British Apples & Pears Limited (BAPL) has published sales figures for October 2023, which was British Apple Month and the first month proper of the British apple season. In October 2023, Lidl significantly outperformed its market share, buying 3,030 tons of new season British apples via BAPL members. This represents 22.1% of all British apple sales in October, compared to their grocery market share of just 7.6%.

Unfortunately, other retailers have been slower to get behind new season British apples. In October 2022, Tesco topped the British apple sales chart with 2,902 tons. However, in October 2023 the UK’s biggest supermarket only bought 1,325 tons of British apples. That’s less than half its volume of October 2022.

Commenting on the start of British apple season, Ali Capper, executive chair of BAPL, said: “Lidl’s performance is outstanding. They really got behind British apples in our first month of the new season. Sainsbury’s and Aldi also did very well, taking 2,764 and 2,628 tons of British apples respectively during the month.

“For Tesco to be so far behind last year – down 54% – and to be in fourth place in our league table for the month is very disappointing. We know from consumer comments on our social channels that they get very excited about buying new season, home-grown British apples. Sadly, Tesco has let them and British top fruit growers down.”

In October 2023, Tesco sold 9.8% of all British apples sales, compared to their grocery market share 27.4%.


For more information: britishapplesandpears.co.uk