Lidl has been hit with a £2.7 million lawsuit for reportedly “destroying” a family-run fruit and vegetable supplier.
Proctor & Associates founder Deane Proctor is suing the grocer for canceling and slashing orders with little notice and allegedly poaching his own suppliers.
The two businesses have a 20-year association, but Mr.Proctor claims he has been “stabbed in the back” by Lidl.
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He claims that the German retailer had used his expertise over the last 20 years, but had left him out of deals and removed his produce.
Proctor said: “There weren’t many suppliers in Britain that wanted to deal with the discounters at the time.
“For a long time I helped to sell the idea of working with Lidl to the farmers.”
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His contract with Lidl expired in June of last year, and his company, which was based in Boston, Lincolnshire, has now been forced to close.
Proctor stated he had had a casual meeting with a former Adjudicator, Christine Tacon, but “came away feeling dejected”.
A Lidl spokesman said: “We are in the process of reviewing the claims and will be responding in due course.”
Source: Retail Gazette
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