Who We Are & What We Do
Lidl was founded in Germany in the 1930s and first entered the UK food market in 1994. We currently have over 700 stores trading nationwide and are proud to be the leading Limited Assortment Discount retailer.
- The Lidl retail philosophy centres on simplicity and maximum efficiency at every stage of the business, from supplier to customer, enabling the company to sell high quality products from a limited range of exclusive own brand and well-known labels at the lowest prices;
- Lidl stores sell a limited range of carefully selected product lines and are able to offer these high quality products at low prices due to a pan European bulk purchasing policy; Lidl own a number of their key supply chains and so are able to control cost and efficiency throughout the chain. Offering this limited range gives Lidl immense buying power and allows us to keep our low prices whilst maintaining the quality of our range; and
- A common misconception is that Lidl will have an adverse impact upon existing town centres but in fact a Competition Commission report confirmed that Lidl provides a different retail offer in comparison to the main food retailers or ‘Big 4’, such as Tesco and Sainsbury. This has also been acknowledged by the Secretary of State and Planning Inspectors in their decisions following public inquiries into Lidl schemes elsewhere in the UK, and is evidenced in a study undertaken by RPS Planning & Development in 2009 which examined how ‘out of town centre’ Lidl stores impacted upon the functionality of town centres when the store had been trading for more than 12 months.
- Food waste is as galling to us as it is to many people; after all, it’s money wasted. So we are perpetually searching for new ways to minimise the food waste that is generated whilst also developing schemes to maximise the redistribution of food surplus. In 2016 we became a signatory to WRAP’s Courtauld Commitment 2025, a movement aiming to make the production of food and drink a more sustainable process by both reducing waste and increasing efficiency. This is a sign of our ongoing commitment to the environment, as well as an opportunity for us to increase our positive impact outside our business. We have also launched a partnership with Neighbourly, a social platform that matches our stores to local charities who could benefit from supplies of surplus food.