Aldi has announced it has invested an extra £1.6 billion with British suppliers since the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic.
This investment includes £125 million more spent on British meat, poultry and dairy farmers, as the discount retailer has sourced 100% of its core range of fresh meat, eggs, butter, milk and cream from British suppliers.
The news comes as part of Aldi’s pledged to prioritise home-grown suppliers by spending an additional £3.5 billion annually with British business by the end of 2025.
The commitment will help “hundreds more small British businesses grow with Aldi” and invest in the future “with confidence”, according to the retailer.
This follows the supermarket’s “Grow with Aldi” supplier development programme, which offered British producers the opportunity to sell their products in Aldi stores across the country.
“We were the fastest-growing supermarket in the UK in 2021 and that has only been possible by working closely, over long periods, with hundreds of British suppliers,” Aldi UK chief executive Giles Hurley said.
“As we continue to grow, opening new stores across the UK, we are determined to ensure that the vast majority of our grocery products continue to come from British suppliers, just as they do now.”
The supermarket chain is also creating 2,000 UK jobs during 2022 and aims to open a new store every week to accommodate growing demand.
Aldi also plans to increase its national hourly wage to £10.10 or £11.55 for those within the M25 to ensure the retailer remains the best-paying UK supermarket.