UK: Co-op opens new-look food store in Llandeilo

UK: Co-op opens new-look food store in Llandeilo

MANCHESTER, UK, 2018-Feb-19 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Co-op has served-up a new-look food store in Llandeilo, Carmarthenshire, following a near £700,000 investment.

Children from Ysgol Gynradd Llandeilo Primary School Choir were among the guests of honour, along with Richard Hughes, President of the Rotary Club of Llandeilo, who joined the store team and helped to cut the ribbon and declare the new-look Rhosmaen Street Co-op store open to serve the community.

The food store brings a funding boost locally through its Membership scheme – Members receive a 5% reward on the purchase of own-brand products and services, with the Co-op donating a further 1% to local good causes The Co-op store – which opens between 7am -11pm – has returned to its clover-leaf design logo, first used in the 1960’s – and, includes an in store bakery, and focus on fresh, healthy foods, meal ideas, award winning wines and, essentials.

Chris Rees, Co-op Store Manager, said: “We are delighted to have had the opportunity to carry out such a significant investment in Llandeilo – we have had a great response and there was a superb atmosphere at our launch with the wonderful children’s choir – we would like to thank everyone who has taken part or has popped in to see us on our launch day, we are really looking forward to welcoming all of our members and customers back into their new-look Co-op. We are proud to be part of the community, and our ambition is to ensure the store is a local hub, a real asset locally.”

Chris Ellis, Area Manager for the Co-op, added: “The Co-op is moving forward with a clear purpose and momentum. We are investing in our people, stores, products and prices and have the ambition for our stores to be at the heart of local life, bringing communities together and offering great quality products when and where shoppers need them. We also want customers to know that they can become a co-owner and member of their Co-op. And, that we are also giving back to the community. Our members make a difference locally, simply by swiping their membership card when they shop with us they are raising much needed funding for organisations in the area who contribute to improving local life.”

The retailer – which won the title of Convenience Retailer of the Year at last year’s Retail Industry Awards – last month unveiled a £50M price investment programme to cut the cost of everyday essentials including fruit, vegetables, bread, fresh meat and ready meals, as well as household brand names.

There are offers and promotions in and around the store to mark its re-launch.

And, students in Llandeilo holding a NUS extra card also receive a 10% discount off their groceries at the Co-op to support them during their studies.

Further information about the benefits of Co-op membership and, its local Community Fund – which re-opens for applications between 5 March and 8 April – is available by visiting: http://www.coop.co.uk/membership/

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Further information
Andrew Torr
Co-op Press Office
M: 07702 505 551
E: Andrew.torr@coop.co.uk

SOURCE: Co-operative Group Limited

Co-op to give a £1M makeover to its food store in Olney, Buckinghamshire

Co-op to give a £1M makeover to its food store in Olney, Buckinghamshire

MANCHESTER, UK, 2018-Feb-14 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Co-op is set to serve-up a new-look food store in Olney, Buckinghamshire, with a £1M investment The 7,000 sq. ft. food store, located in Stanley Court, Olney, has embarked on a major makeover and will bring a funding boost locally through its Membership scheme – Members receive a 5% reward on the purchase of own-brand products and services, with the Co-op donating a further 1% to local good causes.

The community retailer – which has returned to its clover-leaf design logo first used in the 1960’s – is supporting the Olney Infant Academy; Olney Pre-School and, Friends of Olney Middle School through its Membership scheme.

During the programme of works, the Co-op has introduced free transport to its nearby store in Newport Pagnell to support members of the community without access to a vehicle – the service runs daily from the store at 11am, returning at 1pm.

The Co-op will then operate a temporary 2,500 sq. ft. convenience store from the Stanley Court site during the works. Around one third of the size of the usual store, it will open between 6am-11pm from Monday – Saturday and 8am-6pm on Sunday until 12 March and offer a full range of products in order to continue to serve the community while the improvements are carried out.

The retailer – which won the title of Convenience Retailer of the Year at the Retail Industry Awards – will have a focus on fresh, healthy foods, meal ideas, award winning wines and, essentials. All of its own brand fresh meat – including bacon and lamb – is British, and it only uses British meat in all of its own-label chilled ready meals, pies and sandwiches.

Last month, the community retailer unveiled a £50M price investment programme to cut the cost of everyday essentials including fruit, vegetables, bread, fresh meat and ready meals, as well as household brand names.

There are to be offers and promotions in and around the store to mark its re-launch on Friday, 23 March.

And, students in Olney holding a NUS extra card also receive a 10% discount off their groceries at the Co-op to support them during their studies.

Paul Bradford, Co-op Store Manager, said: “We are delighted to have the opportunity to carry out such a significant investment in Olney – we are really looking forward to welcoming members and customers back into their new-look Co-op. We are proud to be part of the community, and our ambition is to ensure the store is a local hub, a real asset for the community.”

Brian Pooley, Area Manager for the Co-op, said: “The Co-op is moving forward with a clear purpose and momentum. We are investing in our people, stores, products and prices and have the ambition for our stores to be at the heart of local life, bringing communities together and offering our great quality products when and where shoppers need them. We also want customers to know that they can become a co-owner and member of their Co-op. And, that we are also giving back to the community. Our members make a difference locally, simply by swiping their membership card when they shop with us they are raising much needed funding for organisations in the area who contribute to improving local life.”

Further information about the benefits of Co-op membership and, its local Community Fund, is available by visiting: http://www.coop.co.uk/membership/

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Further Information
Andrew Torr
Co-op Press Office
M: 07702 505 551
E: Andrew.torr@coop.co.uk

ITV announces new partnerships with Costa Coffee and Co-op for Coronation Street

Co-op and Costa Coffee Storefronts To Appear On The Cobbles

LONDON, 2018-Feb-03 — /EPR Retail News/ — ITV today (Jan 30, 2018) announces that it has agreed two significant new partnerships with Costa Coffee and Co-op for Coronation Street. In an ITV first, viewers will see Co-op and Costa Coffee storefronts as part of a new extended Weatherfield set.

Both facades will be fully branded and open for business in Spring 2018 with other assets such as posters, bags and cups integrated across the iconic soap.

The new agreements also include digital and brand-licensing aspects for both brands, enabling them to use Coronation Street assets and extend the partnership off-air.

Mark Trinder, Sales Director, ITV said: “The expansion of the Coronation Street set has given us a great opportunity to feature branded shop facades as more of Weatherfield is opened up to viewers. Incorporating product placement on this scale is something we have wanted to do for some time and we’re delighted with this exciting opportunity. We’ve worked really closely with the Coronation Street team to make sure we’ve got a great brand fit for Co-op and Costa Coffee with the nation’s favourite soap while still ensuring editorial integrity.”

Alison Jones, Customer Director at Co-op said: “Coronation Street is all about community life and the Co-op is a retailer at the heart of local life and being close to the customer, which makes this a perfect match. We are excited about the opportunity to showcase our brand on the world’s most famous street by unveiling a Weatherfield store and having further brand placements with our shopping bags.”

Eric Tavoukdjian, commercial marketing director for Costa Coffee UK&I, said: “Costa Coffee is delighted to be welcomed to the famous cobbles of Coronation Street as part of this innovative partnership with ITV. As the nation’s favourite coffee shop and a presence on the UK high street for more than 40 years, we feel it’s perfect to have a presence on one of the nation’s favourite and most iconic soaps. We’re looking forward to partnering with the ITV team to integrate the Costa Coffee brand into Coronation Street as part of this exciting Weatherfield set extension.”

First broadcast in 1960, Coronation Street is the longest-running soap on British TV and the most watched soap in the country. Product placement (PP) was introduced in the UK in 2011 and ITV led the way with the very first PP on British screens. In the same year the first peak time product placement was introduced in Coronation Street and since then ITV has brought together brands and programmes with PP agreements across the ITV schedule.

About Costa Coffee

Founded in London by Italian brothers Sergio and Bruno Costa in 1971, Costa is now part of Whitbread PLC.

With over 2,380 coffee shops in the UK and more than 1,300 in 31 international markets we are the fastest growing coffee shop business in the UK and are proud to be the UK’s favourite coffee shop, having been awarded “Best Branded Coffee Shop Chain in the UK and Ireland” by Allegra Strategies for eight years running (2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 & 2017).

Looking after coffee growers is extremely important to us, which is why we established The Costa Foundation, a registered charity with the aim to relieve poverty, advance education and the health and environment of coffee-growing communities around the world. So far, The Costa Foundation has funded the building of 72 schools and improved the social and economic welfare of coffee-growing communities.

About ITV

ITV is an integrated producer broadcaster and the largest commercial television network in the UK. It is the home of popular television from the biggest entertainment events, to original drama, major sport, landmark factual series and independent news. It operates a family of channels including ITV, ITVBe, ITV2, ITV3 and ITV4 and CITV, which are broadcast free-to-air. ITV is also focused on delivering its programming via the ITV Hub, mobile devices, video on demand and third party platforms.

ITV Studios is a global production business, creating and selling programmes and formats from offices in the UK, US, Australia, France, Germany, the Nordics and the Netherlands. It is the largest and most successful commercial production company in the UK, the largest independent non-scripted indie in the US and ITV Studios Global Entertainment is a leading international distribution businesses.

About Co-op

The Co-op operates across food, funerals, insurance, electrical and legal services and has a clear purpose of championing a better way of doing business for you and your communities. Owned by millions of UK consumers, The Co-operative Group operates a total of 3,800 outlets, with more than 69,000 employees and an annual turnover of over £9.5 billion.

