emitted or planned to be emitted in 68. stores are the only ones to offer customer toilets. The Farm, created by the Swedish producer house Strix, creators of Survivor. Aldi's U.S. There are three specially important formats around the globe that attach to rules kind of similar with Big Brother:.

and British supermarkets. Indeed, in the second Polish edition, one of the housemates was taken to a psychiatric hospital, and the winner of the first season in Portugal tried to kill himself several times. close around 19:00 weeknights, earlier on Saturday, and most remain closed on Sunday, in contrast to the late or 24-hour opening times of many U.S. One interesting development is that German scientists have discovered that former Big Brother contestants may be at risk from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, a condition sometimes suffered by those who leave the armed forces. and U.K. The amount of sex shown on the televised versions varies from country to country depending on censorship rules, with some countries editing out all sex and nudity, and others allowing the show to border on the pornographic. On the other hand, Aldi stores in the U.S. With the passing of time, it has been demonstrated that the most successful versions were the ones that emulated a soap opera, whereas the versions where the principal attraction was sex have been eliminated, as in Hungary or Poland.

Some (but by no means all) of its German outlets, particularly those in shopping centres, now stay open until the revised legal closing time of 20:00. Some versions have been filled with sex-crazed housemates, whereas others decided to base the conflict within their programs around difficult or romantic personalities, as in Brazil, Mexico, Thailand, Philippines or Spain. Aldi stores often have fairly limited opening hours, such as were restricted by law (until 18:30 weeknights and 14:00 Saturdays) in Germany until these laws were relaxed somewhat in 1996 and 2004. On the other hand, other versions have involved plotting in the vein of the most cruel soap opera. However in other countries, such as Britain, France, and the U.S., Aldi stores are far smaller than those countries' typical supermarkets or hypermarkets, and tend to be free-standing, purpose-built structures. This only happened once, as afterwards, Big Brother modified its rules to prohibit this type of agreement. The company's stores in Germany are similar in size to those of competing supermarkets, and they can often be found in shopping centres or elsewhere where retail units of this size are common. While any pretences to be a cultural experiment are dubious, reports of the different results of the show around the world have been mildly interesting from a pop-anthropology standpoint; i.e., in Spain, the competitors designed an agreement to achieve they all were nominated automatically and annul then their power of decision inside the process of elimination in the contest.

Aldi stores worldwide are approximately the same size. More generally, the voyeuristic nature of the show, where contestants volunteer to surrender their privacy in return for minor celebrity status and a comparatively small cash prize, has attracted much scorn. Aldi does accept MasterCard, Bankcard and Visa in Australia for an additional 1% surcharge. Criticisms typically are based on the ironic aspects of George Orwell's dystopic vision of Nineteen Eighty-Four being consciously aped by producers for public entertainment. Like most German retailers, Aldi does not accept major credit cards. Despite derision from many intellectuals and other critics, the show has been a commercial success around the world. Debit cards are also accepted in the USA. The house is even shown live on satellite television (with a 10-15 minute delay to permit muting of unacceptable content in the UK).

These include the system of metal gates and turnstiles forcing customers to exit through the checkout, the practice of charging for shopping bags, and the fact that Aldi until recently accepted only cash (since 2004, German stores have begun to accept the Maestro debit card). In some countries, the Internet broadcasting was supplemented by updates via email, WAP and SMS. and Britain. These websites were highly successful, even after some national series started charging for access to the video stream. Many Aldi practices are common in German supermarkets but largely unique to Aldi in markets such as the U.S. Although the main show, typically broadcast daily with a weekly roundup, is by necessity heavily edited, viewers can also watch a continuous, 24-hour feed from multiple cameras on the web. Many consider it to be derogatory to shop at Aldi, and as a result a lot of students will not admit to shopping there if they do. The series is notable for involving the Internet.

