Aldi announced it will sell €27 million worth of Irish grown potatoes this year, with New Season Irish Potatoes arriving across 144 Aldi stores since Thursday 7th May. Aldi will be the first retailer to the market with the New Season Potatoes.
O’Shea’s Farms based in Piltown, Co. Kilkenny, together with North County Dublin, based PKS Farms will be supplying the potatoes to Aldi’s stores, with Premier, Home Guard and Queens due on shelf from this Thursday and New Season Roosters to follow in August.
O’Sheas have been working with Aldi since 1999 and PKS Farms since January 2017. Thanks to innovative glasshouse growing and harvesting techniques, O’Shea’s Farm and PKS Farms will deliver the New Season Irish Potatoes to Aldi’s stores on schedule.
Ross Keogh, Director of PKS Farms, commented: “We are delighted to be working with Aldi to bring New Season Irish potatoes to Aldi customers via their 142 stores across Ireland. Without the glasshouse growing and harvesting technique, it would be impossible to bring a crop of Irish potatoes to market this early in the season. The glasshouse crop does not suffer the same fate weather wise as outdoor crops do, because it is a controlled environment in many ways. “
Commenting, John Curtin, Aldi’s Group Buying Director, said: “We are delighted to work with two fantastic Irish suppliers O’Sheas Farms and PKS Farms to supply all our stores with premium New Season Irish Potatoes. We would like to thank both suppliers for all of the preparatory work in recent weeks, and we are thrilled to be first to the market with this product in 2020 and we know that given the choice, Irish shoppers will always buy Irish, so thanks to both suppliers for producing the potatoes on schedule for our shelves.”
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