BATAVIA, Ill. — Discount retailer Aldi updated its new product expansion and store growth plan on Aug. 9 saying it will emphasize “fresh, organic and easy-to-prepare options.”

The company highlighted more ready-to-cook and organic fresh meats to make meal preparation more manageable, including organic chicken breasts and marinated cilantro lime chicken breasts.

"The continued success of our store expansion and remodel initiatives has given us the opportunity to carefully select and introduce new products that satisfy our customers' increasing preferences for fresh items, including organic meats, salad bowls, sliced fruits and gourmet cheeses," said Jason Hart, CEO of Aldi US. "We know people lead busy lives, so we're making it even easier for them to purchase everything on their shopping list at Aldi, while still saving money."

Aldi also reiterated its plan to invest $5 billion in capital to expand to 2,500 stores nationwide by the end of 2022. Aldi currently operates more than 1,800 US stores and is in the midst of a $1.9 billion remodel of 1,300 stores by 2020.

The latest store layout features additional refrigeration space to accommodate even more fresh, healthy and convenient products.

Other food selections at Aldi locations will include an expanded produce section with veggie noodles, ready-to-eat sliced fruits, such as mango, pineapple and watermelon spears among others. More vegan and vegetarian options are part of the plan as well including meatless hot dogs and sausages.