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FoodCloud

FoodCloud is an Irish social enterprise with a vision for a world where no good food goes to waste. They connect food businesses with surplus food to charities and community groups around Ireland and the UK who can use it, reducing both the environmental and social impact of food waste.

Lidl began working with FoodCloud in 2017 and we now operate a national food redistribution programme that sees all of our stores connected with local charities via the FoodCloud technology platform. We also donate to FoodCloud directly through our three regional distribution centres and FoodCloud then redistributes this surplus stock to their network of 500+ charity partners and community groups in Ireland through their warehouse Hubs solution.

Through our partnership with FoodCloud we have redistributed the equivalent of  over 2 million meals to charities across Ireland and each day we are building on this impact. In Ireland over 1 million tonnes of food is wasted each year and globally food waste accounts for 8% of greenhouse gas emissions. Through our work with FoodCloud we are not only supporting our communities but we are also having a positive impact on the environment through food waste reduction. See what one of our charity partners are saying about the partnership below:

St. Vincent de Paul Society, Ballina, Co. Mayo has been in existence in Ireland since the 1840’s and was started in Ballina in the 1880’s. We started our Food Project six years ago. We have created a Food Bank and people come to our Resource Centre five days per week. Lidl food donations are distributed to these families. It is brilliant to have loads of fruit & veg to add to our food hampers. We always love to receive any ambient goods as we distribute these also.  It has saved us money as we now purchase less vouchers.

St.Vincent de Paul Society, Ballina, Co. Mayo

 

Our Suppliers

We work closely with our suppliers to ensure we are providing our customers with top quality products, at market leading prices. As set out in our company vision, we believe in building long-term and mutually beneficial relationships. We encourage our suppliers to implement our sustainable sourcing policies and embrace our journey towards “A Better Tomorrow”. We advocate the Origin Green sustainable development programme and it’s objectives, including the sourcing of certified, sustainable ingredients. We look forward to collaborating more and more with our suppliers both in Ireland and further afield.

BITCI

We are a member of Business in the Community Ireland (BITCI), the network for responsible business. Business in the Community Ireland has been in operation since 2000 and offers a range of supports to their members including tailored, best practice advice and support, access to a calendar of workshops, training and networking events and business action programmes on education and employment.

You can find out more about the work of BITCI here.

 

Fruit & Vegetables

We offer a wide variety of fresh fruit and vegetables all year round, where 37% are sourced locally and to extremely high-quality standards. 100% of our fruit and vegetable are certified to the Bord Bia Sustainable Horticulture Assurance Scheme (SHAS) and/or certified to the GLOBALG.A.P. Fruit and Vegetable standard.

Where possible we source locally but our customers want to purchase a diverse range of fresh fruit and vegetables all year round, that often don’t grow in Ireland. As such we need to source further afield to meet our customers’ needs.

Banana farming provides employment to millions of people in developing countries worldwide and is a major source of income for their economies. However, workers in this industry often suffer from poor working conditions, low wages and exposure to harmful chemicals. We are pleased to announce that 100% of our banana range now comes from farms certified to Fairtrade, Organic or Rainforest Alliance standards.

Win one of 5 €1,000 Agricultural Education Bursaries

Due to the popularity of the Irish Hereford Bursary Competition, over the past two years attracting interest from numerous aspiring students hoping to pursue a career in the agri-sector, we have decided to organise it again for the 3rd consecutive year.

The competition is funded by the Irish Hereford Breed Society in collaboration with Slaney Foods International and Lidl Ireland, who are delighted to support this programme again in 2018.

Here are two of the testaments received from previous winners:

“From start to finish, the competition was a thoroughly enjoyable experience, with many great people met along the way. It can provide students with a motivating challenge to show their interest in the industry which they will find themselves leading, in years not so far into the future. The scheme helped prepare me academically and financially for my studies at UCD and I could not recommend it enough to anybody planning a career in the agri-sector.”

Noel Bardon, Mullingar, Co. Westmeath 

“I would 100% recommend taking part in the competition to any young person with an interest in Irish agriculture. The entire process is incredibly rewarding and the experience you get is fantastic. I was thrilled to win a bursary, but more importantly for me was the work and study I put into the essay. It proved to me a passion and capability that I had for agriculture and cemented my decision to become more involved in the farm.”

Hannah Quinn Mulligan, Croom, Co. Limerick

COMPETITION PROCESS 

To be in with a chance of winning one of these bursaries, candidates should submit an assignment entitled: “A Young Farmer’s opportunities and challenges in Beef Farming”. Discuss (maximum 2,000 words) with their name, address and contact number clearly displayed on their assignment, by e-mail no later than Friday 31st August 2018 to: herefordbursary@gmail.com

Ten qualifiers will be contacted by phone on Monday 10th September and will be required to attend the National Ploughing Championships in Tullamore on Wednesday 19th September to be interviewed by a well-known figure in Irish agriculture who will select the final 5 winners.

For further details of the programme please see Terms and Conditions at www.irishhereford.com. In case of queries, students may contact the Irish Hereford Breed Society Ltd. on 044/9348855.

Healthier Products

Aware of our customer’s wellbeing, we published a health and nutrition policy outlining our strategy for reducing the sugar and salt content in our own-brand products in response to “Healthy Ireland” – an Irish government led initiative.

