Longford food and drink producers invited to ‘Grow with Aldi’

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Longford food and drink producers invited to ‘Grow with Aldi’

Well known Irish chef Richard Corrigan (back centre) and Laura Harper (seated centre), Buying Director ALDI Stores Ireland, were joined by last year’s five overall Grow with Aldi winning producers.

Aldi is seeking applications from Longford’s small to medium food and drink producers to take part in the 2019 Grow with Aldi supplier development programme, giving them the opportunity to be listed in Aldi stores nationwide.

Following its successful launch in 2018, Aldi is investing €500,000 in this year’s Grow with Aldi programme to support up-and-coming artisan Irish food and drink companies to develop market-ready products for sale in its 137 stores nationwide.

Developed in partnership with Bord Bia, the programme is designed to help small and medium producers develop their brand and build their supply network.

Participants will receive tailored mentoring and bespoke workshops with Aldi buyers, Aldi’s Marketing team and Bord Bia technical experts.

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Aldi will pick up to 70 of the products entered to be listed as part of the Grow with Aldi Specialbuy event in June 2019, with each supplier providing a guaranteed volume of their product. Up to five of the products will then be chosen to become core listed products, with the suppliers winning a contract to supply Aldi’s Irish stores year-round.

Last year, 230 suppliers applied to take part in Grow with Aldi. Herterich Artisan Butchers of Longford Town was one of the producers chosen to be listed nationally as part of the August 2018 Grow with Aldi Specialbuys event.

Five of the suppliers that took part in the Specialbuys event went on to become long-term Aldi suppliers and now have their products permanently on sale in Aldi’s 137 stores nationwide.

Further details are available at www.aldi.ie/grow.

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