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A ‘BERRY’ GOOD DEAL: FIFE FARM ENJOYS FRUITFUL PARTNERSHIP WITH ALDI

Customers can continue to enjoy fruitful trips to Aldi stores in Scotland thanks to the supermarket’s ongoing partnership with Fife-based Blacketyside Fruits. 

Having started out as livestock farmers in Northern Ireland, Robert and Eleanor Todd decided to re-locate to Blacketyside Farm in Leven, Fife, after falling for the farm’s quality land and great coastal location. The family moved with the intention to grow cereals but decided to make the most of the farm’s ten acres to grow soft fruit instead.  

With their sons Andrew and Stewart joining the business after finishing university, the family-run Blacketyside Fruits has supplied Aldi with the finest quality berries since 2013 as part of the supermarket’s ongoing commitment to championing Scottish produce. The business has continued to enjoy success over the years thanks to this strong partnership and supply Aldi stores in Scotland with a range of quality soft fruit, including strawberries, blueberries, and cherries. Blacketyside Fruits supplied Aldi with 300 tonnes of their soft fruits last year.  

The continued support from Aldi has allowed the family to invest heavily in its soft fruit business, and they now grow all their fruit in special polytunnels, which has helped to extend the growing season. It has also allowed the business to expand the range of berries grown, with Blacketyside Farm supplying Aldi stores in Scotland with delicious, home-grown blackberries for the first time this summer. 

Eleanor Todd, Co-Founder and Partner at R Todd & Co, said: “Being an Aldi supplier is very important to us. Knowing that we have a strong and loyal market for a significant volume of our soft fruit has really given us the confidence to invest in our business. We now have heated polytunnels which has helped us to significantly extend the berry season, meaning we can pick from April right through to October each year. We have also just completed a new packing facility on the farm, and we simply wouldn’t have been able to do this if it wasn’t for our work with Aldi.  

“We are a very proud local business and it’s fantastic to see Aldi being so committed to stocking the best Scottish produce that Scotland has to offer. Scotland’s cooler summer temperatures and long daylight hours allow our soft fruit to ripen slowly, giving our berries a fantastic flavour.” 

Graham Nicolson, Group Buying Director, Aldi Scotland, said: “You cannot beat fresh Scottish berries, and we are very lucky that we have Robert and Eleanor’s fantastic team on board to provide our customers with some of the very best. I am pleased that our Aldi stores will be stocking their blackberries this season. Blacketyside Fruits epitomises the kind of companies that Aldi want to work with – those that provide honest, quality Scottish produce.” 

Blacketyside Fruits blackberries are sold in 150g punnets for £1.49 and make the perfect addition to a tasty desert. Why not use them to make Aldi’s French Toast Traybake? 

The full range of Blacketyside Fruits’ berries are sold at all 96 Scottish Aldi stores. You can find your nearest Aldi store here

For more information, please contact the Aldi Scotland Press Office on:
T: 0131 557 5252 or aldipr@bigpartnership.co.uk

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ALDI STORE COLLEAGUES IN ABERDEEN TO RECEIVE PAY RISE FROM SEPTEMBER 

5 August, 2022

Aldi is giving store colleagues in Aberdeen a pay increase for the second time this year, maintaining its position as the UK’s best-paying supermarket. 

From September, all hourly paid colleagues at its Aberdeen stores will receive an increase of 40p an hour on their current hourly rate, taking Aldi’s minimum pay rates for Store Assistants to a sector-leading £10.50 an hour nationally and £11.95 for those inside the M25. 

Aldi also remains the only supermarket to offer paid breaks, which for the average store colleague is now worth more than £830 a year. 

The new rates far exceed the Living Wage Foundation’s recommended real living wage of £9.90 an hour nationally and £11.05 inside the M25. 

Giles Hurley, Chief Executive Officer of Aldi UK and Ireland, said: “Our new rates of pay maintain Aldi’s position as the UK’s highest paying supermarket.  

“This announcement recognises the amazing contribution our colleagues make in serving the local communities in Aberdeen. Their outstanding efforts have ensured that our customers continue to have access to fresh affordable food, every single day.” 

