Transparency Initiative Where Lidl sources private labels

von Marco Kitzmann
Donnerstag, 02. April 2020
Almost 3000 suppliers worldwide produce the private labels for Lidl.
Almost 3000 suppliers worldwide produce the private labels for Lidl.
German discounter Lidl is one of the first retailers to disclose the worldwide supplier network of its own brands. The directory includes almost 3,000 independent manufacturers, from Bangladesh to Cyprus, from Aachen to Zagreb. Lebensmittel Zeitung has compiled an overview with maps and graphics.

Most food products are sourced in Germany and Europe, apparel and other non-food items in Asia, which is kind of expected. But Lidl is going much further in terms of transparency.

The discount giant is publicly updating a detailed register of all its supply partners for private food and non-food labels. Lidl already published a list of its main production sites in 2017, but goes into more detail.

A total of 2,985 companies are on these lists which can be viewed online: they produce bakery products, beverages, cosmetics, cleaning products or consumer goods such as toys, sports equipment or garden furniture for Lidl Germany. The discounter wants to make a relevant contribution to more transparency in its global supply chains by disclosing this information, according to a Lidl statement. The lists show that half of the more than 1,000 of the company's private-label manufacturers are based in Germany (563), the rest are spread across other EU countries, with Italy (87 companies), France (73) and the Netherlands (51) leading the way.

Non-food products, however, are largely sourced in Asia with almost 2,000 contractors, particularly in China. Lidl has more than 1,500 suppliers in the People's Republic, most of whom manufacture non-food products, around 300 companies produce ready-made garments. Countries such as Bangladesh, Myanmar, Vietnam and Cambodia are at a considerable distance to follow.

"In our own-brand range, we can work directly with manufacturers to promote a more responsible production method. To understand where and how our products are manufactured, it is important to be as familiar as possible with our business partners. At the same time, our customers want to know more about how our products are manufactured. We want to respond to this demand combined with our commitment to greater transparency," says Jan Bock, Managing Director Purchasing at Lidl Germany.

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This text was originally published in German and machine-translated into English.

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