According to a report by the consultancy firm PwC, retailer Lidl is the largest buyer of Spanish fruits and vegetables, with an expenditure of 2,039 million Euro in 2018, which is 14% of the total. Of that amount, more than 1,700 million went to buying products that were subsequently exported to be sold in stores outside Spain.
Thus, Lidl "has become the largest exporter of Spanish fresh produce," accounting for 13% of the total, according to the same study, which is based on official figures. If to those we add other agro-food products of Spanish origin, the German group's exports last year amounted to 2,338 million Euro.
The study also reveals the growth of Lidl in Spain, where it arrived 25 years ago and now has 580 stores and some 14,000 employees. It is currently the fourth largest supermarket chain in terms of market share, with 5.6%, behind Mercadona, Carrefour and DIA.
PwC estimates that its impact on the Spanish GDP (direct, indirect and induced) amounts to around 5,485 million Euro, 21% more than in 2016 and equivalent to 0.5% of the national economy.
Its contribution is especially significant in the provinces of Almería, where it accounts for 2.7% of its GDP, Murcia (1.8%) and Palencia (1.24%).
According to the authors of the document, Lidl recorded the highest growth in net sales (+12%), ahead of Consum (+8%) and Mercadona (+6%).
Furthermore, its share in the Spanish organic market stands at 16.5%.