Spain: Lidl increases its purchases of Spanish apples and pears by 17% in two years

Discount Retail Chain Lidl Spain (owned by the German Schwarz Group) offers apples and pears of national origin throughout the year in its more than 630 stores in Spain, thus putting in value the quality of the fruits produced in the territory in a context where imports from other countries such as Italy, France or Portugal have more and more weight in the sector.


"Our commitment to Spanish apples and pears is a new example of Lidl's firm commitment to the garden of our country, of which we have been its main customer for years, promoting its development through our purchases", said the General Director of Purchasing of Lidl Spain, Miguel Paradela.


"Regarding these two fruits, we work with suppliers from a large part of Catalonia, but also from other regions such as Castilla y León in the case of apples or the Region of Murcia in the case of pears, progressively bringing fresh products and of proximity to our clients ", has specified Paradela.


Depending on the time of year, Lidl markets different varieties of Spanish apples and pears, with Golden, Granny and Fuji being the most common in the first case and Conference, Blanquilla, Ercolina and Limonera the most common in the second case.


In 2020, Lidl acquired more than 1.6 million tons of fruit and vegetables in the country, exporting 84% to some thirty countries. These data consolidate it as the first client of the Spanish garden and its main export platform.


According to a study by the consulting firm PwC, the supermarket chain already buys more than 16% of all the fruit and vegetables produced in Spain, also concentrating up to 14% of all its exports. According to the report, currently a total of 45,000 indirect and induced jobs in the sector are already linked to the company's activity.


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