For further information, please contact:

The Costa Press Team
CostaPR@whitbread.com

Source: Costa Coffee

Co-op develops a fully biodegradable paper tea bag

Co-op develops a fully biodegradable paper tea bag

 

MANCHESTER, UK, 2018-Jan-31 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Co-op is brewing up a fully biodegradable paper tea bag, making it the first retailer to find a solution to the problem of plastic waste caused by the nation’s favourite beverage.

The convenience retailer’s famous own-brand 99 tea will be developed without polypropylene, which is an industry-wide method used to enable teabags to hold their shape. The move could save nine tonnes of plastic every year from being dumped into household rubbish and compost collections.

The Co-op, which sells around 4.6 million boxes of tea annually (around 367 million teabags) has joined forces with its tea supplier, Typhoo, and Ahlstrom-Munksjö, specialists in sustainable fibre solutions, to develop the new method of heat sealing bags which will eliminate the use of the more widely-used plastic seal.

The new bio-degradable bag which is due to undergoing rigorous testing in February, could be on shelves later this year. Intended to be rolled out across the Co-op’s entire own-label standard tea range, it will be fully compostable in food waste collections after use.

Jo Whitfield, CEO, Co-op Food, said: “Many tea drinkers are blissfully unaware that the teabag from their daily cuppa is sealed using plastic. Even though it’s a relatively small amount, when you consider the six billion cups of tea that are brewed up every year in the UK, we are looking at around 150 tonnes of polypropylene – that’s an enormous amount of accumulated plastic waste that is either contaminating food waste compost collections or simply going to landfill.

“A cup of tea is part of our national psyche, so we felt it was imperative that we fix the problem as soon as possible. We’re absolutely committed to reducing plastic in our packaging and want to ensure that tea lovers can enjoy a guilt-free brew.”

The Co-op is dedicated to reducing the environmental impact of its products and has a long-term ambition for 100% of its product packaging to be recyclable with an interim target of 80% by 2020. This includes reducing the use of unnecessary and hard-to-recycle plastic packaging and using more recycled content wherever possible.

Contact:

Craig Noonan
Head of Retail PR
Email: craig.noonan@coop.co.uk
Landline: 0161 6924284
Mobile: 07702 505 439

Source: Coop

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Co-op extends its local sourcing programme across its stores in Derbyshire with four breweries

Co-op extends its local sourcing programme across its stores in Derbyshire with four breweries

 

MANCHESTER, UK, 2017-Dec-12 — /EPR Retail News/ — Four breweries in Derbyshire are raising a glass to new contract wins with the Co-op as the community retailer extends its local sourcing programme across its stores in Derbyshire.

The Co-op – which last year returned to its iconic “clover leaf” designed logo – is to stock the new range in 30 of its food stores across the region.

Brewers involved in the programme include the Dancing Duck Brewery. Based in Payne Street, Derby, the deal marks Dancing Duck’s largest order to date as it celebrates its seventh anniversary of brewing this month. The award winning Dancing Duck Brewery now employs eight people, and will supply the Co-op with three of its ales; Ay Up, 22 and, Dark Drake – a beer that has previously won the accolade of Champion Stout of Britain.

Rachel Matthews, founder of Dancing Duck Brewery, said:__ “This is an exciting development for Dancing Duck, a move which supports our business development and brand awareness. Our philosophy is one of using the finest ingredients – a passion for quality which we know is shared by the Co-op – and it is this passion which goes into every pint.”

Derventio Brewery – based in Darley Abbey and named after the Roman fort and settlement at Little Chester – estimates that the deal could be worth up to 20,000 pints to them over a 12 month period. The brewery will supply its: Cleopatra; Gold and Barbarian – a stout with flavours of chocolate, Liquorice and coffee.

Pete Nash of Derventio Brewery, said: “This comes as great news. Working with the Co-op provides further potential to extend our reach and brand awareness, it is an exciting development and further supports our business development as the home market for ale continues to grow.”

Simon Dryell, Head of Local Sourcing at the Co-op, explained:“Locally produced ale is an exciting category, we see significant potential for sustainable growth, and we are delighted to champion these beers which are brewed with pride and passion to deliver consistently great quality and taste.”

The Derby Brewing Co will also supply six of its award winning ales to the Co-op. The award-winning family-run microbrewery based in Nottingham Road will supply ales including: Business As Usual; Wild Bear and, Quintessential – a crisp golden ale.

And, Bakewell-based brewery, Thornbridge, will supply three of its ales: White Swan – a white gold pale ale; Lukas Helles Lager – a traditional Bavarian style beer and, its Jaipur India Pale Ale.

Simon Dryell, continued: “The innovation, passion, quality and drive that goes into these products is what makes them special. They are prized and loved brands locally. Our customers tell us that food provenance really matters to them, with quality, trust, convenience and value key for consumers. Backing local produce – which is made with local ingredients where possible – is about much more than just ‘hanging out the bunting’. As a community retailer, the Co-op is committed to investing in its local communities, supporting local economies and providing opportunities to showcase, support and celebrate great local produce.”

Further information:
Andrew Torr
Co-op Press Office
M: 07702 505 551
E: Andrew.torr@coop.co.uk

Source: Co-op

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Co-op partners with FareShare to provide 100,000 meals to vulnerable people this Christmas

MANCHESTER, UK, 2017-Dec-12 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Co-op has pledged to provide 100,000 meals to vulnerable people in the run-up to Christmas through its partnership with food redistribution charity FareShare.

The move follows news that since 2013, the community retailer has supplied almost 1,300 tonnes – enough to provide over 3,085,000 meals to those in need – by redistributing surplus food through its UK-wide network of nine depots.

Meat, fruit, vegetables, ready meals and chilled items are all passed to FareShare who then allocate it to local charities and community groups so they can provide balanced and nutritious meals.

The volume of Co-op surplus food redistributed from January to November is 435 tonnes, which equates to approximately 1,000,000 meals. With just two weeks to go until the end of the year, the Co-op will redistribute an additional 40 tonnes, which is equivalent to another 100,000 meals – taking the total to 1.1 million.

Over 1,135 charities and community groups have received Co-op food through FareShare this year. They include includes children’s breakfast and after school clubs, youth centres, hostels and supported housing for people suffering from homelessness, community cafes, older people’s services to tackle social isolation, food banks, and family and children’s centres.

Cathryn Higgs, head of food policy at the Co-op, said: “We’re very proud of our partnership with FareShare which has enabled us to provide over three million meals to vulnerable people in just four years. Our long-term ambition is that no food fit for consumption should go to waste and that’s why we are why we are working hard to provide an extra 100,000 meals in the run up to Christmas – a time of year that is so strongly associated with the enjoyment of food. Whilst so many people in the UK still aren’t able to get access to a nutritious cooked-meal we must do whatever is necessary to support the work of FareShare and put an end to unnecessary food waste.”

Lindsay Boswell, Chief Executive of FareShare, said: “FareShare is undergoing a period of rapid growth at present, coupled with unprecedented demand for food from the voluntary sector. The food we receive from the Co-op has been critical to our ability to supply thousands more charities on the front line helping those in need. We congratulate the Co-op for providing over three million meals so far and give thanks to all those involved in ensuring this valuable food continues to reach us week in week out.”

In April, the Co-op launched a 60-store trial to redistribute food from its food stores.

Source: Co-op

Co-op expands its local sourcing programme across the North East with three breweries and a tea maker

MANCHESTER, UK, 2017-Dec-05 — /EPR Retail News/ — Three breweries and a tea maker are among a host of producers in the region to raise a glass, and a cup, to new contract wins with the Co-op.

The move will see nine businesses supply a new range of over 20 products as the Co-op extends its local sourcing programme across its stores in the North East.

The Co-op – which last year returned to its iconic “clover leaf” designed logo – is to stock the new range in approaching 60 of its food stores across the region.

Brewers involved in the programme include the Tyne Bank Brewery, which moved to an old Victorian warehouse on Walker Road last September after successfully crowd-funding and attracting over 360 small investors.

Tyne Bank estimates that the deal could be worth an estimated 100,000 pints to the award-winning brewery over a 12 month period, and it will supply three of its ales to approaching 60 Co-op food stores in the region, its: Monument Ale; Motueka Blonde and Northern Porter.

Julia Austin, a former Chemical Engineer, fell in love with craft breweries on a holiday in Vancouver and, founded the Tyne Bank brewery in 2011.

Julia, said: “We are delighted, the Co-op are lovely store to be in, and it feels like a real partnership approach with the Co-op. It gives our customers a chance to buy beer where they could not previously get it. The move really does support local breweries, as a smaller business it’s important to find these partnerships, and supplying the Co-op opens up new markets, raises awareness of our brand and helps to build our business.”

Northumberland-based Allendale Brewery is to supply five of its ales to the Co-op: Pennine Pale; Wagtail; Tall Stories; Wayfarer and Wilderness. And, the Sonnet 43 Brew House, from Coxhoe, County Durham, which will supply its Raven Bourbon Milk Stout; Seraphim Blonde Beer and, Abolition Amber Ale.

The famous Jesmona “Old Fashioned Black Bullets” sweets – believed to have originated in the North East at the turn of last century will also be stocked in almost 60 stores. Along with Beanies flavoured coffee of Darlington which will supply its Amaretto; Choc Orange and Irish Cream flavour instant coffee. Manomasa Snacks from Gateshead, established in 2012 will supply the Co-op with three of its tortilla snacks.

Kenspeckle Northumbrian Confectionary will supply its vanilla fudge; vanilla toffee and cinder toffee coal. Northumberland Tea will supply tea bags –supported by family-friend and brand ambassador Jack Charlton OBE its packs state it is the “best cup since 1966”. And, Consett-based Love Popcorn will supply is Origonal Salty Sweet and, Fiery Salsa popcorns.

