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Last Updated on 26th February, 2021

About Aldi in Scotland 

Aldi is the fourth biggest volume retailer in Scotland*. 

This year will see Aldi open its 100th Scottish store in Scotland. Currently, the retailer has 96 Scottish stores stocking some of the finest and best value locally sourced food and drink. This year it will invest a further £20 million in four new stores, which include Hermiston Gait in Edinburgh, Thornybank Industrial Estate in Dalkeith, Portlethen Retail Park in Aberdeen and J24 Retail Park in Govan, while a new store in Gateside Commerce Park, Haddington will open to replace the existing store. Aldi will also invest in upgrading its Rutherglen, Strathaven, Forfar, and Inverness stores. 

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. The Buying team has grown from four to 30 members of staff, all of whom are committed to increasing the number of Scottish products available in stores to over 500 over the next two years and bring the best of Scotland’s larder to its customers. Aldi continues to lead the way on championing great quality Scottish produce with twenty five percent of its range now locally sourced in Scotland. 

The four most recent NFU Scotland ‘shelf watch’ surveys revealed Aldi stocks 100% Scotch Lamb PGI, 96% Scotch Beef PGI, 88% Scottish Chicken and 100% Specially Selected Pork in its everyday ranges, more than any other supermarket in Scotland. This means customers are guaranteed to find the highest quality, locally sourced meat at Aldi stores in Scotland. Aldi is now the biggest volume retailer of Scottish origin beef** and 100% of its Scotch Aberdeen Angus beef is fully traceable. 

Last year, Aldi invested over £22 million in new chill facilities for its Scottish Buying Department to help support the growth of its Scottish product range, including constructing a 4,000sq m freezer and a 13,000sq m chiller which opened in April 2020. 

*Kantar Worldpanel, Retail Share in Scotland, rolling 52 weeks to w/e 29 November 2020. 

**Kantar Worldpanel, Scottish beef in Scotland, rolling 52 weeks to w/e 6th September 2020.