Allium supplier Moulton Bulb is celebrating five years of supply with Aldi – an ongoing partnership that has resulted in multiple investments.
Since the partnership began in 2013, the Spalding-based farm has supplied the supermarket’s stores nationwide with over 40,000 tonnes of onions, 3,000t of shallots and 1,000t of garlic.
According to Aldi, the security of the contract has enabled Moulton Bulb’s owners to reinvest in and grow the business, and it now has the only near infrared onion grader in the UK. The machine uses non-invasive, photo optic and 3D laser technology to assess fresh produce to ensure it meets high quality standards.
Robert Oldershaw, company director at Moulton Bulb, said: “Our working relationship with Aldi is straightforward and effective, and continued investment is enabling us to take strides forward to expand our business, and modernise our operations. As a result, we’re able to share our produce with more and more people across the UK and beyond.”
The family-owned business, which has been operational since 1979, was started by the late Gilbert Oldershaw OBE on just a few acres of land, and now delivers over 100,000t of produce, every year.
Julie Ashfield, managing director of buying at Aldi, said: “We’re committed to supporting British businesses and we work closely with our suppliers to produce the highest quality products for our customers, whilst at the same time growing their livelihoods and creating jobs for the community.”