Irish Aldi stores recently picked up 62 awards at the international 2015 Great Taste Awards, more than any other retailer in Ireland the company has announced.

Aldi's product range has now won a total of 240 Great Taste Awards in the last six years, proving Irish consumers don’t have to spend a small fortune to enjoy the very best groceries.

Winning products include Aldi's O’Shea’s Irish Stout, produced by Carlow Brewing Company, which received two gold stars and Aldi’s Specially Selected Dry Cured Irish Bacon Loin - Unsmoked, produced by Honeyvale Foods, which also received two gold stars.

Aldi Ireland's Group Buying Director Rob Farrell said Aldi is extremely proud that our products have been recognised by some of the world’s leading food experts and critics.

"These 62 awards demonstrate the outstanding quality of the many Irish producers and suppliers we work with. The spread of award winners across our full product range recognises the true strength of our product offering," he said.

Dubbed the "Foodie Oscars", the Great Taste Awards are widely acknowledged as the most respected food accreditation scheme for artisan and speciality food producers.

Over 10,000 food and drink products were blind tasted this year, with the winners chosen by a panel of over 400 experts including top chefs, cookery writers, food critics, restaurateurs and fine food retailers following a rigorous judging process.

Aldi said that it remains strongly committed to growing its Irish supply base and increasing the number of Irish products available.

Since 2008 Aldi has almost doubled the number of Irish suppliers it works with, helping to maintain over 34,000 jobs across the Irish food industry, it said.

More than 50% of Aldi’s supplier spend is with Irish suppliers, producers and manufacturers. All of Aldi’s fresh meats, fresh poultry, eggs, bread, flour, and many of its teas, coffees, soft drinks, waters and snacks come from leading Irish suppliers.

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Product (Gold Stars received)

Aldi Specially Selected Smoked Bacon Loin Wrapped in Streaky Bacon (2)
Aldi Specially Selected Dry Cured Irish Bacon Loin - Unsmoked (2)
Aldi Organic Porridge Oats (2)
Aldi Irish Kitchen Country Relish - Jalapeno Pepper (2)
Aldi Clontarf Whiskey (2)
Aldi O'Shea's Irish Stout (2)
Aldi Specially Selected 12 Month Matured Christmas Pudding (2)
Aldi Highland Black 8 Year Old Whisky (2)
Aldi Specially Selected Liquid Marinades – Bourbon (2)
Aldi Rhubarb & Vanilla Preserve (1)
Aldi Specially Selected Salmon Sensation (1)
Aldi Blackcurrant Preserve (1)
Aldi McGraths Reserve Tea Bags (1)
Aldi Kilkeely Gold Butter (1)
Specially Selected Irish Rhubarb & Strawberry Fruit Crumble (1)
Aldi Has No… Chocolate Digestives (1)
Aldi Three Fruit Marmalade (1)
Aldi Specially Selected Irish Farmhouse Yogurt - Strawberry (1)
Aldi Gluten Free Organic Porridge (1)
Aldi Summer Fruits Preserve (1)
Aldi Specially Selected Salted Caramel Ice Cream (1)
Aldi Specially Selected Spinach & Ricotta Ravioli (1)
Aldi Specially Selected Whole Duck (1)
Aldi Irish Cheese Selection Tipperary Blue (1)
Aldi Butchers Selection Duck Breast Fillets (1)
Aldi Butchers Selection Boned & Rolled Lamb Leg (1)
Aldi Specially Selected Rustic Seeded Wheaten Bread (1)
Aldi Specially Selected Angus Fillet Steak (1)
Aldi Specially Selected Beechwood Smoked Back Rashers (1)
Aldi Butchers Selection Boneless Lamb Rump Steak (1)
Aldi Specially Selected Bacon Fillet Steaks (1)
Aldi Specially Selected Turkey Crown Stuffed and Dressed with Bacon (1)
Aldi Gluten Free Pancakes (1)
Aldi Specially Selected Irish Farmhouse Yogurt - Raspberry (1)
Aldi Autumn Fruits Preserve (1)
Aldi Butchers Selection Lamb Rack (1)
Aldi Specially Selected Premium Lamb Rack With Rosemary and Garlic Crumb (1)
Aldi Specially Selected Rustic Fruited Wheaten Bread (1)
Aldi Butchers Selection Full Lamb Leg (1)
Aldi O'Shea's Ale (1)
Aldi Specially Selected Single Origin Kenyan Roast & Ground Coffee (1)
Aldi Specially Selected Blood Orange & Cranberry Preserve (1)
Aldi Specially Selected Wild Lobster Tails in Garlic Butter (1)
Aldi Harvest Morn Premium Muesli - Exotic (1)
Aldi Del Rivo Smoothie Orange Mango and Passion Fruit (1)
Aldi The Fishmonger Marinated Salmon, Pesto (1)
Aldi The Fishmonger Kiln Roasted Salmon Fillets Natural (1)
Aldi Diplomat Fruit and herb tea bags - Lemon and Ginger (1)
Aldi Harvest Morn Luxury Fruit Muesli (1)
Aldi The Exquisite Collection Muscadet Serve et Maine Sur Lie (1)
Aldi Ballycastle Irish Cream Liqueur (1)
Aldi Cranberry Raspberry Juice Drink (1)
Aldi Clarke's Bourbon Whiskey (1)
Aldi Jasmine Green Tea Bags (1)
Aldi Specially Selected Parmigiano Reggiano (1)
Aldi The Fishmonger Kiln Roasted Salmon Fillets Black Pepper (1)
Aldi Specially Selected Ethiopian Ground Coffee (1)
Aldi Specially Selected Brioche Burger Buns (1)
Aldi Chevalier VS Cognac (1)
Aldi The Fishmonger Sliced Smoked Salmon (1)
Aldi Prosecco Spumante D.O.C.G.- Coste Petrai (1)
Aldi Specially Selected Stir Through Pasta Sauces - Tomato and Grilled Peppers (1)[/toggle]