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 Welsh stores roll-out new sport nutrition drink developed by former Olympic gold medalist Darren Campbell

MANCHESTER, England, 2017-May-16 — /EPR Retail News/ — A sport nutrition drink developed by former Olympic gold medalist Darren Campbell has secured a listing with the Co-op.

South-Wales based Pro Athlete Supplementation (PAS) developed the Pro Iso drink for the Wales rugby team and was last month confirmed as an official supplier to the British & Irish Lions.

Pro Iso was developed by performance nutritionist Jon Williams and former Olympic sprinter Darren Campbell, together with the Powys-based Radnor Hills Mineral Water Company.

The Co-op will initially roll-out the drink to 80 of its Welsh food stores from this month (May 2017) as part of its commitment to sourcing local produce.

Darren Campbell, who moved to Wales from Manchester almost 25 years ago and, lives in Rogerstone, near Newport, said:

“I have always been empowered by positive thinking, all I had was belief, instilled by my mother – even teachers said I would amount to nothing. My career now is all about helping others to fulfil their potential, whether that is through PAS or coaching.

“We are delighted with the listing at the Co-op, the first national retailer to stock our drinks. The move will support our business growth and ongoing development and help to raise awareness of our brand in local communities.”

Chris Butler, national accounts manager for Radnor Hills Mineral Water Co – which uses an underground aquifer at the Heartsease Farm where the family-run firm was founded, said:

“We estimate that the listing could be worth more than 70,000 bottles of the Pro Iso drink over twelve months, in addition, the Co-op’s locations in local communities also support our taste tests on the road, a key part of our approach to reach new customers.”

Twelve other producers have also been awarded contracts to supply 80 Co-op stores in Wales at the same time as Pro Iso, there are also new listings for: Welsh Lady Preserves, Bryn; Jones Crisps of Conwy; Welsh Brew tea and coffee from Newton, near Swansea; Matt and Ben’s Proper Fudge, Pwllheli; Daioni Organic milk from Ffosyficer Farm, Dyfed; CNWC Crackers, Ceredigion; Aberffraw Biscuit Co, Llanrwst; Parsons Pickles, Burry Port; and Coco Pzazz hand-poured chocolate from Caersws.

Simon Dryell, Ranging Manager for the Co-op, added:
“Our commitment to investing in local produce is gathering momentum and consumers are responding – quality and trust are key for consumers. Sourcing local produce is about much more than just ‘hanging out the bunting’ it’s a cornerstone of our food strategy, and we are proud to celebrate and showcase great British food and drink and give it pride of place in store.”

Media Contact:

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

Source: Coop

Hilltop Honey a Mid Wales-based honey maker wins contract to supply more than 500 Co-op food stores UK-wide

MANCHESTER, England, 2016-Nov-20 — /EPR Retail News/ — A Mid Wales-based honey maker is “buzzing” after winning a contract to supply more than 500 Co-op food stores UK-wide.

Hilltop Honey was founded in 2011 at the family farm in Newtown after Scott Davies – a former rugby player with Newtown Rugby Club who worked as a coal merchant and a builder – sustained a back injury and needed to reconsider his future.

Now producing around 14,000 jars of honey a week, Hilltop Honey – which is supplying Co-op with own-branded honey – is set to move its jarring operation from the village of Caersws into new premises in Newtown in the New Year and has ambitions to increase its workforce to around 30 over the next three years.

Scott Davies, 28, who has this year picked up the Golden Fork Award at the Great Taste Awards and the Micro Business Award at the Powys Business Awards, said:
“We are delighted, it has been a great year and this contract win gives Hilltop Honey an introduction to own-branded sales which not only opens up new markets, but also supports our move to new premises and future expansion plans.

“I was 21 when I hurt my back and I needed to do something with my life. Walking to a bee-hive in the garden at home formed part of my physio routine and recuperation. I always wanted my own business and to work outside. I quickly got the bee-keeping bug.

“We are passionate about our honey. It is full of raw, natural flavours and we are pleased to work closely with the Co-op to satisfy the increasing demand for high quality Welsh produce.”

Simon Dryell, Ranging Manager for the Co-op’s food stores in Wales, said:
“Hilltop Honey is a Welsh success story full of passion for great quality produce and a determination to overcome adversity. We are delighted to be working with Hilltop Honey.

“We know that food provenance really matters to our customers and we are committed to sourcing and celebrating great local produce.”

Further information:

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

Source: Coop

Franks Ice Cream wins contract to supply around 120 Co-op food stores across Wales

MANCHESTER, UK, 2016-Apr-30 — /EPR Retail News/ — An Ammanford-based ice cream maker has seen its expansion plans boosted by scooping a contract to supply Co-op food stores across Wales.

Franks Ice Cream will supply around 120 Co-op food stores in communities across Wales in a year that sees the award winning ice cream maker mark the centenary of its founder, Francesco Dallavalle, arriving in Wales from Parma, northern Italy.

