Gordon MP Richard Thomson has welcomed a commitment from supermarket giant Lidl to increase their range of Scottish products.
The MP had written to Lidl after being contacted on the lack of Scottish dairy products a consumer had observed on previous visits to Lidl. Now, the company has responded stating that “at times” it needs to supplement supply of dairy products to ensure availability, it is “always looking to grow our range of Scottish products” for consumers.
In a letter to Mr Thomson, Elisa Elschner, Senior Public Affairs Manager for Lidl said:
“We are committed to supporting and championing local producers and are proud to source the very best Scottish food and drink. We source products from over 400 suppliers from across Scotland and are always looking to grow our range of Scottish products for our customers. Within dairy, we endeavour to have Scottish where possible, but at times may need to supplement supply to ensure availability.”
Welcoming the commitment, Richard Thomson MP commented:
“This is a very welcome commitment for one of the major supermarkets towards increasing its range of Scottish products.
“In fairness, I believe that Lidl have generally tried harder than some other chains to ensure that local Scottish produce is stocked but this statement is good news for suppliers looking to potentially break into supplying a major supermarket. I look forward to seeing more local suppliers benefitting from this renewed commitment.”