Aldi, Lidl and Poundland: UK and Ireland update

Date : 19 June 2020

Lucy Ingram

Retail Analyst

We round up the latest news in discount and variety discount in the UK and Ireland from the w/c 15th June.

Poundland resumes the rollout of its new chilled and frozen range

Poundland paused the rollout of its new chilled and frozen range at the start of the pandemic. The new lines had initially been introduced to 20 stores, with a further 10 having chilled only. Before the pandemic began Poundland had announced a further 60 stores would receive the new range and then had to pause plans.

The roll-out has re-commenced, according to Nam News. Two more stores have had the installation of the chilled and frozen shop-in-shops and Poundland has said the roll-out will be accelerated further over the summer.

This is part of the retailer's continued evolution from single price to simple price, as it looks to grow its range and satisfy more shopper needs. The new range will help the retailer to grow basket size and increase frequency of visit. 

Lidl Ireland invests €50m in Irish drinks industry

Lidl Ireland will be putting significant investment into the Irish drinks industry, by making nine Irish suppliers' products available in over 10,000 stores worldwide. This positive commitment comes at a challenging time for suppliers due to the ongoing impacts of COVID-19. 

Lidl Ireland has continually committed to supporting Irish suppliers since the launch of its supplier development programme 'Kick Start' in 2017. The programme helps to develop the skills of young Irish suppliers and gives them the opportunity of getting a listing with the discounter.

Aldi Scotland installs reverse vending machines

Aldi Scotland will be installing 40 reverse vending machines across various stores in preparation for the introduction of Scotland's Deposit Return Scheme in 2022. They will be used to collect plastic and glass bottles and steel and aluminium cans. They will be able to collect close to 25,000 units a week.

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