Tipperary meat producer wins major Aldi Germany contract
Irish meat producer M&M Walshe, trading as Ribworld, has won a contract to supply Aldi South stores in Germany, spanning some 1,920 stores.
17 December 2019
M&M Walshe, trading as Ribworld, is set to supply Aldi South stores in Germany, spanning some 1,920 stores, with Aldi having already opened up new markets for the supplier in the UK.
Expected to be worth over €800k, the new contract will see the introduction of a range of slow cooked meat products produced in Ireland sold to new Aldi South customers across Germany. Speaking at the announcement of the contract was Aldi group buying director John Curtin, who celebrated the long history between the retailer and supplier.
“We have worked with Ribworld owners since Aldi first entered the Irish market, 20 years ago,” Curtin said. “We currently have 16 Ribworld Irish products in our core range including our Blás na hÉireann 2019 Bronze award-winning Salt & Chilli Pork Ribs. Over the last 20 years we have built up strong, fruitful relationships with over 200 Irish suppliers, and in many cases, such as this announcement today with Ribworld, we have been able to open new markets to Irish suppliers so that their exceptional quality can be found on dinner tables internationally.”
Paul Walshe, group commercial director at Ribworld, took the opportunity to thank Aldi Ireland for the new opportunities their partnership has opened up for them.
“Aldi Ireland has been a longstanding partner of ours and has forged a path for us into the UK and now into Germany,” he said. “We are grateful for their continuing support and look forward to our working with them into the future.”
2019 was a strong year for Aldi’s suppliers, with four of its own-brand products winning the most coveted ‘three gold stars’ award at the Great Taste Awards – more than any other supermarket in Ireland. Aldi also won 30 Blás na hÉireann Awards and 40 Irish Quality Food Awards in 2019.