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Aldi signs Fairtrade deal with O’Connor Nurseries

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Gorey-based O’Connor Nurseries will provide Aldi with over €65,000 worth of Fairtrade poinsettias this Christmas. 

"The only Fairtrade poinsettias available in Ireland this Christmas, the seeds have been cultivated on a Fairtrade farm in Uganda, before being transported to Ireland for planting by O’Connor Nurseries," a company spokesperson said. "A Fairtrade premium has been paid on each plant bought."

O’Connor Nurseries operate from six acres of glasshouse, including four acres of new climate-controlled houses, located near Gorey, Co Wexford.

Finbar McCarthy, Aldi’s group buying director, said: “Fairtrade is important to Aldi as it enables us to deliver great value in a sustainable way. At the same time, we actively seek to work with and support as many Irish suppliers as possible. Partnering with O’Connor Nurseries to source Fairtrade poinsettias for Christmas is a great way of combining both commitments.”

Jim O’Connor, O’Connor Nurseries, said: “We are very proud to be the only nursery in Ireland offering Fairtrade poinsettias. We have supplied Aldi with the highest-quality plants for the last six years and we are delighted that through Aldi’s 130 stores, our Fairtrade poinsettias will decorate homes up and down the country this Christmas”. 

Aldi has partnered with O’Connor Nurseries since 2012. The Fairtrade poinsettias will be available from Aldi’s Irish stores from Thursday, December 14, retailing at €12.99 each.

Tags: Horticulture