Kickstart Supplier Development Programme

In 2017, we developed Kickstart, a supplier development programme in conjunction with Bord Bia to give Irish food & drink suppliers the chance to showcase their products and grow their business through Lidl stores across the country. So far we have invested over €6 million euro into supporting over 350 Irish food and drink suppliers, supplying over 500 products on our shelves across the country.

Applications are now open for Kickstart 2022 >

Kickstart Programme

How Kickstart Works

How Kickstart Works

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Kickstart Stage 3
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Meet Some of our past Winners

It's all about finding delicious, exciting new products to add to our range and for you to bring to your table. It's all about the product, we choose only the best suppliers, because quality is everything. Find below some of our success stories from the past two years of Kickstart at Lidl.

Irish Fish Canners

Irish Fish Canners started with Kickstart in 2017 and are now our longest running Kickstart supplier. You can find them in our everyday range at Lidl.

Munster Brewery

Holo Organic Kombucha Original and Mango & Pineapple Kombucha started with Kickstart in 2020 and are now part of the everyday range at Lidl.

K&K Produce

Have you tried Kennedy’s Beef Lasagne? Made using 100% Irish Beef, just pop the tray into the Oven or Microwave for a quick and tasty dinner. Now available in all Lidl stores nationwide.

Fused

Fused

Co. Kildare

Fiona and Gilmar are co-founders of Fused and are passionate about creating authentic Asian sauces using quality ingredients. They have a unique range of award winning sauces including a range of flavoured soy sauces with no added sugar, and stir-fry sauces. Fused Glorious Ginger was awarded best sauce in Ireland at IQFA 2017 with Cheeky Chilli the highly commended runner up. Fused Teriyaki received a Great Taste Award in 2019 after just launching in late 2018.

Fused
Apple Farm

Ballyhoura Apple Farm

Co.Limerick

Ballyhoura Apple Farm are located in ancient Kilfinane at the foothills of the Ballyhoura Mountains in south east county Limerick. Their extensive orchard  provides the raw mterials for their great range of apple based products, from organic cider vinegars to flavour packed fruit juices.

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KickStart proudly supported by Bord Bia

“Bord Bia is delighted to play our role in Lidl Kickstart. The programme offers a great opportunity for Irish suppliers to establish a presence in Lidl stores nationwide with Bord Bia providing training and mentoring to participants to help equip them with the skills required to succeed.”

Padraig Brennan, Director Meat, Food & Beverage, Bord Bia

Supplier Nurturing & Development

All selected suppliers will be invited to attend two free, comprehensive seminars covering quality control, packaging, marketing & PR building as well as other important aspects of business development.

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