Aldi has announced that applications will open on Sunday 17 January for its 2021 'Grow with Aldi' supplier development programme, which will see it offering Irish suppliers the chance to stock their products in their 145 Aldi stores in Ireland.

To date, over 500 Irish suppliers have entered the Grow with Aldi programme over the last three years, with Aldi’s investment hitting three million euro.

This year, Aldi is opening the programme to non-food related Irish products, from beauty products to cleaning products.

For 2021, entrants are being encouraged to demonstrate their commitment to sustainability

Aldi will pick up to 60 products for their special buys event on 6 of June 2021. 

A final six products will then be chosen to become a core range listing in all of Aldi’s 145 stores nationwide.

Developed in partnership with Bord Bia, the programme is designed to help small and medium producers gain experience and exposure for their products.

Participants will receive tailored mentoring and bespoke workshops with the Aldi Buying team, the Aldi Marketing team and Bord Bia technical experts.

Last year, over 75 products went on sale in May 2020 as part of the Grow with Aldi Special buys event.

Six products were then chosen in July to form part of the core range nationwide.