Grow with Aldi Supplier Development Programme is back for 2022!
Now in its fifth year, Aldi is calling on adventure seekers, innovators and creative suppliers to take part in the Grow with Aldi supplier development programme, giving successful candidates a chance to have their products on the shelves of the company’s 149 stores nationwide.
In partnership with Bord Bia, the aim of programme is to help businesses grow and learn more about taking their products further. Those selected will each receive tailored mentoring and bespoke workshops with the Aldi Buying and Marketing teams, as well as Bord Bia technical experts.
Aldi is seeking out the most creative and trendsetting producers in both food and non-food sectors - from artisan cheese suppliers and adventurous chilli chocolate connoisseurs to innovative bakers! The programme is now open to applicants here until January 21st. Selected entrants will face a judging panel in February and if successful, have their product launched in all 149 Aldi stores nationwide in May as part of the Grow with Aldi Specialbuy promotion. The lucky 6 innovative brands will then be chosen and offered further opportunities.
Speaking on the success of the campaign John Curtin, Aldi Ireland Group Buying Director, says; "We are now in year five of the Grow with Aldi programme, supported over 200 Irish producers on this journey and invested over €5.5 million to make these long-term partnerships a reality"
Previous products that have come through the programme and become staples on the shelves include Cookie Dó, Woodfire and Green sauces and Blackcastle Farm beef sausages. Gillian Willis, Bord Bia Small Business Manager highlights the important role Grow with Aldi plays in supporting local businesses, stating; "Recent research from the Bord Bia Thinking House has shown that more and more Irish consumers are making conscious decisions to buy locally sourced products, so having the Grow with Aldi programme support some long-term success stories plays an important role in showcasing the innovative products that we as a small nation can create".