Armagh-based Classic Mineral Water has inked a new £3.8m/€4.4m deal to supply all of Aldi Ireland's 155 stores with its range of drinks over the next year.

Classic Mineral Water has been working with Aldi for the past three and half years and its products are sold under the Comeragh brand name.

Based in Lurgan in Co Armagh, Classic Mineral Water employs 70 staff full-time staff members.

Classic Mineral Water is Ireland's oldest water bottling company and was founded in 1948 by James McKee.

Over the past 40 years, it has developed a wide portfolio of products and is one of the few bottling companies that can produce a full suite of products to its customers including still and sparkling water, flavoured waters, mixers, isotonic and glucose drinks.

In 2018, the McKee family decided to retire from the business and sold the company to Liam Duffy and Gerard Watters, two lifelong friends.

Since 2019, a total of £6m/€6.8m has been invested in installing three high speed bottling lines and ancillary services to meet customer demands.

The company's turnover has risen from £2m/€2.3m in 2018 to more than £15m/€17m this year and the owners are confident that they will reach over £20m/€22.7m in 2024.

Liam Duffy, CEO of Classic Mineral Water, said the company has been working with Aldi since July 2019, developing a strong business relationship over the past three and half years.

"Despite all the challenges that we have faced as a business over the past few years, we have continued to work together to ensure that Aldi customers have access to high quality products at an affordable price," he said.

"Pragmatic growth continues as Classic Mineral Water invests in production capabilities to allow the business to continue to grow and adapt over the coming years," he added.