Aldi is seeking to add five Irish food and drink suppliers to its permanent store selection as part of its Specialbuys Irish Food promotion starting 23 August.
At present, Aldi works with 175 Irish suppliers and now 38 producers have a chance to join that number. The 38 producers recently won a place on the Grow with Aldi supplier development programme and will be sold in all Aldi shops in Ireland during the promotion.
The five most-successful products will have the opportunity to be sold year-round. Half a million euro has been invested in the programme which is designed to help small and medium Irish food and drink businesses secure a retail listing.
Of the 71 products to be supplied by the 38 businesses, eight have won awards at the Great Taste Awards 2018. These include Skeaghanore Duck, Rockfield Dairy, Putóg Teoranta – DeRóiste Foods, Macroom Buffalo Cheese, Athula Fusion Food and Sadie’s Kitchen.
Commenting on the supplier programme, CEO Aldi UK and Ireland Giles Hurley said: “Seventy-one exceptional products have made it through to the final selection to take part in our Specialbuys Irish Food promotion. The selected products represent the very best that Ireland’s vibrant food industry has to offer.
"We know that for a lot of food and drinks businesses, securing a listing with a major retailer can be the source of a lot of pressure for their teams. This development programme makes it easier for companies to get their products on our shelves and to give our customers access to the most exciting and highest-quality new products from across Ireland.”