Lidl has announced that they managed to scoop 26 awards at the Great Taste Awards, including 19 awards for products produced exclusively for the retailer by local Irish suppliers.
23 Lidl products took home one Gold Star, with a further 3 products scooping 2 Gold Stars.
This year, over 10,000 entries underwent rigorous blind taste tests by a panel of over 400 experts, including top chefs, buyers, food critics, restaurateurs and fine food retailers.
Winning products which are sourced and produced in Ireland include Kilderg Organic Honey, produced by Mileeven Fine Foods based in Piltown, Co. Kilkenny; Glensallagh Smoked Streaky Bacon, produced by Honeyvale Foods based in Cahir, Co. Tipperary; Deluxe Fresh Whole Irish Duckling, produced by Silver Hill Foods based in Emyvale, Co. Monaghan and Deluxe Irish Premium Yogurt (Champagne Rhubarb/Spanish Lemon), produced by Irish Yogurts based in Clonakilty, West Cork.
“As one of the most prestigious award schemes in Ireland and the UK, recognition of our products at this level is a clear indication of the emphasis our local buying team places on sourcing and producing the highest quality products at great value prices” said Jasmine O’Brien, Communications Co-ordinator at Lidl Ireland.
“As a retailer, we are committed to supporting local suppliers and producers and currently work with over 200 Irish suppliers across various categories, a number which is growing each year”.