Nearly three dozen food and drink producers have won new supply contracts with Aldi, through the supermarket’s Grow with Aldi supplier development programme.
35 Irish producers will now supply Irish-made products into Aldi’s 137 stores nationwide. 68 products will go on sale on 6th June as part of an Aldi Specialbuys event.
Products set to go on sale in Aldi include cereals, drinks, spices, preserves, baking goods, sauces, dairy goods, cake, fresh fish, ready meals and alcohol.
The new contracts compliments Aldi’s existing Irish suppliers portfolio. The supermarket already works with 175 Irish suppliers and will sell over €700m worth of Irish goods this year.
Developed in partnership with Bord Bia, Grow with Aldi has been designed to help small to medium Irish food and drink businesses secure a retail listing with a national retailer. Participants receive tailored mentoring and access to bespoke workshops with Aldi buyers and Bord Bia technical experts. Aldi is investing €500,000 in the programme in 2019.
Five of the successful products will now be given the chance to become core line Aldi listed products, winning a contract to be sold in Aldi’s Irish stores year-round. In 2018, Ballyhoura Apple Farm (Pure Raw Apple Cider Vinegar), Gran Grans (Lemon Marmalade), Rebel Chilli (Red Rebel Chilli sauce), Velo Coffee (Whole Bean & Ground Coffee) and Lullaby Milk (Lullaby Milk) all won a core listing in Aldi’s nationwide network.
Applicants attended a special Aldi Immersion Day with Bord Bia to pitch their products and meet existing Aldi suppliers. Product sampling followed, and after consideration judges selected the 68 products to take part in the Aldi Specialbuys event.
Commenting, John Curtin, Aldi Ireland Group Buying Director, said: “Now in its second year, Grow with Aldi delivers for everyone involved. Small and medium sized producers get the chance to have their product sold nationally, shoppers get to enjoy the best Irish-made products being created and Aldi gets to work with even more Irish food and drink producers.”
“We are committed to sourcing locally to make sure our customers can shop for the most exciting and highest quality new Irish products at our stores.”