Lidl made a mistake with a product that could have consequences. And that annoys many. But the discounter also gets praise.
The re are various reasons for a vegan diet – conviction and health reasons are only two of them. Of course, you always have to look at the labeling of the products: if they are declared vegan, nothing stands in the way of enjoyment. Actually. But Lidl has now made a mistake that makes many vegans sour inside.
Lidl: Mini donuts that are declared vegan are not vegan
The “Bake Off Mini-Donuts” declared as vegan are not vegan. In a Lidl statement from Thursday (February 18) on the Facebook page “Lidl’s vegan workshop”, it is said that the donuts contain whey. Various other official Lidl reactions go into more detail on the breakdown.
It says for example: “We would like to sincerely apologize to you for the incorrect labeling of the Bake Off Mini-Donuts. This error happened to us due to a recipe change, which was not communicated transparently, but this does not justify the incident. Such a thing must of course not happen and under no circumstances should it happen again. Unfortunately, the recipe change cannot be reversed at short notice. We can really understand that you are angry and that you are questioning the trust you have placed in us. We understand the impact such a mistake can have on many of you. “
The angry reactions pile up. “I wonder how something like that can happen”, “I think that’s pretty stupid”, “I really enjoyed shopping at Lidl. But such a breakdown doesn’t work ”are just a few of them.
The mishap has serious consequences not only for vegans – but also for lactose intolerant people, as one user explains: “Have not eaten anything with lactose for 15 years, then you notice it.”
Lidl: Many customers are angry – others are forgiving
Lidl also apologizes under another Facebook post: “We are aware of the effects this can have on you and your health and can therefore understand your anger very well. That is why we do our best to prevent this type of error from occurring again, and we have already taken measures for this. All branches were informed that the signs should be replaced accordingly. Furthermore, the allergen and additive information is currently being revised so that the ingredients of our products are clearly visible and correct. ”
Lidl also refers to an upcoming campaign and hopes to win back the vegans: “From April you will find cheese and milk alternatives in the range throughout Germany. We hope you are happy about it and continue to place your trust in us. “
In addition to a lot of understandable anger, Lidl also gets leniency. And praise for the quick response. “Respect! Great open communication. ”And the following post gets dozens of likes:“ I think it’s great that a mistake is openly and honestly admitted and apologized. As the saying goes: if you don’t do anything, you won’t do anything wrong. ”A shelf breakdown at Lidl is much more harmless and from the“ curious ”department. (lin)