Helen Logan of Northumberland Tea, said: “We’re delighted to have agreed a deal with the Co-op that will see Northumberland tea in stores ranging from Teesside to Berwick, which will extend the tea’s reach to many new areas and tea lovers across the north.’’

“The Co-op is at the heart of community life and this development raises awareness of our brand and reaches new markets. We sold our small café business to look after my father, who lost his battle with cancer in 2012 and then decided to set up Northumberland Tea. We drank so many cuppas during my father’s illness that we felt well qualified! This contract is another huge milestone for us, and will help us to raise further funds to support the wonderful work that is carried out by the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation finding better ways to detect and treat cancer.”

Charlotte Bleasdale, Ranging Manager for the Co-op in the North East, explained: “It is the innovation, traditions, quality and passion which makes these prized and locally loved brands – our customers tell us that food provenance really matters to them – with quality, trust, convenience and value key for consumers. Backing local produce is about much more than just ‘hanging out the bunting’ – as a community retailer, the Co-op is committed to investing in its local communities, supporting local economies and providing opportunities to showcase, support and celebrate great food and drink from the North East.”

Hannah Keating, Co-op Buyer for Local Produce – talking about working with local breweries, added: “Locally produced ale is an exciting category – we see significant potential for sustainable growth, and we are delighted to champion these beers which use local ingredients and are brewed with pride and passion to deliver consistently great quality and taste.”

Backing British produce is a cornerstone of the Co-op’s food strategy. In May the retailer announced that it would source only 100% own-brand British fresh meat – including lamb and bacon. The Co-op is also the only major retailer to use only British meat in all its own-brand chilled ready meals, pies and sandwiches.

Further information:
Andrew Torr
Co-op Press Office
M: 07702 505 551
E: Andrew.torr@coop.co.uk

Source: Co-op

Co-op become the exclusive wholesale supplier to Costcutter Supermarkets Group

MANCHESTER, UK, 2017-Dec-01 — /EPR Retail News/ — Following the recent announcement concerning Palmer and Harvey (P&H), The Co-op and Costcutter Supermarkets Group (CSG) have today (29 November) confirmed an agreement that will see Co-op become the exclusive wholesale supplier to CSG and the 2,200 Costcutter, Mace, Simply Fresh, Supershop and kwiksave convenience stores across its network from Spring 2018.

The deal will also provide the opportunity for CSG’s independent retailers to become Co-op franchisees.

Given the unexpected P&H announcement, The Co-op has also confirmed that it is looking at practical short-term ways it can support independent retailers within CSG, as part of a wider industry response, until the formal agreement begins in Spring 2018.

Commenting Darcy Willson-Rymer, CEO of Costcutter Supermarkets Group said

“With P&H no longer able to supply our stores, we have activated our contingency plans that will see our retailers supported by the Co-op and other suppliers in the run up to our deal with the Co-op.”

Commenting Jo Whitfield, Chief Executive of Co-op Food said:

“We are operating in a dynamic market environment and this deal, coming shortly after our Nisa announcement, shows how we are positively responding to the changes occurring within the sector.

“Our Food business is going from strength to strength in what is clearly a challenging retail market. We recently reported our 14th consecutive quarter of like-for-like sales growth and this agreement will further strengthen our ability to offer customers great products at great prices.

“Whilst our deal with Costcutter will start formally in Spring 2018 we are looking at practical ways we can support independent retailers during this busy trading period, in light of the news concerning P&H. It is essential that we maintain a strong independent retail sector and the Co-op is committed to playing its part, along with others in the industry, in ensuring this occurs.”

About the Co-op Group

The Co-op, one of the world’s largest consumer co-operatives with interests across food, funerals, insurance, electrical and legal services, has a clear purpose of championing a better way of doing business for you and your communities. Owned by millions of UK consumers, the Co-opGroup operates 2,500 food stores and over 1,000 funeral homes, with more than 69,000 employees and an annual turnover of over £9.5 billion.

The Co-op provides wholesale services to 15 independent co operative societies, as well as its own estate of 2,500 stores across the UK.

About Costcutter Supermarkets Group

Costcutter Supermarkets Group is part of Bibby Line Group, a diverse and forward-looking family business delivering personal, responsive and flexible customer solutions for over 200 years. Costcutter Supermarkets Group operates a network of 2,200 convenience stores across the UK through the Costcutter, Mace, Simply Fresh, kwiksave and Supershop brands. The majority of the stores are owned and operated by independent retailers. Bibby Line Group is a £1.4 billion business, operating in more than 20 countries, employing over 4,500 people in industries including retail, offshore, financial services, distribution, shipping, marine based businesses, plant hire and woodland burials.

For more information please contact:

The Co-op Group
Jon Church
07545 210 812

Russ Brady
07880 784 442

Costcutter MCG
(Sophie Hayes & Ellie Bottomley)
0113 307 0113

Source: Coop uk

Co-op to open its newest food store in Hemsby on Thursday, 30 November

MANCHESTER, UK, 2017-Nov-29 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Co-op is set to serve-up its newest food store this week (Thursday, 30 November), in Hemsby, near Great Yarmouth, following a £1.2M investment.

The new store – located in Kings Way, Hemsby – provides 24 full and part-time jobs, and will bring a funding boost for local good causes through its Membership scheme – Members receive a 5% reward on the purchase of own-branded products and services, with a further 1% benefitting local good causes.

Children from Hemsby Primary School will be among the guests of honour on launch day, cutting the ribbon and declaring the Co-op open for the community.

The school is to receive a £500 donation as part of launch day celebrations, the money will be used to support its healthy food programme. A further donation of £500 will be made to the Hemsby Parish Church appeal.

The store includes an in-store bakery alongside its focus on fresh, healthy foods, meal ideas, award winning wines and essentials.

Samantha Winter, Area Manager, said:

“We are delighted to have undertaken such a significant investment in Hemsby, and proud to be part of the community. We are looking forward to unveiling a great new look and improvements to the site with which to serve the community – we are looking forward to welcoming the community into their Co-op. The Co-op is moving forward with a clear purpose and momentum, and our ambition is to ensure the store is a local hub and an asset for the community.

“We also want shoppers to know that they can become a co-owner and member of their Co-op. And, that we are also giving back to the community. Our members make a difference locally, simply by swiping their membership card when they shop with us they are raising much needed funding for organisations in their area who contribute to improving local life.”

There are offers and promotions in and around the store to mark its launch. And, students in Hemsby holding a NUS extra card receive a 10% discount at the Co-op to support them during their studies.

Last month, the Co-op won the title of Convenience Retailer of the Year at the Retail Industry Awards.

Further information about the benefits of Co-op membership and, its Local Community Fund, is available by visiting: http://www.coop.co.uk/membership/

Further information:

Andrew Torr
Co-op Press office
M: 07702 505 551
E: Andrew.torr@coop.co.uk

Source: CoopUK

Co-op expands its local sourcing programme with a total of 20 local breweries across Scotland

Co-op expands its local sourcing programme with a total of 20 local breweries across Scotland

 

MANCHESTER, UK, 2017-Nov-27 — /EPR Retail News/ — Scottish breweries are set to top sales of 500,000 pints at the Co-op as the community retailer expands its commitment to supporting smaller, local, producers.

A total of 20 local breweries are to supply Co-op food stores across Scotland with around 45 different ales – tapping in to forecasted sales in excess of half-a-million pints over the coming year as part of the community retailer’s local sourcing programme.

Burnside Brewery has brewed-up a contract win to supply two of its ales to Co-op food stores across Scotland. Based in Laurencekirk, Gary and Dave Metcalfe turned their hobby for home brewing into an award winning business and have secured their largest contract to date supply approaching 40 of the community retailer’s stores. The brewery will supply its Wild Rhino ale – a craft brewed light blonde beer and, its Golden X Best Bitter.

Gary Metcalfe, co-founder of Burnside Brewery, said:

“We are delighted. Our mission is quite simple really – great tasting beers. This contact win is our largest yet and, will play a part in raising awareness of our brand in new markets, making our beers available in communities across Scotland.”

Fierce Brewery of Dyce, Aberdeen – which won Breakthrough Brewery of the Year at this year’s Scottish Beer Awards after selling its first ales last June – will supply 35 of the Co-op’s stores with three of its ales: Easy Shift; Day Shift and, Moose Mousse. Louise Grant, said:

“We are delighted to be working with the Co-op, its support for local producers fits well with our ethos of sourcing locally – such as a local chocolatier providing ingredients for our Moose Mousse chocolate stout. The reach and exposure of the Co-op’s community-based stores comes at a great time in our business development, supporting our brand awareness and opening markets among residents and visitors alike.”

Other recent brewers to win new Co-op contracts include: Stephen Crossland, MD of Deeside Brewery, which is based in Banchory, Royal Deeside, said:

“Securing a deal with the Co-op is fantastic for the brewery. We’re keen to increase our presence within the growing craft beer drinker community and we are really pleased that Deeside brews are now an option for those shopping in Scottish Co-op stores. We’re passionate about our quality products – each of which is hand crafted on site – and we’re confident that our three signature brews will be well received by Co-op consumers.”

Alan Mahon of Brewgooder – which donates 100% of its profits to clean water projects and recently won a contract to supply 100 Co-op stores, said:

“We are delighted to secure this listing, we feel there is a real synergy given the Co-op’s community locations, heritage and ethical trading and, passion for quality beers. Not to mention its existing work to support clean water projects. This is our largest listing into the convenience sector, and one we are looking forward to growing in the coming months. It will provide a boost to our brand awareness and business development at a key time, while having an impact on thousands of people facing water poverty through our essential clean water projects.”

