A Yorkshire-based business will supply Aldi stores with its unique range of British Wagyu steaks, as part of a new Specialbuy, available in stores soon.
Warrendale Wagyu, based near Pocklington, will supply the beef for four Wagyu steak cuts to Aldi stores across the UK. The range of Specially Selected Wagyu steaks include sirloin steak (£6.49), rump steak (£5.99), ribeye steak (£6.99) and fillet steak (£7.49). And as with all Specialbuys, customers will have to be quick, as once they’re gone, they’re gone.
Wagyu beef, which originates from Japan, has become increasingly popular in recent years due to its intensely rich flavour and the tender texture provided by the unique fat marbling in the meat. The cut also offers a range of health benefits due to its high levels of Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids.
Warrendale Farms is the largest producer of British Wagyu beef, with more than 4,000 animals across its main site and 125 partner farms around the UK. All the animals enjoy great quality living conditions and all the meat provided to Aldi is Red Tractor Farm Assured.
Warrendale Farms, which was founded by husband and wife duo, Jim and Rachel Bloom, more than 30 years ago, has also invested heavily to reduce the environmental footprint of its operations, including using energy from wind turbines and solar panels, as well as biomass heating.
Jim Bloom, Founder of Warrendale Farms and Chairman of the British Wagyu Society, said: “We’re very excited about the launch of British Wagyu steaks into Aldi. The cattle are reared with our 125 partner farms as well as on our farm in Yorkshire and we’re committed to their wellbeing, which helps us to produce the highest-quality final product for consumers.
“Aldi’s ongoing support is vital to us and we’ve really valued being able to build a personal relationship with the team, which will help us to grow our business along with all our farmers without compromising on our commitment to welfare and quality. It’s clear to see that they care about our business and we’re looking forward to continuing to develop this relationship in the future.”
Julie Ashfield, Managing Director of Buying at Aldi UK, said: “The popularity of Wagyu Beef has increased drastically as more people discover its mouthwatering taste and texture. The launch of our Specially Selected Wagyu burgers earlier in the year proved extremely popular with our customers and we expect the new range of Wagyu steaks to be a big hit too.
“We remain committed to championing British quality and will continue to work closely with the Warrendale team in the future to provide our customers the very best products at the very best price.”