Rora Dairy, located in Middleton of Rora, a family-run dairy farm in Longside, Aberdeenshire, is to feature in Aldi Scotland’s line-up for this year’s Scottish Food & Drink Fortnight.
The annual campaign celebrates the very best produce that Scotland has to offer. In honour of the fortnight, Aldi is showcasing its largest ever Specialbuy range, giving customers the opportunity to enjoy a diverse selection of products at everyday Aldi prices.
Included in this range are Rora Dairy’s Raspberry Live Yogurt (£1.69, 490g) and Strawberry Live Yogurt (£1.69, 490g), which are on sale from 2nd September. After enjoying success in local delis and farm cafés, the healthy, additive- free yogurts will both be available as Aldi Specialbuys while stocks last.
The yogurt, made in small batches on the family farm, starts as organic milk which comes from the farm’s 250 cows in their robotic dairy – a process which sees cows enter the milking shed voluntarily. The milk, which is also pasteurised, is then heated, and live cultures are added to transform it into a creamy, smooth yogurt. Fresh Scottish berries sourced from another local Aberdeenshire farm are then added to the mixture, giving the yogurt a 15% fruit content, as well as a naturally sweet taste.
After a career in advertising and brand marketing, Rora Dairy founder and managing director, Jane Mackie, launched the business in 2017 with her dairy farmer husband, Bruce. Alongside their small-but-mighty team of three employees, each yogurt tub is hand-filled and hand-sleeved with Rora Dairy’s recyclable packaging. With 3,000 tubs being supplied to Aldi Scotland for Scottish Food & Drink Fortnight, the team are more than willing to put in the hard-work to get their products on Aldi’s shelves.
Jane Mackie, Founder of Rora Dairy, said: “I spotted a gap in the market for simple, no-nonsense, and additive-free yogurt, made from purely Scottish ingredients. Yogurt should be natural, and so I really wanted to bring a pure and healthy version to market. It was important to me that the product had health and wellbeing at its core, plus it had to be sustainable and made locally.
“Rora Dairy is a proud Scottish business, and so all elements of our yogurt are locally sourced in Aberdeenshire. The Scottish Food & Drink Fortnight epitomises what we are all about – good, honest, local produce.
“I am so chuffed that our small business is being featured in Aldi Scotland’s line-up for Scottish Food & Drink Fortnight. They are an absolute joy to work with and I am so excited that their customers will be able to try our delicious yogurt.”
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 our fantastic collection of Scottish producers.
Rora Dairy embody the very best of Scotland and we are delighted to be able to offer their products to our customers during Scottish Food and Drink Fortnight.
This year, we are excited to bring our largest ever Specialbuy range of Scottish sourced produce, which will truly highlight the diversity, creativity and passion of our local suppliers.”
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 natural 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.