40% Irish Aldi announces expansion plans

9 December 2008 | 0

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Last month German discounter Aldi announced that it plans to open 35 new stores in Ireland, 14 of which it will open next near. On its 62nd store in this country so far, the company is reportedly on track to increase its sales this year by 20% to E500 million compared with 2007.

Also in its announcement last month, the discounter stated that it is happy to stock a very high proportion of Irish goods in present and future stores. With a target of 180 store openings in Ireland in the next 10 years, Aldi claims that 40% of its offering is sourced in the country. Speaking to ShelfLife, a company spokesperson said: “Approximately 40% of Aldi’s sales are from Irish suppliers and producers, and Aldi has a dedicated Irish buying department of 15 professionals working on these relationships. Aldi expects to increase its Irish sourced range even further in coming years and works closely with Bord Bia to achieve this goal.”

Aldi says that it currently works with almost 70 “well-known Irish suppliers”, including meat processors AIBP, from which it sources its fresh beef, pork and lamb that is “sourced and traceable back to Irish farms,” and Mayo-based Western Brand Group, where it sources its fresh poultry; also “fully traceable to Irish farms”.

Other suppliers include Odlums, Irish Yoghurts in Cork, and “Bord Bia scheme Irish farms” which supply all of Aldi’s eggs in Ireland.

 

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