Lidl Ireland announces new supply deal worth €4 million for Irish and European markets with Donegal-based supplier Errigal Bay, building on thirteen years of successful partnership
- €4 million deal will see Donegal-based seafood processor Errigal Bay supply Lidl’s seasonal Christmas seafood in more than 3,250 of the retailer’s stores in Spain, Portugal, France, Cyprus, the Netherlands, Romania and Sweden
- The deal will see 670 tonnes of Irish whole crab, crab claws, langoustines, bulot and velvet crab exported to mainland Europe
- Errigal Bay is Ireland’s largest processor of wild Atlantic shellfish with more than 50 years’ experience in the industry
- Kevin Haverty, Buying Director, Lidl Ireland: “Many Irish food producers have faced months of hardship and uncertainty as a result of Covid-19, with untold impact to their businesses. We are proud to be able to support our Irish suppliers at this time and to help them access new markets and unlock further growth”
Lidl Ireland have today announced a €4 million supply deal with their supplier of thirteen years and leading wild Atlantic seafood processor, Errigal Bay.
The deal will see 670 tonnes of Errigal Bay whole Irish crab, crab claw, langoustines, bulot and velvet crab products exported to mainland Europe and stocked in more than 3,250 Lidl stores in Spain, Portugal, France, Cyprus, the Netherlands, Romania and Sweden as part of their 2020 Christmas offering.
Errigal Bay is Ireland’s largest processor of wild Atlantic Shellfish, exporting a range of premium quality seafood products, including crab, scallop, whelk, prawns, langoustine and lobster from their processing facilities in Donegal and Wexford.
As a certified member of Origin Green, the world’s first national sustainability program, Errigal Bay prides itself on delivering the highest quality product, with more than 200 employed locally at their processing facilities.
The partnership with Lidl allows for continued commitment to long-term environmental sustainability, with all products caught and packaged close to source, within reach of their fisherman partners and Atlantic coastal waters.
Commenting on the deal, Kevin Haverty, Buying Director, Lidl Ireland said:
“Supporting local Irish producers has always been a core commitment for Lidl. We continually strive to provide high-quality products for our customers while always ensuring that they are sourced directly from trusted producers such as Errigal Bay.
“Many Irish food producers have faced months of hardship and uncertainty as a result of Covid-19, with untold impact to their businesses. We are proud to be able to support our Irish suppliers at this time and to assist them in accessing new international markets and unlock further growth.
“Irish produce is world renowned for its high quality and value and we’re pleased to facilitate the growth of an Irish supplier, extending quality Irish produce to our EU neighbours.
“We know that this partnership will not only support Errigal Bay, but also their fisherman, fishing partners and the people and communities that their business serves.”
Speaking on the new deal with Errigal Bay, Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine Charlie McConalogue commented:
“It is encouraging to see such recognition and investment in Irish food suppliers like Errigal Bay from such a prominent retailer as Lidl. It has been a challenging year for many, and our seafood sector continues to face many challenges. However, deals such as this with Irish premium quality seafood products being exported to additional stores across seven European markets supports and helps sustain our local fishing communities and partners.
“It is heartening that local Donegal companies who provide quality Irish seafood products earn further opportunities that allow their resources and communities to continue to develop and prosper.”
Liam Young, CEO of Errigal Bay commented:
“Lidl Ireland has been a dedicated partner of Errigal Bay for thirteen years now, and we have been delighted to work with Lidl to supply their stores with our fresh wild Atlantic seafood products.
“We are very excited about the opportunity to grow and expand our partnership, entering into Lidl markets across Europe for the Christmas period and to increase our footprint in the Irish store network also.
“This commitment will allow us to continue to strengthen and grow our employee numbers in rural communities that need investment and employment.
“Lidl has been a great partner for us and has helped us grow our European export markets, and we’re looking forward to working with them more closely in the months and years ahead.”