Lidl exports £100m worth of Scotch whisky
The UK business of discount supermarket Lidl exported £100 million of Scotch whisky in its last financial year, boosting the group to a record £4bn turnover.
Lidl saw its sales increase £700m in the year to February 2015, the result of both shoppers buying more in stores and the growth of its cheese and Scotch whisky export business.
About £100m worth of Scotch whisky was exported to other Lidl stores across Europe in the time period.
The supermarket owns the Glen Marnoch, Glen Orrin, Highland Black and Highland Earl whisky brands – all of which performed well in The Spirits Business’s recent Global Scotch Whisky Masters 2015.
As reported by The Financial Times, Lidl also announced its acquisition of a £10m plot of land in Tolworth, London to build a new head office.
The office, which is set to be completed in 2018, will have the ability to accommodate more than 750 people – double the size of Lidl’s current HQ in nearby Wimbledon.
“We’ve had a phenomenal increase in sales over the last 12 months, which is not just encouraging for us, for our employees and for our suppliers but also for the areas that we continue to invest in with new stores and warehouses — and now with our new head office,” said Lidl chief executive Ronny Gottschlich.
“We are firmly committed to helping boost the British economy by sourcing from the UK and continuing to create new jobs for local people.”