Index - Economy - In the future, Aldi will only sell Hungarian milk and eggs

Aldi Hungary is further expanding its range of Hungarian-sourced products: the store chain buys basic dairy products from Hungarian suppliers, and from the beginning of next year, the eggs available in its stores will only come from Hungarian sources, it was announced at a press conference in Budapest on Tuesday.

Our 65 basic dairy products are made from milk from Hungarian farmers here in Hungary, and we will soon introduce new dairy products from Hungarian sources.

The company’s purchasing director rang. Ádám Pusztai also spoke about the intention to further strengthen the export opportunities of Hungarian agriculture and domestic food processors. Their goal is for as many Hungarian companies as possible to reach the European market with a population of 430 million through the Aldi Group’s 8,500 European stores.

The Hungarian Minister of Agriculture welcomed the announcement aimed at expanding the supply of domestic origin and expanding the European export opportunities of Hungarian agriculture and domestic food processors at the event and called it forward-looking. He added that he hopes other food chains will follow Aldi’s example.

István Nagy emphasized that the support of activities related to the production of milk and eggs is also central to Hungarian agricultural policy. He welcomed the fact that the consumption of milk and dairy products has increased in Hungary in recent years.

In terms of milk yield, we are one of the first in the EU. The government is supporting producers to do so by all possible means

– stated by the head of the ministry, mentioning, for example, that from April to November HUF 1031 billion worth of new calls for proposals were issued under the Rural Development Program, the HUF 360 billion call for larger-scale development of livestock farms was reopened also for smaller developments. With the help of the tenders, the establishment and modernization of almost 40,000 places in the cattle sector can be realized – he pointed out.

The Minister also spoke about the fact that agricultural development subsidies also help egg production, thanks to which Hungary can become self-sufficient in this respect. He cited as a positive trend that domestic production increased to more than one billion units and per capita consumption from 215 to 243 units per year.

According to Balázs Győrffy, President of the National Chamber of Agriculture, Aldi’s decision should be seen as a first step in the right direction, which, if followed, could lead to a positive spiral in Hungarian agriculture.

Zoltán Harcz, the chairman of the Milk Product Council, recalled: five years ago, the goal was set for Hungarian dairy farmers and processors to be able to serve Hungarian retail chains with domestic milk and dairy products. Presenting the results of the industry, he reported that after twenty years, milk consumption per capita has again crossed the magical 200-kilogram mark, and after 16 years, the amount of raw milk produced is again above 2 billion kilograms.

Imre Szép, President of the Hungarian Egg Association, suggested that the dialogue be continued so that producers receive the average cost and minimum profit for their products.

Eszter Benedek, the managing director of Magyar Tuoton Nonprofit Kft., Said that the number of trademark users is growing dynamically, and customers bought more Hungarian products during the pandemic.

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