Graham Nicolson, Aldi Scotland group buying director, with Robert Graham, managing director of Graham’s The Family Dairy.
Scottish milk producer Graham’s The Family Dairy has entered into a five-year partnership with Aldi worth approximately £55 million.
The investment, which extends the retailer’s existing long-term agreement with Graham’s, will see fresh Scottish milk continue to be supplied to all 85 Aldi stores across Scotland.
Based in Bridge of Allan in Stirlingshire, Graham’s has been working with Aldi since 2010, supplying stores across Scotland and the UK with a range of products, including skyr yoghurt, cottage cheese and quark. In Scotland, the firm also supplies Aldi with fresh Scottish milk, butter, natural yogurt and cultured creams.
Aldi said the deal forms part of a wider commitment to supporting Scottish farmers and sourcing high-quality local produce.
Robert Graham, managing director at Graham’s The Family Dairy, said: “Since 2010, we have enjoyed a close working relationship with Aldi and we are delighted to have agreed a new five-year deal to extend this partnership to the end of 2023.
“Long-term thinking, being innovative and fast to market is important to our family business, all qualities which Aldi share. This is the largest contract we have agreed to date and is worth roughly £55 million over the five-year period. It is also very positive news for our farming partners and around 700 colleagues across Scotland.
“We look forward to continuing to build and grow our already strong relationship with Aldi, both in Scotland and across the UK.”
Graham Nicolson, group buying director at Aldi Scotland, added: “This new five-year deal with Graham’s the Family Dairy will allow Aldi to continue to stock milk sourced from local farms in all our Scottish stores. This deal forms part of Aldi’s ongoing commitment to Scottish farmers and the Scottish dairy industry, which forms an integral part of our supply chain.
“Scottish milk and dairy products are among the highest quality in the world, and we hope that by working closely with local farms it will help sustain and grow this vital industry.”
Last year, Graham’s released its first range of skyr yogurts, available in flavours such as lemon, strawberry, victoria plum, and passion fruit.
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