Aldi receives prestigious accolade at the National Grocery Retail Awards
Aldi Ireland has been awarded Ireland’s Best Supporter of Local Suppliers at the prestigious National Grocery Retail Awards in recognition of its ongoing commitment to supporting local Irish food and drink producers.
Aldi received the award today at the inaugural National Grocery Retail Awards, hosted by Checkout. The awards showcase the best-in-class in Irish retail and honour the companies and suppliers that help Ireland’s leading stores achieve levels of service and product excellence that set them apart from competitors.
Aldi is dedicated to growing its Irish supply base and increasing the number of Irish products available in its stores, and currently works with over 330 Irish suppliers. Aldi will spend over €1 billion with Irish producers this year, an increase of almost 20% on 2020, including €250 million on Irish food and drink during the busy Christmas trading period. As part of Aldi’s commitment to Irish suppliers, over 50% of all products are sourced in Ireland from Bord Bia approved farms.
Aldi has invested more than €3,000,000 in its Grow with Aldi supplier development programme since 2018, which offers up-and-coming artisan Irish food and drink producers the chance to have their products listed in Aldi’s 149 stores. Almost 800 producers and suppliers have entered the Grow with Aldi programme to date, with this year’s entrants asked to highlight their work around sustainable food and products.
Aldi and its Irish food producers won 35 accolades at this year’s Blas na hÉireann Awards. As well as this, Aldi scooped 58 awards at the Great Taste Awards 2021, including two stars for its Specially Selected Cashel Blue Cheese, its Specially Selected New York Style Pastrami, Specially Selected Irish Goose and its Butchers Selection Irish Fillet Steak.
Celebrating the award win, Aldi Group Buying Director, John Curtin said: “It’s a great honour to be awarded the title of Ireland’s Best Supporter of Local Suppliers. Supporting our Irish suppliers is key for us, and we ensure that we source Irish produce as much as possible, meaning our customers can enjoy quality, Irish produce at the very best prices. We take great pride in the strong relationships we’ve built with our local suppliers and look forward to working with even more Irish food and drink producers in the years ahead.”
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