Aldi has announced that Stapleton’s Bakery has secured a new contract worth €3.5 million annually to supply its 139 Irish stores.
The new deal will see the family run bakery provide Aldi will a variety of award-winning own-label breads.
The Co. Tippery based company will continue to commercially bake the winning recipe from the National Brown Bread Baking Competition, which was won this year by Samara Ward from Inver, Co. Donegal.
In partnership with Aldi, the craft bakery has also invested in a new brick oven line, which it sourced in the Middle East to produce Handmade Irish Pitta Bread.
"The new brick oven pitta bread machine Stapleton’s has invested in helps meet Aldi customers’ growing demand for new tastes and innovative products,” said John Curtin, group buying director, Aldi.
Based in Roscrea, Co. Tipperary, Stapleton’s has supplied Aldi since 2011.
“Our relationship with Aldi for almost a decade has been a key driver of innovation and expansion at Stapleton’s," said Joe Stapleton, owner Stapleton's Bakery.
The relationship has grown considerably over the past eight years, with the volume of product supplied to Aldi growing by 7.5% over the last 12 months, the discount retailer highlighted.
"Seeing growth year-on-year for our craft products baked the traditional way is a huge success and something we’re all very proud of." Stapleton added.
Established in 1970, the family run bakery now employs 100 staff including 15 craft bakers.
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