Discount supermarket chain Lidl announced that it will import more than eight million bottles of Portuguese wine this year. The wines including the Setubal Peninsula would be imported to its other European markets. Dão, Alentejo and Douro wines are also part of the list that will be imported, representing more than twice the number exported last year. Germany, Bulgaria, Croatia, Denmark, Slovakia, France, the Netherlands, Hungary, England, Ireland, Italy, Poland, Republic of Ireland, Romania and Switzerland are the countries that will receive the Portuguese wines.
This export volume exceeds the total value of Portuguese wines exported in the last six years by Lidl company, in order to promote Portuguese products, thus contributing to the growth of the national economy. It is noteworthy that Lidl Portugal not only exports wines, also exporting fruits, vegetables and olive oil. Lidl has recently announced its plan for US expansion. Lidl, based in Germany uncovered real estate requirements for its U.S shops. It is looking to build 36,000 square foot, stand alone stores on its 3.5 acre site with 150 parking spaces. In June lidl declared its U.S headquarters in the D.C. Metro area, and there was a rumor that the supermarket chain could have 100 stores in the U.S. by 2018.