Aldi is the UK’s fifth-largest supermarket and has more than 970 stores across Britain. 

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About Aldi in Scotland  

   

In 2021, Aldi invested £36 million in six new stores, opening its 100th Scottish store at Hermiston Gait in Edinburgh in November. Aldi recently unveiled plans to invest over £55 million from 2022-2023 as part of their ongoing commitment to Scotland, with a further nine stores planned to open.   

   

£24 million will be invested in Scotland in 2022 with three new Scottish Aldi stores set to open. The new stores, including two in Aberdeen at Countesswells Road and Hareness Road, and one at Greendykes Road in Broxburn will create an additional 150 jobs. This will take the total number of staff employed by the retailer to nearly 3,500 by the end of 2022.   

   

The retailer stocks some of the finest and best value locally sourced food and drink, with 25% of Aldi’s sales in Scotland generated by Scottish suppliers.    

  

Established in 2009, the Scottish Buying Department has enabled Aldi to tap into Scotland’s vibrant agricultural and manufacturing base and build strong and long-standing relationships. Aldi currently works with over 90 local suppliers, stocking 450 Scottish products and is constantly looking to bring more of what Scotland’s vibrant food and drink industry has to offer its customers.  

   

Aldi remains committed to its CSR programmes. The retailer’s Supermarket Sweep initiative will continue to offer support and funding to local foodbanks in 2022. The Scottish Sports Fund programme, which was launched in 2016 with hopes of making sport accessible across Scotland, will also continue. Through the fund, Aldi has donated £290,000 to over 500 local sports.  

  

About Aldi UK:  

Aldi is Britain’s fifth largest supermarket with over 960 stores and around 38,000 colleagues.  

   

Aldi is attracting hundreds of thousands of new customers every year with its range of exclusive brands, passing low operating costs on to customers in the form of low prices.  

   

The supermarket believes in making every day amazing and that’s why every single day Aldi delivers on the best possible value for millions of families throughout the UK and Ireland across everything from award-winning fresh produce to world class gin.  

   

Aldi won’t be beaten on price; consistently racks up award after award for quality; treats its suppliers with fairness and respect and recognises the responsibility of supporting valued institutions such as Team GB to demonstrate the importance of health and wellness.   

   

Aldi makes the everyday amazing. But amazing doesn’t happen overnight so that’s why Aldi is making changes to be better every single day, to be Fairer, Greener and Healthier for customers, society and the environment.   

   

That’s Aldi. That’s everyday amazing. The reason they do this? Because Aldi believes that everyone should have access to fresh, healthy, affordable food…it’s a right, not a privilege.  

   

The company’s current achievements and initiatives include:  

  • Aldi has been named as the UK’s Cheapest Supermarket for 2021 by consumer champion, Which? and were also the only supermarket to receive Which? In Store Recommended Provider for February 2022.  
  • According to The Grocer magazine, Aldi is the UK’s lowest-priced supermarket. A basket of 33 everyday items at the Big 4 supermarkets is on average 19% more expensive than at Aldi (18/03/2022).   
  • Research released by Which? in May showed that for a basket of 22 essential items throughout April, Sainsbury’s was 15% more expensive than the same shop at Aldi. The same shop was also 16% more expensive at Tesco.   
  • Aldi has a ten-year partnership with Teenage Cancer Trust – Aldi recently achieved its fundraising milestone of £6m ahead of its five-year target, which will go towards helping the trust to reach out to every young person with cancer in the UK. Aldi has also now committed to extending the TCT partnership for a further five years with a commitment to donate an additional £5m over this period.  
  • Aldi’s rates of pay are significantly higher than the Government’s National Living Wage and also above the Living Wage Foundation’s recommended national rates. Store Assistants receive a minimum hourly rate of £10.10 nationally and £11.55 within the M25.    
  • Aldi is the official supermarket partner of Team GB and ParalympicsGB ensuring every member of the team has access to fresh healthy Aldi food via monthly shopping vouchers, with two million 5-14-year-olds already learning about the benefits of cooking fresh, healthy food via its Get Set to Eat Fresh education initiative. Aldi has been a partner since 2015 and has extended its commitment to 2025, including the 2022 Winter Olympic games in Beijing and 2024 Summer Olympic games in Paris.  
  • Aldi has announced plans to increase the amount of food and drink it buys from British suppliers by £3.5bn a year by the end of 2025 as it continues its rapid expansion across the UK.  
  • Aldi works with Community engagement platform Neighbourly to help combat hunger’s devastating effects, as it continues to fight against child food poverty as no child should ever go hungry.   
  • Aldi is proud to accept Free School Meal vouchers in its stores for the purchase of food and groceries.   
  • Aldi was ranked the best-performing supermarket for compliance with the Groceries Supply Code of Practice for seven consecutive years, underlining its commitment to maintaining fair, predictable and sustainable prices within its supply chain.  
  • Aldi was voted Britain’s Favourite Supermarket and Wine Retailer of the Year for the third consecutive time by readers of Good Housekeeping magazine, while its Specially Selected range was voted Favourite Premium Supermarket Range for the second year running.  

