FCL wins two Canadian Grand Prix New Product Awards for CO-OP® GOLD Buttercrunch Toffee Chocolate and Co-op Gold Sorbetto

FCL wins two Canadian Grand Prix New Product Awards for CO-OP® GOLD Buttercrunch Toffee Chocolate and Co-op Gold Sorbetto

Saskatoon, SK, 2017-Jun-09 — /EPR Retail News/ — The organization recently picked up two more Canadian Grand Prix New Product Awards for CO-OP® GOLD Buttercrunch Toffee Chocolate (private-label confectionary and shelf stable desserts) and Co-op Gold Sorbetto (private-label desserts: fresh, refrigerated or frozen).

This follows FCL’s first two awards last year for its Co-op Gold Caramel Whisky Sauce and CO-OP GOLD PURE® Dark Chocolate.

“We continually seek to develop and provide new innovative food products to Co-op members and customers,” said Sav Bellissimo, Store Brands Manager with Federated Co-operatives Limited. “These awards recognize the quality of our products, which can compete with any other brand on the market.”

The awards, organized by the Retail Council of Canada, have been celebrating innovative new products now for 24 years. A judging panel comprised of consumers, food journalists, packaging designers and marketing executives reviewed 100 product finalists, o

Bellissimo attributed the success to the efforts of the Store Brands Team as well as the Marketing and Communications’ Design Team, led by Marie-Louise de la Harpe. De la Harpe was proud her team could be part of this award in addition to a separate packaging award presented earlier this year.

“Our goal is to continually push the envelope and deliver progressive, industry-leading design. Trust and great collaboration is the secret to our success,” de la Harpe said. “Our team is invested in developing and growing our store brands program and are encouraged by the progress.”

Co-op Gold Fruit Vinegar, Co-op Gold Pure Organic Coconut Peanut Butter and Co-op Gold Pure Sustainable Seafood Steelhead Trout were also finalists for the awards.

A complete list of finalists and winners is available at rccgrandprix.ca.

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FCL partners with Kitsaki Management Limited Partnership to meet demand for refurbishing and re-valving expired tanks

Saskatoon, SK, 2017-May-16 — /EPR Retail News/ — Federated Co-operatives Limited (FCL) is proud to announce its partnership with Kitsaki Management Limited Partnership to meet the demand for refurbishing and re-valving expired tanks.

Kitsaki will refurbish Co-op’s commercial and domestic propane tanks. This partnership is a result of the new regulation, that was introduced in 2015, to implement a maximum servicing interval of 25 years on propane tanks that are 1,000 gallons or less. Under this regulation, the pressure relief valve must be replaced in order for tanks to remain in service.

Kitsaki CEO Russell Roberts said, “Northerners have a great tradition of taking care of themselves. Propane has kept us warm for many years and it only makes sense that we do the work to maintain the tanks we use for our homes and businesses. This partnership with FCL is one that can grow as the years go by.”

This partnership will stimulate economic growth to provide employment opportunities to indigenous peoples of the communities involved.

A perfect partnership

With thousands of tanks across Western Canada, this partnership facilitates FCL’s ability to maintain compliance. Kitaski’s facility in La Ronge, Sask., has the ability to sandblast, paint and install valves and decals. Most importantly, reducing travel and freight costs for FCL, Kitsaki can also move their equipment and travel to remote locations, if required.

“The value of this partnership extends beyond the growth it offers to the economy, “ said Rob Carr, Propane Area Manager for Northern Sask. Region. “It also allows Co-op to build relationships with those who are in our own backyard.”

Kitsaki is an organization owned by Lac La Ronge Indian Band. Lac La Ronge Indian Band’s mission is to build a diverse network of businesses to improve economic future for its members, other Aboriginal people and all other stakeholders.


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FCL announces progress on the contruction of its new fertilizer terminals scheduled to open in late spring 2017


Saskatoon, SK, 2017-Jan-13 — /EPR Retail News/ — Two new additions to the prairie skyline are starting to take shape.

Work is progressing in Hanley, Sask., and Brandon, Man., on high-throughput fertilizer terminals commissioned by Federated Co-operatives Limited (FCL) on behalf of the Co-operative Retailing System (CRS).

Plans for the state-of-the-art facilities were announced early last year. Today (JANUARY 11, 2017), the $75 million project is on schedule and both terminals are expected to open in late spring 2017. Once operational, each terminal will be able to load a super B trailer of blended fertilizer in 10 minutes and dispense up to 400 metric tonnes of straight fertilizer in an hour.

