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Lidl to “double” exports of Portuguese wine

Lidl Portugal has announced that it will be exporting around eight million bottles of Portuguese wine in 2016, “more than double compared to last year”.

The wine will be sold at Lidl supermarkets in Germany, Bulgaria, Croatia, Denmark, Slovakia, France, the Netherlands, Hungary, England, Ireland, Italy, Poland, Ireland, Romania and Switzerland, a source from the chain told Lusa news agency.

The source added that the German chain is “committed to promoting Portugal wines whenever possible” in an attempt to “contribute to the growth of the national economy”.

A large part of the wines (85%) are sold exclusively by Lidl and are made in many regions, including Dão, Alentejo, Douro and the Setúbal peninsula.

Lidl also exports Portuguese fruit, vegetable and olive oils.

“Pêra Rocha (a popular type of Portuguese pear) has been exported for several years to England, Ireland, France and Spain, and since 2014 to Germany,” the source added.

michael.bruxo@algarveresident.com