Aldi has announced plans to increase the amount of food and drink it buys from British suppliers by £3.5bn a year within the next five years as it continues its rapid expansion across the UK.
The company is investing £500m in new and upgraded stores, distribution centres and its supply chain in 2021, which will create over 4,000 jobs as well as new opportunities for British food and drink producers.
Giles Hurley, Chief Executive Officer at Aldi UK, said: “We are expecting significant sales growth in 2021 as we open new stores and bring Aldi to more locations across the UK. With the vast majority of our grocery products now coming from British suppliers, our growth will lead to additional jobs and investment in our UK supply chain.”
The pledge from Aldi will help hundreds of small British businesses continue to grow with the supermarket and invest for the future.
One example is Manchester Drinks Company whose ongoing partnership with Aldi began in 2015 to supply the supermarket with a host of different gins and gin liqueurs.
The partnership has enjoyed significant growth over the years, leading to a new site in Yorkshire that employs 19 people. It has also been able to invest in a new production line in order to meet the growing demand from Aldi.
Richard Benjamin, Co-Owner at Manchester Drinks Company, said: “Our new contract with Aldi is a fantastic opportunity to showcase our flavoured gins and liqueurs to shoppers across the country, and will help to provide stability for our business in an uncertain climate.”
Aldi has also confirmed that the immediate payment terms for small suppliers it introduced at the start of the Coronavirus pandemic will be extended until the end of 2021.
The commitment means that the supermarket will continue to process payments for suppliers with an annual turnover of less than £1m with Aldi as soon as they are submitted.
The move will benefit more than 1,000 small British businesses in the supermarket’s supply chain.
Aldi is trialling clear caps on its milk bottles in a bid to further improve the recyclability of its products.
Aldi is donating essential baby items to charities across the UK in a bid to support new parents in need.
The supermarket will be donating 80,000 items from its Mamia range, including nappies and baby wipes, to charities and foodbanks that help new parents on low incomes.