County Cork suppliers in ‘Grow with Aldi Supplier Programme’ gearing up for Christmas

28 August 2020
By Tom Collins
tom@TheCork.ie

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 143 Aldi stores nationwide. 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. Support for Irish suppliers is more important than ever, with a recent survey from Bord Bia showing food and drink exports are significantly down due to Covid-19*

From this week, until 11th September, Aldi is encouraging Irish suppliers who have products with a festive feel to make contact with Aldi via grow@aldi.ie. The products that are chosen will be on the shelves of all 143 Aldi stores nationwide for Christmas 2020. These products will join the 75 Irish supplier products that have already made it onto the Aldi shelves in 2020 through the Grow with Aldi Programme, which has since its inception invested over €2.5 million with small and medium Irish suppliers.

Developed in partnership with Bord Bia, Grow with Aldi supports small and medium Irish suppliers in listing with a national retailer. 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.

Commenting, John Curtin, Aldi Group Buying Director, said: “Grow with Aldi is in its third year and we are delighted this year to be in a position to support even more small and medium sized Irish suppliers, especially during this challenging time where Covid-19 has tested the resilience of many suppliers. We know that there are great Irish products perfect for the festive period and we are once again offering suppliers the opportunity to be on the shelves of all Aldi stores nationwide for the Christmas season.”

Tara McCarthy, Bord Bia CEO, said: “The negative impact of Covid-19 on the food and drink industry brings into sharp focus the importance of programmes like Grow with Aldi. The mentoring, development, and technical advice that these artisan suppliers receive is vital in enabling them to grow their business. The range of new Irish products arriving on shelves is testament to the innovation that drives the sector and I look forward to seeing the new suppliers in store this December.”

L-R is CJ Stander (Hellbent), Karen Tyner (Bord Bia), Philip Dennhardt (Saturday Pizzas), Laura Harper (Buying Director, Aldi), Joel Dunlop (Popcorn Factory), Rob Rainsford (Prokulture Organic Kombucha), Janet Drew (The Piccolo Pizza Co.), Aine Faughnan (Dromod Boxty). Photograph: Leon Farrell / Photocall Ireland

Speaking about how Grow with Aldi has benefitted 2020 winner Louis Ludik of Hellbent: “It is a once in a lifetime opportunity and a life changing experience. Grow with Aldi gives us, a small company, an opportunity to supply to a massive retail store, and therefore grow as a company and people. The Grow with Aldi staff, have been nothing but, extremely helpful and a pleasure to work with. We can’t be more excited about being a permanent listing in a great store like Aldi. We’ve been overwhelmed by the support we’ve received from our customers and would recommend that any Irish supplier with festive products apply.”

L-R is Schalk van der Merwe (Hellbent), Philip Dennhardt (Saturday Pizzas), Aine Faughnan (Dromod Boxty), Joel Dunlop (Popcorn Factory), Barry Flanagan (Prokulture Organic Kombucha), Janet Drew (The Piccolo Pizza Co.)  Photograph: Leon Farrell / Photocall Ireland
L-R Schalk van der Merwe (Hellbent), Philip Dennhardt (Saturday Pizzas), Janet Drew (The Piccolo Pizza Co.), Joel Dunlop (Popcorn Factory), Barry Flanagan (Prokulture Organic Kombucha), Aine Faughnan (Dromod Boxty). Photograph: Leon Farrell / Photocall Ireland
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