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The icing on the cake as local bakeries become part of ALDI’s award-winning core product range

A renowned local bakery is celebrating after becoming one of five Irish artisanal food producers to be contracted as part of this year’s Grow with ALDI programme.

Arva was definitely the “icing on the cake” for Cully’s Bakery in Co Cavan, as their “Iced Cherry Slab” is also poised to become part of ALDI’s award-winning bean series.

The five winners cover the breadth of the country and a wide range of products, from healthy snacks to delicious condiments.

The ambitious, creative and persistent producers behind these delicious products each have a vibrant entrepreneurial spirit that makes them the perfect fit for ALDI.

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Grow winners with ALDI 2022:

  • Cully’s Bakery by Co Cavan – Created by Brian Cully, the Frosted Cherry Slab is based on a traditional recipe handed down for generations and retails for €2.99.
  • Sably Food Co from Co Cork – Handmade Energy Balls from Entrepreneur Matthew Collins are not to be missed and are available in two flavors, retailing at €4.49.
  • Hanley’s Puddings from Co Cork – This innovative Pudding Roulade is a combination of white and black pudding, priced at €2.19.
  • Vale & Acre by Co Tipperary – Delicious Sausage Rolls made from Fresh Irish whole pork retail from €2.99 at home.
  • Builín Blasta Co Galway – Condiment lovers will enjoy the Smoked Onion Mayo for just €3.79 from the popular Gaeltacht cafe.

The Grow with supplier mentoring program with ALDI supports Irish startups and fosters innovation with Bord Bia.

The program highlights ALDI’s commitment to supporting Irish producers and sourcing quality Irish food products and making them available to consumers nationwide at affordable price points.

This year, Grow with ALDI attendees were asked to present bold and bold proposals that would set them apart from the rest. Successful finalists went through a rigorous and competitive evaluation process, and competition was fierce with nearly 200 independent suppliers applying to participate in the program. In May, ALDI supported the initiatives of 24 finalists who put their products on sale for a two-week period, and today announced the five winners at the 2022 National and World Farming Championships.

Each of the five winners will enjoy new contracts with the retailer. Brían Cully of Cully’s Bakery, Co. Cavan and The Sably Food, Co. Cork’s founder, Matthew Collins, has been rewarded with core contracts. This means that their products will be part of ALDI’s award-winning core product range.

Winners Vale & Acre Co. Tipperary’s Fiona O’Dwyer, Hanley’s Puddings Co. Anthony Considine and Builín Blasta Café Co. from Cork. Heather Connolly of Galway has been awarded a three-season contract.

Each of the five winning products is currently available at 152 ALDI stores nationwide.

John Curtin, Director of Purchasing, ALDI Group, said: “At ALDI, we are committed to building and nurturing relationships with Irish suppliers. Grow with ALDI allows us to build long-lasting relationships with small to medium businesses while providing mentorship and guidance along the way. The fact that we are still creating viable new businesses in the five years of this program is a testament to the quality and passion of Irish food producers. The quality of applicants this year was unrivaled and we are proud to offer products of this quality at affordable price points for Irish shoppers. We congratulate our winners once again.”

Bord Bia CEO (Interim) Michael Murphy added: “Bord Bia is proud to continue our successful partnership with Grow and ALDI. The program is the perfect showcase for emerging food and beverage businesses in Ireland and we at Bord Bia wish them the best as they embark on the next leg of their business journey.”

For more information on the Grow with ALDI program, visit www.ALDI.ie/grow.

Photo caption: Fiona O’Dwyer (Vale & Acre) Matthew Collins (The Sably Food Co.) Brian Cully (Cully’s Bakery) Anthony Considine (Hanley’s Puddings) and Heather Connolly (Builín Blasta) ALDI 2022 with ALDI Marquee National Farming Championship, Ratheniska, Co. Laois Photo: Leon Farrell / Photocall Ireland

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