Dublin a culinary powerhouse with five local innovators announced as Grow with ALDI finalists

The 2024 Grow with ALDI finalists have been announced following a nationwide search for Ireland’s most talented and innovative suppliers in the food and drink industry

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Twenty-seven ambitious suppliers from across both the Republic and Northern Ireland have earned their spot to showcase their products in 161 ALDI stores nationwide.

Among this year’s 27 finalists are five local businesses from Dublin who will see their products go on sale in ALDI stores nationwide for a two-week period starting May 23rd.

Introducing the talented producers who will represent Dublin as this year’s Grow with ALDI finalists. Dublin-based Chimac has launched its exciting Chimac range, including BBQ Marinade, Sriracha Caramel Ham, and Korean Stir-fry Sauce €2.99. Inspired by a profound love for Korean fried chicken discovered in Seoul in 2016, Chimac brings a culinary adventure to Dublin, offering a taste of Seoul’s vibrant food scene to ALDI customers from May 23rd!

Dublin’s own Niks Tea continues to innovate in the specialty tea market with the introduction of Cherry and Mango Cold Brew Teas €2.99 each. Starting from a humble kitchen table in 2011, Niks Tea has grown into a beloved brand recognised for its unique and health-conscious blends. 

Nutty Delights, offers Hot Nuts for €1.99. The company is dedicated to environmental stewardship, and aims to provide high-quality, sustainable food options that benefit both consumers and the planet.

Dublin’s Too Savage introduces its Plant-Based Curry Mayo and Spicy Mayo, priced at €3.99. Founded by Conor Bacon, the brand is committed to health, dietary inclusivity, and environmental sustainability. Too Savage aims to connect people through food, promoting inclusivity and sustainability in every product.

Smokin Bones, founded by Gerrard O’Farrell located in Swords has secured their finalist spot with the Texas and Korean BBQ Pulled Pork €4.99. Starting from a stall at Dublin’s Big Grill festival, Smokin Bones has grown into a staple of the city’s culinary scene, known for authentic American-style barbecue smoked over hickory wood.

Reflecting on the recognition of Chimac as a finalist in this year’s Grow with ALDI competition, Sofie Rooney said: “It’s an incredible honour to be recognised in such a prestigious programme like Grow with ALDI. We’re excited to showcase our products and connect with customers across the country with our bold, punchy Korean inspired sauces and marinades.”

Speaking about being selected as a finalist for this year’s Grow with ALDI competition, Nicola Kearns of Niks Tea, said: “We are thrilled to have the chance to share our craft with a wider audience and are grateful for the opportunity that Grow with ALDI provides.”

Delivered in partnership with Bord Bia, Grow with ALDI is now in its seventh year and is a leading developmental platform for Irish suppliers. The programme provides invaluable industry mentorship and retail guidance, aimed at fostering the growth and sustainability of small to medium-sized Irish businesses. Since its inception in 2018, ALDI’s initiative has invested over €10 million, propelling Irish-made products to new heights.

This year’s Grow with ALDI finalists hail from 18 diverse counties and showcase a bold array of innovative products. The lineup includes everything from succulent BBQ meats and plant-based mayo to quality sweet and salty snacks and sophisticated 0.0% alcohol options, offering a treasure trove of discoveries. Chosen for their dedication, the quality of their offerings, and their entrepreneurial spirit, these pioneers exemplify the vibrant creativity and fearless innovation flourishing across Ireland today, embodying the finest of Irish ingenuity.

The journey is just beginning for the Grow with ALDI 2024 finalists! Following the initial promotion, a handful of winners will be chosen to avail of further opportunities with ALDI earning them coveted Specialbuys contracts with the retailer and enabling them to further scale their business and allowing ALDI to expand their ever-growing range of local Irish producers.  

Speaking about the finalists of Grow with ALDI 2024 programme, Rachael O’Connor, ALDI Buying Director, said: “The passion and creativity of this year’s applicants is a testament to the calibre of talent working and innovating in the Irish food and drink space today. ALDI takes great pride in supporting and promoting small Irish businesses and on 23rd May 27 new Irish produced products will hit shelves as part of the initiative.Customer enthusiasm is crucial for the success of these products in the Grow with ALDI program, so don’t miss your chance to explore and purchase your favourites in stores nationwide!”

Be sure to look out for this year’s finalists’ products in stores starting May 23rd. Get ready to discover what these innovative creators have to offer!

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