Last year, Lidl had €1m worth of Irish produce, with over 80 products from over 60 suppliers on Lidl store shelves. This year, Lidl have again invested even more to bring you an even bigger range of tasty local products.

It's all about finding delicious, exciting new products to add to the Lidl range and for you to bring to your table. It's all about the product, Lidl choose only the best suppliers because quality is everything. Find below some of the success stories from the past two years of Kick Start at Lidl.

12 Acres Brewery

Clonmore, Killeshin, Co Laois

Established in 2014, 12 Acres Brewing Company are a multi award-winning artisan farm microbrewery based on a family farm in south Laois. 12 Acres was the first Irish microbrewery to provide genuine traceability for the malting barley used to brew their beer.

Their beers are brewed from their own malted barley grown on their own farm and pure spring water from deep beneath the same land the barley is grown on, bringing you real Irish craft beer with unique provenance and genuine traceability from their ground to your glass.

Their new 440ml can range includes "Make Hay" a 3.8% abv Session IPA and "Pallet Jack" a 5.1% abv Hoppy India Pale Lager, these beers are the latest addition to their range and are fresh flavourful beers which will please all craft beer fans.

Kinsale Bay Food Co.

Littleisland Co Cork

Founded in Kinsale on the old fishing site in the middle of the town which was a hub of activity in the 18th century. Kinsale was a major fishing town during this tome, with hundreds of fishing vessels fishing off the Kinsale coast catching mainly mackerel, which was sold to many outlets throughout Europe, making Kinsale one of the major European suppliers of fish.

The local fishermen used a vessel known as the Kinsale Hooker that had a special design which allowed it operate better in those waters than other vessels. Those boats were made locally by tradesmen.

Kinsale Bay Food Co. was founded on this historic site, with one of the original walls still standing back in 2008, and to this day still uses the original recipes that it was founded under – simple, clean, gluten-free, nourishing, wholesome food with a quality taste.

It started supplying the local farmers markets in Kinsale and west Cork and are delighted to supply Lidl in their support for Irish family producers through their Kick Start programme.

Supplier nurturing and development

All selected suppliers will be invited to attend two free, comprehensive seminars covering quality control, packaging as well as marketing and PR building and other important aspects of business development.

To apply please visit kick start applications

Kick Start is proudly supported by Bord Bia