For a third consecutive year, Lidl has called out to suppliers in Ireland and Northern Ireland to enter products into their Supplier Development Programme, Kick Start. The programme, run by Lidl Ireland and supported by Bord Bia, is designed to help small and medium Irish food and drink businesses to grow their brand and build their supply network. Since 2017, Lidl Ireland has invested over €650,000 in the programme and has seen 116 additional Irish products on sale over the last 3 years.
After careful consideration, Lidl has selected 43 Irish suppliers to work with, which will see 65 exciting products go on sale in a limited edition food promotion from September 2nd in all 200 stores across Ireland and Northern Ireland. This year’s Kick Start range features products including; Gin & Tonic, Prosecco and Mojito ice creams from Half Cut in Co. Cork, Spice Bag and Chocolate & Honeycomb Sausages from Barry John Sausages in Co. Cavan and Ginger Hot Pepper Jelly from Harty’s Jelly in Kerry.
Half Cut ice-cream from Co. Cork brings together two of life’s greatest pleasures into one delicious tub of goodness. With three devilishly tempting flavours to enjoy - Gin & Tonic, Prosecco & Mojito (€4.99 each), they are sure not to disappoint. Half Cut was created by Michael O’Dowd and Neil Byrne, both passionate third generation ice-cream makers from the West of Ireland who studied their craft in Bologna and graduated with a degree in gelato making. Their gelatos have won Gold at the 2016, 2017 & 2018 International Exhibition of Artisan Gelato in Rimini – the Oscars of ice cream!
Barry John Gourmet Sausages from Co. Cavan must be tasted to be believed! Choose from four different options – Chip Shop Curry, Spice Bag, Bacon & Cabbage and Chocolate & Honeycomb (€2.99 each). The sausages are made using a traditional family recipe and all flavours used are natural and locally produced where possible.
Gookies Gluten Free Cookie Dough from Co. Cork combines the great taste of fresh baked biscuits with the pleasures of baking them at home. No flour, no rolling pin, no mess – just slice and bake and wait 10 to 15 minutes for that tray of richly flavoured cookies to emerge. Two varieties of cookie dough will be available in Lidl stores nationwide – Milk Chocolate and Cranberry & White Chocolate priced at €3.99 each. They can be baked from chilled or frozen, depending on your needs and preferences and is a wonderful way to engage children (and adults) in the baking process.
The story behind ChanChan is as rich as its flavours. Launched in 2016, ChanChan, an Irish company led by Michelin trained TV Chef Kwanghi Chan, is a true fusion of East meets West. Kwanghi, born in Hong Kong, and raised in Donegal, spent every day in the aroma of his Uncle Sam’s Buncrana-based Chinese restaurant since the age of eight. For over 30 years he has worked as chef, observing the evolution of trends in Asian cuisine within Ireland and Southeast Asia. Combining his roots from Ireland and Hong Kong, Kwanghi has created a range of ChanChan sauces, two of which will be on sale from September 2nd – Original and Black Garlic Hong Kong Street Sauce (€2.99 each).
In 2017 the ChanChan Original and Korean Spice Bag Mix (€2.95 each) preformed so strongly in the Kick Start programme that it is now permanently on sale in all Lidl stores nationwide so you can create your own Asian flavours like a professional.
If you are an Irish supplier of a food or drink product and would like the opportunity to sell your product in 200 Lidl stores throughout Ireland and Northern Ireland in 2020, you can enter online now via https://www.lidl.ie/kickstart. All that’s needed is a picture of your product and a few answers to a short questionnaire.
Lidl’s Kick Start Food promotion launches in all 200 stores across Ireland and Northern Ireland from September 2nd and will be available while stocks last.