Multinational grocery retailer Lidl introduces new sustainably sourced chocolate bar in US stores

US – Multinational grocery retailer Lidl has partnered with Fairtrade to introduce a new private label chocolate bar in US stores that contributes to a living income for cocoa farmers later this month. Available in milk and dark chocolate variants, Lidl US’s new Way To Go! bar uses 100% traceable and sustainable Fairtrade cocoa sourced from a cooperative in Ghana. According to Fairtrade America, the grocer’s new offering guarantees that farmers receive at least the Fairtrade Minimum Price for cocoa and the Fairtrade Premium. In addition, Lidl’s partnership with Fairtrade…

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Lidl joins Tesco Supermarkets to cut ties with Kenyan avocado supplier Kakuzi

KENYA – A second supermarket chain in the United Kingdom, Lidl has suspended avocado supplies from Kakuzi Limited, Kenyan vast plantation company, days after Tesco supermarket did the same. The grocery and food retailer has suspended Kakuzi dealership over claims of human rights abuse to its workers, which were citied by Britain’s Sunday Times newspaper. According to the report, a UK law firm Leigh Day, which is representing scores of alleged victims of rape and violence perpetrated by Kakuzi’s employees, has filed a lawsuit accusing Camellia Plc for turning a…

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Lidl opens US$100m regional headquarters and distribution center in USA

USA – German grocery and food retailer, Lidl has opened its new state-of-the-art regional headquarters and distribution center in Cecil County, Maryland after investing more than US$100 million in the project. The retailer said that the new 700,000 square-foot facility will create more than 200 new full-time jobs and serve as the backbone of its regional store network, supplying products to stores in five states. “As we work hard to meet the surging needs of our customers during this critical time, we are thrilled to open our newest regional distribution…

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German retailer Lidl to spend US$19bn on its UK business over the next five years

UK – German retailer, Lidl has announced that it will be spending £15 billion (US$19.34 billion) on its British business over the next five years, commiting to increase sales of local meat, poultry and fresh produce. The supermarket chain said that it plans to increase sales of British sourced fresh meat, poultry and fresh produce by more than 10% across the next 12 months. To deepen its relations with British suppliers, Lidl, part of the Schwarz retail group, said it would introduce longer-term contracts with suppliers to help them invest,…

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Lidl opens new US$65.02m distribution facility in Serbia

EUROPE – Lidl, the German supermarket chain has inaugurated a new US$65.02 million distribution facility in Nova Pazova, Serbia in preparation to open its first stores in the country. The facility has the capacity to store up to 30,000 pallets with ability to supply about 100 stores once it starts operating to its full capacity. The center is also equipped five temperature-controlled storage zones to ensure that various products are kept at optimal temperatures, including a dedicated chamber used exclusively for chocolate products. In addition to about 20 countries in…

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Muller partners with German retailer in a three-year milk supply deal

UK – Muller, the multinational producer of dairy products has entered into a three-year deal with the German global discount supermarket and grocery store Lidl, in which the brand will supply milk to most of Lidl’s UK stores. The deal, expected to be effective 1 June 2018 will see Muller supply almost 90% of Lidl’s liquid milk and butter. “We are pleased to announce a long term partnership with Muller, which will see them provide liquid milk to the majority of our UK stores. “Our ambition as a business is…

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