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Northern Ireland food artisans gain listings with Aldi Ireland


Graham Watt of Causeway Coffee in Coleraine.

Graham Watt of Causeway Coffee in Coleraine.

Graham Watt of Causeway Coffee in Coleraine.

Five Northern Ireland food and drink producers are being given an opportunity to win long-term business with Aldi Ireland.

The Northern Ireland companies are Causeway Coffee from Coleraine for coffee beans; Crawford’s Rock of Kilkeel for seaweed seasoning; Karri Kitchen of Portadown for mango curry; La Dolce Vita NI of Saintfield for chilli sauce; and Noisy Snacks of Belfast for snackable nut mixes.

After receiving applications from nearly 200 suppliers across food, drinks and non-food products, Aldi has selected an impressive group of entrepreneurs as this year’s Grow with Aldi finalists.

The six Northern Ireland companies are among a total of 24 home-grown suppliers, from across the island of Ireland, which will see their products go on sale in 150 Aldi stores across the Republic for a two-week period starting on May 19, enabling customers to sample the finest of Irish artisan produce and show their support for Irish businesses.

Undertaken in partnership with Irish food promotion body Bord Bia, Grow with Aldi is now in its fifth year and puts adventure into Irish ventures through mentorship and retail support to nurture small to medium-sized Irish businesses and set them up for success.

First launched in 2018, the scheme has seen Aldi invest more than €5.5m in supporting over 200 producers and gives Irish producers unrivalled access to Irish consumers, ensuring they can grow and thrive in the Irish market.

This years’ Grow with Aldi finalists span 16 counties, from Cork to Down, Dublin to Galway, and products include a variety of mouth-watering products from Fairtrade Kombucha and non-alcoholic cocktails to Sweet Potato Pizza and Hot Sauce.

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Successful applicants were reviewed and selected based on their passion for their craft, the quality of their produce, and their entrepreneurial spirit.