ALDI’s West Cork-based supplier, Macroom Buffalo Cheese, has been recognised at the prestigious international 2018 Great Taste Awards.
The Macroom cheese producer won two gold stars for Aldi’s Specially Selected Irish Buffalo Mozzarella.
Aldi won a total of 34 titles at the 2018 Awards for everything from its protein bars to vodka, bringing the total number of Great Taste Awards for Aldi products to 339 since 2010. Many of this year’s winning Aldi products are sourced from market-leading Irish suppliers.
‘Congratulations to our winning West Cork supplier, Macroom Buffalo Cheese,’ said Aldi Ireland’s group buying director Finbar McCarthy.
‘We are delighted to see Johnnie and Geraldine Lynch taste such international success with their products for Aldi.
‘The Great Taste Awards are one of the most reputable and prestigious fine food and drink awards in the UK and Ireland, so we are thrilled to see that our suppliers’ commitment to quality has been once again recognised. We are continuously introducing new and exciting Irish sourced products and engaging more and more Irish suppliers,’ he added.
The Great Taste Awards, organised by the Guild of Fine Food, is the acknowledged benchmark for fine food and drink. It has been described as the ‘Oscars’ of the food world, and the ‘epicurean equivalent of the Booker prize’. Thousands of food and drink products were blind taste-tested by expert judges, with the winners chosen by a panel made up of top chefs, buyers, food writers and retailers following a rigorous judging process.
‘This year we launched Grow with Aldi, which represents the next step in our continuing commitment to buying Irish,’ Mr McCarthy said. ‘This supplier development programme for small and medium-sized food and drink producers makes it easier for companies to get their products on our shelves and gives our customers access to the most exciting and highest quality new products from across Ireland.’