Three of Aldi’s Tipperary based suppliers have been awarded titles by a judging panel made up of the world’s leading food experts and critics at the international 2016 Great Taste Awards.
Cahir based Honeyvale Foods won 2 gold stars for Aldi’s Brannans Maple Thick Cut Back Rashers, Cahir based ABP Cahir won 1 gold star for Aldi’s Specially Selected Irish Angus 30 Day Matured Beef Fillet Barrell Joint, while Roscrea based Stapleton’s Bakery won 1 gold star for Aldi’s Specially Selected Wheaten Fruited.
Aldi scooped 32 accolades in total at the Awards. Aldi’s product range has now won a grand total of 272 Great Taste Awards in the last seven years, proving Aldi’s commitment to low prices is matched by its commitment to outstanding quality.
Commenting on the success, Aldi Ireland’s Group Buying Director Finbar McCarthy said: “We would like to congratulate all of our fantastic suppliers for their success this year, gaining just recognition for the amazing products our customers love. Achieving 32 Great Taste Awards is a fantastic endorsement of the excellence and consistently high standards of our suppliers and producers.”
The Great Taste Awards, organised by the Guild of Fine Food, is the acknowledged benchmark for fine food and drink. It has been described as the “Oscars” of the food world and the “epicurean equivalent of the Booker prize”. Over 10,000 food and drink products were blind tested by expert judges this year, with the winners chosen by a panel made up of top chefs, cookery writers, food critics, restaurateurs and fine food retailers following a rigorous judging process.
Aldi has established solid roots in many of Ireland’s local communities having developed longstanding partnerships with numerous Irish producers. In the last five years Aldi has recruited over 70 new Irish suppliers, meaning Aldi now partners with more than 175 Irish producers. Over 50% of Aldi’s supplier spend is now with Irish suppliers, producers and manufacturers.