West Cork family firm nets multimillion euro deal to supply fish to Lidl UK

Pictured at today's announcement were John Paul Scally, Managing Director for Lidl Ireland; Mike Keohane, Managing Director for Keohane Seafoods and Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Michael Creed TD. Pic: Daragh McSweeney / Provision

Keohane Seafoods, based in Bantry, Co. Cork, are celebrating after landing a deal to supply packaged salmon darnes to 120 Lidl stores across the UK.

The deal, facilitated due to their relationship with Lidl Ireland, is worth over €6 million to the family run business and will see packaged fish going from West Cork to depots in Bridgend, Weston Super Mare and Enfield. In the face of Brexit, and a challenging export market, this is welcome news for Irish food suppliers.

Mike Keohane, Managing Director for Keohane Seafoods adds: “Our partnership with Lidl Ireland has deepened over the years. We started supplying Lidl back in the year 2012 and thanks to an excellent working relationship with them we have been able to take this step into the UK market. The deal which allows us to deliver into 3 depots and reach 120 stores is a massive opportunity for us and will mean we have the ability to reinvest into our Cork based operations and futureproof our business.”

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Michael Creed TD, commented; “For a family run firm from West Cork to land such a significant deal with a leading supermarket like Lidl in the UK is a testament to the excellent reputation Irish food and drink has abroad. Keohane Seafoods has contributed greatly to the local economy and I would like to pay tribute to their clear focus and commitment to quality, sustainability and in producing quality seafood products for markets home and abroad.”

John Paul Scally, Managing Director for Lidl Ireland explains; “The close working relationships we have with our international buying colleagues offers new avenues for many of our 200 Irish suppliers. Last year alone we exported over €200 million worth of Irish products into Lidl stores in 17 countries. As a verified member of Origin Green and as a significant exporter of Irish food and drink we are committed to growing with our suppliers in a sustainable manner and in ways that will benefit both parties.”

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