Charlotte Bleasdale, Ranging Manager for the Co-op in Scotland, explained:

“The combination of innovation, tradition, quality and passion make these ales prized and much sought after locally. We know that food provenance really matters to our customers. Quality and trust are key for consumers – Scottish food and drink is world-renowned and the Co-op is committed to investing in its local communities, providing opportunities to showcase, support and celebrate great Scottish food and drink.”

Jake Woods, Co-op Beer Buyer, added:

“Locally produced ale is an exciting category – we see significant potential for sustainable growth, and we are delighted to champion local beers which use local ingredients and are brewed with such pride and passion for their consistent quality and taste.”

The Co-op operates around 350 food stores in Scotland, the move comes as the Co-op expands its commitment to the local sourcing of food and drink.

Breweries to win new contracts to sell ale at the Co-op include: Alechemy Brewing, Edinburgh; Brewgooder; Burnside Brewery, Laurencekirk; Cairngorm Brewery; Deeside Brewery; Eden Mill Brewery; Fierce Beer, Dyce; Fyne Ales; Jaw Brew; Knops Brewery, Dirleton; Loch Lomond Brewery; Six Degrees North, Laurencekirk; Tempest Brewing, Tweedbank; Thistly Cross, Dunbar; West Brewery and Windswept Brewing, Lossiemouth.

Further information:

Andrew Torr
Co-op Press Office
M: 07702 505 551
E: Andrew.torr@coop.co.uk

Source: Coop UK

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Co-op set to open seven new stores in London this November

MANCHESTER, UK, 2017-Nov-15 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Co-op is ramping up its investment in London this November, as it prepares to open a total of seven new stores in just two weeks.

The £4.8 million investment forms part of the retailer’s 2017 store expansion plan and is set to create around 100 jobs in the Greater London area.

The new stores, which will all have a focus on fresh, healthy foods, meal ideas and essentials are: Pollard’s Hill, Mitcham which will launch on 16 November, Haydons Road, Wimbledon, New Kings Road, Fulham and Upminster Road in Upminster on 23 November and South Lambeth Road, Latimer Road Station and Alderbrook Road, Wandsworth, all opening their doors on 30 November.

A variety of local community groups are also set to get a funding boost through the Co-op’s new Membership scheme. Members receive a 5% reward on purchases of own-branded products and services, with a further 1% going directly to local causes to make a difference in the community.

Charities and groups set to benefit from the launch of the new stores include Mitcham’s Action on Elder Abuse, Friends of West Wimbledon Primary School, Wimbledon Pregnancy Resource Centre, iDebate, a Fulham-based enterprise which aims to educate young people in the art of debating and the St. Cuthbert’s Centre in Earls Court.

Peter Batt, Co-op’s divisional managing director, said:

“It’s an incredibly exciting time for the Co-op in London as we gear up to launch seven brand new stores in just two weeks. As well as being hubs for the local community, our stores are committed to providing a consistently brilliant in-store experience, allowing customers living in busy urban areas to get what they want, when they want.

“We’re very proud of how much we’ve achieved so far in 2017 and our membership message really seems to be striking a chord with shoppers. We now have over 330,000 members in the capital who together have helped us to raise almost £3m for 1,000 good causes since we launched our new membership scheme last September. Just by swiping a membership card, people can make a real difference to local life and become a co-owner of their local Co-op.

“Our new store launches, together with our ever growing range of locally-sourced produce and increasing member numbers put us in a strong position as we look towards further expansion in 2018.”

There are offers and promotions in and around the new stores to mark their launch. And, students in Greater London holding an NUS card will also receive a 10% discount off their groceries.

Last month, the Co-op was crowned Convenience Retailer of the Year at the Retail Industry Awards

Further information about the benefits of Co-op membership and, its Local Community Fund, is available by visiting: http://www.coop.co.uk/membership/

Investment per store:
• 16 November – Pollard’s Hill, Mitcham: £1.1m
• 23 November – Haydons Road, Wimbledon: £646,000
• 23 November – New Kings Road, Fulham: £611,000
• 23 November – Upminster Road, Upminster: £624,000
• 30 November – South Lambeth Road, £618,000
• 30 November – Latimer Road Station: £663,000
• 30 November – Alderbrook Road, Wandsworth: £622,000

Contact:

Call us on 0800 023 4708

Email us at membershipcontactus@coop.co.uk

Source: Coop

Co-op supports Booth Centre’s annual Manchester Sleepout to raise awareness and confront challenges of homelessness

MANCHESTER, UK, 2017-Nov-07 — /EPR Retail News/ — Hundreds are set to sleep out in support of homeless people this Friday (10 November) as the Booth Centre hosts its annual Manchester Sleepout.

A record number of people have registered to take part in the event which is taking place at the city’s Cathedral.

The Manchester Sleepout is designed to bring the community together, raising vital funds and increasing awareness of how the Booth Centre works to bring about positive long-term change to the lives of those who are homeless, or at risk of homelessness, in the city.

The Co-op has also joined with the Booth Centre to launch an appeal for tinned food and toiletries. Items can be dropped off at 20 of its stores in and around Manchester including those in High Street; Corporation Street; the Green Quarter and, Stretford Road, Hulme. The Co-op is also among a number of Manchester-based businesses to take part in the Sleep Out, raising much needed funds and awareness.

It has also been announced this week that The Booth Centre is set to be a beneficiary of the Co-op’s Membership scheme from later this month – the local community fund not only sees Members receive a 5% reward every time they swipe their Membership card when buying own-brand products, but also the community retailer donating a further 1% to local good causes and charities who contribute to improving local life.

Amy Hinks, Development Manager, Booth Centre, said: “We have been delighted with this year’s response with over 400 people now registered. We see first-hand the hardships that homeless people face day after day. The Manchester Sleepout does not aim to replicate what it’s like to sleep rough, but to raise vital awareness of what people go through and how difficult it can be. We know that with the right support lives can be turned around. The reasons why people find themselves sleeping rough are many, and at this time of year in particular they face cold, hunger, fear, loneliness and social isolation daily.

“At the Booth Centre we provide a variety of different services to help people rebuild lives, including arts and sports sessions, education and training workshops, employment advice and support in finding and moving into accommodation – together we can raise funds and awareness which can make a difference to the lives of people locally in crisis.”

John Paul Hooper, Area Manager for the Co-op in Manchester, said: “We are pleased to support this appeal which is working to raise awareness and confront the many challenges that homelessness brings – as a co-operative, inclusivity and equality is at the centre of what we do and teaming up with the Booth Centre can help to make a difference to people living in our community who are desperately in need of support through both practical help and, guidance towards accessing the right support and services.”

Further information:
Andrew Torr
Press Office
M: 07702 505 551
E: Andrew.torr@coop.co.uk

Source: Coop

Co-op prepares to open five brand new stores across Scotland with £3.4 million investment

MANCHESTER, UK, 2017-Oct-26 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Co-op is ramping up its investment in Scotland during October and November, as it prepares to open five brand new stores across the country.

The £3.4 million investment forms part of the retailer’s £11 million 2017 store expansion plan and is set to create 75 jobs for local people.

The new stores, which will all have a focus on fresh, healthy foods, meal ideas and essentials are: Renfrew, Paisley Road and Cardross, Main Road, both launching on 26 October, Doune’s Castlehill Court and Colpy Road – Oldmeldrum opening their doors on 23 November and Stirling’s The Brae – Cambusbarron which will launch on 30 November.

Local community groups are also set to get a funding boost through the Co-op’s new Membership scheme. Members receive a 5% reward on purchases of own-branded products and services, with a further 1% going directly to local causes to make a difference in the community. Charities and groups set to benefit from the launch of the new stores include: I Am Me Scotland (Paisley), Lisa’s Gift (Glasgow) and Barrhead’s Men’s Shed.

John McNeill, Co-op’s divisional managing director, said: “It’s a very exciting time for the Co-op in Scotland as we gear up to open not one, but five, brand new Co-ops over the next five weeks. As well as being hubs for the local community, our stores are committed to providing a consistently brilliant in-store experience, allowing customers to get what they want, when they want it.

“We’re very proud of how much we’ve achieved so far in 2017 and our membership message really seems to be striking a chord with shoppers. We now have over half a million members who together have helped us to raise £1.2 million for almost 600 Scottish good causes. Just by swiping a membership card, people can make a real difference to local life and become a co-owner of their local Co-op.

“Our new store launches, together with our ever growing range of locally-sourced Scottish produce and increasing member numbers, put us in a strong position as we look towards further expansion in 2018.”

The openings follow last month’s announcement that the retailer – which was recently crowned Convenience Retailer of the Year at the Retail Industry Awards – will be launching a new 12,000 sq ft distribution centre at Inverness Airport Business Park in 2018.

There are offers and promotions in and around the new stores to mark their launch. And, students holding a Young Scot card will also receive a 10% discount off their groceries.

Further information about the benefits of Co-op membership and, its Local Community Fund, is available by visiting: http://www.coop.co.uk/membership/

Investment per store:
· 26.10.17 Renfrew, Paisley Road – £464,000
· 26.10.17 Cardross, Main Road – £1.1m
· 23.11.17 Doune: Castlehill Court – £553,000
· 23.11.17 Colpy Road – Oldmeldrum – £785,000
· 30.11.17 The Brae: Cambusbarron – £503,000

Source: Coop

Co-op to re-develop and transform four North Wales stores this autumn with £3.5M investment

MANCHESTER, UK, 2017-Oct-19 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Co-op is investing almost £3.5M in its North Wales stores this autumn to re-develop and transform four sites during a seven week programme of works creating around a dozen new retail jobs.

