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Aldi expands selection of local dairy products

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German discount chain Aldi is expanding its selection of dairy products made with locally produced milk, Aldi Magyarország purchasing manager Ádám Pusztai said at a press conference on Tuesday, according to a report by state news wire MTI.

Pusztai said 65 dairy staples on Aldi shelves are already made with milk from local farmers in Hungarian plants, and new products made with that milk will soon be introduced.

Every year, Aldi Magyarország sells more than 40 million liters of milk, 1,000 tonnes of cottage cheese, 2,800 tonnes of Trappista cheese, around 10 million tubs of sour cream, 7 million cartons of kefir and 3.5 million cups of plain yoghurt, all with milk from local farmers, he added.

He also said Aldi Magyarország will stock only eggs from local farms from early next year. All 90 million eggs Aldi Magyarország sells each year, including free range eggs, will be locally sourced, he added.

Aldi wants to open further export opportunities to Hungarian farmers and food processors by adding products to the selection of Aldi Nord and Aldi Süd whose 8,500 stores serve a market of 430 million people in Europe, Pusztai said.

Agriculture Minister István Nagy said he hopes other supermarket chains in Hungary "will follow Aldi's example". He noted that milk and egg consumption in Hungary is on the rise, with per capita egg consumption reaching 243.

Zoltán Harcz, who heads the Dairy Products Council, said annual per capita milk consumption in Hungary has "crossed the magic 200 kg threshold" for the first time in 20 years.

Imre Szép, the chairman of the Hungarian Egg Association, congratulated Aldi on its decision to stock only locally produced eggs. He also recommended a continuation of cooperation and dialogue to ensure egg farmers can cover their costs and make a "minimal profit".

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