‘Grow with Aldi’ Small Supplier Development Programme 2021

‘Grow with Aldi’ Small Supplier Development Programme 2021

Aldi will be announcing the return of its ‘Grow with Aldi’ supplier development programme for 2021, which aims to support up-and-coming artisan Irish food and drink companies by offering them the chance to list their product in all 145 Aldi Ireland stores. In January 2021 Aldi is seeking applications from small to medium-sized Irish producers across Ireland to develop market-ready products for sale nationwide.

Aldi will choose 50 of those suppliers, whose products will fetaure in one of Aldi’s ‘Grow with Aldi’ Specialbuys event. A final five of the products will then be chosen to become a core range listing in all of Aldi’s 145 stores nationwide. 

Developed in partnership with Bord Bia, the programme is designed to help small and medium producers gain experience and exposure for their products. Participants will receive tailored mentoring and bespoke workshops with the Aldi Buying team, the Aldi Marketing team and Bord Bia technical experts.

Last year, Irish suppliers applied to take part in ‘Grow with Aldi’ with many hundreds of products entered. Over 80 products went on sale in 2020 as part of the Grow with Aldi Supplier Development Programme. Five suppliers were then chosen to form part of the core range nationwide.

Speaking about how Grow with Aldi has benefitted Lisduff Fine Foods, Katie Tormey said:

“It really helped our business during a very hard time and to be honest it couldn’t have came at a better time. The whole experience helped when business began to slow down and gave us a boost throughout a difficult time. Even down to Aldi organising us to get quicker than usual so no one was under pressure. They really thought of everything to ensure everyone was ok and enjoying the experience.”

For 2021, Aldi is making a particular call out for any products with sustainable features, this can be characteristics of the actual product or the method in which the product has been produced. Aldi will be accepting applications from any food, drink or non-food producers. If your product is Irish made, we want to hear from you!  

If you’re a small to medium Irish supplier with ambitions to take your product from concept to shelf and want to learn more about the Grow with Aldi programme you can register to attend the upcoming information seminar on Friday 15th January 2021 at 11a.m. where we will explain the programme in more specific detail and answer any queries you may have. You can also contact the team at grow@aldi.ie.

‘Grow with Aldi’ Small Supplier Development Programme 2021 - Information Session on Friday, January 15th