In the United Kingdom, Aldi (just like it's rival Lidl) is often the centre of jokes regarding the wealth of a person, particularly with the younger generation. The last remaining housemate is declared the winner and receives a substantial sum in prize money, the amount of which has varied widely around the world. Despite this, and the strong price competition between such British retailers on precisely the basic goods Aldi sells, the firm apparently remains profitable. After the votes are tallied, the "evictee" leaves the house and is interviewed on-camera by the host of the show, usually in front of a live studio audience. In countries such as the UK, where the level of service and presentation of mainstream supermarkets is arguably lower than in Aldi's native Germany, Aldi's public reputation does not appear to have improved in the same way. The ones with the most nominations are then named on the television show, and viewers can vote for whom they want to be evicted. This shift in public perception was boosted by a series of cookbooks that only used Aldi ingredients, which led to the emergence of a kind of Aldi fandom into the German mainstream. Each week, the housemates each privately nominate a number of people who they wish to see removed from the house more than the other residents.

Many individual consumers "discovered" that the poor reputation of Aldi's products was apparently undeserved. Of course, their allowance is lessened if they fail to complete the weekly task. After German reunification, many German middle class families had to cut down their spending and Aldi's popularity and public acceptance grew. To obtain a greater allowance, they may gamble some of their initial amount on the success of the completion of tasks. Being held in such low esteem by many did not seem to dent Aldi's profits however. The housemates have a weekly allowance with which they can buy food and other essentials. Loyal German soccer fans, ashamed of their favorite team's performance, were known to wear Aldi bags over their heads as a gag. The tasks are designed to test their team-working abilities and community spirit.

Aldi's customers were alleged to be only poor people who couldn't afford to shop elsewhere. To fill in time, the residents have various chores to maintain the house, and are set apparently random tasks by the producers of the show, who communicate with the housemates through one (unseen) individual issuing commands, termed "Big Brother". In West Germany, before about 1990, Aldi shops were often ridiculed as being cheap shops selling poor-quality goods. in contraposition to other zones, or characteristics, of the house, more common, even precarious. However, in Australia select stores do have hand baskets available. Now almost every country has a modern house for the contest, with jacuzzi, sauna, VIP suite, etc. Aldi generally does not offer hand baskets. This added an element of survival into the show, thus increasing the potential for tensions within the house.

Many, if not most customers, however, ignore this rule, not least because it would force them to join the queue to leave the store even if they hadn't purchased anything. Although essential amenities such as running water, furniture and a limited ration of food were provided, luxury items were forbidden. This is why Aldi stores in Germany insist that customers use a cart; the customer is expected to bag groceries at a separate bench. Initially, the hostel in which they had to reside for the duration of the competition was very basic. Once products have been scanned, they are put directly in the shopping cart, which has a special dock on the counter for this purpose. Besides the same living together, which is the principal axis and major attraction of the contest, this one turns concerning 4 basic props: the stripped-bare back to basics environment in which they live, the evictions system, the weekly tasks set by Big Brother, and the "diary room", in which the housemates individually convey their thoughts, feelings, frustrations and their eviction nominees. An advantage of this was that the cashiers could already type in the prices of all the articles on the conveyer belt even if the customers were blocking the process by not putting the articles quickly enough back into their shopping cart. The last remaining is the winner.

Aldi was, however, a latecomer to barcode scanners, and many stores only added them in 2004; previously, cashier clerks would manually enter a three-digit code for each item from memory (Aldi Nord) or the price (Aldi Süd). At weekly intervals, the public is invited to vote to evict one of the contestants. Cashiers save additional time by preparing the most likely amount of change while the customer is still searching for money in his/her wallet. Private chats with a psychologist are a special exception. Products have very long barcodes covering several sides of the packaging to speed this procedure. Originally shown in the Netherlands in September 1999, and subsequently cloned across the world, the "housemates" are confined inside a specially designed house where every single point in the house is within view of a video camera, and not permitted any contact with the outside world (although some versions, like the ones from Philippines, Mexico, Germany or Spain have introduced in some seasons precise changes, allowing the contact with the outside in certain situations): no TV, radio, telephone, Internet or other media are available to the housemates, not even writing materials. Aldi's checkout procedure is highly standardized, with checkout operators sitting down in swivel chairs, passing products through a two-sided barcode scanner. .

