The Co-op announces the appointment of Matt Atkinson as its new Chief Membership Officer

MANCHESTER, UK, 2017-Oct-16 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Co-op has announced the appointment of Matt Atkinson as its new Chief Membership Officer responsible for Membership, Digital, Data, Brand Marketing, Communications and Community and Campaigning.

Matt joins the Co-op from SAGA where, as CMO he helped transform the brand into a digital organisation winning new customers and entering new markets. Before SAGA Matt held senior marketing and digital roles at Tesco, P&G and a variety of global media agencies. Matt brings with him a wealth of experience in using data to build relationships that are rewarding for customers and profitable for businesses.

Co-op’s CEO Steve Murrells said: “I’m delighted to welcome Matt to our Co-op to help us on our journey to become the most loved membership business in the U.K. Our new Membership is now a year old and in the first half of our financial year paid back £35 million to members and their local communities. Matt’s experience and expertise will build on this, making Membership even more compelling and returning our Co-op to a campaigning movement.”

Matt will start working with the Co-op in the next couple of weeks prior to joining full-time in January.

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Co-op members vote to tackle modern slavery and packaging waste at its Annual General Meeting

MANCHESTER, England, 2017-May-22 — /EPR Retail News/ — Co-op members voted overwhelmingly to champion a better way of doing business by tackling modern slavery and packaging waste at today’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) at Exchange Hall, Manchester Central.

Members will seek to raise awareness and campaign for greater support for victims of modern slavery in the UK, with the Co-op extending its ‘Bright Future’ partnership with City Hearts to other organisations which support victims.

Members also backed a motion to make 80% of the Co-op’s packaging easy to recycle by 2020 – working towards an ultimate target of 100% easy to recycle packaging.

The Co-op has a proud history of leading the promotion of Fairtrade, and members voted to re-commit to Fairtrade values, suppliers and producers. This vote means it will aim to extend its ingredients policy beyond cocoa, so wherever it uses bananas, tea and coffee in its cakes, desserts and confectionery, it will be sourced on Fairtrade terms – no other retailer does this.

The Co-op also extended its commitment to British produce, announcing that it would source £2.5bn worth of UK farm products over the next three years. It will also become the only retailer to sell 100% British own-brand frozen meat, extending its pledge on fresh meat to freezer food.

In a further commitment, the Co-op will extend its buying season for British fruit and vegetables, add new British flower varieties, and give growers long-term contracts.

Additionally the Co-op revealed that its fundraising to tackle loneliness and isolation in partnership with the Red Cross has topped £6m, significantly ahead of the £3.5m target set just under two years ago. The money raised by the Co-op will help the Red Cross provide vital care and support for thousands of people across the UK.

In further developments, Steve Murrells, Group CEO, was elected as an Executive Director. Allan Leighton and Chris Kelly were re-elected as Independent Non-Executive Directors and Paul Chandler was re-elected as a Member Nominated Director (MND). Gareth Thomas was elected as an MND for the first time.

Ruth Spellman has decided to step down as an MND and the Co-op would like to thank her for her service.

In its Members’ Council elections Nick Crofts, the Council’s President, was re-elected to his seat in the North West constituency and there were 11 new members elected to the 100 strong Council, four of whom are colleagues.

Today’s meeting highlighted the growing engagement of Co-op members with the business, in a year when the Group has seen membership increase by more than 840,000, driven by the launch of the new 5 + 1 membership scheme. The unique scheme offers members 5% back on Co-op branded products and 1% to their local communities. Last month the Co-op made its first payout under the scheme, with over £9m going to over 4,000 good causes.

Allan Leighton, Chair of the Co-op, said: “The commitments we’ve made today to help fight modern slavery, cut packaging waste and back British suppliers are what the Co-op is all about. Working closely with our members, colleagues and communities I am confident that we can continue to champion a better way of doing business.”

The full results of the Co-op AGM voting are as follows:

(1) To receive the Annual Report and Accounts for the 52 weeks ended 31 December 2016

For – 98.07%
Against – 1.93%

(2) To approve the Directors’ Remuneration Report for the 52 weeks 31 December 2016

