Lidl Ireland and Begleys Fresh Produce Group Announce New Deal to Promote Irish-Grown Vegetables
Lidl Ireland are thrilled to announce a new deal with Irish-based supplier, Begleys Fresh Produce Group valued at €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. Begleys has grown a range of vibrant pumpkins and gourds, from small to extra-large, just in time for the Halloween season at Lidl.
This family-run business with over five decades of experience in the Irish agricultural industry, has its main headquarters in Dublin and operates in several sites across the country. 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.
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.
James O’Regan, Commercial Director at Begleys Fresh Produce Group, expressed his excitement about the new deal saying:
“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. We look forward to harvesting our wide range of Irish products again this year including our sprouts and pumpkins. We are excited to see our partnership with Lidl continue to achieve great success in the years to come.”
Commenting on the partnership, John McDonagh, Buying Director at Lidl Ireland and Northern Ireland said:
“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. We are thrilled to continue to provide our customers with high-quality sprouts and pumpkins in a range of sizes this autumn. We look forward to continuing this partnership that strengthens our commitment to locally sourced produce.”
Lidl is proud to bring the best of Irish produce to its customers with its existing and ever-growing network of more than 400 Irish suppliers. In 2022, Lidl procured more than €1 billion worth of goods from the Irish agri-food industry and of that, €318 million was exported internationally through Lidl’s expansive store network across the globe. Lidl has also invested more than €8 million to date in its annual Kickstart Supplier Development Programme which gives small to medium sized Irish food and drink suppliers the opportunity to have their products sold in Lidl stores across the island of Ireland.
For further information and to view our range of products and instore offers please visit www.lidl.ie
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