Lidl Ireland has announced a new deal with Irish-based supplier, Begleys Fresh Produce Group worth €1.5 million.
Producers of fresh fruit and vegetables across Ireland, this new deal has resulted in Begleys growing their workforce by a further eight full-time workers as the supplier expands their sprouts and pumpkins supply to Lidl stores nationwide this autumn.
According to the discounter, Begleys has grown a range of vibrant pumpkins and gourds, from small to extra-large, just in time for the Halloween season at Lidl.
Headquartered in Dublin, the family-run business boosts over five decades of experience in the Irish agricultural industry.
The company manages close to 1,000 acres of Irish produce, including a wide range of vegetables such as carrots, courgettes, pumpkins, squash, sprouts, cabbage, cucumbers, little gem lettuce, cos lettuce, fresh beetroot, pak choi and cauliflower.
James O’Regan, commercial director at Begleys Fresh Produce Group, expressed his excitement about the new deal.
“Partnering with Lidl for over 20 years, we are delighted with the continued commitment, support, and enthusiasm that Lidl Ireland show towards having as much Irish produce on the shelves for their customers," he commented.
"We look forward to harvesting our wide range of Irish products again this year including our sprouts and pumpkins."
Lidl Ireland has been in partnership with Begleys Fresh Produce Group since 2001.
Over the past two decades, this partnership has evolved, with a shared commitment to promoting Irish producers and local growers.
Commenting on the partnership, John McDonagh, buying director at Lidl Ireland and Northern Ireland, added, “At Lidl, we are dedicated to supporting local suppliers and promoting Irish-grown produce.
"Our long-standing 20-year relationship with Begleys has been characterised by a shared vision for the future of Irish agriculture."