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ALDI SPENT €62M WITH CORK FOOD AND DRINK PRODUCERS IN 2021.

Aldi outlines its continued positive impact on Cork’s economy

Aldi Ireland today announced details of its continued significant contribution to Cork’s economy and the impact of its charity partnerships across the county. 

In 2021, Aldi sourced €62 million of locally produced food and drink from Cork based suppliers.  Aldi partners with 31 Cork producers including long-term relationships with Irish Yoghurts and Boulta Agri. Last year Aldi began working with four new Cork suppliers for the first time, including Alpha Maze and Dosco Unlimited Co.

Operating 24 stores in Cork and a regional distribution centre, Aldi employs over 1000 full time staff, spending almost €30M on wages annually. Aldi opened a new store in Douglas last year and also revamped its Ballincollig store, creating a combined total of 31 new jobs locally. All available job opportunities can be found on the Aldi Recruitment website.

Aldi’s stores support multiple charities across Cork at a local level.Each store is part of Aldi’s food waste reduction programme, with Aldi’s Cork stores having donated over 289,000 meals through FoodCloud to local charities. Each store is also part of Aldi’s Community Grants network, with Cork Simon Community, CUH Children’s Hospital Appeal and Marymount Hospital & Hospice some of the many local charities that availed of the €500 bursary grant in 2021. Aldi also donated €1,000 worth of vouchers to University College Cork Students’ Union food bank in response to its national appeal, as well as rolling out food donation points across Cork stores so that the local community could get involved with helping those facing food insecurity.

In addition to donating to local charities, Aldi also supports local communities through its tree planting initiative, with a commitment to planting 1M native Irish woodland trees across Ireland by 2025. As part of this commitment, Aldi has planted over 147,000 trees in Co. Cork to date.

Commenting Niall O’Connor, Group Managing Director, Aldi Ireland said: “Our goal is to make a positive impact in every local community that our stores serve. Our operations and stores contribute to businesses, communities and families right across Cork.” 

“We have invested €226 million in Cork since opening our first store in Ballincollig, and we sourced more than €62 million of locally produced food and drink from Cork based suppliers last year. Multiple local charities have also availed of our support through our FoodCloud partnership and Community Grants initiative.”

For more information, please contact the following:

ALDI Press Office: 01 637 1777 or aldi@finnpartners.com

Corporate Responsibility or Community Grant Queries: CR.Ireland@aldi.ie

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