Grow with Aldi programme sees 38 new Irish product in stores

Sadie's Kitchen won the award for Irish Producer of the Year at the Food Awards 2018
Sadie's Kitchen won the award for Irish Producer of the Year at the Food Awards 2018

Aldi has announced that it will add over 70 new Irish products, produced by 38 of Ireland’s most innovative food and drinks suppliers, to it 132 stores nationwide. The new additions are part of the Aldi Specialbuys Irish Food promotion, which kicks off on Thursday 23 August.

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10 August 2018 | 0

38 producers, working across a diverse range of categories, including everything from spices, sauces and snacks, to craft beers, artisan tea and coffee and even beauty products, have successfully won a place on the Grow with Aldi supplier development programme. As a result, more than 70 new Irish-made products will be introduced to Aldi stores nationwide from Thursday, 23 August.

Developed in partnership with Bord Bia, Grow with Aldi has been designed to help small and 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, teaching them the skills to help grow and develop their products and business. Aldi has invested €500,000 in the programme.

Further fown the line, five of the chosen products will be given the opportunity to become core Aldi listed products, including a contract to be sold in Aldi stores year-round.

A total of 230 suppliers applied to take part in the programme, entering over 600 products. Of the 71 products supplied by 38 suppliers, eight have recently won awards at the Great Taste Awards 2018. These include products made by Skeaghanore Duck, Rockfield Dairy, Putóg Teoranta – DeRóiste Foods, Macroom Buffalo Cheese, Athula Fusion Food, and Sadie’s Kitchen.

Giles Hurley, CEO Aldi UK and Ireland said the company experienced a fantastci response to the programme. “As expected, the standard of entry was exceptionally high,” he said, “and our judging team of expert buyers had an extremely difficult job witling down the entries.”

“71 exceptional products have made it through to the final selection,” he said, “representing the very best that Ireland’s vibrant food industry has to offer.”

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