Evan Quaid of Quaid’s Candles is also Aldi’s youngest ever supplier!
Aldi has announced today the products that will make it onto shelves this Christmas as part of the first ever year that Grow with Aldi has gone festive! Grow with Aldi Festive was launched back in August, and Aldi put the call out to small and medium suppliers across Ireland, to get in touch with them if they’d like to see their products on the shelves over the Christmas period. All products will be in 144 Aldi stores nationwide from Sunday, 15th November while stocks last.
The Grow with Aldi Festive suppliers are:
Grow with Aldi Festive has also seen Aldi sign up its youngest ever supplier in Evan Quaid from Quaid’s Candles in Limerick who is just 16 years old and runs the business with his father John.
Since the Grow with Aldi Supplier Development Programme launched in 2018, over €2.5 million has been invested by Aldi to bring innovative, exciting and tasty Irish products to the shelves of all 144 Aldi stores nationwide.
Commenting, John Curtin, Group Buying Director at Aldi Ireland said:
“From coffee to kombucha, and chilli sauce to candy floss, a wide range of excellent Irish producers have benefited from the Grow with Aldi supplier programme over the past three years. Support for Irish suppliers is more important than ever and our long-term commitment to the Irish market at Aldi has never been clearer. We would like to congratulate the suppliers of the very first Grow with Aldi Festive – they represent the very best of Ireland’s food industry and we are looking forward to seeing these products on shelves over the Christmas period. With all that has happened worldwide over the past few months, there couldn’t be a better time to be buying more Irish.”
Tara McCarthy, Bord Bia CEO, said:
“Congratulations to all of the suppliers who are part of the first Grow With Aldi Festive programme. While 2020 has been a challenging year for the food and drink industry, the range of products that are now available in Aldi stores is testament to the creativity and resilience of the sector. Retail programmes like Grow with Aldi provide vital support to small and medium businesses as they develop the skills and capabilities they need during this difficult climate and as consumers look to support local this Christmas, it’s fantastic to see these products come on shelves.”
Developed in partnership with Bord Bia, Grow with Aldi supports small and medium sized Irish suppliers to gain exposure and experience with a major retailer in Ireland. Suppliers receive tailored mentoring, workshops from the Aldi Buying Team and Bord Bia technical experts, teaching them the skills to help grow and develop their product, brand and business.
Now more than ever is the time to be supporting small Irish businesses and the Grow with Aldi Festive products are perfect to enjoy at home or send to a loved one this Christmas.
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