We are proud to source 100% of our milk from British farms. In 2018, we launched our Aldi Dairy Farm Partnership, working with progressive dairy farmers across the UK. The Aldi Dairy Farm Partnership, in conjunction with the farmer-owned cooperative Arla Foods, is designed to support this dedicated group of dairy farmers to maintain high welfare standards whilst driving a more sustainable future for the dairy industry.
All farmers in the ADFP work to the industry leading standards of the Arla UK 360 programme which ensures farms undertake activities in 6 key areas of farm sustainability; Animal Welfare; People Who Work on the Farm, Environment, Local Community, Business, and Research and Development.
Award winning dairy farming
Aldi Dairy farmer Mark Larwood has been crowned Dairy Farmer of the Year at the 2021 Farmers Weekly Awards. Mark was singled out for the award thanks to his efforts in adopting sustainable dairy farming practices.
Mark is forward thinking in all aspects of his farm from animal health and welfare to introducing renewable technology to become sustainable from the ground up. Mark is also taking part in calculating his carbon footprint on farm and already makes milk with around half the emissions of the global average. In winning the award he was recognised for his commitment to helping school children understand how their food is made by welcoming them on farm to explain how cows turn grass into milk.
Arla UK 360
Each farm works hard to achieve the Arla UK 360 standards. The farmers meet regularly to share best practice and receive visits from a specialist dairy vet. The Arla UK 360 Programme won the ‘Award for Innovation’ at the dairy industry Cream Awards 2019. Take a look at our video to find out more.
Open Farm Sunday
We also work with our dairy farmers each year during Open Farm Sunday. This gives our customers a great chance to see all the incredible work that goes on around our UK farms.
We love milk
So you think milk is just a drink? It’s so much more as it’s the starting point for all other dairy products and is rich in nutrients. It is a natural source of calcium, which is needed for the maintenance of normal teeth and bones, and protein, which contributes to a growth in muscle mass. But did you know it also contains vitamin B2 which contributes to the reduction of tiredness, vitamin B12 which contributes to the normal function of the immune system, potassium which contributes to the maintenance of normal blood pressure and iodine which contributes to normal cognitive function. That’s why we’ve redesigned the labels on some of our milk range, to make these benefits easy to understand. Look out for them next time you’re in your local Aldi.