Donegal supplier Mulrines sign muti-million euro contract extension with Lidl
Supermarket giants, Lidl Ireland, has announced a new deal worth more than €8 million with Donegal juice and smoothie producer Mulrines.
The new deal, worth more than €8 million will see Mulrines' juices and smoothies stocked in 210 stores across Lidl in Ireland and Northern Ireland.
Working with Lidl since 2009, the contract extension strengthens the relationship between the two companies and re-emphasises Lidl's commitment to local Irish suppliers.
The announcement is also another major win for Donegal, showcasing the strength of businesses in the county.
Established in 1919, Mulrines is located in Ballybodey and currently employs 220 people, operating three sites in Ireland and the UK, including the headquarters in Donegal, an orchard in Kildare and a production facility in Wales.
The contract means the company will continue to produce 11 fruit juices and smoothies for the retailer, with 4 new products set to be stocked in stores later in the year.
Commenting on the new deal, Rebecca Buchanan, buyer with Lidl Ireland and Northern Ireland, said, “At Lidl, we are proud to support local Irish suppliers and to bring the best of Irish produce to homes all across Ireland.
“We have a long-standing relationship with Mulrines and their team and are delighted to agree to continued business development through this new multimillion contract. This is the largest contract to date with Mulrines, since commencing supply in 2009.”
Company Chairman, Peter Mulrine welcomed the deal: “At Mulrines we strive to provide premium products and to build long-lasting business relationships. We have been working with Lidl for over 13 years and are delighted to sign this new deal that will see additional growth in our already existing partnership.
"We have been operating our business for over 100 years from our headquarters in Donegal. Securing deals like this with Lidl advance new innovations in the business that positively contribute to the surrounding area through local investment and job creation.”
The news comes after Mulrines was also awarded with a €9.5 million euro Aldi Contract last year.