Aldi unveils Grow with Aldi finalists for 2022

Grow With Aldi 2022 finalists

24 new Irish suppliers will have products hit shelves later this month

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

A total of 24 home-grown 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 19 May, enabling customers to sample the finest of Irish artisan produce and show their support for Irish businesses.

Undertaken in partnership with Bord Bia, Grow with Aldi is now in its fifth year and puts adventure into Irish ventures through mentorship and retail support to nurture small to medium-sized Irish businesses and set them up for success. First launched in 2018, the scheme has seen Aldi invest more than €5.5 million in supporting over 200 producers and gives Irish producers unrivalled access to Irish consumers, ensuring they can grow and thrive in the Irish market.

This years’ Grow with Aldi finalists span 16 counties, from Cork to Down, Dublin to Galway, and products include a variety of mouth-watering products. From Fairtrade Kombucha and non-alcoholic cocktails to Sweet Potato Pizza and Hot Sauce, the range of finalists has something for everyone!  Successful applicants were reviewed and selected based on their passion for their craft, the quality of their produce, and their entrepreneurial spirit. Adventurous, brave and unafraid to take risks, they represent the best of Irish and epitomise what it means to truly inject adventure into your venture.

The Grow with Aldi 2022 finalists are:

All Real Nutrition Niall Harty High Protein Peanut Butter Kerry
Awe-some Creations Ltd Felicia Awe Non-Alcoholic Cocktails Meath
McBride’s Bees Trevor McBride Irish Honey Monaghan
Causeway Coffee Limited Graham Watts Coffee Beans Antrim
Richie’s Recipes Richard Brady BBQ Sauce Wicklow
Cathy’s Spelt For Health Yvonne & Cathy Wholemeal Spelt Bread Mix Kilkenny
True East Gursharan Singh Butter Ghee Meath
White Rabbit BBQ Stephen Vaughan Cold Smoked Creamery Butter Cork
La Dolce Vita NI Giuseppe Fallone LDV Chilli Sauce Down
Wild Fuschia Bakehouse Sian McCann Bread Baking Mixes Donegal
Niks Tea Limited Nicola Kearns Specialty Teas in a bag Dublin
Hurst Botanicals Ellen Quinn Fairtrade Kombucha Clare
Crawford’s Rock Seaweed Company Michelle Wilson Whiskey & Chili Seaweed Salts Down
Ellies Kitchen Home Edition Ellie Kisyombe Hot Sauces Dublin
Builín Blasta Café & Bakery (Builín Blasta Teo) Heather Flaherty Smoked Onion Mayo Galway
Sweet Potato Pizza Co Craig Grattan Sweet Potato Pizzas Dublin
Perma Pork Limited Colin Marry Sustainable Apple Pork Sausage Meath
Hanley’s Puddings Anthony Considine Roulades Cork
Gilligan’s Farm Alan & Padraig Gillegan 50z Rib Eye Burger Roscommon
Noisy Snacks Noel Allen Snackable Nut Mixes NI
Cully’s Jennifer Cully Iced Cherry Log Cavan
Karri Kitchen Chris McAloran High Protein Chicken Meals Armagh
Cashel Fine Foods / The Butchers Daughter Una O Dwyer Bake at Home Puff Pastry Sausage Rolls Tipperary
The Sibly Food Co Matthew Collins Energy Balls Cork

“Aldi is delighted to announce this year’s Grow with Aldi finalists,” said John Curtin, Aldi Ireland group buying director. “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, from 19 May for two weeks, 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 nuying team, the Aldi marketing team and Bord Bia technical experts.

Commenting on the programme Gillian Willis, Bord Bia said: “The Grow with Aldi programme plays an important role in showcasing the distinctive, innovative and delicious products Irish suppliers are working hard to create. The programme also supports participants as they develop essential business skills and capabilities through workshops and tailored mentoring which is key to building a thriving indigenous food, drink and horticulture sector for the years ahead. Congratulations to the suppliers that have made it this far.”

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

 

 

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