The community retailer – which last month scooped Convenience Retailer of the Year at the Retail Industry Awards – will see its store in Mostyn Avenue, Craig-y-Don, re-open on Friday, 27, October, following a £350,000, four week, programme of works including a new layout, flooring and energy efficient refrigeration. This follows a new-look for its Johnstown, Wrexham, store – which, located on Ruabon Road, received an £800,000 makeover and relaunched earlier this month (October).

The petrol filling station located in Rhyl Road, Rhuddlan, is currently closed for a £1.7M investment to overhaul the forecourt with replacement infrastructure and tanks, at the same time, the store and warehouse will extend to enable the Co-op to better serve the community – the filling station and store is expected to re-open on 23 November.

While the Co-op in Ffordd Elan, Rhyl, has closed for a £600,000 extension. More than doubling in size, the new-look store will include an enhanced in-store bakery, Costa coffee dispenser and extended range, with all of the Co-op’s offering a focus on fresh healthy foods, a commitment to selling only 100% own-branded fresh British meat, award winning wines, meal ideas and, essentials.

A Co-op pop-up shop will operate at the Rhyl store, offering more than 100 lines of everyday essential – including bacon, bread and milk – everyday between 8 am-6 pm until the new-look enlarged store re-launches at the end of November.

All of the stores bring a funding boost for local good causes through the Co-op’s Membership scheme – where Members receive a 5% reward when they swipe their card when buying own-branded products, and the Co-op donates a further 1% to local good causes.

Earlier this year (April), approaching 300 good causes in Wales shared more than £500,000 through the Co-op’s Membership scheme. With a similar number set to benefit next month (November).

Good causes benefitting from the Membership scheme have included: Deganwy Playgroup; Age Concern North Wales; Home Start Conwy; Crag Y Don Playgroup; Ruthin Community Nurses Support Group; North Clwyd Animal Rescue; 3rd Prestatyn Scout Group; Rotary Club of Wrexham, and Rhyl Silver Band.

Mike Pengelly, Regional Manager for the Co-op in Wales, said: “We are delighted to have undertaken such a significant investment programme in North Wales – the investment will enable us to better serve our communities, creating employment opportunities while enabling our local Welsh suppliers to reach wider markets. The Co-op is moving forward with a clear purpose and momentum. Our ambition is to ensure each of our stores is a local hub, a real asset for the community.

“We also want shoppers to know that they can become a co-owner and member of their local Co-op. and have a say in how the organisation is run. And, that we are also giving back to the community. Our members also make a difference locally, simply by swiping their membership card when they shop with us they are raising much needed funding for organisations in their area who contribute to improving local life.”

There are offers and promotions in and around the newly launched stores. And students in North Wales holding the NUS extra card receive a 10% discount off their groceries at the Co-op to support them during their studies.

Further information about the benefits of Co-op membership and, its Local Community Fund, is available by visiting: http://www.coop.co.uk/membership/

Further information:

Andrew Torr
Co-op Press Office
M: 07702 505 551
E: andrew.torr@coop.co.uk

Source: Co-op

Co-op’s Fuel Good Day raised more than $570,000 for registered charities and non-profits

Saskatoon, SK, 2017-Oct-18 — /EPR Retail News/ — A lot can happen when you work together. This fall, Co-op teamed up with thousands of Western Canadians to raise more than $570,000 for registered charities and non-profits — all in a single day.

We called it Fuel Good Day.

“With the support of Co-op members and customers, Fuel Good Day is assisting dozens of local organizations and causes, creating a wave of positive activity that spans Western Canada,” said Cal Fichter, Vice-President Energy with Federated Co-operatives Limited, which is owned by more than 190 independent retail co-operatives across Western Canada.

“This is something that we can all feel good about. As a Co-op member, you’re an owner in a local business that delivers important services, shares profits and makes investments that enrich your community and your neighbours.”

Local actions, big results

On Sept. 19, more than 380 Co-op Gas Bars throughout British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba and northwest Ontario participated in Fuel Good Day. As part of the event, a minimum of five cents from every litre of fuel sold at these locations was donated to registered charities and non-profit organizations in their region.

The $570,000 raised on Fuel Good Day will be shared by more than 160 local organizations and causes throughout Western Canada. A complete list of local retail co-operatives and charities that participated in Co-op’s Fuel Good Day is available at coopfuel.ca.

Celebrate Co-op Week

From Oct. 15 to 21, Co-op is joining other co-operatives, as well as credit unions, in recognizing Co-op Week.

The weeklong celebration acknowledges the contributions of all co-operatives across Canada to meeting the economic and social needs of their members and communities. Together, these community-based businesses and organizations support more than 600,000 jobs and contribute over $50 billion to the economy, according to the Measuring the Co-operative Difference Research Network. More information about Co-op Week, as well as the values and principles of co-operatives, is available at canada.coop.

Source: Co-op

Co-op announces the return of its annual Drink Pink campaign

Co-op announces the return of its annual Drink Pink campaign

Saskatoon, SK, Canada, 2017-Oct-04 — /EPR Retail News/ — Chances are you know someone who’s been affected by breast cancer.

According to the Canadian Cancer Society, one in nine Canadian women will likely develop breast cancer in her lifetime. But research is making huge strides, and each year more and more women are proudly calling themselves survivors.

With this, Co-op is excited to announce the return of its annual Drink Pink campaign.

How you can participate

For every cup of coffee sold at participating Co-op Gas Bars, Convenience Stores and Food Store Delis in October, five cents will be donated to the Canadian Cancer Society in support of breast cancer research.

Since 2010, Drink Pink has raised more than $580,000.

For more information on Drink Pink, see drinkpink.coop.

SOURCE: Federated Co-operatives Limited

CONTACT
Email: inquiries@fcl.ca
Human Resources: careers@fcl.ca

UK: Co-op opens its newest food store in Rockfield Road, Monmouth

MANCHESTER, UK, 2017-Sep-15 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Co-op has served-up its newest food store this week (Thursday, 14 September) in Rockfield Road, Monmouth, following a £550,000 investment creating 15 jobs.

Children from Overmonnow Primary School and County Councillor Jamie Treharne were among the guests of honour, helping to launch the store for the community.

The new store – which marks a return to the community for the Co-op – brings a funding boost to local community groups through its Membership scheme – Members receive a 5% reward on the purchase of own-branded products and services, with a further 1% benefitting local good causes.

Good causes initially benefitting include: Monmouth Comprehensive School Boat Club – which is raising funds for a new boat for pupils to compete at the National Championships; Usk in Bloom – which is raising money to sow more wildflowers to attract pollinators and, Abbeyfield Usk – which is in need of exercise equipment and arts and crafts supplies to support residents’ health and well-being.

The Co-op has an in-store bakery alongside its focus on fresh, healthy food, meal ideas and award winning wines.

Steven Beddoes, Store Manager, said:

“We are delighted to have made such a significant investment in Monmouth, we have received great feedback about the Co-opreturning to the area – it is an exciting time for the whole team to be involved in the opening of the Co-op’s newest food store. Our ambition is to establish the store as a local hub, a real asset for the community.”

Erin O’Mahony, Area Manager for the Co-op, added:

“The Co-op is moving forward with a clear purpose and momentum. We are also giving back to the community – our members can make a difference locally, simply by swiping their membership card when they shop with us they raise much needed funding for organisations in the area who contribute to improving local life.”

Further information about the benefits of Co-op membership and its Local Community Fund is available by visiting: http://www.coop.co.uk/membership/

There are offers and promotions in and around the store to mark its launch.

And, students in Monmouth holding the NUS extra card receive a 10% discount off their groceries.

Media Contact

Andrew Torr
Co-op Press Office
M: 07702 505 551
E: andrew.torr@coop.co.uk

SOURCE: Co-operative Group Limited

Co-op launches new Scottish Salmon Farming Group as part of its commitment to sell responsibly sourced fresh fish

MANCHESTER, UK, 2017-Sep-15 — /EPR Retail News/ — Leading convenience retailer, the Co-op, has launched a new Scottish Salmon Farming Group as part of its commitment to selling responsibly sourced fresh fish.

The group will bring together stakeholders right across the supply chain, including key suppliers and long-standing processor, Farne Salmon and Trout Ltd.

It will enable the Co-op to build more strategic, long-term relationships with its Scottish suppliers whilst also focusing on best practice and performance, in support of its new Salmon farming standard.

Launching at a time when Co-op’s salmon sales volumes are up 22% year on year, the group will also look to invest in sector research to help future proof the industry and also aims to work more closely with local communities in the Scottish mainland and islands where Scottish salmon is farmed.

As with other Co-op farming groups, suppliers will be invited to work towards a bronze, silver and gold pillar system, with a sharp focus on fish welfare and environmental impacts.

The news comes during Scottish Food and Drink Fortnight, in which Scots indulge in a two-week celebration of Scotland’s produce, and the people who grow, make, cook and sell it. It also follows the Co-op’s recent pledge to source only 100% fresh own-brand British meat.

Aisla Jones, the Co-op’s fish sustainability manager, said:

“We’re proud to sell 100% fresh farmed Scottish salmon in our stores, and at a time when consumer demand is rising now is the perfect time to launch this new Scottish Salmon Farming Group.

“It will build on our already-strong sustainability credentials and will allow us to mirror the success we’ve seen across other Co-opfarming groups, by enhancing and cementing our existing supplier relationships. We also want to make a positive impact within the Scottish communities that produce our world-class salmon and help future-proof the industry for generations to come.”

Dale Hill, Farne Salmon’s Head of Aquaculture and Quality, added:

“It’s great to see the salmon sector in such growth and we’re delighted that the Co-op is investing further in the suppliers it works with and also the communities that they sit within.”

