Aldi update: Ireland expansion and action on plastics

Date : 21 March 2019

We look at the latest news from discount retailer Aldi about future expansion in Ireland and Scotland. We also look at its latest initiatives forming part of its aim to reduce plastic usage.

Expansion in Ireland and Scotland

Aldi has announced plans to open 50 more stores in Ireland in the coming years. The new stores will all be in Southern Ireland. An exact time frame for these openings has not yet been announced. In 2018 the discount retailer opened seven new stores, and refitted four.

The retailer's market share is continuing to grow in Ireland. It was 11.2% in the 12 weeks ending 24 February 2019, growing from 10.9% in the 12 weeks ending 27 January 2019, according to Kantar Worldpanel. The discounters were the best performing retailers over the Christmas period. We explore this further in our discounter update: Ireland article.

Aldi has also said it will be opening five stores in Scotland by the end of 2019.

Plastic-free in Scotland

Aldi is currently trialling going plastic-free on five fruit and vegetable lines in Scotland. The trial will last for six weeks. The retailer estimates it will save half a ton of plastic in this short period of time. It is part of Aldi's aim to be using recyclable, reusable or compostable packing across all its private label products by 2022.

If the trial is successful it will most likely be rolled out across the UK.


Aldi will be removing plastic glitter from 100% of its private label products by 2021. This will start with its 2019 Halloween range and will cover all products such as greetings cards, wrapping paper, decorations and art and craft supplies.

Retailers are continuing to reduce their plastic usage. Waitrose also committed to being plastic glitter free by Christmas 2020. Read more about how other retailers such as Iceland, M&S, Morrison's and more are taking action on plastics.

New banner Aldi 'Local'

Aldi has launched a new banner called Aldi Local in Balham, London. The store is around half the size of a normal Aldi, and carries a reduced range. It was been designed to offer a more convenient shopping experience in the city environment. Read more about this and discounter format evolution here.

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