The two-year deal will see Tulip supply eight products to the discounter’s 81 Scottish stores, including lean pork medallions, lean diced pork and lean pork mince.
The supply contract follows an increase in demand for the meat, as more consumers turn to pork as a low-fat meal option. Aldi said the partnership showed its commitment to stocking 100% Scottish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) approved pork and supporting local farmers.
‘Committed to helping Scottish farmers’
Tulip customer director Julian Weeks said: “We’re delighted to form a partnership with a retailer so committed to helping Scottish farmers.
“At Tulip, we are dedicated to creating the highest-quality products and factor in sustainability at every level of the company supply chain. It’s all ensuring the long-term future of the Scottish pig industry.”
Aldi Scotland group buying director Graham Nicolson said the supermarket was “unwavering” in its commitment to bringing consumers 100% Scottish SPCA approved pork.
Last month also saw Tulip collaborate with another retailer, as it joined The Co-op’s Bright Future scheme to create jobs for victims of modern slavery.
Under the scheme, victims are offered a four-week paid work placement, leading to a non-competitive interview, with a chance to secure a permanent job at the business.
Meanwhile, a £1m investment by Tulip at its Tipton facility, including a new mincing line to improve efficiencies and increase output at the site, has led to increased business for the pork processor.
The company had experienced significant additional volumes of mince being processed for a key client on a weekly basis and the new line gave the business the capacity to respond much more quickly to any additional customer promotional activity.
Products launched in Scottish Aldi stores
- Pork Mince 5% Fat 500g
- Pork Medallions 400g
- Pork Loin Steaks 480g
- Pork Loin Chops 400g
- Pork Shoulder Steaks 600g
- Diced Pork 425g/Pork Stir Fry 425g