A Harlow-based family-owned firm has created 60 new jobs after securing a contract with supermarket giant Aldi.
Riverway Foods has created the jobs in its production, weighing and packing departments at its main site in Harlow after agreeing a deal to supply sausages to all the supermarket’s 827 stores across the UK.
The new employees will help Riverway, which has been owned by the Crosby family for three generations, provide 100 tonnes of fresh pork sausages each week for Aldi.
Managing director Jon Crosby said: “Our partnership with Aldi will allow us to grow while still ensuring every single sausage we make is of the highest quality.
“We have a long tradition of using the leanest cuts of pork sourced from farms with high welfare standards, and the new contract enables us to share the products we’re really passionate about with even more people up and down the UK.”
The contract has also enabled Riverway to expand its offering by adding new flavours to its best sellers on Aldi’s shelves, including sweet chilli, Bramley apple, and caramelised onion.
The business sources the pork used in all its sausages from British Red Tractor Assured farms to ensure products are of the highest quality.
Julie Ashfield, Managing Director of Buying at Aldi, said: “Working with British suppliers has been a key part of our growth, and we are pleased to see local, family-owned businesses like Riverway thriving with our support.
“We’re sure these products will be a hit with our customers, and look forward to working with Riverway for years to come.”
Aldi’s commitment to working with British suppliers means its everyday fresh meat range is 100 per cent British, while its long-term partnerships has seen the supermarket ranked the best-performing for compliance with the Groceries Supply Code of Practice for five consecutive years.