Aldi do not have publicly listed telephones in stores to minimize the time checkouts are unutilised. The show's name comes from George Orwell's 1949 novel Nineteen Eighty-Four, a dystopia in which Big Brother is the all-seeing leader. However, in the USA, Aldi advertises regularly via weekly newspaper inserts and Aldi television commercials have begun airing on the TBS network, and in the UK print and television ads appeared in mid-2005. It has been a prime-time hit in almost 70 different countries, earning Endemol large sums. It claims this is a cost savings that can be passed on to consumers. The show, a kind of 'real life soap', was invented by John de Mol of the Netherlands and developed by his production company, Endemol. Aldi has a policy in Germany of not advertising, apart from a weekly list of special prices called Aldi informiert (Aldi informs) that is distributed in stores, by direct mail, and sometimes printed in local newspapers. Big Brother is a popular reality television format, where, over 15 weeks or so, a number of contestants (typically 12) try to avoid periodic publicly-voted evictions from a communal house and hence win a cash prize.

As a result, Aldi earned a great deal of customer goodwill. Ukraine, Dom. In contrast to other supermarkets, Aldi prominently listed "before and after" prices on posters in stores for months after the introduction, and generally rounded its euro prices down. UK, Back To Reality. Consumers believed that many merchants had used the currency changeover as a cover to increase prices, often substantially; this was later confirmed by independent studies. Turkey, Biri Bizi Gözetliyor. Aldi also profited from the introduction of the euro in Germany and other countries. Spain, La Casa De Tu Vida.

("Top quality at incredibly low prices" is an Aldi marketing slogan.). Spain, El Bus. Aldi has successfully carved its own (actually rather large) niche with this approach: While shoppers may not normally like shopping in a bland or industrial-looking (and possibly congested) store, such utter lack of frills has become part of the accepted norm with Aldi, and consumers appear to be willing to accept it because of the "incredible value" they expect to get in exchange. Slovenia, To Sam Ja. These and other cost-cutting strategies save Aldi money and arguably the general price level in Aldi stores — as compared to more "upmarket" supermarkets — appears to show that at least some or most of these savings are passed on to consumer. Slovakia VyVolení. However, due to the efficient checkout system, a long queue does not necessarily translate into longer waiting times than in other supermarkets. Serbia, To Sam Ja.

Long queues at the checkout counter are also relatively common, reflecting Aldi's minimal staffing levels, as well as the competitive situation in Aldi's native Germany, where long supermarket checkout lines are part of daily life. Russia, Za Steklom. When all items on a pallet have been sold, it is replaced. Russia, Golod. Aldi's "strictly no frills" approach is evident for instance in that typically Aldi stores do not decorate aisles — or even fill shelves for that matter: Pallets of the products on offer are commonly simply parked alongside the aisles, and customers picking up products will gradually empty them. Russia, Dom. Although Aldi emphasizes low prices, reports from a German consumer watchdog suggest that this does not negatively impact the quality of Aldi products. Russia, 12 Negrityat.

American Aldi stores also feature bargain-priced, gourmet foods imported from Germany. FYR Macedonia, Tom Sam Ja. Aldi mainly sells exclusively produced, custom-branded products (often identical to and produced by major brands) with brand names including "Grandessa" and "Fit and Active". Puerto Rico, 360 Estudio. Aldi is the largest wine retailer in Germany. Peru, La Casa De Gisela. In the past some of Aldi's early computer offers, created some kind of hysteria in Germany, with all available items sold in only a few hours. Norway, Singel 24-7.

The specials are only available in strictly limited quantities and for a limited timeframe (one week). Netherlands, De Bus. Although not always available, but regulary put up for sale are clothing, toys, flowers, gifts. Latvia, Barbarossa. Additionally to the standard assortment Aldi also has weekly special offers, some of them on more expensive products such as electronics, appliances or computers, usually from Medion. Latvia, Fabrika. Also it allowed Aldi to avoid the use of price tags even before the introduction of barcode scanners (see below). Israel, The Yacht.

This increases the numbers of sales for each article and also allows Aldi stores to be smaller than supermarkets which cover the same range of products but with more diversity. Israel, Project Y. One reason for Aldi's success is that the number of brands is very limited, you usually don't find more than two different brands for one kind of product and often only one. Ireland, Cabin Fever. Aldi specializes in staple items such as food, beverages, sanitary articles and other inexpensive household items. Indonesia, Penghuni Terakhir.
Aldi Süd operates in. Hungary, Való Világ.

