Callington based Great British Crisp Company becomes a Co-op supplier

MANCHESTER, England, 2017-Apr-27 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Callington based Great British Crisp Company, that works with Warrens Bakery to develop unique flavours, has “bagged” a contract to supply 40 Co-op food stores across Cornwall.

Using Cornish Sea Salt™ and potatoes, The Great British Crisp Company estimates that it could sell up to 30,000 packs of crisps over the coming year.

It will supply the Co-op with eight of its varieties, including their ‘meal in one bite’ flavours such as Fish & Chips and Cornish Pasty as well as classic flavours such as Cornish Sea Salt™, West Country Cheddar & Chive and Cornish Sea Salt™ & Luxury Peppers.

In a double celebration, the trade division of Warrens Bakery, Simply Cornish, will also supply the Co-op with its handcrafted fairings and award winning shortbread collection.

The bakery, based in St. Just, will supply the community retailer with five of its products and could sell more than 20,000 packets of its biscuits this year.

The move comes as the Co-op commits to doubling the number of its small and micro suppliers and launches a small producer charter to support and, provide opportunities, to champion and celebrate local suppliers.

David Roberts, National Account Manager for The Great British Crisp Company and Simply Cornish, said:

“We are delighted, to reach so many more local communities, it’s a great opportunity to build awareness of our brand, and open up new markets. We’ve already been sampling in multiple stores across the South West and had a great response from those trying our Cornish crisps and handcrafted shortbreads.”

Judy Naylor, Ranging Manager for the Co-op in the South West, said:

“We are delighted to give these locally produced goods pride of place in our stores. It is the innovation, quality, tradition and passion of these products which makes them prized locally and popular with residents and holiday makers alike.

“We know that food provenance really matters to our customers – quality and trust is key to consumers. Cornwall is synonymous with quality food and drink and the Co-op is committed to investing in our local economies to provide new opportunities to showcase and celebrate locally produced food.”

SOURCE: Co-operative Group Limited

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H&M Foundation opens the second Global Change Award

STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN, 2016-Sep-01 — /EPR Retail News/ — Clothing made of citrus by-products, microbes that digest waste polyester, and an online marketplace for textile leftovers are some of the five disruptive ideas that shared the first €1 million Global Change Award grant in 2015. The challenge is designed to spur early innovations that can accelerate the shift from a linear to a circular fashion industry, with the aim of protecting the planet and our living conditions. On September 1st, the non-profit H&M Foundation opens the second Global Change Award.

Initiated by H&M Foundation in 2015, the first Global Change Award received more than 2,700 applications from 112 countries. How the €1 million grant was shared between the five winners was up to the public to decide through an online vote at

“After seeing so many fantastic innovations from around the world with the potential to transform the fashion industry, we have been very eager to open up the next round of the Global Change Award. I am also honored to welcome some new members to the expert panel like Dame Ellen MacArthur, who besides making solo sailor history in 2005, has immense knowledge about the transition to a circular economy,” says Karl-Johan Persson, board member of the H&M Foundation and CEO of H&M.

Making the fashion industry circular is not just about recycling. To encourage ideas from a broader scope Global Change Award 2016 has three categories open for applications: Circular business models covering ideas on how to reuse, repair, share, digitalize or extend the life of products. Circular materials looking for ideas on new fibers, recycling techniques, leather substitutes etc and Circular processes aiming to find new methods around chemicals, water and dyeing, as well as 3D printing, demand-driven manufacturing etc.

“By bringing together innovators to develop positive solutions, the Global Change Award is a great example of the approach needed to create change, and help shift the fashion industry towards a restorative and regenerative circular economy. I am excited to join the expert panel to help find the next five innovations that can be truly game-changing,” says Dame Ellen MacArthur, Founder of the Ellen MacArthur Foundation.

Other members of the expert panel to help identify the best innovations for Global Change Award 2016 include Amber Valletta, Ellis Rubinstein, Rebecca Earley, Franca Sozzani, David Roberts (new), Lewis Perkins (new), Vikram Widge (new) and Johan Kuylenstierna (new). Besides the grant, the winners also get access to a one year Innovation Accelerator organized by the H&M Foundation, in partnership with Accenture and KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm. It is designed to help ensure the innovations can stand on their own as quickly as possible, and to maximize their impact on the industry.

By catalysing green, truly ground-breaking ideas, the Global Change Award takes on one of the biggest challenges facing today’s fashion industry – creating fashion for a growing population, while improving its impact on the environment. H&M Foundation initiated the challenge to speed up this process for the entire fashion industry, and neither the H&M Foundation nor the company H&M take any equity or intellectual property rights in the innovations. The aim is to influence the fashion industry as a whole.

Information about the Global Change Award, how to apply and press material are available at

Read and download a booklet with facts about the Global Change Award.