Sugar: We will reduce the added sugar content in own brand products by 20% by the end of 2020, focusing primarily on foods that are popular with and consumed by children. Food categories such as breakfast cereals, spreads, sauces and sweet confectionery will be a major focus. We will be reviewing approximately 350 own brand products in order to reach this sugar target.

Salt: We will reduce the salt content of own-brand products in line with the UK’s Food Standards Agency (FSA) 2017 salt targets by the end of 2020. The reduction of salt first focuses on food categories that are consumed on a regular basis and generally make up a large share of the daily salt intake including; ready meals, soups, pizzas, crisps, cakes and meat products. Over 500 of Lidl Ireland’s own brand products will be reviewed to reach this salt target.

We are also enhancing our product range and adapting it to address alternative diets such as vegan options and catering for intolerances such as lactose or gluten. For more details on our health and nutrition targets as well as our quality and safety processes please download the Health and Nutrition Policy.

Lidl Offers Free Diabetes Screening

As part of its ongoing commitment to a happy and healthy workplace, which will see a major investment by the retailer, Lidl Ireland is delighted to announce the roll-out of an intensive community screening programme aimed at raising awareness of the growing numbers being diagnosed with Prediabetes and Type 2 diabetes.

The award-winning Lidl Health & Wellness Programme is available to all 5,000 employees and supports wellbeing, mental health, nutrition and an active lifestyle. To increase awareness and early detection the retailer has joined forces with Diabetes Ireland to offer free diabetes screening for customers in locations across the country.

According to research from Healthy Ireland there are 1,158,547 adults in Ireland that need to consider making changes to their daily behaviours in terms of eating healthily and being more active. The total number of people living with diabetes in Ireland is estimated to be 225,840 according to research from Diabetes Ireland.

The screening service started on Monday, 17th July and will see a purpose built Lidl double decker bus arrive at Lidl stores, warehouses and regional offices at 92 locations across the island over a three month period, targeting the 5,000 members who are part of the Lidl team.

Lidl employees book their appointment online, and board the custom-built bus for the screening which involves a personal and family history questionnaire, a finger prick test, BMI measurements and waist circumference measurements with the analysis of the medical data provided immediately and confidentially to the employee. Customer screenings are located in an adjacent area and will involve a diabetes risk assessment and screening. This data helps individuals focus on areas that might need attention in order to reduce the risk of developing Type 2 diabetes.

Speaking about the programme, Maeve McCleane, HR Director for Lidl Ireland & Northern Ireland said;

“This extensive programme and €300,000 investment by us in delivering this comes on the back of an initiative we undertook two years ago where we rolled out cardiac screening. By investing this sum of money we are sending out a clear message to our team that we are invested in their health and wellbeing. Just as important is our ability to reach people all over the country and since we have 1.5million shoppers per week we are delighted to partner with Diabetes Ireland to offer free diabetes screening to our customers at the same time. Together we hope to raise awareness of the risk factors and encourage more people to reflect on their lifestyle.”

Twisted for Barretstown 2017

Twisted is a 5km fundraising adventure run that takes place in Mayhem, Co Tipperary, organised by a number of our dedicated Sales Area Managers. This year the event raised an amazing €34,841.60. To date the annual event has raised over €91,000 for our charity partner Barretstown.

It was fantastic day for colleagues and their families sharing in the fun to raise much needed funds for children and their families affected by cancer and serious illnesses. To date Lidl Ireland has fundraised €1.8 million for Barretstown.

A huge thank you to all those who supported the event and in particular Stuart Mangan, Dermot Ryan, Seamus Hogan, Geoff Kenny, Peter McDonagh and Michael Collins for organising such a fantastic day!

 

Kickstart: Supplier Development

In May this year Lidl launched a brand new Supplier Development Programme, Kick Start, a programme 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.  Lidl will select up to 100 of Ireland’s best products which will be available in all 152 stores throughout the Republic of Ireland.

The programme which is run by Lidl Ireland and supported by Bord Bia, is designed to help small and medium Irish food and drink businesses that need support in growing their brands and building their supply networks. The final product selection will complement the portfolio of Irish products currently available in Lidl stores. Some of Lidl’s current Irish suppliers started off as small start-ups who with the help of Lidl have grown significantly and now supply products to all stores across Ireland on an ongoing basis.

Successful suppliers that are selected to be part of the Kick Start Supplier Development Programme will attend a series of free, comprehensive seminars aimed at guiding them through the process and teaching them skills to help grow their businesses ahead of their products going on sale at Lidl. The seminars will be carried out by panel of industry experts from Lidl Ireland and Bord Bia and will include topics around quality control, packaging, marketing & PR and brand building.

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. This is a fantastic opportunity for small suppliers who will get to have their products in 152 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’.

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.”

Lidl Launches Charity of the Week

Charity of the Week – a new initiative in the Lidl Community Works programme sees Lidl donate €1000/ £1000 every week for a year to local charities and groups across the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland and will run alongside existing support programmes already in place at each of Lidl’s 4 regional sales offices.

These worthy causes are selected by store teams in recognition of their excellent work in the local community. The Lidl store teams are best placed to choose these groups ,as they see first-hand the positive impact that is made in the areas in which they operate.

“Supporting and investing in local communities is something that Lidl is committed to and we are delighted to be able to make positive contributions in towns and villages across the island of Ireland” – J.P. Scally, Managing Director, Lidl Ireland and Northern Ireland.

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