Lidl flies the flag for Scottish suppliers

Lidl flies the flag for Scottish suppliers

Discount supermaket Lidl is flying the flag for local suppliers, now stocking almost 300 Scottish products in its 92 stores in the country.

The products makes up 20% of the supermarket’s in-store range.

Lidl’s regional buying Scotland team, frmed this year, has now increased the Scottish offering in stores by more than 65% with more than 100 new locally-sourced products being listed in the last 12 months.

All core range fresh meat is now all Scotch beef and further investment has been given to Scottish dairy farming with the Aberdoyle Dairies range having a total of 36 products.

Recent deals have been formed with companies including Stir Fresh, William Sword Ltd, Browns Food Group and Bells Food Group.

In addition, new relationships have been formed with a further 20 new suppliers and the company is looking to take on even more new suppliers and enhance the offering of Scottish products.

Paul McQuade, head of buying in Scotland, said: "Working with the best suppliers in the country is a priority for us and we are continually looking for the best quality Scottish produce at the best possible price.

"There is a wealth of amazing products being made in Scotland and we’re always on the lookout for any new items to offer our customers. The food & drink industry is in strong growth and we aim to support it further by listing many more fantastic Scottish products at Lidl."

Lewis Maclean, managing director of Macleans Highland Bakery, added: "From the start Lidl have always worked with integrity and have understood our needs and the restrictions of working with us as a small business.