Lidl Ireland invested €1b in the Irish agri-food industry in 2022

J.P. Scally, CEO of Lidl Ireland and Northern Ireland and Jim O’Toole, CEO of Bord Bia. Fennell Photography 2023

Supplier Impact Report demonstrates record support for local producers and championing of Ireland’s agri-food produce globally

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18 January 2023 | 0

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Lidl Ireland invested a total of €1 billion in the Irish agri-food industry in 2022, the retailer’s latest Supplier Impact Report has said.

Of that figure, €682 million stayed within Lidl Ireland’s operations to be sold locally to the retailers’ Irish customers and €318 million was exported internationally through Lidl’s expansive network of stores showcasing the best of Irish produce on the global stage.

From a €20 million deal with Bantry-based Keohane Seafoods to a €15 million contract with Dublin Meat Company, and a €8 million deal secured with Donegal juice and smoothie producer Mulrines, suppliers the length and breadth of Ireland have benefitted from Lidl’s support in 2022. Many of these deals included significant exports with Keohane’s fresh and frozen Irish seafood reaching the shores of Great Britain, Germany, Cyprus, Italy and even the USA. Meanwhile Tipperary’s Honeyvale Foods now supply Irish ham and bacon products to hundreds of Lidl stores in Denmark, Greece, Portugal, Slovenia and Poland.

At a micro-level, Lidl’s Kickstart Supplier Development Programme supported by Bord Bia, is designed to give small and medium-sized Irish food and drink businesses the opportunity to advance their product, brand, and business with dedicated support from Lidl experts along the way. Now in its seventh year, Lidl has invested more than €7 million in the Kickstart programme to date, which has empowered hundreds of unique Irish artisan suppliers to showcase their produce to the retailer’s devoted customer base of more than 1.5 million shoppers each week.

Launching the new report findings, J.P. Scally, CEO, Lidl Ireland and Northern Ireland said: “Our fantastic suppliers represent the best of Ireland’s food and drink industry and we’re proud to showcase the high calibre of their products on our shelves in Ireland and on the global stage through our Lidl network. In 2022, Lidl Ireland procured more than €1 billion worth of goods from Irish suppliers. This record investment is a huge driver of economic growth, and this report demonstrates just how important supplier relationships are not only to the ongoing success of our business, but to the 400+ local producers that we work with and their employees across the country.

“Since 2018, we have been working hard to increase our customer offering, expanding our product range by more than 40% and tripling our buying team to focus on sourcing as many Irish products as possible, helping customers to do their full shop with Lidl while also buying top quality Irish products. As we look ahead to this upcoming year, we look forward to nurturing new and fruitful supplier partnerships and supporting even more local businesses to success.”

Jim O’Toole, CEO, Bord Bia said: “Over the past 20 years, Lidl has demonstrated a strong commitment to sourcing Irish produce, giving a wide range of Irish food, drink and horticulture producers access to a large customer base in Ireland as well as export opportunities. 2022 saw record export growth for the Irish agri-food sector, and strong partnerships with retailers, such as Lidl, are a key factor of that growth. Bord Bia is committed to continuing our work with Lidl as a partner to ensure this support and growth continues year on year.”

 

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