Aldi Stores (Ireland ) has this week congratulated Carr and Sons Seafood Ltd which won a prestigious title at the 2014 Blas na hÉireann Irish Food Awards in Dingle, Co Kerry. The Killala-based supplier won a bronze medal for Aldi’s Specially Selected Irish Organic Salmon. Aldi’s Irish suppliers won nine awards this year and now have a total of 75 Blas na hÉireann Awards since 2009. Commenting, Aldi Ireland’s Group Buying Director, Rob Farrell, said: “We are thrilled by the phenomenal performance of our Irish suppliers winning nine awards. These Blas na hÉireann awards are a real testament to the quality products that we source from some of the very best food and drink producers in the country. Irish families know it pays to shop at Aldi each week. These awards are proof that it tastes better too.”
Ireland’s premier food awards, the Blas na hÉireann Irish Food Awards, celebrate the quality and imagination of the best Irish food producers. With gold, silver, and bronze medals awarded in 90 categories, the awards focus solely on taste, with the winners chosen as a result of blind tastings by a team of Ireland's top food experts.
A proud supporter of Irish producers, Aldi has tripled its annual spend on Irish products over the past five years, helping maintain more than 22,000 jobs across the Irish food industry. Since 2008 Aldi has almost doubled the number of Irish suppliers it works with. More than 50 per cent of Aldi’s supplier spend is with Irish suppliers, producers, and manufacturers.