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Sunglow Nurseries signs new €7.5m deal with Aldi Ireland

Joe McGuinness, Sunglow Nurseries and Collin Miller, Aldi Ireland. Pic: Marc O'Sullivan

Over the next six months, 100% of the strawberries sold in Aldi’s stores will be Irish grown and Bord Bia Assured

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5 May 2022 | 0

Aldi Ireland has agreed a new €7.5 million deal with Dublin-based Sunglow Nurseries to supply all of Aldi’s 150 Irish stores with their delicious early season premium Irish Bord Bia Assured strawberries. The new contract will see 300 tonnes of Sunglow’s strawberries sold in Aldi stores annually over the next three years.

Over the next six months, 100% of the strawberries sold in Aldi’s stores will be Irish grown and Bord Bia Assured, meaning that customers can celebrate the Irish strawberry season by picking up a punnet of delicious locally grown strawberries from a store near them.

Sunglow Nurseries, a family run business, has been working with Aldi for 14 years. Based in Rush, Co. Dublin, Sunglow employs 10 full-time and 30 part-time staff members.  As a result of its continued business with Aldi, Sunglow were able to invest in a new glasshouse extension last year which allowed the producer to increase its output capacity by 17%.

John Curtin, Aldi group buying director said: “Sunglow Nurseries has supplied our Irish stores for more than 14 years and we are delighted to further extend our partnership for another three. Aldi is committed to supporting our Irish growers so that our customers can enjoy the very best Bord Bia Assured fresh local produce. We look forward to continuing to work together with Sunglow in the future.”

“Working with Aldi has given us the security to invest in our business and we look forward to working with Aldi for the next three years and beyond,” said Joe McGuiness, partner at Sunglow. “We’re delighted with this new contract and are proud to bring our 100% Irish grown Bord Bia Assured strawberries to Aldi stores nationwide.”

Aldi is committed to growing its Irish supply base and increasing the number of Irish products available in its stores.  Currently working with over 330 Irish food and drink producers, Aldi spent €1 billion with its Irish suppliers in 2021. It has invested more than €5.5 million in its Grow with Aldi supplier development programme since 2018, which offers up-and-coming artisan Irish food and drink producers the chance to have their products listed in Aldi’s 150 stores.

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