ALDI will spend €1.1bn with Irish firms this year. Contract winners are Lakeland Dairies, Clandeboye Estate Yoghurts, Donnelly Fresh Produce and Velo Coffee Roasters.
Grocery giant ALDI has agreed four major new deals with Irish-based suppliers worth more than €26m.
The four suppliers, some of whom have been supplying ALDI for more than 20 years, produce fruit and vegetables, dairy products and coffee, and some of the contracts will see ALDI open up new international markets for their producers.
“We are committed to supporting our Irish producers, meaning our customers can enjoy the very best products Ireland has to offer, and our suppliers can reach new markets with their produce”
The contract winners are Lakeland Dairies, Clandeboye Estate Yoghurts, Donnelly Fresh Produce and Velo Coffee Roasters.
Finest quality Irish produce
The new and extended contracts continue ALDI’s long-standing commitment to its Irish supplier network, which is now more than 330 strong, with whom ALDI will spend in excess of €1.1bn this year, bringing the finest quality Irish produce to its 160-store network across Ireland.
The new contracts were announced at the National Ploughing Championships today (21 September), at which ALDI is showcasing the produce supplied to its 160-stores by its nationwide network of suppliers.
“At ALDI, we are committed to supporting our Irish producers, meaning our customers can enjoy the very best products Ireland has to offer, and our suppliers can reach new markets with their produce,” said ALDI’s managing director of Buying and Services Colin Breslin.
“We have long-standing relationships with many of our suppliers, and these new deals we are announcing today with four of our valued suppliers, is testament to the partnerships we look to build. The scale of this investment, worth more than €26m, shows how much we value our supplier partners – how we want to help them sustain and grow their businesses, how we’ve stood shoulder to shoulder with them throughout what have been a few challenging years, and how we want to help them create new jobs across the country, and unlock new markets for their produce.
“We look forward to working with each of these suppliers, and these rest of our 330-strong supplier network, for many years to come.”
The deals were welcomed by Minister for Agriculture Charlie McConalogue, TD.
“I am pleased to be here at ALDI today and to hear of their support for Irish producers. Providing producers with a route to market such as this is of key importance to help them grow their businesses, create employment, and support economic activity across Ireland.
“I welcome ALDI’s continued commitment to Irish suppliers and their support to producers around the country. This €26m announcement is an indication of the scale of ALDI’s commitment, to support their suppliers, to develop their businesses and bring top quality Irish produce to households in Ireland and internationally.”
The contract winners
The County Cavan-headquartered supplier has signed a new deal worth €15.3 million per year with ALDI. The new contract will see Lakeland Dairies’ footprint grow as it continues to supply milk and dairy products, including Clonbawn fresh and light milk, to ALDI stores nationwide.
Clandeboye has been working with ALDI for more than ten years. This new two-year deal worth €9.9m (£8.6m) will see the Bangor-based supplier continue to supply ALDI Ireland with granola and Greek style craft yoghurts, as well as supplying ALDI UK stores for the first time. The international expansion should allow the supplier to grow its sales volumes by more than 450% and expand its 20-strong workforce.
Having supplied ALDI for more than two decades, the latest deal will see the family-run producers continue to supply cauliflowers to ALDI for the next two years and is worth more than €1m to donnelly fresh produce. The North County Dublin company also supplies ALDI with various vegetables, citrus, salads, berries and fruit.
A former Grow with ALDI winner, Velo Coffee Roasters have signed a new contract with ALDI, which will see them introduce a new El Salvador blend product to Irish shelves. The new EL Salvador blend is a winner of the Blas Taste Awards.