Aldi Ireland has agreed a new €100 million five-year deal with Kilkenny-based Iverk Produce to supply all of Aldi’s 150 Irish stores with 100pc Irish-grown and packaged potatoes.
They announced today a contract extension under which Iverk will supply 24,000 tonnes of locally grown potatoes to Aldi annually.
Iverk Produce has been supplying Aldi since 1999 and currently offers 75pc of Aldi varieties such as Irish Roosters, Maris Piper, Maritiema, Kerr Pinks, Golden Wonders and baby potatoes.
John Curtin, Aldi Ireland Purchasing Manager, said: “Iverk has supplied our Ireland stores for over 20 years and we are delighted to have extended the partnership five more times.”
“Aldi is committed to supporting Irish growers so our customers can enjoy the best vegetables,” he said.
James O’Shea, Iverk Produce said the contract was a big boost for both staff 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 said.
According to James, the contract will give Iverk Produce the security to invest in a new state-of-the-art packer that will bring all of their existing lines into a fully automated packer with racks, New refrigerators and optical sorters will allow for future growth and development.
Founded by the O’Shea family in 1830 along the River Suir, Iverk Produce is one of the largest purveyors of fresh fruit and vegetables in Ireland. Headquartered in Piltown, Co. Kilkenny, Iverk works with more than 50 local development partners and currently employs 150 full-time employees with over 35 part-time employees.
Aldi recently opened its 150th store in Ireland since entering the Irish market in 1999 when it opened a new store in Cahersiveen, Kerry.
Currently working with over 330 Irish food and beverage manufacturers, Aldi has spent €1 billion with suppliers in Ireland by 2021 and has invested more than €3 million in supplier development. Grow with Aldi since 2018.
Late last year, Aldi said it would invest €320 million over the next three years (2022-2024) in an effort to further grow its share of the Irish grocery market. The investment impetus will see Aldi open 30 new stores across the country, building on the €1.6 billion Aldi has invested in 149 stores and distribution network in Ireland.
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