As Aldi moves to add to its growing base of supermarkets in the UK in 2022, it is also looking to add farmers and growers to keep the chain running smoothly.
The discount retailer is hoping to add more than 100 British suppliers in the coming year, saying it wants to increase the amount of British-sourced products in its stores. All of Aldi’s meat, eggs and dairy products come from the UK, while its fresh produce is at around 40%.
“We are incredibly proud of our support for British suppliers, and excited for our supply chain partners to grow with us,” said Giles Hurley, Chief Executive Officer at Aldi UK. “That’s why we’re now on the lookout for even more British suppliers to add to our current partnerships, helping to create even more jobs as well as new opportunities for these businesses.”
Aldi said its plan is to boost spending on UK suppliers by £3.5 billion per year by the end of 2025. It committed £9 billion through UK companies last year.
The discount chain has been one of the most transformative since it began operations in the UK many years ago, but perhaps most dynamic during the COVID-19 pandemic. It has pushed ahead with a number of initiatives, most notably its barrage of new store launches. It could surpass 1,000 in the UK by 2023 as it aims to open one new supermarket per week.