Applications sought for Grow programme

Martin Flynn, Flynn Nurseries; Seamus Mac Cathmhaoil, Rí na Mara; Peter Mulryan, Blackwater Distillery; John Brett, Oakpark Foods; Johnny Lynch, Macroom Buffalo Mozzarella; and Laura Harper, Aldi Ireland

Martin Flynn, Flynn Nurseries; Seamus Mac Cathmhaoil, Rí na Mara; Peter Mulryan, Blackwater Distillery; John Brett, Oakpark Foods; Johnny Lynch, Macroom Buffalo Mozzarella; and Laura Harper, Aldi Ireland

Applications are being sought from Westmeath’s small to medium Irish food and drink producers for the new ‘Grow with Aldi’ supplier development programme.

Aldi is investing €500,000 in the new programme to give up-and-coming Irish food and drink companies the chance to supply all 130 Aldi stores during a special Irish Food Market promotion in August, 2018, and potentially secure a permanent place on its shelves with a long-term contract.

Aldi will select up to 50 of Ireland’s and County Westmeath’s best new artisan products to take part in the promotion, with each supplier providing a guaranteed volume of their product. Up to five of the products will be given the opportunity to become core line Aldi listed products, winning a contract to be sold in Aldi’s Irish stores year-round.

Developed in partnership with Bord Bia, ‘Grow with Aldi’ has been designed to help small to medium Irish food and drink businesses secure a retail listing. Participants will receive tailored mentoring and bespoke workshops with Aldi buyers and Bord Bia technical experts, teaching them the skills to help grow and develop their product and business.

Giles Hurley, group managing director with Aldi Ireland, said: “We know there are fantastic products from emerging businesses in Westmeath and we want to make it easier for them to get our shelves.

“We have always led the way with Irish sourcing and supporting Irish food and drink companies, having developed long-term partnerships with over 175 Irish suppliers throughout the country. Last year we increased our support for small Irish suppliers by significantly reducing their payment terms.

“In October, we were joined by over 400 of Ireland’s leading food and drink companies at our Irish supplier conference, where we outlined our plans to invest further in our Irish sourced product range and the fantastic opportunities available to small and medium producers to partner with Aldi and supply our stores in Ireland and abroad.

“Our Grow with Aldi supplier development programme is the next step in our commitment to buying Irish. For a lot of small food and drink businesses, trying to secure a listing with a major retailer puts huge pressure on their team.”

Apply by contacting [email protected]. Further details are available at www.aldi.ie/grow

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