Aldi Nord operates in. France, Nice People. In principle, the two firms share nothing but the name and a similar corporate identity; however, they describe their relationship as a "friendly alliance" and there appear to be agreements between the two insofar that they do not compete directly with each other and (except for Germany) never both operate in the same countries. France, Les Colocataires. The companies have since expanded internationally, into other European, North American, and Australian markets. Czech Republic VyVolení. The chains initially covered the respective different regions of the then-West Germany. Croatia, To Sam Ja.

Thus today, Aldi consists of Aldi Nord (Aldi North) (where tobacco sales were deemed to be acceptable) and Aldi Süd (Aldi South) (where they were not; however Aldi Süd began selling tobacco products in 2003). Bosnia, To Sam Ja. In the year 1961, the then-Aldi chain of supermarket stores split into two sister companies (each belonging to one of the brothers) over a dispute whether to sell cigarettes and other tobacco products at the checkout. Bosnia, 60 Sati. Back then, it comprised only one small food shop. Bolivia, Uno Busca. The company was founded in 1946 by the brothers Karl and Theo Paul Albrecht in Essen, Germany. Austria, Taxi Orange.

. Albania, To Sam Ja. Its spartan stores with low prices on a limited range of goods can now be found in more than a dozen countries. Albania, Syri Magjik. Historically, Aldi is said to have been Germany's first real discount supermarket. Albania, Kafazi i Arte. The company's name stands for Albrecht-Discount, using the founders' last name. Countries: Argentina, Croatia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Georgia, Greece, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovenia, Sweden, Switzerland.

It is actually two separate companies but is commonly referred to as one. Countries: Algeria, Bahrein, Belgium, Chile, Colombia, Comoros Islands, Denmark, Djibouti, Egypt, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iran, Iraq, Ireland, Italy, Jordan, Kuwait, Latvia, Lebanon, Lithuania, Libya, Mauritania, Morocco, Netherlands, Norway, Oman, Palestine, Portugal, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Spain, Sudan, Sweden, Syria, Tunisia, Turkey, UAE, UK, Yemen.. Aldi is an international hard discount supermarket chain based in Germany. Big Brother winner with the highest percentage: 87.2%, Pepe Herrero, GH7 Spain. Kwiksave (UK Only). Most housemates left on the final night: 6, Celebrity BB4 UK. Netto (1200 stores). First non-celebrity winning Big Brother VIP/Celebrity: Chantelle Houghton, Celebrity BB4 UK.

Lidl (5000 stores). First non-celebrity on Big Brother VIP/Celebrity: Chantelle Houghton, Celebrity BB4 UK. USA. 2006

    . United Kingdom. First Big Brother birth: Tanja Slangenberg gave birth to Joscelyn Savanna, BB5 Netherlands. Switzerland. Lowest eviction percentage with positive voting: 1.06%, Martin, BB6 Germany.

    Slovenia (where it operates under the name Hofer). Longest gap between 2 BB seasons: 966 days, BB4 > BB5 Netherlands. Ireland. First Big Brother 7: Spain. Austria (where it operates under the name Hofer). First Big Brother ~ Big Mother season: BB4 Greece. Australia. First Big brother house to have an altar: BB1 Philippines.

    Southern Germany. First Big Brother with twins winning: Greg and David Matthews, BB5 Australia. Spain. Youngest Big Brother winner: Anastacia Yagalova, 19 years old, BB1 Russia. Portugal (coming soon). Shortest Big Brother: 60 days, BB3 Mexico. The Netherlands. First Big Brother village: BB6 Germany.

    Luxembourg. Shortest gap between 2 Big Brother seasons: 0 minutes, BB5 > BB6 Germany. France. Longest time in Big Brother house: Sascha Sirtl and Franziska Lewandrowski, 365 days, BB5 Germany. Denmark. Seasons with most contestants: 59, BB5 Germany & BB6 Germany. Belgium. Longest Big Brother: 365 days, BB5 Germany.

