Kilkenny farmers in €70m potato deal with Aldi
A Kilkenny-based fruit and vegetable wholesaler has signed a deal to provide Aldi with €70m worth of Irish-grown potatoes over three years.
Under the new agreement, Iverk Produce will supply Aldi’s 129 Irish stores with 27,000 tonnes of locally-grown rooster, white and salad potatoes annually, representing a significant increase in the quantities Iverk Produce currently supplies to Aldi’s stores.
Based in Piltown, Co. Kilkenny, Iverk Produce employs over 190 people from the local community full-time, in addition to a further 30-40 seasonal workers.
O’Shea farms is owned by Richard, Thomas, John and Seamus O'Shea.
While Richard concentrated on dairying, the rest of the hard-working brothers built up a business that handles close to 37,000 tonnes of carrots, potatoes and other fruit and veg under the moniker of Iverk produce.
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All its potatoes are sourced from 30 Bord Bia approved growers predominantly in the South East of Ireland.
The company has partnered with Aldi since the retailer first entered the Irish market in 1999.