The total amount Lidl spends annually sourcing food from local suppliers has doubled in the past three years to £80m, according to Lidl Ireland commercial director Liam Casey.

Speaking at the agriculture and rural development committee at Stormont on Tuesday, Casey told MLAs that sourcing local food was something that Lidl did not do well enough in the past. However, he said that there is increased consumer demand for local produce in its 38 stores in NI.