UK supermarket giants embroiled in bitter logo dispute

Lidl and Tesco logos
(Image credit: Lidl/Tesco)

Two supermarket giants are currently embroiled in a court battle over the use of a yellow circle. German retailer Lidl has launched a complaint against UK's number one supermarket Tesco for using a design far too similar to its own logo to promote its cheap loyalty card offers.

The design in question features a blue background with a large yellow circle in the middle, which on paper sounds remarkably close to Lidl's logo. With Lidl asserting that Tesco is trying to capitalise on its reputation as a discount retailer, as well as accusing Tesco of "deception", does it have a point? While it's clear Lidl won't be included in our best logos anytime soon, it still has a distinctive trademark.

Lidl and Tesco logos

The Lidl logo (left) vs Tesco's Clubcard Prices design (right)  (Image credit: Lidl/Tesco)

In a lawsuit, Lidl has accused Tesco of trying to “ride on [its] coattails” by using the yellow circle logo on a blue background. But this isn't the first time the two brands have come to blows over the design – according to Reuters, Tesco was granted permission to argue that Lidl had applied to trademark its yellow circle on a blue background with no wordmark "in bad faith".

But according to Guardian, Lidl has argued in this week's high court hearing that Tesco "deliberately copied Lidl’s branding to achieve precisely the transfer of reputation for good value that is occurring."

This is by no means the first time we've seen a supermarket take legal action to protect its yellow-and-blue logo. Back in 2021, Walmart unsuccessfully took on Kanye West after over a similarly star-shaped Yeezy logo. If you're inspired to create a logo that doesn't look like someone else's, take a look at our guide on how to design a logo.

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Daniel Piper
Senior News Editor

Daniel Piper is Creative Bloq’s Senior News Editor. As the brand’s Apple authority, he covers all things Mac, iPhone, iPad and the rest. He also reports on the worlds of design, branding and tech. Daniel joined Future in 2020 (an eventful year, to say the least) after working in copywriting and digital marketing with brands including ITV, NBC, Channel 4 and more. Outside of Future, Daniel is a global poetry slam champion and has performed at festivals including Latitude, Bestival and more. He is the author of Arbitrary and Unnecessary: The Selected Works of Daniel Piper (Selected by Daniel Piper).