Aldi pledges to spend an extra £3.5billion a year on UK-grown food

Aldi has thrown its support behind British farmers post-Brexit by pledging £3.5billion a year on home-grown food and drink.

The supermarket hopes to create opportunities for hundreds of growers and producers across the country with its spending promise over the next five years, benefiting more than 1,000 small businesses in its supply chain.

The chain is also extending an agreement to pay small suppliers without delay to the end of 2021.

Aldi has already said it is investing £500million in new and upgraded stores, its supply chain and distribution centres in the coming year.

The discount supermarket hopes these projects will create 4,000 jobs, according to The Guardian.

Aldi UK's chief executive Giles Hurley said: 'We are expecting significant sales growth in 2021 as we open new stores and bring Aldi to more locations across the UK.

"With the vast majority of our grocery products now coming from British suppliers, our growth will lead to additional jobs and investment in our UK supply chain."

Aldi is the UK's fifth biggest supermarket with more than 900 stores and 36,000 staff.

The supermarket already sources its main range of fresh eggs, meat, milk, butter and cream from British suppliers.

Source: Daily Mail