This Is America's Most Popular Grocery Store Right Now

It’s not the chain you think!

When it comes to shopping for groceries, most Americans have their go-to chains. Trader Joe’s, for example, is widely beloved for its interesting offerings and reasonable prices, while a company like Whole Foods Market is lauded for carrying items that are free of harmful additives, such as artificial colors, flavors, and preservatives. Still, despite the popularity of each of those grocery store chains, none of them are (currently) America’s most popular grocery store.

According to new data from YouGov—a market research and data analytics firm—America’s favorite grocery store of the moment is Aldi, which is actually a German chain that has nearly 2,300 locations across the United States. Per the intel, Aldi scored a 65 percent popularity rating in YouGov’s latest grocery survey, which spanned the final three months of 2022. Popularity, as defined by YouGov, is the “percent of people who have a positive opinion of a grocery store.”


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While Aldi easily took the top spot, it was followed closely by Trader Joe’s (with a 63 percent popularity rating) and Kroger (with a 61 percent popularity rating.) Rounding out the top five are 7-Eleven and Whole Foods, which scored a 60 percent popularity rating and 57 percent popularity rating, respectively. Other grocery chains, including Safeway and Winn-Dixie, each made an appearance in the top 10.

As evidenced by the data, however, responses varied greatly by generation. Keep reading to find out more about America’s favorite grocery stores!

Aldi isn’t everyone's top choice

While Aldi still held the top spot among Millennials—defined by YouGov as those born between 1982 and 1999—the brand is less popular with both Generation X (those born between 1965 and 1981) and Baby Boomers (those born between 1946 and 1964.) In fact, both Gen X and Baby Boomers ranked Trader Joe’s and Kroger in the top two spots, and relegated Aldi to third place.

Millennials prefer Whole Foods to Trader Joe’s

Shockingly, Trader Joe’s came in third place among Millennials—behind leader Aldi and second banana Whole Foods. While Aldi had a 70 percent popularity rating with Millennials and Whole Foods earned a 66, Trader Joe’s only earned a 64—just one point above 7-Eleven and Kroger.

But Trader Joe’s fares better with men

In addition to breaking down the data by generation, YouGov also examined the data by gender. Women placed Aldi in the No. 1 spot with a 67 percent popularity rating, but relegated perennial favorite Trader Joe’s to second place with a 63 percent popularity rating. On the other hand, men put Trader Joe’s in first with a 64 percent popularity rating, and Aldi in the second spot with a 63 percent popularity rating.

Amazon Fresh is more popular with younger consumers

There’s no denying the convenience of Amazon Fresh, which allows customers to order groceries online and have them delivered directly to their homes at a scheduled time. However, not everyone is impressed. While Amazon Fresh ranked ninth for Gen X and 10th for Millennials, the brand came in 17th for Baby Boomers, earning a meager 33 percent popularity rating.

Everyone (sort of) loves 7-Eleven

While the generational breakdowns of America’s favorite grocery store look pretty different from one another, 7-Eleven came in fourth place for Millennials, Gen X, and Baby Boomers. While Boomers gave the convenience store chain a 57 percent popularity rating, it earned a 59 and 63 percent popularity rating among Gen X and Millennials, respectively, proving it’s most popular with younger consumers.

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