Mannings Bakery has stuck a deal to supply 500,000 mince pies to Lidl this Christmas.

The Dublin-based bakery, in Coolock, will be supplying the products to around 136 Lidl stores across Ireland.

Made to a family recipe, the order will see approximately 11.5 tonnes of rich fruit, brandy filling, and around 20 tonnes of buttermilk shortrcrust pastry used to create them.

Established in the 1950s, the firm supplies a range of shortcrust pies and tarts, traditional breads and confectionery to the foodservice, retail and in-store bakery sectors.

Eamonn Manning, managing director, Mannings Bakery, said: “We have been crafting speciality breads and confectionery for over 50 years and are delighted to supply over 500,000 mince pies to Lidl in the run-up to Christmas. These mince pies will be baked daily in Lidl’s in-store bakeries, before being served to customers.”

Claire Moran, communications manager, Lidl Ireland, added: “We have an ongoing commitment to working with our growing number of almost 160 Irish suppliers, to bring the best of local produce to customers at our 136 stores across the country.

“We have invested significantly in resourcing our purchasing division, which now has over 60 staff, all dedicated to establishing and developing locally-sourced products, with an ever-expanding network of Irish suppliers like Mannings Bakery.”