Aldi Ireland: supporting local suppliers

Lucy Ingram
Retail Analyst
@RetailAnalysis

Date : 23 January 2020

Aldi Ireland has announced it will be running its 'Grow with Aldi' supplier development programme for the third year in a row, in 2020. So far the retailer has invested €1.5m in this initiative over three years, in association with Bord Bia. We look at what this means for Irish suppliers in more detail.

Source: Aldi Ireland

What?

The 'Grow with Aldi' programme is a competition for Irish suppliers, with the winners becoming part of Aldi's core range listing in all 140 Irish stores.

How?

Aldi will choose 60 products to be entered into the Specialbuys event in May 2020 and decide on a final five that will become part of its core listing.

Those involved will receive support from the Aldi buying team with mentoring and bespoke workshops.

Why?

The programme was designed to help small and medium producers gain experience and exposure for their products.

Over the last two years the programme has delivered over €2m in sales for the suppliers involved. It creates new links for the retailer, helping it deliver more local products. 

John Curtain, Aldi Ireland's buying director told ShelfLife Ireland;

"The quality of food and drink produced in Ireland is outstanding."

Other news for Aldi Ireland

The retailer has announced it will be opening its 24th store in Cork in Q1 2020. This is part of its €160m Irish store network investment programme. The new Project Fresh store will be powered by 100% green energy.

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