  • Rebecca Earley: Professor in Sustainable Textile and Fashion Design at University of the Arts London and Director of its Textile Futures Research Centre
  • Johan L. Kuylenstierna: Executive Director for Stockholm Environment Institute (New)
  • Dame Ellen MacArthur: Founder of the Ellen MacArthur Foundation (New)
  • Lewis Perkins: President, Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute (New)
  • David Roberts: Founder of Exponential Leadership, Chairman in 1Qbit Information Technologies Inc. (New)
  • Franca Sozzani: Editor in Chief of Vogue Italia
  • Vikram Widge: Head of Climate and Carbon Finance at the World Bank Group (New)
  • Amber Valletta: Supermodel, actress, entrepreneur and sustainability influencer


2016.09.01 – 2016.10.31       Apply at

2016.11.01 – 2017.03.27        Expert panel screening and selection

2017.03.27 – 2017.04.02       Public online vote

2017.04.05                                Grand Award Ceremony, Stockholm, Sweden

2017.04.06 – 2018.04.06      One Year Innovation Accelerator


The winners of the Global Change Award 2015 are currently taking part of the one year Innovation Accelerator and are making great progress. Watch films with each winner on the Global Change Award YouTube channel.

  • Make waste-cotton new – Conversion of waste-cotton into new textile (FINLAND)
    Successfully completed trials for a scalable solvent recycling strategy needed for further upscaling. Started to develop a prototype product from cotton waste.
  • The Polyester Digester – Using microbes to recycle waste polyester textile (U.S)
    Securing partnerships with major polyester producer and chemical companies to test technology and improve cost efficiency versus virgin materials.
  • 100 percent citrus – Creating new textile out of citrus by-products (ITALY)
    Expanded their R&D team with key competencies and working with major brands to assess fibre quality for large scale commercial collaborations.
  • An online market for textile leftovers – A marketplace for upcycling production spill (ESTONIA)
    Developed a prototype of technology to prove the concept and value proposition for both brands and factories. Launched a pilot in China in June 2016.
  • Growing textile fiber under water – Utilizing algae to make renewable textile (THE NETHERLANDS)
    Invited by the local government in Nanjing to the City Expo to proceed with talks on launching a pilot project in China. The mutual aim is to find a “playground” for the algae project to start a miniature supply chain as a show case in 2017.

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The Global Change Award is an innovation challenge, initiated by non-profit H&M Foundation in 2015. By catalyzing early innovations that can accelerate the shift from a linear to a circular fashion industry, the aim is to protect the planet and our living conditions. An expert panel annually selects five winners that share a grant of €1 million and get access to a one-year innovation accelerator provided by the H&M Foundation, Accenture and the KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm. The global public is invited to distribute the €1 million grant between the five innovations through an online vote. The result of the vote is revealed at a grand award ceremony in Stockholm, April 2017. This is one of the world’s biggest challenges for early stage innovation and the first such initiative in the fashion industry. The H&M Foundation is privately funded by the Stefan Persson family, founders and the main owners of H&M. Since 2013, the family has donated SEK 1.1 billion (USD 154 million, EUR 123 million). For further information, please visit

Malin Bjorne
PR & Communications responsible
H&M Foundation

+46 (0)70 796 39 75

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The Co-op opens new convenience store in Central London; its 110th store in a year

MANCHESTER, England, 2015-11-19 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Co-op this week opened its 110th new convenience store in 12 months when it launched a new store in central London.

The new shop in Shepherds Bush is part of an ambitious store development program that will see a further 120 stores opened in 2016.

David Roberts, Director of Estates Services, said: “The Co-operative Food has a clear and exciting vision which is to establish itself as the number one convenience store operator, providing a strong customer offer in communities across the UK.  As part of this strategy our acquisitions and refit programme is fundamental to its success.

“In the last 12 months we have carried out over 110 new store launches and over 250 store refits, investing millions in the estate. It’s comfortably the biggest store opening programme the business has undertaken.  We have a particular focus on London and the South East, which is an area that presents numerous exciting opportunities for expansion – and our plans address this.

“Whilst other retailers are scaling back their expansion plans or exiting the convenience sector, the Co-op continues to open new stores.”

Rob Bignold, Head of Acquisitions and New Store Development at the Co-op, said, “These are exciting times for our Acquisitions Team as we continue with our ambitious plans to expand our store estate. As a community retailer we are uniquely placed to engage with local people throughout the planning process.

“With an even bigger target for store openings in 2016, we are actively seeking freehold or leasehold sites, including existing businesses, right across the UK. We are flexible in our requirements and offer quick decisions to agents, developers and owners.“

The Co-op is responding to the consumer changes which is seeing more people shopping little and often, conveniently – shoppers buying for tonight, or for the next two or three, days, rather than shopping for the week or month.

Many people, living busy lives, decide what to eat just a few hours in advance, spontaneous shopping and a shift in social and lifestyle agendas has led to a growing number of people planning meals less and turning to shopping little and often.

The convenience market is currently worth £37.7bn and is projected to grow by 17 per cent to be worth £44.1bn in 2020, increasing its share of the total market from 21.2 per cent in 2015 to 22 per cent in 2020.

SOURCE: Co-operative Group Limited