Aldi outlines its continued positive impact on Kildare’s economy
Aldi Ireland today announced details of its continued significant contribution to Kildare’s economy and the impact of its charity partnerships across the county.
In 2021, Aldi sourced over €25M of locally produced food and drink from Kildare based suppliers. Aldi partners with fifteen Kildare producers including long-term relationships with Coghlan’s Bakery and Kildare Brewing Co. Last year Aldi began working with three new Kildare suppliers for the first time, including AP Fine Foods.
Aldi employs over 700 full time staff across its nine Kildare stores as well as its Naas regional distribution centre and corporate office, spending over €34M on wages annually. Aldi recently opened a new store in Newbridge as well as its new head office facility in Birch House, Millennium Park as part of its Irish expansion and investment drive. All available job opportunities can be found on the Aldi Recruitment website.
Aldi’s stores support multiple charities across Kildare at a local level.Each store is part of Aldi’s food waste reduction programme, with Aldi’s Kildare stores having donated over 56,000 meals through FoodCloud to local charities. Each store is also part of Aldi’s Community Grants network, with Irish Motor Neurone Disease Association and St. Raphael Special School some of the many local charities and community groups that received the €500 bursary grant in 2021. Aldi also supported local charity Homeless Care CLG through a donation of €30,000 to help open the charity’s accommodation facility at Jigginstown which provides accommodation for young homeless adults aged between 18 and 25.
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 planted over 9,300 trees in Co. Kildare in 2021.
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 Kildare.” “We have invested over €71M in our Kildare stores over the last number of years, while we sourced more than €25M of locally produced food and drink from Kildare based suppliers last year. Multiple local charities have also availed of our support through our FoodCloud partnership and Community Grants initiative.”
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