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Fruit & veg firm secures deal with Aldi Scotland

StirfreshFruit and vegetable grower and distributor Stirfresh has secured a £250,000 deal to supply supermarket group Aldi’s 58 Scottish stores.

The Montrose-based business has worked with Aldi since attending a supplier open day in 2013.

Stirfresh is owned by Andrew and Anita Stirling. Mr Stirling said: “With this deal, we’ll supply about 10% of our production to Aldi.

“The relationship is of great value to us and we hope to increase the lines that we supply to Aldi’s stores across Scotland. As a family-run farm, there’s a great sense of satisfaction when we see our produce on shelves across the country.”

Richard Holloway, managing director for Aldi in Scotland, said: “Stirfresh grows great quality fresh produce on their farms in Angus. We’re confident that there will be high demand from Aldi shoppers for these new products.

“Working with local suppliers is very important to our brand. We work with a lot of farmers around the country and are very proud to be able to stock their fresh produce.”

This latest success comes amid some uncertainty among Scottish food and drink producers after it was revealed that Tesco is looking to cut back on the range of products it sells in order to focus on big brands that it can sell more cheaply.

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