Aldi has upped its investment with British suppliers by £1.6bn since the pandemic began, the German discounter announced today.
It said the figure included £125m more spent with British meat, poultry and dairy farmers as the supermarket sourced 100% of its core range of fresh meat, eggs, butter, milk and cream from British suppliers.
The retailer also reaffirmed its promise to prioritise home-grown suppliers under a plan to spend £3.5bn a year with British businesses by the end of 2025.
Last summer Aldi also launched a supplier development programme – Grow with Aldi – offering British spirits producers the chance to see their product sold in Aldi stores across the country. The winner, Herefordshire-based fruit farmers turned craft gin distillery Penrhos, is now stocked in over 900 Aldi stores as well as online.
“We were the fastest-growing supermarket in the UK in 2021 and that has only been possible by working closely, over long periods, with hundreds of British suppliers,” said Aldi CEO Giles Hurley.
“As we continue to grow, opening new stores across the UK, we are determined to ensure the vast majority of our grocery products continue to come from British suppliers, just as they do now.”