After receiving applications from nearly 200 suppliers across food, drinks and non-food products, Aldi has selected the group of entrepreneurs for this year’s Grow with Aldi finals.

A total of 24 suppliers, from across the island of Ireland, will see their products go on sale in 150 Aldi stores nationwide for a two-week period starting on May 19th.

Undertaken in partnership with Bord Bia, Grow with Aldi is now in its fifth year. First launched in 2018, the scheme has seen Aldi invest more than €5.5m in supporting over 200 producers and gives producers access to consumers, ensuring they can grow and thrive.

This years’ Grow with Aldi finalists span 16 counties, and products include Fairtrade Kombucha, non-alcoholic cocktails, Sweet Potato Pizza, and Hot Sauce.

Successful applicants were reviewed and selected based on their passion for their craft, the quality of their produce, and their entrepreneurial spirit.

Speaking about the programme, John Curtin, Aldi Ireland Group Buying Director, said: “Aldi is delighted to announce this year’s Grow with Aldi finalists. We were impressed by the quality of applications we received this year and compiling a shortlist was a near-impossible task. Championing small businesses is of the utmost importance to Aldi and Grow with Aldi illustrates our continued commitment to investing in the best of Irish products. We take pride in the mentorship programme and look forward to launching these new Irish products in stores.”

Following this initial promotion up to six winners will be chosen and offered further opportunities with Aldi. This will include mentoring and development through a number of workshops such as Buying Process, Supply Chain Management and Social Media Marketing, followed by a number of individual mentoring sessions with the Aldi Buying team, the Aldi Marketing team and Bord Bia technical experts.

For more information on the Grow with Aldi programme, visit https://www.aldi.ie/grow.

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