Yogurt maker Llaeth Y Llan /Village Dairy to boost production and create new jobs following contract coup with the Co-op

MANCHESTER, England, 2016-Mar-09 — /EPR Retail News/ — A Denbigh-based dairy is on course to boost production and create new jobs at its Tal y Bryn farm following a contract coup with the Co-op.

Located in Llannefydd, Llaeth Y Llan /Village Dairy forecasts a six-fold increase in sales of yogurts as availability extends to Co-op food stores across Wales.

Llaeth Y Llan / Village Dairy – which marked its 30th anniversary of making artisan yoghurts at the Roberts family farm last year- is set to double its workforce over the next 24 months and expects to recruit its 50th employee this year after creating new production and product development roles.

Established to diversify the farm’s dairy business in the 1980’s, the yogurts were originally sold through local milk rounds and, local independent stores. The Co-op was the first major retailer to stock Llaeth Y Llan / Village Dairy’s yogurts and, with over 160 Co-op stores across Wales, the new contract is now the Dairy’s largest contract with a convenience retailer.

Llaeth Y Llan / Village Dairy is backing the growth with a TV advertising campaign which follows last year’s successful re-brand of the yogurt pots.

Gareth Roberts creator of Llaeth Y Llan / Village Dairy – pictured at the launch of the new-look Co-op store in Llanrwst last month (February), said:

“We didn’t think that the yogurt made in our farmhouse kitchen would one day be available across the country. The farmhouse remains at the heart of the business and we are still old-fashioned yogurt makers however, our new production plant in our farm outbuildings is capable of trebling production.

“Our team are great, they help us to create and deliver a product that we are all really proud of and a contract on this scale with the Co-op is great news in so many different ways. As a community retailer it opens up new markets for us while providing a boost for local rural jobs.”

Matthew Speight, Managing Director for The Co-op in Wales, said:

“As a retailer with a history stretching back over 150 years the Co-op is committed to supporting local communities, it is investing to transform and grow its convenience business and to enhance the in store experience for customers, offering home-grown products is an important part of this approach and also supports local economies and provides a boost for jobs – Industry data shows that our strategy is taking us in the right direction as we take strides towards our ambition of being the number one community retailer.

“Llaeth Y Llan / Village Dairy is an inspirational story of endeavour and success in Wales and we are delighted to be working closely with the team at the Dairy  and further build our close ties – our stores are located in the heart of Welsh communities and this is a further step in the Co-op’s commitment to offering more locally sourced produce conveniently.”

Consumer shopping habits are changing, shoppers are increasingly buying what they want when they need it, conveniently. The Co-op is the fastest growing non-discounter food store according to retail data released by Kantar Worldpanel (9 February) – the community retailer has grown its Loved by us and Truly Irresistible own-label sales by 7%, with sales of fresh and chilled produce growing fastest. As consumers increasingly shop little, often and conveniently, The Co-op is also confirmed as the most frequently visited major supermarket.

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

 

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Yogurt maker Llaeth Y Llan /Village Dairy to boost production and create new jobs following contract coup with the Co-op

Yogurt maker Llaeth Y Llan /Village Dairy to boost production and create new jobs following contract coup with the Co-op

Co-operative Food stores across Wales to stock new range of longer-life reusable carrier bags to raise bags more cash for good causes

MANCHESTER, UK, 2015-2-6 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Co-operative Food pledges to reinvest the profits from its entire carrier bag range in Wales to good causes. A move that is in addition to the money raised by The Co-operative through the existing statutory 5p charge on single-use bags, which is supporting conservation programmes in Wales.

Co-operative Food stores across Wales are to stock a new range of longer-life reusable carrier bags, which as well as helping the environment will allow shoppers to raise bags more cash for good causes.

The community retailer, which has more than 150 food stores in Wales, has today (Wednesday, 4 February) pledged to reinvest the profits from its entire carrier bag range to good causes.

This is in addition to the money raised by The Co-operative through the existing statutory 5p charge on single-use bags, which is supporting conservation programmes in Wales*.

The Co-operative Food expects to raise hundreds of thousands of pounds in the next 12 months, with all of the additional money reinvested in community projects across Wales.

The move means that money made by The Co-operative Food on sales of its new woven reusable large shopping bag, a new woven reusable small shopping bag (which doubles as a bottle carrier) and new fold-away bags (all available for £1 each), as well as its redesigned 10p bag for life, will go to good causes.

Matthew Speight, The Co-operative Food’s Divisional Managing Director for Wales, said:

“We have a strong commitment to the environment, and to supporting local communities.

“While we share the aspiration of continuing to reduce the numbers of single-use plastic carrier bags that are in circulation, by buying any of our new range of carriers, customers will not only be contributing to the environment, but they’ll be helping good causes in Wales as well – together we can reduce, reuse, recycle, and also reinvest, in Wales.”

The Co-operative Food will confirm which good causes can bid for the additional funding generated by bag sales, and how they can apply, during 2015.

The new fold-away bags are made from 100% recycled materials are available in black or turquoise. The large and small woven bags, made from 80% recycled materials, are turquoise and decorated a with a “carrier bags are rubbish” design. The small woven bag can double as a bottle carrier. The bags can be recycled at Salvation Army textile recycling banks.

Further information on The Co-operative Food’s range of carrier bags, and how to recycle them, can be found at www.co-operativefood.co.uk/carrier-bags

Notes to editors:

The Co-operative Group, which is the UK’s largest co-operative business with interests across food, funerals, insurance 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-operative Group operates a total of 3,750 outlets, with more than 70,000 employees and an annual turnover of approximately £11 billion. In Wales, The Co-operative Group operates from around 200 stores and branches, and has 500,000 members.

*For example, The Welsh Wildlife Heroes programme: www.wtwales.org/welshwildlifeheroes

 

Further information:
Andrew Torr
The Co-operative Group Press Office
Tel: 07702 505551
Email: andrew.torr@co-operative.coop

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Co-operative Food stores across Wales to stock new range of longer-life reusable carrier bags to raise bags more cash for good causes

Co-operative Food stores across Wales to stock new range of longer-life reusable carrier bags to raise bags more cash for good causes