Aldi invests in Scotland

Aldi invests in Scotland

Discount supermarket chain Aldi is planning to increase its footprint in Scotland this year with the opening of eight new stores.

The expansion will bring its total number of Scottish stores to 72 having already increased its Scottish portfolio by over 40% in the past three years.

As a result, the number of Aldi employees north of the border will reach around 2,500 which is an increase of 200% since 2012.

Richard Holloway, managing director of Aldi in Scotland, said: “Our business model in Scotland has always been about working with the best local producers to bring top quality products to our customers at everyday low prices.

“In the year ahead, we want to grow relationships with existing suppliers and cultivate new ones too. 

“There is no doubt that Aldi is growing in popularity across the UK, and Scotland is a significant success story in its own right.

“We’re retaining existing customers, and attracting new shoppers, due to the quality and value of the products on offer.

“With new stores opening this year, we’re looking forward to giving even more people the chance to switch to Aldi and save on their weekly shop.”

In addition to investing in new stores and jobs, Aldi has vowed to continue to grow its range of Scottish-sourced products.

Since 2013, Aldi has increased the number of Scottish lines by 30% and by the end of next year expects the number to grow by a further 10%.

In the past year alone, Aldi has announced a number of significant supplier deals in Scotland, including:

  • A £250,000 contract with Montrose-based Stirfresh to supply fresh ready-to-cook vegetables.
  • A deal with Campbells of Linlithgow to provide more than 140,000 Scottish salmon fillets.
  • A six-figure deal with Dean’s of Huntly to supply stores across the country with shortbread and oat biscuit selections.
  • A £50,000 deal with Ayrshire-based Skinni Foods to supply health-conscious burgers, sausages and black pudding.