We favour working with local suppliers to help reduce waste, reduce our ecological footprint, ensure maximum freshness, and encourage job creation in the region.
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Local suppliers and innovation

We opt, wherever possible, to buy from local suppliers, remaining true to our strategy of shortening the distance to our stores and distribution centres, thereby reducing transportation costs and carbon emissions. Partnerships with local suppliers also ensure that products reach stores with greater freshness, help reduce waste, and encourage economic development. We also foster long-lasting and close relationships with suppliers to develop new products and more sustainable production.

We are committed to guaranteeing that 80% of food product purchases are sourced from local suppliers. In 2023, we not only achieved this goal again but exceeded it, with 91% of the food products sold by the Group being bought from local suppliers.

Products sourced from local suppliers


As of 31/12/2023

Over 95%

We only import products when:

  • products are scarce, due to production seasonality (a common occurrence in the fruit and vegetable categories);
  • there is no domestic production, or the quantity produced in the country is insufficient to guarantee a sustained supply to our stores;
  • the price-quality ratio of national products prevents us from respecting our commitment to delivering quality at the best price to our customers.

How we promote local production

We use visual elements to identify the local origin of some products. For example, stickers with the colours of the national flag on perishables, such as fruit and vegetables, and providing additional information on Private Brand products. We also strive to highlight the local origin of products in the communication that the Companies promote in stores, leaflets, digital channels, payment receipts and advertising campaigns.

Examples are the lables “100% Nacional” (100% Portuguese) in Portugal, “Polski Produkt” (Polish Product) in Poland, and “Hecho en Colombia” (Made in Colombia) in Colombia. We also strive to highlight these products in the communication that the Companies promote in stores, leaflets, payment receipts, television campaigns and on their websites.

Support to suppliers

The responsible way in which we strive to manage our business also ensures lasting and trusting relationships with suppliers, who can benefit from various measures to stimulate their development and enable them to grow with us.

Since 2012, the Group has promoted a measure – unique in retail in Portugal – to support the national members of the Confederation of Portuguese Farmers, bringing forward payment to ten days (on average) – the law provides for 30 days. Over 370 suppliers have benefited from this initiative.

In Poland, and since 2020, Biedronka has reduced payment terms to a maximum of 21 days for around 200 farmers with a turnover of less than 100 million złoty.

In Colombia, Ara established a partnership with BBVA in 2020 enabling more than 500 fruit and vegetable suppliers to receive early payment on their invoices at more favourable rates and without affecting their credit rating. This type of facility is also implemented in Portugal and Poland, covering more than 240 and 190 suppliers, respectively.

Partnerships and innovation in the offer of local products

We seek to constantly introduce innovative local products in our offer. This gives consumers access to a more diverse assortment, while stimulating partnerships with our suppliers and developing their skills.



In May 2021, local producers were challenged to deliver their products to Biedronka stores or distribution centres located close to the production area. The success of the initiative resulted in the programme being extended to around 200 suppliers in 2023, who delivered more than 123,000 tonnes of fruit and vegetables. This initiative follows another, in place since 2014, where strawberry suppliers reduced the time between harvesting and marketing by directly delivering the strawberries (which have a very short life cycle) to stores and distribution centres.

Biedronka also supports fruit production by Polish farmers to replace imports, particularly apricots and watermelons.


Pingo Doce and Recheio use in-store communication, social media posts and leaflets to raise awareness among consumers of the importance of consuming seasonal, locally grown produce. In 2023 Pingo Doce bought over 14,000 tonnes of domestically produced cherries, apples and kiwi, following its investment in the marketing of “Protected Geographical Indication” and “Protected Designation of Origin” products such as the Rocha pear, Golden, Starking, Royal, Gala and Bravo Esmolfe apples, as well as apples from Alcobaça and the Beira Alta regions.

Recheio has been working with national producers to launch exclusive olive oil and wine references for several years. In 2020, it launched the “World-Class Wine Cellar”, a project to represent and distribute exclusive wine brands produced by small and medium-sized Portuguese producers. The goal is to combine quality wine projects with Recheio’s knowledge and scale, thereby giving them visibility in the HoReCa channel and in traditional retail.


In 2022, Ara took the initiative to establish a commercial relationship with the suppliers of one of its competitors after the latter exited the market, contributing to the continuity of its business and using existing production capacities. It has progressively been forging alliances with suppliers in the fruit, bread and pastry, meat, sauces and other categories.

Independent Verification

Information on the proportion of costs with local suppliers was confirmed by an external and independent entity for the Group’s 2023 Annual Report.