Family firm gets cracking by supplying a million eggs a week to Aldi

The Fairburn family

A supplier in Lincolnshire has been helping Aldi to keep its shelves well-stocked amid growing demand during the coronavirus outbreak by increasing production of its eggs.

Family-owned LJ Fairburn & Son, which owns 17 farms across Lincolnshire, has provided more than one million packs of eggs a week to Aldi stores across the UK.

The business, which has worked with Aldi for more than eight years, has helped to deliver fresh eggs from local RSPCA-approved farms to Aldi stores.

Fairburn’s Eggs was founded by Leslie James Fairburn in 1951, and is now run by Leslie’s grandchildren Daniel, Sarah and Caroline, employing more than 280 people.

Daniel Fairburn, chief executive at Fairburn’s Eggs, said: “We’ve seen demand for our eggs increase significantly in recent weeks, as more families have had time for cooked breakfasts and also been enjoying baking at home. We’ve been working hard to ensure that Aldi can continue to keep their supply levels high. Our loyal, hard-working team has pulled together and done a fantastic job of making sure stores up and down the country have been able to keep eggs on their shelves.

“The Aldi team has been incredibly supportive to us over the past eight years, helping us to grow as a family business without having to compromise on our commitment to the welfare of our hens. We look forward to working with them to continue feeding the nation now and into the future.”

Julie Ashfield, managing director of buying at Aldi, said: “The industry has faced a number of challenges following the Coronavirus outbreak, and the efforts of British suppliers like Fairburn’s Eggs have helped us to adapt to our shoppers’ changing demands and keep our shelves well-stocked. We’re incredibly grateful for their ongoing support.

“We’ve enjoyed a successful relationship with Fairburn’s over many years, and we look forward to continue working with them and helping them to grow alongside us for many years to come.”