Scottish farmers join forces for Aldi poultry deal

Scottish poultry farmers from Strathaven, Kilmaurs and Laurencekirk have joined forces to secure a £400,000 contract to supply Aldi with free-range whole chickens.

Trading as MGM Poultry, the three farmers will supply Aldi with 2,500 Scottish reared and slaughtered chickens every week, worth over £400,000 a year.

Robert Morris at MGM Poultry said: “We started talking about working together around 2013, with the aim of providing a leading retailer with our quality, free-range Scottish poultry. Aldi recognised the quality of our produce and we secured an annual contract, which will provide a huge boost to the sector. The buying team at Aldi have been great to work with and it’s exciting to see our product on the shelves across stores in Scotland.”

The Scottish Free Range Whole Chickens are now available at Aldi, individually priced at £3.29 per kg. Aldi in Scotland said it stocks more than 200 Scottish products and works with over 60 independent food and drink businesses.

Richard Holloway, managing director for Aldi in Scotland, said: “Working with local suppliers is very important to our brand and being able to forge close, direct relationships means we are able to give our customers the quality Scottish products they deserve at everyday low prices. We work with a lot of farmers around the country and are very proud to be able to stock their fresh produce.”

NFU Scotland’s food chain relationships manager Kylie Barclay added: “Aldi was very supportive as a company last winter when restructuring elsewhere created a very turbulent period of the nation’s poultry producers. I am grateful for its engagement both with NFU Scotland and with growers.
“We congratulate the farmers on being able to secure such a positive deal on the back of a very difficult time in the industry and hope that this underpins their plans for poultry production well into the future.”

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