    Northern Germany. 2005

      . First Big Brother 6: Spain. First incorrect eviction: Bree Amer instead of Ryan Fitzgerald, BB4 Australia. First twins competing: Natalie and Adria, BB5 USA.

      First transsexual winner: Nadia Almada, BB5 UK. First Evil Big Brother: BB5 UK. Only contestant to win 2 Big Brothers: Jill Liv Nielsen, BB1 & BB Reality All Stars Denmark. First Big Brother Reality All Stars: Denmark.

      First Big Brother suspended: Big Brother Arabia. First Big Brother with a praying room: Big Brother Arabia. First Big Brother in Asia: Big Brother Arabia. First blood related housemates: Domenico and Ilaria, father and daughter, GF4 Italy.

      2004

        . First contestant to become pregnant in the house: Sissal, BB3 Denmark. First Big Brother 5: Spain. First Big Brother All Stars: Belgium.

        First Big Brother Teen: UK. First winner of Asian descent: Jun Song, BB4 USA. First Big Brother with ex-couple housemates: Alison & Justin, Amanda & Scott, David & Michelle, Erika & Robert, Jee & Jun, BB4 USA. First black winner: Cherise Makubale, BB1 Africa.

        First international version: Big Brother Africa. Oldest Big Brother housemate: Mihalis Apostolides, 63 years old, BB3 Greece. First Big Brother with a couple competing: Pasquale and Victoria, GF3 Italy. 2003

          .

          Natalia 50,06%, Natalia evicted, GH3 Argentina. Least eviction difference: 0.12%, Viviana 49,94% vs. First Big Brother host to spend 24 hours in the house: Martijn Krabbé, BB4 Netherlands. First Big Brother 4: Netherlands.

          First pregnant housemate: Michelle, BB2 South Africa. First Big Brother with Power Of Veto: BB3 USA. First Big Brother double eviction: Alex and Nathan, BB2 Australia. First Big Brother to have BB nominating all housemates: BB2 Australia.

          First housemates swap: GH3 Spain - BB1 Mexico. 2002

            . Highest eviction percentage: Karolina, 95.82%, BB2 Poland. First Big Brother The Battle: Netherlands.

            First Big Brother 100 Days Later: Norway. First Big Brother in Africa: BB1 South Africa. First Big Brother with Head Of House: BB2 USA. Oldest Big Brother winner: Janusz Dzięcioł, 47, BB1 Poland.

            First gay winner: Brian Dowling, BB2 UK. First Big Brother to have more than one winner: Christophe Mercy & Loana Petrucciani, LS1 France. First Loft Story season: LS1 France. First replacement housemate to win Big Brother: Marcelo Corazza, GH1 Argentina.

            First Big Brother in Oceania: BB1 Australia. First Celebrity/VIP winner: Jack Dee, Celebrity BB1 UK. First Big Brother 3: Germany. Most Big Brothers to start in a year: 21.

            2001

              . First evicted housemate voted back into the house: Marion, BB2 Germany. First bisexual winner: Bianca Hagenbeek, BB2 Netherlands. First female winner: Daniela Kanton, BB1 Switzerland.

              First Big Brother 2: Netherlands. First contestant to be removed by BB: Nicholas Bateman, BB1 UK. Season with least contestants: 10, BB1 USA, BB1 Sweden and GF1 Italy. First Big Brother in America: Big Brother USA.

              First Big Brother VIP: Netherlands. 2000

                . First Big Brother winner: Bart Spring in 't Veld, BB1 Netherlands. First replacement housemate: Mona Rooth-de Leeuw, BB1 Netherlands.

                First contestant to voluntarily leave: Tara van den Bergh, BB1 Netherlands. First contestant to be evicted: Martin Jonkman, BB1 Netherlands. First Big Brother: Netherlands. 1999

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                  Country with most days with BB on air: Germany, 1.102 days. Country with most VIP/Celebrity seasons: Mexico, 5 finished seasons. Country with most seasons in total: UK, 11 finished seasons (6 main, 4 Celebrity & 1 Teen). Country with most seasons: Spain, 7 finished seasons.

                  Winners: 62 males and 40 females. General

                    . They also welcome 4 new housemates. The BB1 Norway housemates living again together after 100 days since the contest's ending.

