20 jobs created at Aldi’s new Athy store

Aldi Athy store manager Iwona Szawarejko and Anna May McHugh, managing director of the National Ploughing Association

New Athy store opened by managing director of the National Ploughing Association, Anna May McHugh

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10 March 2016 | 0

Anna May McHugh, managing director of the National Ploughing Association, today cut the ribbon to officially open Aldi’s new Athy store. where  20 new jobs have been created.

The new store brings the total number of Aldi branches in Ireland to 123, with the first Aldi opening in Ireland in November 1999. Iwona Szawarejko has been appointed as the manager of the new Athy store.

McHugh, who lives locally, described Aldi as a “loyal supporter of the National Ploughing Championship with its exhibition being one of the standout features of the Championship year after year”. She also said the opening was a “great boost to the local community”.

Earlier this week, some members of the Irish Farmers Association (IFA) protested against the discounters Lidl and Aldi, claiming that cut-price vegetables were threatening the livelihoods of local growers. However Aldi emphasised in a press statement that it is “a huge supporter of Irish food”. The retailer said: “Aldi has forged relationships with 70 new Irish suppliers over the last five years.  It currently works with more than 175 Irish suppliers, helping to maintain over 34,000 jobs across the Irish food industry.  Over 50% of Aldi’s supplier spend is spent with Irish suppliers, producers and manufacturers.”

Suppliers specifically from Co. Kildare include Irish Dog Foods Ltd., which supplies Aldi with a range of dog and cat food, JZ Flowers International Ltd., which supplies all of Aldi’s fresh cut flowers, Taravale Foods Ltd., which supplies Aldi with award-winning pesto and Coghlan’s Bakery, which supplies Aldi with pastries and breads.

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