£300K BOOST FOR LOCAL DISTILLERIES AS PART OF ALDI’S NEW SPIRITS OF SCOTLAND FESTIVAL – Scotch Whisky News

 Glen Marnoch - 25 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky (£39.99, 70cl)

Glen Marnoch – 25 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky (£39.99, 70cl)

£300K BOOST FOR LOCAL DISTILLERIES AS PART OF ALDI’S NEW SPIRITS OF SCOTLAND FESTIVAL 

Aldi has revealed the line-up for its first ever Spirits of Scotland Festival showcasing a hand-picked selection of the finest spirits from some of the country’s most renowned local distilleries.

Launching on Thursday 22nd August, the festival will take place in all 87 Aldi stores in Scotland in a deal worth over £312,000 to the distilleries involved.

Fiona Walsh, Co-founder and Director of Redcastle Spirits, commented: “Redcastle Spirits has had a phenomenal year so far and being invited to join the Spirits of Scotland festival has been a real highlight for us. We view Aldi as being at the forefront in supporting smaller Scottish producers and really championing all that is fantastic about the Scottish food and drink scene at the moment. The additional revenue this order will bring has allowed us to make some further upgrades to our bottling facility, which will increase our capacity and drive efficiencies. It also brings us a step closer to being in a position to increase our workforce.”

In celebration of the supermarket’s 25th anniversary in Scotland, Aldi has also included a limited-edition 25 Year Old Glen Marnoch Single Malt as part of the in-store festival. Distilled in Speyside using traditional skills that have been passed down generations of craftsmen, the liquid has aged undisturbed for over 25 years before being selected by a Malt Master for bottling. With notes of vanilla, toffee and leather, only 900 bottles of the luxurious Single Malt are available priced at just £39.99 (70cl).

Graham Nicolson, Group Buying Director, Aldi Scotland said: “Scotland is justifiably renowned the world over for its superb distilleries and over the years, their offerings have become more and more diverse and adventurous. As a result, Scotland is now home to a large number of dedicated distillers producing an exciting choice of flavourful and distinctive spirits and liqueurs.

“For our very first Spirits of Scotland festival, we’re pleased to bring together an enticing selection of gins, vodkas, whisky, rums and liqueurs, so our customers can taste the very best of what Scotland has to offer. To mark Aldi’s 25th anniversary in Scotland, we are thrilled to include the limited edition 25 Year Old Glen Marnoch Single Malt as part of the line-up. Whisky is what Scotland is known for, and the rich and luxurious Glen Marnoch gives our customers the chance to try a high-quality single malt without breaking the bank.

“At Aldi, we’re proud to be at the forefront of supporting independent Scottish producers and we will continue to champion all elements of our country’s exceptional spirits industry.”

The in-store festival will run while stocks last.

Hogwash – Blended Malt Scotch Whisky (£14.99, 70cl)

Notes 

Spirits of Scotland Festival 2019 line up: 

  • Brewdog Distilling Co.- LoneWolf Gin (£19.99, 70cl)
  • Eden Mill Botanical Project – Passionfruit and Coconut Gin (£19.99, 50cl) (Aldi exclusive)
  • Redcastle Spirits – Raspberry and Pomegranate Gin Liqueur (£14.99, 50cl)
  • Blackford Craft Distillery – Vesperis Heather Honey Vodka (£24.99, 70cl)
  • El:Gin Coirce – Small Batch Scottish Vodka (£24.99, 70cl)
  • Black Velvet by Aelder – Dark Fruit Liqueur (£14.99, 50cl)
  • Glasgow Distillery Co – Banditti Club Glasgow Spiced Rum (£19.99, 50cl)
  • Dark Matter – Spiced Rhubarb Rum Liqueur (£12.99, 50cl)
  • Dark Matter – Spiced Rum (£19.99, 50cl)
  • Glen Marnoch – 25 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky (£39.99, 70cl)
  • Hogwash – Blended Malt Scotch Whisky (£14.99, 70cl)

About Aldi Scotland 

2019 marks the 25th anniversary of Aldi opening its first store in Scotland and 10 years since the creation of its dedicated Scottish Buying department. Since 1994, Aldi has opened 87 stores across Scotland and stocks some of the finest and best value locally-sourced food and drink.