                    Big Brother, 100 Days Later (Norway). Contestants from different reality shows living together at the BB house. Big Brother, Reality All Star (Denmark). Housemates from the different BB Belgium seasons living together.

                    Big Brother, All Star (Belgium). Teenage houseguests not competing, just living together. Teen Big Brother (United Kingdom). Other special versions:

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                      Seven B-celebrity hoteliers and a Big Boss run a hotel, collecting money for charity. In 2006 a new variant appeared in the Netherlands: "Hotel Big Brother". Celebrity Big Brother does not attach the time length of the Big Brother VIP series (it only lasts a few days), which last even for months. Also in different countries, there is a spin-off called Big Brother VIP (Mexico, Hungary, Argentina, Bulgaria -called VIP Brother-, Spain, Denmark and Portugal) / Celebrity Big Brother (UK, South Africa, Netherlands, Philippines, Peru, Belgium and Australia).

                      Scandinavia: Sweden and Norway. Pacific: Chile, Ecuador and Peru. Middle East: United Arab Emirates, Arabia, Bahrein, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Oman, Syria, Somalia and Tunisia. Central America (planned for the end of the year): Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua and Panama.

                      Africa: Angola, Botswana, Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Namibia, Nigeria, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe. All these follow the normal Big Brother rules with the exception that contestants come from different countries in the region where it airs:

                        . There are five special panregional versions of Big Brother. However, this proved to be a failure with the show's audience and the show switched back to the traditional "Big Brother" format in mid-season.

                        The "mamas" would not be able to win the prize but they would stay with their children until their eviction. In Big Mother nine houseguest take place in the game with their mothers, with whom they must coexist during the contest. The fourth Greek season introduced a new element: the mother. The sixth version (currently airing in RTL II) is running in a small artificial town denominated "Das Dorf".

                        The fifth German edition, running for a full year, separated the contestants into three teams (rich, regular, survivor) and equivalent living areas. This was also seen in Australia, Spain, Bulgaria and Mexico. He was establishing punishments and was proposing hard tasks and secret tricks. The fifth UK edition introduced the "Evil" touch, where the Big Brother voice became almost a villain.

                        Italy and Mexico added punishment zones to their houses. Separated houses have also been used in Spain, Australia, Italy, Poland, Denmark, Slovakia, Greece, UK, Scandinavia, Sweden, Norway and Germany. The third Dutch edition introduced the notion of "The Battle", in which the house is separated into a luxurious half and a poor half, with two teams of housemates constantly fighting for time in the luxurious half. It's been adapted in Brazil and since then some countries modified their nominations rules.

                        The US version also introduced the Power of Veto, with a houseguest having power to save a housemate from the nominations. Also, the nominations are done by one houseguest, the HOH (Head of Household). Big Brother USA currently uses different rules than other countries' versions of the show, as it has starting with its second season (the first season followed the traditional format) In the US version, viewers do not vote for eviction; all voting is done by houseguests. Twelve single people stay in the same house until only the winning couple are left.

                        In France and Canada, the format has been developed using couples. [8] Co-produced version with Norway and Sweden taking part. Its name came because all of the participating countries are in the border of the Pacific. [7] Made in Colombia, this is a panregional version with contestants from Chile, Ecuador and Peru.

                        [1]. Discontinued after 10 days because of religious protests. [6] Filmed in Amwaj Island in Bahrain. The 7th season will start in autumn 2006.

                        The season ends in February 2006. The set includes a church, a market place, four houses, etc. "Big Brother: The Village". 200The show is called "Big Brother: Das Dorf", lit.

                        The producers of the show said that when the ratings are too low, the show will be cancelled. This is the first show in television history which has no time limit. Immediately after, Big Brother VI started. The ultimate winner got a prize of 1,000,000 €.

                        [5] In 2004 edition, this was the first version to run for 365 days consecutively. Countries taking part: Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua and Panama. [4] Planned for the end of the year. [3] Versions from Canada and France have two winners, a male and a female.

                        [2] Greg Mathew had to split his prize with his twin, David, because they entered the house as one person, called Logan and they agreed to share it if they won. [1] Panregional version with housemates from Angola, Botswana, Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Namibia, Nigeria, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

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