The Co-op has rigorous policies in place to monitor the fish it sources and has been a member of the Sustainable Seafood Coalition (SSC) since 2011. All sourcing and labelling of Co-operative own-brand products meets the SSC codes of conduct. The Co-op also works with the Sustainable Fishers Partnership (SFP) and is committed to continuously improving seafood sustainability.

Media Contact

Aimi McNeill
Press and Media Manager
T: 0161 6924286
M: 07739 657585
aimi.mcneill@co-operative.coop
coop.co.uk

SOURCE: Co-operative Group Limited

ENGLAND: Co-op to create more than 30 jobs for its two new food stores in Leicester

MANCHESTER, UK, 2017-Sep-15 — /EPR Retail News/ — A £1.2M investment in Leicester will see the Co-op serve-up two new food stores in the space of two weeks, creating more than 30 jobs.

A store in Whetstone launches on Thursday, 21st September, while a new store in London Road, Leicester, which reactivates and brings back to life the derelict former Gables Hotel site, opens on Thursday, 5 October.

Both stores will deliver a funding boost for local good causes through its Membership scheme – Members receive a 5% reward on the purchase of own-branded products and services, with a further 1% benefitting local good causes.

Good causes initially benefiting include: The Cosby Community Library; the 445th Project Adventure – which is raising funds for new camping kit; and the Cosby Community Playgroup.

The stores will offer customer car parking and a Costa coffee dispenser alongside a focus on fresh, healthy foods, award winning wines, hot food, meal ideas and essentials.

Simon Taylor, Area Manager, said:

“The Co-op is moving forward with real purpose and momentum and is delighted to have made such a significant investment in Leicester – we look forward to welcoming Members and customers into their new Co-op and serving these communities.

“Our ambition is to establish our stores as a local hub, a real asset for the community. We also want shoppers to know that they can become a co-owner and Member of their Co-op. As a community retailer and a co-operative we give back to our communities, and our Members can make a difference every time they shop with us. Simply by swiping their membership card when they shop with us Members will raise much needed funding for organisations locally who contribute to improving local life.”

The Co-op opened more than 100 new stores UK-wide last year, and has ambitions to open a similar amount this year and in subsequent years.

Further information about the benefits of Co-op Membership and, its Local Community Fund, is available by visiting: http://www.coop.co.uk/membership/

Media Contact

Andrew Torr
Co-op Press Office
M: 07702 505 551
E: andrew.torr@coop.co.uk

SOURCE: Co-operative Group Limited

 

Co-op opens its newest Welsh food store in Cwmbach

MANCHESTER UK, 2017-Sep-11 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Co-op has served-up its newest Welsh food store in Cwmbach following an investment of more than £500,000 creating up to 20 new jobs – the new store marks a return to the community for the Co-op which can trace its history in Cwmbach back to the 1850’s.

Located at the former car dealership site in Canal Road, Cwmbach, the new store will bring a funding boost to local community groups through its Membership scheme – Members receive a 5% reward on the purchase of own-branded products and services, with a further 1% benefitting local good causes.

Good causes initially benefitting include: Hirwaun OAP – which is raising funds for coach trips and days out for its members and, Women’s Aid – RCT (Wave) to run self-help groups to promote confidence and self-belief in local communities.

While local youth side at AFC Llywdcoed netted a new kit from the Co-opto kick-off its new season in style as part of the launch day activity.

Guests of honour at the opening of the store included Vicki Howells, Assembly Member for Cynon Valley, and Gerraint Hill, the former owner of the former car showroom which was located on the site.

The new Co-op will offer an in-store bakery, Costa coffee dispenser and customer car parking alongside its focus on fresh, healthy food, meal ideas and award winning wines.

Ben Williams, Store Manager, said:

“We are delighted to have made such a significant investment in Cwmbach and we have received a fantastic response from the community – it is an exciting time for the whole team to be involved in the opening of Co-op’s newest Welsh food store. Our ambition is to establish the store as a local hub, a real asset for the community. We also want shoppers to know that they can become a co-owner and member of their Co-op, and that we are also giving back to the community. Our members can make a difference locally, simply by swiping their membership card when they shop with us they can raise much needed funding for organisations in the area who contribute to improving local life.”

John Hillman, Acquisition Manager for the Co-op in Wales, added:

“The Co-op is moving forward with a clear purpose and momentum, and we continue to look for new sites where we can serve local communities and be at the heart of local life.”

The Co-op opened more than 100 new stores UK-wide last year, and has ambitions to open a similar amount this year and in subsequent years. Co-op members can receive £500 in Co-op vouchers if they successfully suggest a site for a new store. For more information visit https://www.coop.co.uk/forms/suggest-a-site

Further information about the benefits of Co-op membership and, its Local Community Fund, is available by visiting: http://www.coop.co.uk/membership/

Media Contact

Andrew Torr
Co-op Press Office
M: 07702 505 551
E: andrew.torr@coop.co.uk

Co-op’s fundraising walk raised more than £1,100 for children’s hospice Francis House, in Didsbury

MANCHESTER, UK, 2017-Sep-11 — /EPR Retail News/ — Colleagues at the Co-op put their best foot forward for charity with a fundraising walk to raise money for a children’s hospice.

A donation of more than £1,100 was raised for Francis House, in Didsbury, after colleagues walked eleven miles to fundraise at stores across the area – the money will be used to help Francis House provide care and support for children with life-limiting conditions and their families.

Kate Puc, fundraising officer at Francis House, said:

“We are overwhelmed with the fantastic support and enthusiasm of our fundraisers and volunteers – the money raised by the Co-opand its members and customers will make a difference locally. Francis House is free of charge to all who stay, providing care for children and young adults with life threatening conditions, along with support and friendship for the whole family. It is almost entirely reliant upon voluntary funding and so £1,100 really does provide a boost to our funding needs – we would like to say a huge thank you to the Co-op from all at Francis House.”

David Kay, Manager of the Co-op’s Burton Road, West Didsbury, store, said:

“As a community-based retailer it is important to us that we not only provide the community with their everyday essentials, but we contribute to improving local life too. Colleagues, members and customers were keen to take part when they heard about the fundraising for Francis House and the support it provide to families in the region – I would like to thank everyone for their support, the response has been incredible.”

Media Contact

Andrew Torr
Co-op Press Office
M: 07702 505 551
E: andrew.torr@coop.co.uk

SOURCE: Co-operative Group Limited

 

Co-op becomes a major Iris Prize partner for its six-day celebration of LGBT film

MANCHESTER, UK, 2017-Sep-11 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Iris Prize has announced Co-op as a major new partner for its six-day celebration of LGBT film taking place in Cardiff next month (10 – 15 October).

Now in its 11th year, the Iris Prize – which has been identified as one of the top 50 film festivals in the world by Movie Maker Magazine for three years in a row – has unveiled a comprehensive programme including screenings of 35 international short films competing for the Iris Prize, the 15 Best British Short nominees, plus premiere screenings of 10 feature films.

The Co-op has arranged for singer Heather Small to perform a selection of songs including “Proud” at the festival in her capacity as a Co-op Respect Network partner.

The community retailer is also hosting a Food Village which showcases the diversity of Wales’ home grown produce.

Neil Moffatt, of the Co-op’s Respect Network steering group, and a member of the Iris Prize Best British jury, explained:

“With a programme which includes screenings of 35 international short films competing for the Iris Prize and the 15 Best British Short nominees, as well as premiere screenings of 10 feature films, networking opportunities and an Education Day for schools there will be much to celebrate.

“At the Co-op we promote a culture of respect, raising awareness to ensure that inclusion is at the heart of what we do. We are proud to support events such as Iris which brings issues of discrimination into focus.”

Andrew Pierce, Iris Prize Chair, commented:

“What will you see in Cardiff? This is our new strapline which we have adopted for Iris in this our 11th year, our second decade and we are determined to be fresh and relevant – therefore this year you will notice some changes to the festival programme.”

“To bring the festival to a close we are organising our biggest party every – that’s the promise as we present the inaugural Iris Carnival an all-day extravaganza combining, music, food and film. We are taking over the Depot on Dumballs Road and the delightful Heather Small will be headlining our sound stage and Matt Lissack, from Capital FM is back by popular demand to present the Iris Awards Show.

“The carnival will also include the Co-op Food Village which involves a number of the retailer’s local Welsh suppliers including: Boss Brewing Company; Village Dairy; Frank’s Ice Cream; Radnor Hills Mineral Water Co; Village Bakery; Edwards of Conwy and the Authentic Curry Company. The food village is an excellent way to demonstrating a flavour of the diversity of great Welsh food and drink available in its stores across the UK.”

What will you see in Cardiff? – visit http://www.irisprize.org/the-prize-2017/

Media Contact

Andrew Torr
Co-op Press Office
M: 07702 505 551
E: andrew.torr@co-operative.coop

Co-op extends the reach of the iconic Double Dragon across Wales

MANCHESTER, UK, 2017-Sep-06 — /EPR Retail News/ — The iconic Double Dragon Ale has secured a first national listing for the Felinfoel Brewery with a contract win at the Co-op.

Sales of Double Dragon Ale has taken off after being introduced into around 80 Co-op food stores last November – the latest contract coup will see the award-winning deep copper red ale listed in approaching 160 of the community retailer’s stores across Wales from next month (October).

The brewery – which was established in Felinfoel, a small village adjoining Llanelli, in 1878 – anticipates that the increase in outlets could lead to its award winning ale exceeding annual sales of 50,000 pints at the community retailer.

