Lidl Northern Ireland once again showcase the very best of local home-grown produce with 18 new food and drink products hitting the shelves of 210 Lidl stores across the island of Ireland,
From flavoured gins distilled with locally-grown botanicals, to succulent and spicy South African-inspired meats, authentic Irish poitin, refreshing craft beer and melt-in-the-mouth sorbets and ice-creams, this year eight local Northern Irish producers have been selected by Lidl as the cream of the crop and will see their products go on sale in stores from mid August.
The Lidl Northern Ireland Kickstart Programme is designed to help small and medium-sized local food and drink producers grow their brand, build their supply network and reach new customer audiences, upping their potential to open up new export opportunities.
Now in its fourth year, the programme has grown exponentially since its launch with over 50 Northern Irish products and dozens of local businesses participating. This year, Lidl Northern Ireland has partnered with the Northern Ireland Food & Drink Association (NIFDA) in a significant boost to the programme which will provide additional benefits and opportunities to selected suppliers.
The selected range of artisan products featured within this year’s Kickstart programme includes six new suppliers:
- Glastry Farm Ice Cream churned in Kircubbin;
- South African inspired meat products from Hellbent in Newtownards;
- Irish poitin and premium gin from Mourne Dew Distillery in Warrenpoint;
- A range of flavoured gins produced by Killowen Distillery; Belfast based craft beer brewers Bullhouse Brewery;
- Holmes Bakery Irish Biscuits from Portadown
Making a welcome return to the shelves are a range of delicious new lines from much-loved suppliers including Dungannon’s Natural Umber Apple Cider Vinegar and Newry-based Little Meat Company with a selection of four meat pies.
For more information visit www.lidl-ni.co.uk/kickstart