Local products from 23 Scottish suppliers are set to hit shelves from tomorrow (Thursday 2nd September) across all 96 Aldi Scotland stores as part of this year’s Scottish Food & Drink Fortnight.
In deals worth over £310,000 to their Scottish supplier base, Aldi Scotland has unveiled its biggest ever showcase of Scottish Specialbuy produce from red meat to fresh fish and sweet treats, all in support of its valued local suppliers and available at everyday Aldi prices.
New products will appear in store across a series of on-sale dates to mark the annual campaign, delivered in association with Scotland Food & Drink, to celebrate the produce that is manufactured, grown and reared across the country.
As part of the two-week celebration, Aldi Scotland is set to become the first supermarket in the UK to stock sustainably reared Scottish venison ready-meals. The range, supplied by Findowie Farmhouse, will include Venison Lasagne and Venison Chilli. Aldi Scotland will also bring Scotland’s first-ever Buffalo Mozzarella to store. The cheese is produced using milk from Water Buffalos flown in from Venezuela in 2005 which are now roaming the hills of Fife-based The Buffalo Farm.
Other premium products on sale will include luxury Loch Fyne True North Live Oysters, Simon Howie Black Pudding Truffles and Scotch Beef Rump Steaks with Garlic Butter
For those who enjoy a sweet treat, there is plenty choose from, including Oor Wullie Iron Brew Bon Bons, Nairns Mint Choc Chip Oat Biscuits and Tunnocks Caramel Wafer Tub.
Aldi Scotland has an unwavering commitment to supporting local producers, employing over 30 people in their dedicated Scottish Buying team in Bathgate. The retailer continues to lead the way on championing great quality Scottish produce, and has established relationships with over 90 Scottish suppliers.
Graham Nicolson, Group Buying Director, Aldi Scotland said: “Scottish Food & Drink Fortnight is one of the biggest dates in our calendar, allowing us to put the spotlight fully on a fantastic collection of Scottish producers.
“Our industry, like many others, has faced a challenging year, with many local suppliers having to adapt in innovative ways to survive. Despite the turbulence, we have continued to see a great show of strength from producers, whose passion and creativity are the cornerstones of Scotland’s world-renowned reputation in food and drink.
“This year, we have been working closer than ever with the team at Scotland Food & Drink to understand the most effective steps we can take to support the sector, and we are excited to bring our largest ever Specialbuy range of Scottish-sourced products to our customers, which will truly highlight the diversity and talent of our local suppliers.
“Our main ambition in Scotland is to help local farmers, manufacturers and food producers flourish. At Aldi Scotland, we understand the incredible diversity of fresh produce that we have on our doorsteps, and pride ourselves on the relationships we have established with suppliers. These relationships not only support supplier ambitions but allows us to provide our customers with a wide choice of high-quality, locally sourced products.”
Lucy Husband, Market Development and Business Engagement Director at Scotland Food & Drink, said: “Aldi is an excellent example of a retailer who has championed some of the most innovative and quality products from our diverse Scottish supply base for a long time.
“Their dedication goes beyond supporting individual Scottish products. They are committed to working with Scottish suppliers from across the country, helping them grow by providing opportunities to showcase their products, like this opportunity during Scottish Food & Drink Fortnight. This can have such a positive impact on suppliers, especially following such a turbulent 12 months.
“We are so happy to see so many of our partners getting involved in Fortnight this year. It is about celebrating all the things the industry has achieved during the past 12 months, the remarkable work happening across our regions and, the positive things to come whilst we are all on the road to recovery.”
Aldi Scotland’s Scottish Food & Drink Fortnight range will be in stores from 2nd September 2021, adding 46 products to its shelves in celebration of Scotland’s larder. Aldi currently stocks over 450 products from 90 suppliers and aims to reach 500 products within the next 2 years. You can find your nearest Aldi here.
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.