SUPERMARKET chain Aldi is to offer new season Irish spring lamb at its 81 stores from this Sunday, following a trend towards home-produced “own brand” foods on offer in Irish-based grocery outlets.
Packaged under the chain’s own Nature’s Isle label, the Aldi lamb product has been quality assured by Bord Bia.
The lamb range is supplied by Irish Country Meats of Co Wexford and AIBP Cahir of Co Tipperary.
An Aldi spokesperson said: “All of the Nature’s Isle new season Irish spring lamb, poultry, beef and pork found at Aldi stores is sourced exclusively from Republic of Ireland farms and carries the Bord Bia Quality Assurance logo. We know that our customers like to buy Irish and we’re proud to be able to offer them a premium quality new season Irish spring lamb range.”
Irish-produced spring lamb is also available in other outlets, such as Dunnes Stores, Superquinn, SuperValu, Centra and Tesco. Each of these stores has previously issued claims as to the ratio of locally produced foods packaged under “own brand” labels. This was discussed in a recent Pat Kenny show on RTÉ Radio One.
Superquinn stocks about 2,000 own brand products, and claims that 95% of the fresh own label products are Irish, while more than 75% of grocery own label products are sourced from Irish suppliers and producers.
Dunnes Stores claims that more than 75% its fresh own label foods are sourced in Ireland. This includes 100% of fresh beef, chicken, lamb and pork, 97% of its bakery lines, 91% of all potatoes and 100% of its fresh fish comes from Irish suppliers and waters.
Centra says that 100% of its meat is Irish, 67% of fruit and vegetables and 75% of dairy.
Aldi says that over 45% of all grocery sales are generated from products bought from Irish suppliers, producers and manufacturers. Some other stores state their commitment to Irish producers but do not offer breakdown details.
Tesco says that 100 Irish companies produce some 2,000 own brand Tesco products. It says that 40% of the products sold in its Irish stores are of Irish origin, with 75% of these products coming from Irish suppliers.
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