This year’s inaugural Scottish Retail Food and Drink Awards saw Aldi enjoy enormous success as the most-awarded supermarket, winning an impressive 19 accolades for a variety of its high-quality Scottish food and drink.
After almost three weeks of intensive judging involving hundreds of products and more than 60 expert judges from across the food and drink sector, a range of Aldi’s Scottish products from various food and drink categories were announced as the winners.
As well as scooping three Gold Awards in the beer, gin and spirit categories, Aldi also took home two of the six highly sought-after Platinum Awards for their Specially Selected Steak & Ale Pie and 12-Year-Old Speyside Whisky. Both products were described as being “well-balanced”, “exceptional value for money” and of “absolutely outstanding quality”.
Helen Lyons, Scottish Retail Food and Drink Awards Co-Founder, said: “My congratulations go out to all our winners and a big well done to Aldi for their sweeping success this year, which is thoroughly deserved. Their championing of Scottish produce is so clear.
“The Scottish Retail Food and Drink Awards recognises and celebrates the best produce available in Scotland. Our goal has always been to get more Scottish food and drink products onto more shelves, and it has been such a joy to see the high standard of entries this year.
“Receiving a Scottish Retail Food and Drink Award is a stamp of excellence. Aldi should be very proud of their many successes this year, especially their two Platinum Awards.”
Graham Nicolson, Group Buying Director, Aldi Scotland, added: “I am thrilled that 19 of our Scottish products have been recognised by the Scottish Retail Food and Drink Awards. Our success really demonstrates our commitment to providing our customers with the best quality produce that Scotland has to offer at an affordable price.
“I am also so pleased that Aldi has been highlighted as leading the way in Scottish sourcing. The awards and this recognition are a testament to the hard work and dedication of our Scottish suppliers.”
Aldi leads the way with local sourcing and stocks some of the finest quality food and drink from over 90 Scottish suppliers. After reaching their initial goal of stocking over 450 Scottish products by the end of 2020, the supermarket has now increased this target to stock over 500 locally sourced products in the next two years.
The complete range of Aldi Scotland products that have won at the 2021 Scottish Retail Food & Drink Awards are:
|ALDI Scotland Product Winners||Category||Retail Price|
|12-year-old Speyside Whisky||Platinum Award – Drink||£20.99, 70cl|
|Specially Selected Steak & Ale Pie||Platinum Award – Food||£1.99, 250g|
|Toradh||Gold Award – Gin||£14.99, 70cl|
|Eidyn||Gold Award – Gin||£19.99, 70cl|
|Anti A||Gold Award – Beer||£1.19, 330ml|
|Rubus||Gold Award – Beer||£1.25, 330ml|
|12-year-old Speyside Whisky||Gold Award – Other Spirits||£20.99, 70cl|
|Specially Selected Sundried Tomato, Lentil & Smoked Paprika Soup||Store Cupboard||£0.75, 380g|
|Specially Selected Chicken Balmoral||Ready Meals & Accompaniments||£3.79, 465g|
|Specially Selected Steak & Ale Pie||Quiches, Pies and Pasties||£1.99, 250g|
|Specially Selected Aberdeen Angus 36-Day Aged Ribeye||Steak||£4.89, 227g|
|Specially Selected Black Pudding||Haggis, Black & White Pudding||£0.99, 200g|
|Specially Selected Scotch Aberdeen Angus Dry Aged Steak Burger||Burgers and Sausages||£2,49, 340g|
|Ginger, Chilli and Lime Infused Scottish Salmon Fillets||Fish||£2.99, 220g|
|Specially Selected Jersey Milk||Dairy||£0.95, 1l|
|Specially Selected Scottish Vintage Cheddar||Cheese||£1.25, 200g|
|Specially Selected Orkney Caramel Biscuits||Biscuits – Sweet||£1.69, 200g|
|Specially Selected Oatcake Bikes – Lockerbie Cheddar||Biscuits – Savoury||£0.99, 175g|
Aldi’s Specially Selected Lemon Shortbread Rounds were also Commended in the Biscuits – Sweet category.
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:
Full details of Aldi’s awards and achievements are detailed at www.aldi.co.uk/awards
-- 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.