   

Full details of Aldi’s awards and achievements are detailed at www.aldi.co.uk/awards  

  

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LOCH LOMOND BREWERY SELECTED AS ONE OF JUST TWELVE BRANDS TO REPRESENT SCOTLAND IN THIS YEAR’S ALDI BEER FESTIVAL  

28 July, 2022

-- Aldi Scotland champions local beer makers during its Summer Beer Festival with a line-up featuring Loch Lomond Brewery--  

Aldi Scotland is celebrating its 27th Scottish Summer Beer Festival this July and is championing local independent brewers from across Scotland. This year, Dunbartonshire’s very own flagship brewer, Loch Lomond Brewery, is being featured as one of just twelve brands to make their way to the retailers' shelves this summer.  

The brewer, established in Luss, near Loch Lomond, is launching two exclusive brews with the retailer this year; Cuban Heels Pale Ale (£1.79) which is a delicate sour beer with hints of strawberry and lime, and Slave to the Rhythm (£1.79), a hoppy beer with extra oats for a smooth creamy finish. Both beers will be hitting the shelves of 103 Aldi stores across Scotland from the 28 July.   

Loch Lomond Brewery has a long-standing relationship with Aldi Scotland and has been supplying the stores with brews since 2013, and throughout the nine-year relationship has launched 14 exclusive beers with the discount retailer.  

George Wotherspoon, Head of Sales and Development, Loch Lomond Brewery, said: “We are proud to represent Loch Lomond in this year’s Summer Beer Festival alongside a great selection of large and small brewers. Aldi Scotland has always played a significant role in our development as a small brewery, and to be able to launch an exclusive selection of beer at their stores is a fantastic opportunity.”  

Aldi Scotland’s Summer Beer Festival has something to offer for everyone, from beer and ale drinks to those who prefer a non-alcoholic tipple too. In a step away from a standard lager, the selection of brewers featured at this year’s festival are also offering some more unusual choices, including; Cold Town Brew’s Peachy Summer Ale, Cold Town Brew’s Mango Sour, or Thistly Cross’ non-alcoholic Elderflower Cider.  

Graham Nicolson, Group Buying Director, Aldi Scotland, said: “The Summer Beer Festival is one of Aldi Scotland’s biggest and most-loved annual events. The relationships we have developed with our Scottish brewers across the country mean we can give our customers the exclusive first taste of a fantastic range of locally brewed beers.” 

The Aldi Scotland Summer Beer Festival further reinforces the retailer’s commitment to championing locally sourced produce and supporting local businesses. Aldi currently works with over 90 local suppliers, stocking 450 Scottish products and is constantly looking to bring more of Scotland’s vibrant food and drink industry to its customers.  

Aldi is the UK’s Cheapest Supermarket 2021 according to Which? and offers outstanding deals on locally sourced, Scottish beer products, without scrimping on the quality.   

Celebrating the 10th year of Scottish Beer Festivals, products will be available in store from 28th July. Visit aldi.co.uk/scottishbeerfestival to find out more. You can find your nearest Aldi here

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