For – 93.3%
Against – 6.7%

(3) To agree changes to the Executive Remuneration Policy

For – 94.11%
Against – 5.89%

(4) To elect Steve Murrells as an Executive Director

For – 96.37%
Against – 3.63%

(5) To re-elect Allan Leighton as an Independent Non-Executive Director

For – 95.52%
Against – 4.48%

(6) To re-elect Chris Kelly as an Independent Non-Executive Director

For – 96.06%
Against – 3.94%

(7) To re-appoint Ernst & Young LLP as the Society’s auditors

For – 95.6%
Against – 4.4%

(8) Joint motion from Board and Council – Political Donations

For – 78.52%
Against – 21.48%

(9) Motion from Members – Pay Gap

For – 97.45%
Against – 2.55%

(10) Motion from Members – Fairtrade

For – 98.24%
Against – 1.76%

(11) Joint motion from Board and Council – Modern Slavery

For – 96.77%
Against – 3.23%

(12) Joint motion from Board and Council – Recycling

For – 99.05%
Against – 0.95%

Results for the election of Member Nominated Directors

Paul Chandler – elected

Gareth Thomas – elected

Pernilla Bonde – Not elected

Notes to Editors:

About the Co-op Group:

The Co-op is one of the world’s largest consumer co-operatives, with interests spanning food, funerals, insurance, electrical and legal services. It has a clear purpose of championing a better way of doing business for you and your communities. Owned by over 4 million members, the Co-op has 3,800 outlets in communities across the UK. It employs around 69,000 people and has an annual turnover of over £9.5 billion.

About the Bright Future programme

In March 2017 the Co-op announced a ground breaking new scheme to help integrate victims of the disturbing UK modern slave trade back into communities, working with City Hearts to develop the Bright Future programme.

The initiative will see the group develop new partnerships with charities who are experienced in supporting survivors of modern slavery, and create 30 new work placement opportunities across its businesses.

Newly elected and re-elected directors’ biographies

Executive Directors

Steve Murrells

Steve became Co-op Group CEO in March 2017 having previously led the Co-op’s Food business since 2012. Steve now has overall responsibility for Co-op Food, Co-op Funeralcare, Co-op Insurance and Co-op Legal Services.

As a senior executive at the Co-op Steve has been a key part of the team which has rebuilt the Co-op, relaunched its membership proposition and returned its iconic blue clover-leaf logo to the high street.

As CEO of Co-op Food, Steve was responsible for the Co-op’s £7bn-turnover food retail arm with its 2,800 strong network of stores and logistics operations which span the whole of the UK. He introduced the Co-op’s new retail strategy which focuses on convenience and turned around the business to grow its market share.

Prior to joining the Co-op Steve has held senior leadership roles in European and UK based food retail businesses, including at One Stop, Sainsbury’s and Tesco. Steve spent three years as CEO of Danish meat company, Tulip, before joining the Co-op.

Independent Non-Executive Directors

Allan Leighton – Chair

Allan has held a series of high profile roles, including Chief Executive of Asda from 1996 to 2000, Non-Executive Chairman of Royal Mail from 2002 to 2009. Allan is currently the Chairman of Matalan Ltd, Entertainment One Ltd, Wagamama and Canal & River Trust and is also Deputy Chairman of Pandora AS.

Chris Kelly

Chris chaired the Group’s independent review which considered the events leading up to the re-capitalisation plan for The Co-operative Bank plc in 2013. He currently chairs the Kings Fund (the health and social care think tank) and the Responsible Gambling Strategy Board. Previous roles include chairing the Committee on Standards in Public Life, the Financial Ombudsman Service and the NSPCC. For many years he was a senior public servant, mostly in HM Treasury but latterly as Permanent Secretary of the Department of Health.

Member Nominated Directors:

Paul Chandler

Paul was chief executive of Traidcraft from 2001 to 2013, and President of the European Fair Trade Association from 2005 to 2012. Drawing on his fair trade experience and early career in Barclays Bank, he is now focusing on promoting responsible practices in business and financial services, alongside a portfolio of charity and community focused roles. Paul is also Chair of the William Leech Foundation and Durham Cathedral Council, a director of Shared Interest, a Fellow of St Chad’s College in Durham University and a trustee of the County Durham Community Foundation, a Trustee of the Bible Society and a Trustee of Interhealth.

Gareth Thomas

As Retail Director for John Lewis for 10 years, Gareth led the business through huge cultural change. After completing a 30 year career at John Lewis, he worked for no financial reward for several years as a Trustee in the not for profit sector, including as Deputy Chairman of Save the Children. He now serves on a number of boards including as a Trustee at TATE; Chairman of Tate Enterprises Ltd; Trustee of the American Museum in Britain; Chairman of Countrywide Farmers plc; Non Executive Director of Share plc Group, and Independent Director of Shoppers Stop, India.


