Wednesday, September 06, 2017

Supermarket cross removal angers shoppers

Lidl has digitally removed crosses on top of an iconic Greek church from its food packaging, causing a stir among some shoppers.

The German supermarket giant erased the symbols on the roof of the Greek Orthodox building in Santorini from products in its own-label Greek food range.

In a statement, Lidl UK told Premier: "We are extremely sorry for any offence caused by the most recent artwork and would like to reassure our customers that this is not an intentional statement."

Research by Premier has revealed the distorted image has appeared on products available in the UK, including Eirdanous Halloumi with Basil. The image was additionally found on a three-litre Lidl container of olive oil in Germany.

One Twitter user reacted: "I find the removal of the cross offensive", while another asked: "Why use churches if you take away the cross? Idiotic!"

A third Twitter user asked: "Lidl, since when is a picture of a Greek church provocative or disturbing? It only becomes that if you erase the cross!"

The firm signalled a willingness to bow to customer concerns, saying: "We will ensure that all feedback is taken into consideration when redesigning future packaging."

One of the Cyclades islands in the Aegean Sea, Santorini's blue-domed churches are among the key factors behind its popularity among tourists. Hundreds of thousands of people visit each year.



Anonymous said...

Once again, Political Correctness run amok.

Bird of Paradise said...

Anon 12:55 Political Correctness has been out of control for years and its time to end this PC poppycock

Bill R. said...

It was not an intentional statement? Someone removed it while sleeping? Give me a break!!

Anonymous said...

Bill - I think they meant
'the removal of the cross was entirely intentional. People getting upset about it (and maybe hurting our bottom line) that was entirely unintentional'.