“Co-op’s new fertilizer terminals are a major investment in Western Canada that will yield results for farmers,” said Dan Mulder, Director Fertilizer with FCL, which will warehouse, blend and distribute a full suite of crop nutrition products throughout the CRS.

Currently, 64 of the 120 Co-op Agro Centre locations across Western Canada sell fertilizer. Once the new terminals are online, many more Co-op Agro Centre locations are expected to add fertilizer to their farm offering.

“With the addition of fertilizer, Co-op Agro Centres will offer a comprehensive suite of products to grow, fuel, equip, build and feed farms,” said Mulder.

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FCL ranked first in SaskBusiness’ Top 100 largest companies in Saskatchewan for the fourth consecutive year

Saskatoon, SK, 2016-Sep-15 — /EPR Retail News/ — For the fourth year in a row, Federated Co-operatives Limited (FCL) has placed first in SaskBusiness Magazine’s list of the Top 100 largest companies in Saskatchewan.

In 2015, FCL recorded revenue of $9.1 billion with net earnings of $539 million. Of that, $375 million was returned to the 200 local retail co-ops across Western Canada that are member-owners of FCL.

“While we have been impacted by the economic challenges in Western Canada, particularly in the energy sector, we have diverse businesses in a wide geographical area and that has helped us stay competitive. Co-op members are resilient and loyal and that stability allows us to bring a long-term approach to planning and creating sustainable growth,” said FCL CEO Scott Banda.

“Through these conditions, local retail co-ops in Saskatchewan and across Western Canada continue to serve communities big and small, while making new investments that strengthen our provinces.”

FCL is joined on this year’s Top 100 list by 19 retail co-operatives in Saskatchewan. Together, the retail co-ops included in the SaskBusiness list recorded combined sales of nearly $2.3 billion in 2015. A full list of these retail co-ops is shared below.

Economic impact

The number of co-ops on the Top 100 list highlights the substantial impact that the Co-operative Retailing System (CRS) — comprised of local retail co-ops and FCL — has in Saskatchewan. Retail co-ops have returned almost $355 million to their members in Saskatchewan over the last five years, which is reinvested by these members in their communities. A total of $1.3 billion was returned by western Canadian co-ops to their members over the past five years.

Investments in Saskatchewan

FCL, on behalf of retail co-ops, has also made major investments in Saskatchewan and Western Canada over the last year, including:

  • Wastewater Improvement Project (WIP) — The Co-op Refinery Complex (CRC), a subsidiary of FCL, commissioned a $200-million environmental mega-project that allows it to clean and recycle all of its wastewater.
  • New fertilizer terminals — FCL invested $75 million to construct two new high-throughput fertilizer terminals in Western Canada, including one in Hanley, Sask., and another in Brandon, Man. Both facilities are expected to be fully operational in early 2017.
  • Co-operatives First — FCL committed $5 million over five years to support Co-operatives First, a new non-profit organization that is helping to inspire the next wave of co-operative development in rural and First Nation communities.
  • Co-op Community Spaces — A total of $1.5 million from the Co-op Community Spaces program was invested in 21 recreation, conservation and urban agriculture projects in Western Canada.

Across the West, FCL and retail co-ops have reinvested $4.7 billion in their communities through capital investments since 2011.

Co-ops in the Top 100

Ranking Wholesale/Retail Co-operative Location
1 Federated Co-operatives Limited Saskatoon
19 Saskatoon Co-operative Retailing
Association Ltd.
29 Pioneer Co-operative Association Ltd. Swift Current
31 Prince Albert Co-operative Association Ltd. Prince Albert
35 Sherwood Co-operative Association Ltd. Regina
48 Lloydminster and District Co-operative Association Ltd. Lloydminster
55 Discovery Co-operative Association Ltd. North Battleford
65 Yorkton Co-operative Association Ltd. Yorkton
72 Moose Jaw Co-operative Association Ltd. Moose Jaw
74 Prairie Co-operative Association Ltd. Melville
76 Prairie Sky Co-operative Association Ltd. Weyburn
79 Meadow Lake Co-operative Association Ltd. Meadow Lake
81 Pineland Co-operative Association Ltd. Nipawin
83 Prairie North Co-operative Association Ltd. Melfort
88 Southern Plains Co-operative Association Ltd. Estevan
89 Delta Co-operative Association Ltd. Unity
90 Central Plains Co-operative Association Ltd. Rosetown
92 Kindersley and District Co-operative
Association Ltd.
98 Borderland Co-operative Association Ltd. Moosomin
99 Southland Co-operative Association Ltd. Assiniboia

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Federated Co-operatives Limited’s (FCL) 87th Annual Meeting: FCL recorded increased sales across most business units in FY ending Oct. 31, 2015

Saskatoon, Canada, 2016-Mar-03 — /EPR Retail News/ — Rising sales volumes are signs of a diverse and healthy Co-operative Retailing System (CRS), CEO Scott Banda told Federated Co-operatives Limited’s (FCL) 87th Annual Meeting in Saskatoon.