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The Co-op recognised by the Institute of Grocery Distribution (IGD)

MANCHESTER, England, 2016-Oct-20 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Co-op beat off stern competition to win three major awards at a prestigious business event which celebrates the best in the food and grocery industry.

The Co-op has been recognised by the Institute of Grocery Distribution (IGD), the global food and grocery experts, for its ‘food to go’ product range and the ‘service rocks’ learning and development initiative. While Co-op retail chief executive Steve Murrells pipped a host of top supermarket and food manufacturing executives to join the grocery industry’s hall of fame.

The awards were collected at last night’s IGD Dinner at Westminster’s Park Plaza Hotel.

Steve Murrells said: “The Co-op’s food business has transformed itself over the last three years and the awards are recognition of the hard work and dedication of our colleagues in turning the business around. We are the fastest growing non-discounter in the UK and the most frequently visited store.

“We’ve brought back the famous Co-op cloverleaf brand, reinvented our membership proposition, reinvigorated our stores and the quality of our own-brand food really is Irresistible, as its name suggests.”

On his own award, he said: “I’m honoured as it was a high calibre shortlist and delighted that members of the retail industry voted for me.”

The ten-strong Grocer Cup award shortlist featured CEOs and senior leaders of many national chains including Aldi, Lidl and Tesco.

The Grocer Cup is awarded to the individual who has contributed most to the industry over the past year and has shown exceptional leadership in inspiring their company to achieve exceptional results in the preceding year. The award is voted for by readers of trade magazine, The Grocer, and industry professionals.

Co-op beat off competition to win the food to go operator of the year award, reaffirming its commitment to become the leading convenience food retailer in the UK. The Co-op recognise the importance of the FTG category and through innovative products, increased space, trial stores, brand new packaging and increased availability, has seen substantial sales growth ahead of the competition.

The John Sainsbury Award for Training and Development was awarded to the Co-op’s service rocks initiative.  The initiative instilled the basics of customer service, inspiring store colleagues to deliver and live and breathe great service.  It involved 6,500 store and team managers, delivering training to 47,500 colleagues. This IGD award recognises the fabulous team effort and huge amount of work involved in this successful and inspiring programme.

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Co-op wins four major gongs at The Retail Industry Awards 2016

MANCHESTER, England, 2016-Oct-03 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Co-op pipped competitors at the annual retail ‘Oscars’ – The Retail Industry Awards – by walking away with four major gongs, compared to Aldi’s three, including the prestigious outstanding achievement award.

In the hotly contested convenience retailer category, the Co-op, which has seen its market share rise and over a year’s worth of positive performance, beat Waitrose and Marks & Spencer.

The Co-op was also awarded food to go retailer, while Appleby store manager, Ian Peacock, was crowned store manager of the year. This was in recognition of his efforts to help his community when the Cumbrian town was hit by floods earlier this year.

In addition to this, the Co-op was highly commended in the flower retailer category. These wins reaffirm the Co-op’s commitment to become the leading convenience food retailer in the UK.

Steve Murrells, retail chief executive at the Co-op says; “It’s an exciting time at the Co-op as shoppers are returning to us and we are seeing continued momentum in our performance. The awards recognize the transformation of our business as we’ve improved our stores, shopping experience and food quality while delivering lower prices.

“Kantar reported earlier this year we are the most frequently visited major retailer in the country. Shoppers continue to shop little and often making us a popular destination.

“We have invested £125m in lowering prices and more to transform and modernize the look of our stores. Winning these awards is a great privilege but recognizes that we are providing what shoppers want to help in their busy lives.

“On a personal level, I’m thrilled that Ian has received recognition by winning store manager of the year. He and his team worked tirelessly to help their community when it was hit by floods and his actions embody the very spirit of the Co-op.”

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The Co-operative Food to donate its warehouse depot surplus food to local charities

MANCHESTER, England, 2015-9-15 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Co-operative Food will donate its warehouse depot surplus food to local charities as it diverts food for over a million meals away from anaerobic digestion energy plants.

Following a successful trial at its depot in Castlewood, Derbyshire, the mutual is rolling out the programme from 14 September, supplying a range of chilled food items such as yoghurt, meat, fruit, vegetables and ready meals to the charity FareShare, which passes the food on to charities and community groups who transform it into nutritious meals for vulnerable people.

The findings from the trial show that in ten weeks The Co-operative redistributed 32 tonnes of food from one depot, contributing towards 76,192 meals.  The business estimates that in 2016 it could provide 500 tonnes from all depots – enough food for over a million meals.

