Locally-sourced produce increases

Aldi to open eight stores in Scotland

AldiAldi is to expand its Scottish presence by opening a further eight stores bringing its total number of Scottish outlets to 72.

The supermarket chain has increased its capital investment in the Scottish store portfolio by more than 40% in the past three years.

 Expansion will take the number of Aldi employees north of the border to about 2,500 or 200% higher than in 2012.

The company is also increasing its range of Scottish-sourced products. Since 2013, it has increased the number of Scottish lines by 30% and by the end of next year expects that number to grow by a further 10%, resulting in a product range representing 30% of the Scottish sales value.

In the past year alone, Aldi has announced significant supplier deals in Scotland, including:

·         A £250,000 contract with Montrose-based Stirfresh to supply fresh ready-to-cook vegetables

·         A deal with Campbells of Linlithgow to provide more than 140,000 Scottish salmon fillets

·         A six figure deal with Dean’s of Huntly to supply stores across the country with shortbread and oat biscuit selections

·         A £50,000 deal with Ayrshire-based Skinni Foods to supply health-conscious burgers, sausages and black pudding.

Earlier this year, Aldi carried out a search to find Scotland’s Next Top Product launching a nationwide competition to give Scottish businesses a chance to secure their first major supermarket listing.

After receiving more than 100 entries, Orkney Caramel Shortbread from Argo’s Bakery was namd the winner. The 12 month listing is estimated to be worth more than £175,000 to the Orkney-based business.

Richard Holloway, managing director of Aldi in Scotland, said: “Our business model in Scotland has always been about working with the best local producers.

“In the year ahead, we want to grow relationships with existing suppliers and cultivate new ones.”

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