Lidl's managing director in Ireland JP Scally has defended its relationship with farmers after the IFA accused the supermarket of being “two-faced”.
The Irish Farmers Association earlier lashed out at Lidl's announcement that it would pay staff the Living Wage of €11.50 at a time of price drops for vegetable suppliers.
IFA president Eddie Downey has said small farmers were being driven out of work by undervaluing produce, but Lidl Ireland MD JP Scally said the company's suppliers are satisfied.
“We currently deal with over 200 Irish suppliers that would have started out quite small, some as artisan suppliers 10 years ago, and have continued to grow,” Mr Scally said.
“ So we have a fantastic relationship with our suppliers, many of whom were present at the Ploughing Championships a couple of weeks back and were able to meet with the public and explained how proud they were of the working relationship they have with Lidl.
“We can only speak for our own business, but certainly we have suppliers who are extremely proud and delighted of the relationship they have with us.”