Aldi has revealed the line-up for its in-store Scottish Spirits Festival, featuring a host of quality craft beverages from across Scotland that are perfect to add to your drink’s cabinet this summer.
After being selected as part of Aldi’s Next Top Product search, Bothy Trading’s new Hipflask Sloe Bramble Gin Liqueur (£9.99, 20cl) will be available to pick up in store from this Thursday 20th May.
Hand crafted in the Angus Glens, the artisan liqueur is created using fresh Scottish fruit and is bursting with natural flavour. The perfect accompaniment to a summer dessert or with a glass of champagne, every bottle is batched and poured by hand.
Also launching in store this Thursday as part of Aldi’s Scottish Spirits Festival is Kirkcaldy-based Lundin Distilling’s Pineapple and Raspberry Crush Gin (£19.99, 70cl), a wonderfully easy-drinking gin with flavours of tangy pineapple and a splash of juniper and citrus. Stirling-based Boë Gin’s ready to drink cocktails in Passion Fruit Gin with Sicilian Lemonade and Violet Gin with Rose Lemonade (£1.69, 250ml) will also launch in Aldi stores.
Kim Cameron, Founder of Hipflask Spirits, said: “Being selected as one of Aldi’s Next Top Product winners has been hugely beneficial in helping to promote our new Hipflask brand on a national scale. We are incredibly excited to be launching in stores across the country as part of Aldi’s Scottish Spirits Festival and for their customers to try our unique gin liqueur.”
Alongside Bothy Trading, Aberdeenshire’s House of Elrick Distillery was one of seven other suppliers to secure Specialbuy listings as part of Aldi’s search for Scotland’s Next Top Product, and will launch its White Rum (£19.99, 70cl), Spiced Rum (£19.99, 70cl), and Honu Pink Rum with Pineapple & Mango (£19.99, 70cl) as part of the in-store festival.
BrewDog fans can also enjoy the brand’s LoneWolf gin in this year’s Spirits Festival. Obsessed with quality, carbon-negative LoneWolf distil each product themselves in their Aberdeenshire distillery, bringing their true-tasting spirits from grain to glass. The brand also make their own base spirit. Customers can choose from Cactus & Lime Gin (£19.99, 70cl), Peach & Passion Fruit Gin (£19.99, 70cl) or Cloudy Lemon Gin (£19.99, 70cl). LoneWolf’s ready-to-drink Gin & Tonic Can (£1.69, 250ml) will also feature in Aldi’s line-up.
Graham Nicolson, Aldi Scotland Group Buying Director, said: “Scottish spirits are among the highest quality in the world and initiatives such as Aldi’s Next Top Product and our Scottish Spirits Festival act as a great platform to bring new spirits created by innovative Scottish distillers to our customers.
“All of the brands featured in this year’s festival represent distillers that are part of an exciting driving force behind creative spirit making in Scotland and we are thrilled that customers across Scotland will be able to find a range of delicious and premium craft spirits in store.”
Working in partnership with Scotland Food & Drink, Aldi’s Next Top Product search was relaunched early last year as part of the supermarket’s commitment to support local suppliers and to increase the range of Scottish products sold in store. Aldi currently stock over 450 products from 90 Scottish suppliers and aim to reach 500 products in the next two years.
The Aldi Scottish Spirits Festival will take place in all 96 Scottish stores from Thursday 20th May while stocks last.
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.”
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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.
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-- 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.