BATAVIA, Ill. -- The efficiency for which German engineering is renown is evident in the food-retailing model of Aldi, the global limited-assortment chain that makes its U.S. headquarters here. Essen, Germany-based Aldi Group, which is the largest food retailer in that country, has carved a niche for itself as one of the lowest-price food retailers in the United States. Its 600 U.S. stores feature a bare-bones offering of about 700 stockkeeping units, most of which are custom brands stacked ...

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