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Lidl pledges to Back British Farming

Lidl pledges to Back British Farming


Lidl UK has recently announced its commitment to support British food and farming.

The supermarket, which has more than 630 stores across Britain, has signed up to the NFU’s Back British Farming Charter.

The Charter, launched four years ago, is at the centre of the NFU’s Back British Farming campaign that calls on a commitment from retailers, the food manufacturing industry, consumers and politicians to put farming at the heart of food production policies¹..

Christian Härtnagel, Lidl UK CEO, said:

“Our goal for the future is to continue to put best practice in sustainability firmly at the heart of the business, and supporting growth in the British farming sector is another crucial step in fulfilling that ambition.

“To ensure that we can always offer our customers the freshest, highest quality products at the best prices, it is imperative that we continue to support the British farming industry and further cultivate the strong relationships that we have with our suppliers.”

Lidl UK:

Backing the British Farming Charter means supporting local farmers, producers and the wider British economy, which is why we are proud to source 70% of our products at Lidl UK from British suppliers.

We are committed to helping secure a sustainable future for British farming  and maintaining our strong, long-standing relationships with our suppliers so that the British public can enjoy home-grown, quality produce for years to come. As part of Europe’s largest retail network, we are also in the fortunate position to be able to export a huge volume of British products to other countries, which allows us to further invest in our British suppliers. This is why we champion the NFU’s Back British Farming Charter for supporting British farmers and recognising the value they bring to the local economy.

The announcement is good news for shoppers like you. A staggering 86 per cent of you have told us you want to buy more British food. Check out our supermarket guide before you next head to the shops to see the sourcing policies for your regular supermarket and make it easier for you to choose British produce.

NFU President Meurig Raymond said: “We are delighted that Lidl UK has pledged its support to the NFU’s Back British Farming Charter, highlighting a commitment to the future of the British farming industry.

“Today’s pledge by Lidl UK shows customers that they are committed to providing high quality products which are associated with British agriculture.

“Our farmers and growers invest huge amounts of time, effort and resource to produce quality food which complies with leading animal health and welfare and environmental standards. To produce more food farmers and growers need the support of retailers like Lidl UK to allow them to do their job. Our Charter calls for a commitment to put British farming at the heart of food production policies and decision making.

“We thank Lidl UK for its commitment and wish to see other food processors and manufacturers, and politicians taking the Back British Farming message seriously.”

Fruit and veg pledge

Last year, Lidl were the second major retailer to sign up to the NFU's fruit and vegetable pledge. The pledge is a charter for best business practice in the fresh produce sector and aims to establish fair relationships between retailers and British farmers and suppliers.

Read more on LIdl UK's commitment.

Did you know that British farming is the bedrock of the nation's food and drink industry? For every £1 invested in farming, it gives £7.40 back to the nation. British farming is also the largest manufacturing sector in the UK – worth £108 billion and providing jobs for nearly 4 million people.


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  • Posted by: Pamela ApplebyPosted on: 27/03/2017 14:56:16

    Comment: Good for Lidl but could you put it around that Tesco have stopped selling British sugar. This is disgusting and I hope people will avoid Tesco until they agree to buy British sugar again. There is a petition going around and I hope people will sign it. I think it is called 38degrees.
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