Aldi Ireland has agreed a brand new €100m five-year cope with Kilkenny-based Iverk Produce to provide all of Aldi’s 150 Irish shops with its 100pc Irish grown and packed potatoes.
n a press release at this time it introduced a contract extension the place Iverk will provide 24,000t of locally-grown potatoes to Aldi yearly.
Iverk Produce has equipped Aldi since 1999 and now provides 75pc of Aldi’s vary of Irish Rooster, Maris Piper, Maritiema, Kerr Pinks, Golden Wonders and child potatoes.
“Iverk has supplied our Irish stores for more than 20 years and we are delighted to further extend our partnership for another five,” mentioned John Curtin, Aldi Ireland Group Buying Director.
“Aldi is committed to supporting Irish growers so our customers can enjoy the very best vegetables,” he mentioned.
James O’Shea, Iverk Produce mentioned the contract is an enormous increase for each employees and growers.
“Working with Aldi has given us the security to expand and invest in our business and we look forward to working with Aldi for many years to come,” he mentioned.
According to James, the contract will give Iverk Produce the safety to put money into a brand new state-of-the-art packhouse, which is able to convey all their current traces into a totally automated packhouse with new racking, fridges and an optical sorter that can enable for future progress and growth.
Founded by the O’Shea household in 1830 alongside the river Suir, Iverk Produce is among the largest suppliers of recent fruit and greens in Ireland. Based in Piltown, Co. Kilkenny, Iverk works with over 50 native rising companions and now employs 150 folks full-time with an additional 35 part-time employees.
Aldi just lately opened its one hundred and fiftieth retailer in Ireland because it entered the Irish market in 1999 when it opened a brand new retailer in Cahersiveen, Kerry.
Currently working with over 330 Irish food and drinks producers, Aldi spent €1bn with its Irish suppliers in 2021 and has invested greater than €3m in its Grow with Aldi provider growth programme since 2018.
Late final yr Aldi mentioned it could make investments €320m over the subsequent three years (2022-2024) in a bid to additional develop its share of the Irish grocery market. The funding drive will see Aldi open 30 new shops throughout the nation, constructing on the €1.6bn Aldi has already invested in its 149 Irish shops and distribution community.