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Company with Laois operations wins €3 million Aldi contract to supply logs and kindling

Jack Fitzmaurice, Buying Director with Aldi Ireland and Shane O’Connell, Managing Director of Boulta Agri Ltd Picture: Jeff Harvey

A company who has a base in Laois has a won a contract with Aldi to supply logs and kindlin worth €3 million.

Boulta Agri will supply all of its 148 Irish stores with its Irish Kiln Dried Kindling and Kiln Dried Bags of Logs under Aldi’s Burn & Glow range.

Boulta Agri’s 100% Irish-produced greener fuel products have proven hugely successful with Aldi’s customers, paving the way for the new contract.

The environmentally-friendly fuel products, packed in bags made from 100% recycled plastic, are currently available in stores and customers can pick them up right through the winter period.

Based at Ballynoe, Cork, and with operations in Laois, Boulta Agri Ltd generates employment for up to 25 staff during peak production times.

Aldi’s business represents about three-quarters of the company’s output and, since 2015, the volume of goods supplied to Aldi has increased by more than 200%, growing every year.

As a direct result of Aldi’s business, the company has been able to invest significantly in new kiln driers and specialist machinery and equipment to help increase capacity and production.

Founded in 2011, Boulta Agri Ltd produces a variety of greener energy fuels including kindling, logs and eco logs.

Shane O’Connell, Managing Director of Boulta Agri Ltd, said: “Working with Aldi long-term has given us the security to expand and invest in our business.

“Our team here in Laois and Cork is delighted to be producing greener energy fuel for a leading Irish supermarket and we look forward to working with Aldi for many years to come.”

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Stradbally native Alan Hartnett is a graduate of Knockbeg College who has worked in the local and national media since 2008. Alan has a BA in Economics, Politics and Law and an MA in Journalism from DCU. His happiest moment was when Jody Dillon scored THAT goal in the Laois senior football final in 2016.