The investment, which extends the retailer’s existing long-term partnership with Graham’s, will see Scottish milk continue to be supplied to all 85 stores across Scotland in a deal worth approximately £55m ($71m).
Based in Bridge of Allan in Stirlingshire, Graham’s has been working with Aldi since 2010 supplying stores across Scotland and the UK with a range of products, including Skyr yogurt, cottage cheese and quark. In Scotland, Graham’s also supplies ALDI with milk, butter, natural yogurt, and cultured creams.
Robert Graham, managing director at Graham’s The Family Dairy, said, “Long term thinking, being innovative and fast to market is important to our family business, all qualities which ALDI share. This is the largest contract we have agreed to date and is worth roughly £55m over the five-year period. It is also very positive news for our farming partners and around 700 colleagues across Scotland.”
Graham Nicolson, group buying director, Aldi Scotland, said, “This new five-year deal with Graham’s the Family Dairy will allow Aldi to continue to stock milk sourced from local farms in all our Scottish stores. This deal forms part of Aldi’s ongoing commitment to Scottish farmers and the Scottish dairy industry, which forms an integral part of our supply chain.”
Aldi in Scotland
Aldi’s 85 stores across Scotland works with more than 80 local suppliers and stocks more than 400 Scottish products. Aldi’s range in Scotland is at least 30% Scottish.
Aldi is the UK’s fifth largest and fastest-growing supermarket with more than 800 stores and more than 30,000 employees.
In 2019, Aldi is opening 65 new stores and by 2025 will operate over 1,200 stores.