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Lidl raises spending commitment to UK food suppliers

Lidl GB has increased its commitment to UK food suppliers, saying it will spend £2 billion more with them by 2025 than it previously projected.

Lidl and fellow German-owned discounter Aldi are Britain's fastest growing grocers, benefiting from new store openings and their growing appeal to price-sensitive consumers reeling from a cost-of-living crisis.

In 2019, Lidl committed to spend £15 billion, with British suppliers from 2020 to 2025, but now expects to spend £17 billion, reflecting its rapid growth.

The supermarket plans to spend £4 billion with British suppliers this year.

Lidl, which has a UK grocery market share of 7.2%, said it sources two-thirds of its core products from Britain, working with more than 650 suppliers.

Chief Executive Ryan McDonnell explained that Lidl sees its suppliers as partners. "The farmers and producers that supply us, some of which have been with us for decades, are paramount to the success of our business," he said.


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