Aldi has invested an extra £1.6 billion with British suppliers since the start of the Coronavirus pandemic as it continues to grow across the UK.
The figure includes £125 million more spent with British meat, poultry and dairy farmers as the supermarket sourced 100% of its core range of fresh meat, eggs, butter, milk and cream from British suppliers.
Aldi has also reaffirmed its promise to prioritise home-grown suppliers as it works towards its commitment, made a year ago, to spend an additional £3.5 billion a year with British businesses by the end of 2025.
The pledge will help hundreds more small British businesses to grow with Aldi and invest in the future with confidence.
Giles Hurley, Chief Executive Officer at Aldi UK, said: “We were the fastest-growing supermarket in the UK in 2021 and that has only been possible by working closely, over long periods, with hundreds of British suppliers.
“As we continue to grow, opening new stores across the UK, we are determined to ensure that the vast majority of our grocery products continue to come from British suppliers, just as they do now.”
Last summer Aldi also launched a supplier development programme – “Grow with Aldi” – offering British Spirits producers the chance to see their product sold in Aldi stores across the country. The winner was Herefordshire-based fruit farmers turned craft gin distillery,Penrhos Gin who saw its bottles stocked in over 900 Aldi stores and as well as online.
Aldi, which is the UK’s fifth biggest supermarket, is also creating 2,000 UK jobs during 2022 as it aims to open an average of one new store a week to satisfy growing demand for its award-winning products and unbeatable prices.
It is also investing in its colleagues. From next month, all store colleagues will be paid a minimum of £10.10 an hour nationally, or £11.55 for those inside the M25, ensuring Aldi remains the best-paying UK supermarket.
Aldi is spreading the festive cheer and bringing together local communities by donating Christmas lunches to those in low-income areas across the UK.
Britain’s fourth-largest supermarket is working in partnership with Company Shop Group to provide free Christmas dinners at Community Shops in the run-up to Christmas.
Aldi has announced when its stores will be open over Christmas and New Year.
From Monday 18th December to Saturday 23rd December, shoppers can visit Aldi stores between 7am and 10pm to pick up everything they need to celebrate Christmas, at the lowest possible prices.