A POPULAR county business has grown from its base in Haddington to the shelves of all Aldi stores in Scotland.

Two of Spice Pots’ dry spice blends have hit the supermarket’s shelves for Scottish Food and Drink Fortnight.

The annual campaign, launched on September 4, celebrates some of the products Scotland produces and, in support of the industry, Aldi Scotland is showcasing its largest ever special-buy range of Scottish produce.

Among the 46 products on offer are Spice Pots’ tandoori masala and bhuna spice blends, priced at £1.49 each for a 40-gram pot.

They are a mix of herbs, spices and ground ingredients designed to add a punch of flavour to any meal.

After enjoying success in independent shops, the curry blends are available throughout Aldi’s 96 Scottish stores while stocks last.

Melanie Auld, who began the business in 2014, said: “The idea for Spice Pots came from watching the amazing mothers and chefs I was staying with in Chennai [in eastern India] cook for their families and friends, but it wasn’t until I was a mother myself that I realised the complexity of cooking balanced and varied meals for others.

“I had three very small children and nothing but my creativity and a tiny kitchen when it all began. From then until now, the only thing that has really changed is that I have a team who are as passionate as I am, and we have the capacity to grow and bring Spice Pots to a wider market thanks to retailers such as Aldi Scotland.”

Graham Nicolson, group buying director at Aldi Scotland, said: “Working with Melanie and her team to offer these tasty and simple to use Spice Pots has been a pleasure and I am sure our customers will enjoy cooking up a storm with them.”

Aldi has four stores in East Lothian: in Haddington, Musselburgh, North Berwick and Tranent.