In May 2019, Aldi was crowned Scottish Sourcing Business of the Year at the Scotland Food & Drink Excellence Awards, demonstrating the supermarket’s commitment to its Scottish suppliers and to offering the finest quality, locally sourced produce at everyday low prices.

The four most recent NFUS ‘shelf watch’ surveys revealed Aldi stocks 100% Scotch Lamb PGI, 96% Scotch Beef PGI, 86% Scotch Beef PGI burgers and 100% Specially Selected Pork in its everyday ranges, more than any other supermarket in Scotland. This means customers are guaranteed to find the highest quality, locally sourced meat at Aldi stores in Scotland.

Established in 2009, the Scottish Buying Department has enabled Aldi to tap into Scotland’s vibrant agricultural and manufacturing base and build strong and long-standing relationships. Proud to work with over 90 local suppliers and stock more than 400 Scottish products, Aldi stores in Scotland boast a range that is at least 30% Scottish. The Buying team has grown from four to 25 members of staff, all of whom are committed to increasing the number of Scottish products available in stores to over 450 by the end of 2020 and bring the best of Scotland’s larder to its customers. As part of this, Aldi is investing over £22 million in new chill facilities for its Scottish Buying Department, including constructing a 4,000sq m freezer and a 13,000sq m chiller to help support the growth of its Scottish product range.

This year Aldi is opening seven new stores across Scotland, creating an additional 200 jobs by the end of 2019.

Aldi was announced as Scotland’s fastest growing retailer in 2018. In the 52 weeks to 30th December 2018, sales in Scotland grew by 16.4% (Kantar Worldpanel data).

www.aldi.co.uk/scotland

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About Aldi UK

Aldi is Britain’s fifth largest supermarket with over 830 stores and 32,000 employees.

The company has more than doubled its market share since 2010. In the 12 weeks to 11th August 2019, Aldi grew sales by 6.2% and achieved an 8.1% share of the UK grocery market (Kantar Worldpanel data). By 2025, Aldi will operate over 1,200 stores.

Aldi is attracting hundreds of thousands of new customers every year with its range of exclusive brands, passing low operating costs on to customers in the form of low prices.

The supermarket believes in making every day amazing and that’s why every single day Aldi delivers on the best possible value for millions of families throughout the UK and Ireland across everything from award-winning fresh produce to world class gin.

Aldi won’t be beaten on price; consistently racks up award after award for quality; treats its suppliers with fairness and respect and recognises the responsibility of supporting valued institutions such as Team GB to demonstrate the importance of health and wellness. That’s Aldi. That’s everyday amazing. The reason they do this? Because Aldi believes that everyone should have access to fresh, healthy, affordable food…it’s a right, not a privilege.

 The company’s current achievements and initiatives include:

  • Aldi is the UK’s lowest priced supermarket. The Grocer’s weekly price comparison of 33 supermarket products found that a weekly shop at Aldi was 10.8% cheaper than its nearest competitor (The Grocer – 14th June)
  • Aldi has a five-year partnership with Teenage Cancer Trust – its fundraising target of £5m will go towards helping the trust to reach out to every young person with cancer in the UK.
  • Aldi’s rates of pay are significantly higher than the Government’s National Living Wage and also above the Living Wage Foundation’s recommended national rates. Store Assistants receive a minimum hourly rate of £9.10 nationally and £10.55 in London.
  • Aldi is the official supermarket partner of Team GB and ensures every member of the team has access to fresh healthy Aldi food via monthly shopping vouchers, and that 1.2 million 5-14 year olds will learn about the benefits of cooking fresh, healthy food via its Get Set to Eat Fresh education initiative. Aldi has been a partner since 2015 and has extended its commitment to the 2024 Olympic games in Paris.
  • In June 2019, for the sixth consecutive year, Aldi was ranked the best-performing supermarket for compliance with the Groceries Supply Code of Practice, underlining its commitment to maintaining fair, predictable and sustainable prices within its supply chain.

Full details of Aldi’s awards and achievements are detailed at www.aldi.co.uk/awards

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