JZ Flowers and Aldi Ireland have agreed a new €70m deal that will see the Co-Kildare based company provide 33 million fresh flower stems to Aldi stores around the country. 

Aldi sold almost 4.2 million bouquets last year and is the country's biggest retailer of fresh cut flowers, with one in four flower stems sold in Ireland purchased from Aldi. 

It has a 21.1% market share of all flower sales across the country – the highest of any retailer here.

The new five year deal is the culmination of a significant expansion for JZ Flowers, which recently opened a new €1.3m packing facility in Naas in Co Kildare.

The 51,000 square foot facility, which employs 54 full time staff, is dedicated to supplying Aldi Ireland’s 137 stores with flowers.

JZ Flowers and Aldi Ireland have partnered since 1999, with JZ initially supplying Aldi's Irish stores from its original production facility in the UK.

Over 10 years ago, Aldi Ireland approached JZ Flowers and asked them to consider moving operations to Ireland due to the unprecedented growth of its Irish business and JZ Flowers opened its first packing facility in Naas in 2006.

Wayne Rowlatt, JZ’s Director, said that Aldi's unique partnering and sourcing model provides the confidence to invest in and develop its Irish operations. 

"We're immensely proud of our new facility in Naas and our dedicated team that supply fresh flowers daily for Aldi's customers throughout Ireland," he added.