Applications open for Limerick producers to join €18million Lidl supply chain

J.P. Scally, CEO of Lidl Ireland and Northern Ireland; and Neale Richmond, Minister of State for Business, Employment and Retail. Photo: Naoise Culhane.

ENTERPRISING Limerick producers and businesses have supplied a a total of €18million worth of goods and services to supermarket chain Lidl in 2023, it has been confirmed.

And applications are closing shortly for consideration for the small and medium sized business support scheme, which the German retailer runs in conjunction with Bord Bia.

The figures are contained in a report released this week by the retailer, titled the ‘Business Partner Impact Report’.

Lidl’s key Limerick suppliers include Kilmallock-based Glen Áine Foods, who has been working with the retailer since 2015 supplying Irish carved beef. Also on the roster are Ballyneety-based Ishka, supplying spring water and Ballyhoura’s Applewood Farm, who have supplied the retailer with a selection of award-winning condiments since 2018.

The German retail giant says it is “committed to supporting small and medium sized home-grown businesses through its industry-leading Kickstart Supplier Development Programme, supported by Bord Bia”.

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“The programme is designed to give up-and-coming Irish producers the opportunity to realise their potential by advancing their product, brand, and business with dedicated support from Lidl experts.

“Now in its eighth year, Lidl has invested €8.5million in growing more than 150 Irish businesses across the island of Ireland with 14 products now part of Lidl’s everyday product range.”

Applications for the programme are open until February 29, 2024.