Aldi Ireland has agreed a new €100 million five-year deal with Kilkenny-based Iverk Produce, to supply all of Aldi’s 150 Irish stores with its 100% Irish-grown and -packed potatoes.
Iverk Produce has partnered with Aldi since 1999 and currently supplies it with Irish-grown potatoes and carrots.
As part of this contract extension, Iverk will supply 24,000 tonnes of locally grown potatoes to Aldi annually.
Welcoming the new contract, James O’Shea, Iverk Produce, said, “This is a massive boost for both our staff and growers in this difficult climate we find ourselves in.”
The producer is now responsible for supplying 75% of Aldi’s range of Irish Rooster, Maris Piper, Maritiema, Kerr’s Pink, Golden Wonder and baby potatoes.
Founded by the O’Shea family in 1830, along the River Suir, Iverk Produce is one of the largest suppliers of fresh fruit and vegetables in Ireland.
Based in Piltown, Co. Kilkenny, Iverk works with over 50 local growing partners and now employs 150 people full time, with a further 35 part-time staff members.
As a result of its contract with Aldi, Iverk Produce will have the security to invest in a new, state-of-the-art packing house, which will bring all its existing lines into a fully automated facility, with new racking, fridges, and an optical sorter, which will allow for future growth and development.
“Working with Aldi has given us the security to expand and invest in our business, and we look forward to working with Aldi for many years to come,” O’Shea added.