Jamie Owen, Commercial Manager at Felinfoel Brewery, said:

“Double Dragon is our ‘flag ship’ ale, known as The National Ale of Wales and we are delighted at how well received it has been by the Co-op’s customers. The beer is known the world over and to reach more of our Welsh communities is a great opportunity to build brand awareness and open up new markets in communities across Wales. This is our first contract win of this scale, it is very exciting news and we are now gearing-up production. Doing business with the Co-op is a great fit with our values – we pride ourselves on taste and quality and we know that this is an approach shared by the Co-op.”

Jake Woods, Beer Buyer for the Co-op, said:

“We are delighted to extend the reach of Double Dragon across Wales, it is an iconic ale which has proved very popular with our members and customers – ale is an exciting category with opportunity for continued sustained growth.”

The move comes as the Co-op commits to doubling the number of its local suppliers – introducing a small business charter to support and champion business and break down many of the traditional barriers that smaller businesses in particular can encounter when supplying larger retailers.

Simon Dryell, Ranging Manager for the Co-op in Wales, added:

“As a community retailer, the Co-op is committed to championing Welsh food and drink, these are prized products, world-renowned, and we are delighted to give them pride of place in our stores. Food provenance really matters to our customers – we are committed to investing in the Welsh economy and providing new opportunities to support, showcase and celebrate Welsh produce.”

Media Contact

Andrew Torr
Press Office
M: 07702 505 551
E: andrew.torr@coop.co.uk

Co-op: overall sales of Scottish products across our stores up by 33% YoY

  • Sales of Scottish produce are up by a third in Co-op stores
  • Bakery favourites leading the sales surge

MANCHESTER, England, 2017-Sep-01 — /EPR Retail News/ — Scotland’s love affair with home-grown fare is flourishing, as figures released by the Co-op today (30 August 2017) show that overall sales of Scottish products across its 350 stores are up an impressive 33% year-on-year.

The biggest increase has been seen across the bakery aisle – sweet and savoury favourites from the likes of Glasgow-based McGhee’s, Aberdeenshire’s Murdoch Allan and Stornoway’s Stag Bakery have prompted an impressive 45% rise.

Prepared meals, including Bells Pies and McIntosh of Strathmore’s ready meals, are also up a mouth-watering 45%, whilst locally brewed ales and spirits from brands including Aberdeen’s Fierce Beer and Edinburgh’s Pickering’s Gin have seen an increase of almost 40%.

Dairy items have also experienced an increase in sales of 28% on last year.

The Co-op, which works with over 900 Scottish farmers, carries almost 2,000 Scottish lines and over 120 Scottish brands in its stores. Its latest figures come in the run up to Scottish Food and Drink Fortnight which launches on Sunday 2 September in which Scots prepare to indulge in a two-week celebration of Scotland’s produce, and the people who grow, make, cook and sell it.

John McNeill, Co-op’s managing director in Scotland, said:
“It’s great to see that we Scots are so patriotic when it comes to what we eat and drink. We have a proud heritage in producing some of the most delicious delicacies in the world and we know that our customers and members are passionate about buying food that has been produced on home soil.”

Cabinet Secretary for the Rural Economy and Connectivity, Fergus Ewing, commented:
“I welcome the Co-op’s continued commitment to supporting Scottish suppliers. As we get ready to celebrate Scottish Food and Drink Fortnight, these fantastic figures provide yet more evidence that people are increasingly looking to buy quality Scottish produce.

“Scotland’s food and drink industry is a cornerstone of our economy, with exports worth a record £5.5 billion in 2016. We are working hard to support our producers to generate sustainable growth and further boost demand for Scottish produce both at home and abroad. Our supermarkets have a key role to play in helping us achieve our ambitions.”

Charlotte Bleasdale, Co-op’s ranging manager, added:
At the Co-op we’re committed to promoting these prized locally-sourced products that are made right here in Scotland. With sales figures rising so sharply over the past 12 months, we know our customers are enjoying the ranges we’ve got on offer. We hope they’ll use Scottish Food and Drink Fortnight as a great excuse to pop into their local store and discover our ever-growing range of Scottish-sourced products.”

Stuart McGhee of McGhee’s Bakery, said:
“Over the last twelve years we’ve supplied Co-op stores with the very highest quality produce, seven days a week, ensuring customers can enjoy freshly baked rolls all year round. Thanks to our presence in Co-op stores our crispy and soft rolls are now best sellers across the country and we’re delighted to help support Scottish Food and Drink Fortnight, which is a great celebration of our booming food industry.”

Media Contact:
Aimi McNeill
Press and Media Manager
T: 0161 6924286 M: 07739 657585
aimi.mcneill@co-operative.coop
coop.co.uk

Source: coop. uk

Co-op cuts the cost of women’s sanitary products

MANCHESTER, England, 2017-Aug-30 — /EPR Retail News/ — Co-op has today (29 August 2017) announced it will cut the cost of women’s sanitary products to cover the cost of the so-called ‘Tampon tax.’

A five per cent reduction will come into effect on 30 August 2017 ahead of Government proposals* to remove the VAT.

All 71 own label and branded sanitary products sold by the Co-op will be cut. Even bigger savings are available for the Co-op’s 4.5 million members who get a 5% reward** every time they buy a Co-op own-brand sanitary product.  membership is open to anyone.

Andy Phelps, Director of Trading, Co-op, said:
“As a community retailer we feel it’s important to do right by our customers. That’s why we are covering the cost of the five per cent VAT on sanitary products for women who shop with us.”

Notes to editors:

*https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/vat-zero-rating-of-womens-sanitary-products/vat-zero-rating-of-womens-sanitary-products

**Millions of Co-op members receive a 5% reward on own-brand products and services with the Co-op’s membership scheme. As a member, every time Co-op branded products or services are purchased, 5% of what they pay will go into their membership account to be redeemed. In addition, a further 1% goes towards supporting community projects

Media Contact:

Craig Noonan
Head of Retail PR
M: 07702505439
T: 0161 6924284
craig.noonan@coop.co.uk

Source: coop.uk

Co-op offers more savings to NUS extra cardholders

MANCHESTER, England, 2017-Aug-23 — /EPR Retail News/ — Savvy students can “bag” an extra saving at their Co-op food store with NUS extra and Co-op Membership.

NUS extra cardholders receive a 10% discount off their groceries at the community retailer.

In addition, students who also become a Member of the Co-op will gain a further 5% reward on purchases of own-branded products and services – with a further 1% benefitting local good causes, community groups and charities.

Amanda Jennings, Co-op’s Director of Marketing Communications, said:
“With many students living away from home for the first time our partnership with NUS extra aims to support young people trying to balance their budget – eating the right food can bring about a boost to health, wellbeing and even educational achievement.”

Ali Milani, Vice-President (Union Development) at NUS, said:
“The cost of living is a concern for many students and this welcome move helps to reduce the burden on their budgets. On top of the 10% NUS extra discount, the Co-op’s new membership proposition not only provides a further 5% personal reward, but gives 1% to good causes and charities who make a difference in local communities – something that this generation of student cares deeply about.”

Further information about over 200 UK student discounts available through NUS extra is available by visiting http://www.nus.org.uk/en/nus-extra/discounts/

For further information about Co-op membership visit coop.co.uk/membership

Media Contact:

Andrew Torr
Co-op Press Office
M: 07702 505 551
E: andrew.torr@coop.co.uk

Source: Co-op UK

Co-op extends its local sourcing programme into Cumbria

MANCHESTER, England, 2017-Aug-01 — /EPR Retail News/ — Four Cumbrian-based breweries are among a host of producers in the County to “toast” new contract wins with the Co-op.

The move will see eight businesses supply a new range of over 40 products from this month (August) as the Co-op extends its local sourcing programme into Cumbria.

UK-wide the community retailer has committed to double its local suppliers. This sits alongside a five-point small business charter which is designed to champion local producers, fostering closer relationships and breaking down the traditional trading barriers that smaller businesses can often face. The Co-op – which last year returned to its iconic “clover leaf” designed logo – is to stock the new range in 18 of its stores in Cumbria.

Cumbrian brewers involved in the programme include: the Handsome Brewery which, based in Bowston, which will supply eight of its brews. The Penrith-based Eden Brewery; Stringers Beer of Ulverston and, the Kirkby Lonsdale Brewery Company.

Established in 2009, Kirkby Lonsdale Brewery Company – a family-run craft brewery which names its ales after local themes and landmarks – will supply the retailer with two of its beers, its Monumental blond ale, named after the monument in Kirkby Lonsdale square and, it’s Stanley’s Pale Ale, named after the road bridge. The brewery – which runs a 60 barrel per week operation – will supply 18 of the Co-op’s food stores in Cumbria. It is the largest contract win to-date for the brewery with a national convenience food operator.

Stuart Taylor, Director and Brewer at Kirkby Lonsdale Brewery Co, said:
“It is great news. We take great pride and passion in producing our beers and we are pleased to work with the Co-op which shares our passion for quality, locally produced products. Cumbria is our home, and our heartland, and the Co-op’s community-based approach extends our reach and availability – supporting our brand awareness and business development. We are often asked where our beers can be bought and the Co-op provides a great route to market, helping us to reach customers in areas where they may not previously have been able to buy our beers.”

In addition to breweries, local new local suppliers are: Kendal-based George Romney’s which has bagged a “sweet” contract to supply the community retailer. Romney’s – which marks its centenary next year and whose famous Kendal Mint Cake formed part of the high altitude ration for the first successful Mount Everest expedition of 1953 – will supply eight of its products to the Co-op, including its: hand-made butter fudge; after dinner mints; old fashioned treacle toffee and, its iconic mint cake.

Paula Barron, Director of Romney’s, said:
“As a Cumbrian-based business we are delighted to be working with the Co-op. The Co-op’s own ethos, history and values are a great fit for us. For residents and visitors alike it will enable people in our local communities to have access to buying locally produced Cumbrian confectionary.”

