Aldens are delighted to announce that we have struck a deal with the Co-Op to supply 40 of its stores in the Oxfordshire and the Cotswolds.

The Midcounties Co-operative has now agreed a contract with Aldens for it to supply beef, lamb, pork and chicken across all Midcounties stores in the Cotswolds area from March 30.

Phil Ponsonby, chief executive of Co-op Midcounties said: “We’re delighted to have partnered with Aldens to supply the finest quality produce to our stores across the Cotswolds. The deal will help to supplement our existing supplies and ensure that we are able to continue to meet the significantly increased demand we’re seeing from customers across the region. We’re particularly pleased to be able to support a local business with such an outstanding heritage.”

Mr Ponsonby said this was to enable the business to offer additional types of products and ensure the availability of some key lines to complement the Co-op usual ranges, while allowing the co-operative to support the communities in which it operated during unprecedented times.

Aldens boss Matthew Alden said the deal had come at the right time for the firm.

“We knew the official lockdown was coming so we had to quickly refocus. Within three days of the lockdown announcement we launched the shop to for deliveries around Oxfordshire. It’s been very well received, and we are sending out over 200 deliveries Monday-Saturday. Both Meatmaster and Fishmarket shops remain open – Fishmarket offers same day deliveries if ordered before 12pm” (to the OX1-OX5 postcodes).

Matthew added: “We are thrilled to be supplying over 40 Co-ops in Oxfordshire, Wiltshire and the Cotswolds with beef, poultry, sausages and pork.

“It was my grandfather who delivered food to homes in the Second World War – this is a different kind of war, but I feel responsible as I’m sure he did in for proudly serving the people of Oxfordshire. Aldens have survived 227 years and we are more determined than ever get to the other side.”