Lidl Ireland is set to invest €250,000 in a brand new supplier development programme, Kick Start, according to a statement it issued today (9 May).
The retailer outlined that the new programme is designed to give small suppliers the chance to supply Lidl with a guaranteed volume of their products for a limited edition ‘Best of Ireland’ food promotion in September 2017.
John Paul Scally, managing director at Lidl Ireland commented: ‘We are looking to build on our already strong Irish supply base and expand our network of over 200 Irish suppliers. We will be investing over €250,000 in the first year to support new suppliers who will be joining our programme."
Lidl will select up to 100 of Ireland’s best products which will be available in all 153 stores throughout the Republic of Ireland.
Scally added, "This is a fantastic opportunity for small suppliers who will get to have their products in 153 stores throughout Ireland. In September, we want to showcase the very best of Irish food and drink so if you think your product fits the bill, we want to hear from you".
The programme will be supported by Bord Bia and essentially is designed to help small and medium Irish food and drink businesses in 'growing their brand and building their supply network'.
Tara McCarthy, chief executive of Bord Bia, added: “We know from experience that local food producers face significant challenges if they wish to expose their product to a national audience. I warmly welcome this initiative by Lidl Ireland as it is an invaluable opportunity for Irish producers to market and showcase their products to consumers nationwide. With that in mind, I would encourage all small to medium size companies to apply.”
Entries are being accepted from 1 May until 21 May 21 2017
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