Kendal-based Ginger Bakers has won its contract less than six months after the baker – which marked its tenth anniversary last year and now employs seven people – moved to new purpose built premises with development kitchens to create new ranges and expand capacity. Ginger bakers will supply three of its products to the Co-op, its: chocolate brownies; caramel shortbread and, Ginger Jake – named after the founder’s son.

Lisa Smith, Founder of Ginger Bakers, said:
“We are delighted. The timing could not have been better. After we were devastated by floods we made a conscious decision to relocate to a bigger, purpose built facility in order to expand capacity and develop new ranges based on our traditional recipes – working with the Co-op extends our reach and opens up new markets for us for both residents and visitors to our area.”

Tea and coffee merchant, Farrer’s – which is the oldest independent coffee roaster in the country, established in 1819 – has “brewed-up” a contract which will now see it supply around 30 Co-op food stores across both Lancashire and Cumbria, its largest contract with a national retailer. Soon to mark its 200th anniversary, Farrer’s will supply two of its products, its: No. 1 Blend Cafetiere Grind Coffee and, its Lakeland Special Teabags – which have been specially blended for Cumbrian Lakeland water.

Simon Walsh, MD, Farrer’s, said:
“We are very happy to work with the Co-op, many people who try our drinks in the guest houses, restaurants and coffee shops of Cumbria are often keen to take our product home and, the Co-op’s own history – like ours, stretching back to the 1800’s, its ethos and local flavour not only compliments our brand, but helps Farrer’s to reach and serve new markets in our Cumbrian communities.”

While a Stavelely-based preserve maker has “potted” its first contract with a national retailer. Established in 2006, Cumbrian Delights will supply five of its products to 18 Co-op stores in the county, including its: damson jam and, chutney; its marmalade and, its Cumbrian hot spot – a chilli jam.

Geoff Monkman, founder of Cumbrian Delights, said:
“This is great news. We produce more than 50 jams and preserves in total, and working with the Co-op will help to “spread” our brand awareness further afield, we believe it will also have a beneficial knock-on effect for many of the farm shops and delis who offer other products from our range – this is our first contract of this size and we are delighted, with stores in many tourist areas, it will also help our business development through sales to visitors who come to our beautiful region.”

Charlotte Bleasdale, Ranging Manager for the Co-op in Cumbria, explained:
“It is the innovation, traditions, quality and passion which makes these prized and locally loved products – our customers tell us that food provenance really matters to them, quality, trust, convenience and value are key for consumers. Backing local produce is about much more than just ‘hanging out the bunting’ – Cumbrian food and drink is world-renowned and the Co-op, as a community retailer, is committed to investing in its local communities, supporting local economies and providing opportunities to showcase, support and celebrate great Cumbrian food and drink.”

Backing British is a cornerstone of the Co-op’s food strategy, the Co-ophas pledged its support for British farming with a commitment to invest £2.5BN over the next three years (2017-19). In May the retailer announced that it would source only 100% own-brand British fresh meat – including lamb and bacon. The Co-op is also the only major retailer to use only British meat in all its own-branded chilled ready meals, pies and sandwiches.

Media Contact:

Andrew Torr
Co-op Press Office
M: 07702 505 551
E: andrew.torr@co-operative.coop

Source: Co-op

Co-op extends its local sourcing programme following the success of the Yorkshire pilot

MANCHESTER, England, 2017-Jul-19 — /EPR Retail News/ — Yorkshire breweries are set to tap into estimated annual sales of more than 500,000 pints at the Co-op as the community retailer extends its local sourcing programme.

A total of 23 Yorkshire breweries now supply the Co-op as part of the scheme which was piloted in the county in 2015.

The programme is now rolling-out UK-wide following the success of the Yorkshire pilot, with locally sourced produce introduced into counties including: Lancashire; Cheshire; Cornwall; Devon; Wales; Avon and Somerset.

UK-wide the Co-op aims to double the number of its smaller, local suppliers, through a programme designed to champion local produce and break down the traditional trading barriers that smaller businesses can often face.

Luke Raven, Director of the Ilkley Brewing Co – which supplies its Mary Jane; Pale Ale and Rombald beers to the Co-op, said:
“We’re incredibly proud of the brewing heritage of our beautiful region. Co-op have long been champions of local producers, and it’s great to see Yorkshire beer given such exposure – our own beer sales have rocketed in Co-op stores this year, with over 50,000 bottles expected to be sold by the year end, accounting for approximately 10% of Co-op’s sales of Yorkshire beers is an incredibly proud achievement for such a small brewery as ourselves.”

Leeds Brewery – which marks its tenth anniversary this month and operates a 40 barrel brewery in the city – supplies the Co-op with two of its award-winning brews: Yorkshire Gold, a light hoppy beer and, Leeds Best – its traditional best bitter.

Ed Sunter, Regional Sales Manager for Leeds Brewery – who last week joined the Co-op team at the Great Yorkshire Show, said:
“We take great pride in producing our beers and we are pleased to work with the Co-op which shares our passion for quality, locally produced products. We are often asked where our beers can be bought – the Co-op’s community orientated approach provides a great route to market, helping us to reach customers in areas where their local pub may not be selling our beers.”

In addition to beer, more than 150 local Yorkshire lines are supplied to the community retailer, including: eggs; milk; bread; ice cream; sweets; crisps; potatoes; pickles and chutney; pies; sausages and beer.

Supplying its homemade pork products and sausages to the Co-op, Director of Todmorden-based Porcus, Sarah Jane Clegg, added:
“When our area was hit by severe flooding in December 2015 we were really up against it. We spoke to the Co-op and explained the dire circumstances we were in. They listened, and in order to help, they rolled out our products into a number of their other stores in the area, which was fantastic. It felt easy to approach them, it felt natural. This relationship is continuing to blossom and we’ve already increased the range we supply which is great.”

Charlotte Bleasdale, Ranging Manager for the Co-op in Yorkshire, explained:
“Our ambition UK-wide is to double the number of our local suppliers. From potatoes to pickles, and pies to pints, we now stock over 150 local lines across our 250 Yorkshire stores. Our approach sets out clear principles to foster closer relationships and support for local suppliers – we want these businesses to thrive and so we do not seek exclusivity for instance. It is the innovation, traditions, quality and passion of the producers which makes for prized local products, and we are delighted to give them pride of place in our stores.

“We know that food provenance really matters to our customers. Quality, trust and value are key for consumers. Backing local produce is about much more than just ‘hanging out the bunting’ – Yorkshire food and drink is world-renowned and the Co-op is committed to investing in its local communities, providing opportunities to showcase, support and celebrate great Yorkshire food and drink.”

Media Contact:

Andrew Torr
Co-op Press Office
E: andrew.torr@coop.co.uk
M: 07702 505 551

Source: Co-op

Co-op a LEAF (Linking Environment And Farming) corporate member

MANCHESTER, England, 2017-Jun-17 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Co-op has bolstered its relationship with global sustainability organisation LEAF (Linking Environment And Farming) by becoming a corporate member.

The move will see the retailer work more closely with LEAF to deliver its sustainable food and farming goals which involve wider collaboration with farmers, the food industry, scientists and consumers to promote practices that enhance the environment.

The announcement follows LEAF Open Farm Sunday which took place on 11 June, of which the Co-op is a principal sponsor.

Ciara Gorst, Co-op’s Head of Agriculture, said: “We’re delighted to build on our partnership with LEAF in pursuit of our shared vision to promote sustainable farming, eating and living. Co-op takes its responsibilities as an ethical retailer very seriously and we are looking forward to establishing a close and collaborative relationship with the organisation which does so much to encourage responsible food production and consumption.”

Caroline Drummond MBE, Chief Executive of LEAF, commented: “Our corporate members play a pivotal role in helping us drive forward LEAF’s vision of a world that is farming, eating and living sustainably. We’re delighted to welcome a retailer of the Co-op’s calibre as a corporate member. It is well-known for its staunch support of the British agricultural industry and with stores in every postal area it’s perfectly placed to help LEAF engage with local communities, farmers and the food industry as a whole.

SOURCE: Co-operative Group Limited

Media Contact:

Aimi McNeill
Press and Media Manager
0161 6924286
07739 657585
aimi.mcneill@co-operative.coop
coop.co.uk

 

Co-op Community Spaces Program to support community-based projects across Canada with increased funding of $2 million

Saskatoon, SK, 2017-Jun-15 — /EPR Retail News/ — In 2017, Canadians will celebrate the places and people that bring communities together — and Co-op is joining the party.

Donations totaling $2 million from the Co-op Community Spaces Program will support 27 community-based recreation, conservation and urban agriculture projects across British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba.

“With increased funding in 2017, Co-op Community Spaces will reach more organizations and communities in a single year than ever before,” said Vic Huard, Executive Vice-President of Strategy with Federated Co-operatives Limited, which administers the program on behalf of the more than 190 independent retail co-operatives that form the Co-operative Retailing System in Western Canada.

“For generations, Co-op has invested in Western Canadian communities and we’re proud to continue that tradition through this innovative program, which is empowering local organizations, fostering community and enriching the places we call home.”

Local results

Since launching in 2015, Co-op Community Spaces has provided $4.5 million to more than 60 projects, including parks, community gardens and sports fields. Each is operated by a registered non-profit, charity or community service co-operative.

The 2017 Co-op Community Spaces projects include a waterfront park in Port Alberni, B.C, an outdoor athletic facility in Grande Prairie, Alta., a winter recreation hill in Saskatoon, Sask. and an educational farm in Brandon, Man.

Complete details about all of this year’s recipients are available at communityspaces.ca.

Source: CO-OP