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Aldi bites back at farmer protest outside Cavan store

Sep 30, 2022 13:00 By News Northern Sound
Aldi bites back at farmer protest outside Cavan store
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'We are staying put until Aldi starts treating farmers across Cavan and Monaghan with respect'

Aldi says it's extremely disappointed over the continuation of the IFA protest over the low prices it is paying to food producers at its Cavan store.

The company says the move is undermining ongoing discussions it is having with suppliers.

Aldi says it paid higher prices to egg suppliers in June and this represented the largest increase it has ever agreed.

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"We are hugely frustrated at these developments as they undermine the current ongoing discussions with our suppliers. As always, Aldi Ireland is committed to working with, and supporting, all of our Irish suppliers," a spokesperson added.

"We paid higher prices to egg suppliers in June of this year, which represented the largest increases we have ever agreed, and we are fully engaged in the most recent round of discussions. We are disappointed that egg producers have taken this approach at a time when we are actively in discussions with our egg suppliers.

"We understand egg producer frustrations and are happy to reassert again, our commitment to engagement with suppliers with whom we purchase our eggs from. We want to support all our suppliers while continuing to shield our customers from price increases as much as possible during this current inflationary period.

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Meanwhile, IFA's Ulster/North Leinster Chairman, Frank Brady, said farmers will not accept any more "empty promises" from Aldi.

Mr Brady says protesters will block supplies to the store and continue to "stay put" until Aldi starts treating farmers across Cavan and Monaghan with respect.

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