More than 300 delegates, representing over 200 independent retail co-operatives that form the CRS in Western Canada, were in attendance for the keynote address Feb. 29.

“We are faced with the challenges of changing market conditions and volatile commodity prices, particularly in the petroleum sector,” said Banda. “We will continue to invest in Western Canada to help diversify local co-ops’ sustainable opportunities. Our co-operative ownership model ensures that we remain connected to local communities and our work is to maintain and grow Co-op’s relevance in Western Canada.”

For the fiscal year ending Oct. 31, 2015, FCL recorded increased sales across most business units. This growth, however, was offset by decreased revenues at the Co-op Refinery Complex in Regina, Sask. FCL recorded revenue of $9.1 billion, down 16 per cent from the year before. Net earnings for the year totaled $539 million. Of that, $375 million is being returned to local retail co-operatives through a patronage allocation.

Over the past 10 years, FCL has provided more than $4.5 billion in patronage returns to CRS members. This money is reinvested by local co-ops into their operations and local communities, where they serve more than 1.8 million active Co-op members and many more customers.

FCL is supporting community development across Western Canada with multimillion-dollar commitments to two initiatives:

  • Up to $1.5 million is available to community organizations through Co-op Community Spaces. Last year, the program funded 16 recreation, urban agriculture and conservation projects in Western Canada.
  • A five-year, $5 million commitment for Co-operatives First, a new non-profit organization that will support the development of new co-operatives in rural and aboriginal communities.

More information on these programs, as well as FCL’s 2015 Annual Report and Consolidated Financial Statements, are available at www.coopconnection.ca.
SOURCE: Federated Co-operatives Limited



FCL CEO Scott Banda speaks to delegates at the organization's 87th Annual Meeting in Saskatoon Feb. 29.

FCL CEO Scott Banda speaks to delegates at the organization’s 87th Annual Meeting in Saskatoon Feb. 29.

Heather Ryan appointed VP Human Resources Federated Co-operatives Limited (FCL) effective Nov. 1, 2015

Saskatoon, SK, CANADA, 2015-10-19 — /EPR Retail News/ — Chief Executive Officer Scott Banda is pleased to announce the appointment of Heather Ryan as Federated Co-operatives Limited (FCL) Vice-President Human Resources, effective Nov. 1, 2015.

Heather has most recently served as the Director Human Resources Advisory Services at FCL, a position she has held since rejoining FCL in 2013. Heather started her career at FCL in 1996 as a Human Resources Training Officer and left as a Human Resources Officer in 2000. Heather has also worked with the Saskatchewan Research Council as Manager of Organizational Development and spent 10 years with POS Bio-Sciences, where she held various positions, including Vice-President Operations & Corporate Affairs, Director of Business Development & Human Resources and Human Resources Manager. She also has two years of work experience as a Human Resources Specialist with Corning Cable Systems.

Heather brings the necessary energy, competencies and commitment to lead FCL’s Human Resources into the future. In her new role as a member of the Senior Leadership Team, Heather will contribute to the overall strategic direction of FCL, foster productive relationships within the business, co-operative and local communities and collaboratively lead initiatives and relationships within the Co-operative Retailing System. Heather will be providing strategic leadership and direction for all FCL’s operations and regions in the areas of Talent Acquisition, Talent Integration, Performance Management, Total Rewards, Succession Planning, Workforce Planning, Diversity and Inclusion, Organizational Learning, Employee Relations and Advisory Services.

Heather earned a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Saskatchewan, as well as her Certified Human Resources Professional designation. In 2006, Heather became sessional lecturer at the Edwards School of Business in the Organizational Development Department. She has also served as a board member with both the Agriculture Council of Saskatchewan and FoodTech Canada. Heather and her husband Sean have two children: Jack and Rylee.

Please join Scott in welcoming Heather to her new role as Vice-President Human Resources.


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Heather Ryan appointed VP Human Resources Federated Co-operatives Limited (FCL) effective Nov. 1, 2015

Heather Ryan appointed VP Human Resources Federated Co-operatives Limited (FCL) effective Nov. 1, 2015