A LOCAL MSP has welcomed reassurance from Aldi on the provision of Scotch beef in its stores after reports Scotbeef had lost the contract to supply the supermarket.

SNP MSP Bill Kidd raised his concerns after our sister title the Glasgow Times reported Aldi customers faced a “shortage” of quality Scotch beef products due to a change in supplier.

However, responding to the Anniesland MSP’s worries, Aldi wrote to him confirming that they are “currently experiencing a short-term supply shortage of Scotch Beef in our stores” due to a change in supplier and that they remain “fully committed to sourcing Scotch Beef” by the summer.

Commenting, Mr Kidd said: “Scotch beef is a product of unparalleled quality that everyone should be able to enjoy if they wish – so I welcome this reassurance from Aldi that its customers will soon be able to purchase it from their stories once again.

“This ongoing Tory cost of living crisis is continuing to hammer consumers and suppliers in Scotland, which is why it has never been more vital that quality products remain widely available and affordable- for both suppliers and for shoppers.

“I’m sure this reassurance from Aldi will be very welcome to shoppers in my Anniesland constituency, as well as those right across Scotland, who deserve access to the very best of produce that Scotland’s bountiful larder has to offer.”

Last week, a spokesperson for Scotbeef refused to be drawn on “confidential commercial arrangements” but added it would “strive to minimise any disruption or anxiety to our valued staff and suppliers in the event of any changes to our commercial circumstances."