The move forms part of the Co-op’s commitment to backing local Welsh suppliers and will support Frank’s plans to create a further four permanent positions at its purpose-built manufacturing facility this year.

Giulio Dallavalle, grandson of the founder of Frank’s Ice Cream, said:

“We are very excited, it is fantastic news. This will enable our ice cream to reach new and important markets in communities across Wales. It is our largest contract with a community retailer. The Co-op will initially stock our award winning clotted cream vanilla ice cream which we are very proud of, and I am confident it will be a big success with the Co-op’s customers.

“With sales to retailers less seasonal – as ice cream is popular as a dessert all year round – the contract win and volume uplift also comes at the perfect time to support our plans for growth and expansion. We both share a passion and pride in great produce and so we are delighted to be working closely with the Co-op.”

Simon Dryell, Ranging Manager for the Co-op’s food stores in Wales, said:

“Frank’s Ice Cream is a great story of endeavour, with the legacy and traditions of Francesco Dallavalle going from strength-to-strength almost 100 years after he first started selling his ice cream in South Wales. Our convenience 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.”

Giulio Dallavalle is the 3rd generation of ice cream maker at Frank’s. Francesco Dallavalle opened his first café in 1920 after arriving in Wales four years earlier. Almost 100 years later Frank’s still uses traditional recipes and finest Welsh ingredients combined with Italian flair. This year, Frank’s expects to increase its workforce by around 15 percent to around 30 people. For more information about Franks Ice Cream visit www.franksicecream.co.uk

Further information:

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

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Franks Ice Cream wins contract to supply around 120 Co-op food stores across Wales

 

Edwards of Conwy to supply Co-op food stores across Wales with its award winning sausages and burgers

MANCHESTER, UK, 2016-Jan-22 — /EPR Retail News/ — A Conwy-based master butcher has seen the New Year get off to a “sizzling” start after winning a contract to supply more than 160 Co-op food stores across Wales with its award winning sausages and burgers.

Edwards of Conwy anticipates a sales boost of up to 15 percent and could create up to three new jobs as a result of the deal with the Co-op which will see it supply an estimated 1.5 million sausages this year.

In addition to its traditional thick pork sausages – made to an award winning 30 year-old recipe, Edwards, which is based in Conwy, North Wales, will also supply its Welsh beef steak burgers to the community retailer.

Simon James, Managing Director of Edwards of Conwy, said:

“It’s great news, very exciting and our first contract of this scale with a convenience retailer. It opens up new and important markets for us.

“Because of our shared community-based values we are proud to supply the Co-op and satisfy the increasing demand for our locally produced, high quality produce by bringing a part of our award winning butchers shop to Co-op stores across Wales.

“Both our links with Welsh farming and the creation of employment and training opportunities for local people are important to us and our work with the Co-op will further support this.”

Simon Dryell, Ranging Manager for the Co-op’s food stores in Wales, said:

“Edwards of Conwy is a great Welsh success story. We both have a heritage of supporting our communities along with a passion for great food so we are delighted to be working closely with them. Our convenience 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.”

Ieuan Edwards, a farmer’s son from the Conwy valley, served his Butchers apprenticeship in the market town of Llanrwst, before successfully completing courses in artisan butchery methods in both Switzerland and Holland. He opened his butchers shop at the age of 20 in 1984 and now employs over 60 staff.

SOURCE: Co-operative Group Limited

Further information:

Andrew Torr
The Co-op Press Office
Tel: 07702 505 551
Email: andrew.torr@co-operative.coop

Krunchie Foods wins contract with The Co-op for its Welsh branded family favourites to be stocked in Co-op food stores across Wales

Manchester, England, 2016-1-4 — /EPR Retail News/ — Port Talbot-based Krunchie Foods has shown it has all the right ingredients after winning a contract with The Co-op for its Welsh branded family favourites to be stocked in over 160 Co-op food stores across Wales.

Krunchie Foods, established over 80 years-ago in Llanelli, provides gravy browning, malt vinegar and other condiments and ingredients and forecasts a 33 per cent uplift in sales following the new distribution deal with the community retailer.

Cheryl John, Sales Manager at Krunchie Food Ltd, said:

“We are thrilled to win this contract with The Co-op which has resulted in a near three-fold increase in the number of its food stores that we supply, it opens up many new and important markets for us.“Krunchie was founded on the principles of supplying high quality products at an affordable price – values which still ring true today and, we know this is an approach and passion for food that is shared by The Co-op.”

Simon Dryell, Ranging Manager for the Co-op’s food stores in Wales, Said:

“We are thrilled to collaborate with suppliers such as Krunchie which, since 1934, has prided itself on quality, value and service. As a convenience retailer at the heart of communities in Wales this is a further step in the Co-op’s commitment to offering more locally sourced, Welsh-branded produce, in our food stores.”

Further information:

Andrew Torr
The Co-op Press Office
Tel: 07702 505 551
Email: andrew.torr@co-operative.coop