Aldi Ireland has agreed a new, exclusive three-year deal worth almost €5 million with Limerick-based Twomey’s Bakery, to supply all of Aldi’s 150 Irish stores with its breads, baked scones, tarts and sponges.
Welcoming the new contract, John Curtin, group buying director, Aldi Ireland, said, “Twomey’s saw a year-on-year increase of 25% in its sales to Aldi in 2021, and we are delighted to continue supporting the local company’s growth into the future.”
Twomey’s Bakery, based in Dromcollogher, Co. Limerick, has partnered with Aldi since 2019 and currently supplies the discounter’s stores with its ancient-grain batch loaf, apple tart, fruit scones, apple sponge and apple crumble.
As part of the new deal, Twomey’s will also be introducing a new rhubarb crumble, which will be available over the summer months.
Patrick Twomey, managing director with Twomey’s Bakery, said, “Like all producers, we have faced difficulties in our supply chain in recent months, with increases in the cost of ingredient prices, along with transport and energy costs proving a real challenge.
“This new contract is a big boost for our business, providing a huge degree of certainty and security. We are grateful for Aldi’s continued support and partnership.”
According to the retailer, as a result of Twomey’s business with Aldi, the company has had the means to invest in new, state-of-the-art machinery, which has increased its production capacity.
For example, Twomey’s has invested in new wrapping and labelling units, along with a pristine, top-of-the-range fridge and freezer unit.
The bakery, which was founded in 1901, has been run for four generations by the Twomey family.
Now under new management, Twomey’s employs 20 full-time members of staff.
It now produces a range of different handmade breads and cakes, using ‘traditional family recipes that have been passed down through the generations’.