By Dan Walsh
In 2020, Aldi Ireland sourced €9 million of locally produced food and drink from Wexford based suppliers. Aldi partners with 12 Wexford producers including long-term relationships with Irish Country Meats, Stafford’s Bakeries and Green Valley Farms. Last year it began working with five new Wexford suppliers for the first time.
Niall O’Connor, Group Managing Director, Aldi Ireland said: “Our goal is to make a positive impact in every local community that our stores serve. Our operations and stores contribute to businesses, communities and families right across Wexford. We have invested €23.5 million in our Wexford stores over the last number of years, while we sourced €9 million of locally produced food and drink from Wexford based suppliers last year.”
Aldi will boost its annual national spend on Irish food and drink by 17.5% in 2021 to €1 billion with further opportunities available to Wexford suppliers. Operating seven stores in Wexford, Aldi employs 185 full time staff, spending €9.1 million on wages annually. It is seeking to recruit 34 new employees for its Wexford stores this year. Opportunities available include 24 permanent positions.
Each store is also part of Aldi’s Community Grants network, with Wexford Marine Watch and Pieta House Wexford some of the many local charities that have availed of the €500 bursary grant in recent years.