Donnelly Fruit & Veg carve out new contract with Aldi
11 October 2018 | 0
Aldi Ireland has agreed a new contract with Co Dublin-based Donnelly Fruit & Veg that will see the fresh produce business supply over €130,000 worth of Irish grown pumpkins to Aldi’s 133 Irish stores in time for Halloween 2018.
Aldi expects to sell close to 45,000 Irish pumpkins, with small, medium, large and monster sizes available.
Donnelly Fruit & Veg, which already supplies Irish strawberries, Irish tomatoes, and several other Irish fruit and vegetable lines to Aldi stores, began growing its crop of Irish pumpkins in early May, with harvesting taking place in September and October.
Aldi’s Group Buying Director, John Curtin commented on the deal: “Aldi has a longstanding working relationship with Donnelly Fruit & Veg, who have consistently provided our stores with the very finest Irish-grown fruit and vegetables. We know that our customers will welcome the addition of Irish pumpkins to our stores, even more so because of the unbeatable prices we offer.”
Welcoming the deal, Martin Gaffney, farms director of Donnelly Fruit & Veg, said: “We are delighted to add our quality Irish-grown pumpkins to the range of produce we grow for Aldi.
“We have been growing premium fruit and veg in Co Dublin since 1979 and have been supplying Aldi for over 10 years. Our partnership with Aldi continues to go from strength-to-strength and this is underlined by its continued support of our business.”
Aldi is committed to growing its Irish supply base and increasing the number of Irish products available in its stores. Aldi recently increased its support for small Irish suppliers by reducing its payment terms to 14 days for suppliers that transact up to €300k annually with Aldi.
Aldi’s Irish pumpkins have be on sale since Thursday, October 4, with prices starting from €0.99.