Steve Murrells, Chief Executive – Retail at The Co-operative Food, said:

“This project has the capacity to improve the variety and nutritional value of the food redistributed by the Co-op, and to significantly increase the number of people that FareShare can support. In addition to the huge human benefit there are significant positive environmental impacts as all of this food will be diverted from anaerobic digestion back into the food chain, feeding people first as was intended.”

“Only a tiny percentage of total food waste – around 1.3 per cent – comes from the grocery retail industry*, but we are committed to reducing this.  We are very grateful to all the suppliers that have agreed to support this initiative.”

Lindsay Boswell, CEO of FareShare, said:

“We’re really excited to be working with The Co-operative on this project and we commend them for rolling it out nationwide. It’s been fantastic to see how well the new process has worked at Castlewood, helping to provide thousands of meals to vulnerable people in Yorkshire. By working with their suppliers, staff and FareShare Regional Centres, The Co-operative has demonstrated real commitment to preventing food waste in the long term and to providing edible surplus food to projects supporting vulnerable people across England, Wales and Scotland.”

Dr Richard Swannell, Director of sustainable food systems at the charity WRAP, said:

“We are delighted to see the progress The Co-operative Food has made in redistributing quality food from across its supply chain. No-one wants to see perfectly edible food in the bin when it can be used to feed people, that’s much better for society, the environment and the economy. This move will help the Co-operative Food and suppliers reduce the amount of food that is lost, and contribute towards the targets of the Courtauld Commitment 3** voluntary agreement.”




The Co-operative Food to donate its warehouse depot surplus food to local charities

The Co-operative Food to donate its warehouse depot surplus food to local charities

Plum deals at The Co-operative have led to double-digit growth across its fresh produce range

MANCHESTER, UK, 2015-7-9 — /EPR Retail News/ — Plum deals at The Co-operative have led to a near double-digit growth across its fresh produce range following a multi-million pound investment to trim the price of fruit and vegetables.

The investment by the community retailer, which has a store in every postal area, saw prices pruned across its range of fresh fruit and vegetables.

Launched in mid-June, its revolving offers on popular produce, known as “fresh three”, has seen growth of more than 130 per cent over the three-week period. With a near double digit growth in volumes (9.4 per cent) across its wider fresh produce range.

The initial offer was the Co-op’s Iceberg lettuce, carrots (500g) and whole cucumbers and, from Wednesday 8 July the “fresh three” offer will focus on fruit with plums (400g), oranges (4s) and peaches (4/5s) priced in-store at 69p.

The move is part of a £125m price investment strategy by The Co-operative. The programme has already lowered the cost of everyday staple products such as eggs, chicken, bacon and bread as the business seeks to be the UK’s number one convenience retailer.

Steve Murrells, Retail Chief Executive, The Co-operative Group, said:

“Our investment in the freshness, quality and price of fresh produce is bearing fruit. We are responding to the changing habits of consumers who are increasingly swapping the weekly shop for purchasing what they need, when they need it, locally. As a community retailer the Co-op is continuing to invest in its stores while also lowering the price of everyday essentials.”

In 2015, The Co-operative Food is actively pursuing 100 new convenience stores and will undertake 255 major store refits.

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The Co-operative voted the UK’s favourite convenience store by shoppers at the CTP Awards

The Co-operative been voted the UK’s favourite convenience store by shoppers.

MANCHESTER, 2015-5-25 — /EPR Retail News/ — The CTP (Convenience Tracking Programme) awards 2015* quizzed 20,000 convenience store shoppers and 2,000 store staff and managers, and the Co-op beat off competition from the likes of Marks & Spencer, Little Waitrose and Sainsbury’s to scoop  “Overall Best Convenience Retailer” of the year.

The award caps a successful few weeks for the Co-op, which also saw the business win five gold and eight silver awards at The Grocer Awards – including the coveted “Overall Product of the Year”** – as well as Sandwich Convenience Retailer of the Year at the British Sandwich Industry Awards.

Steve Murrells, CEO of The Co-operative Food said:

“To have been voted the number one convenience store by shoppers is a wonderful achievement, and particular thanks goes to all the colleagues that both work in our stores as well as those that create our award winning own brand products. Our challenge is to become the number one convenience retailer in the UK, and these awards show that we heading firmly in the right direction.”

Katie Littler, Communications Director at awards coordinators him!, said:

“Congratulations to The Co-op, who were voted for by those who’s opinion should really matter, the shoppers. The UK Convenience industry certainly has a lot to celebrate and there are so many fine examples of retailers and suppliers really listening and reacting to their shoppers needs, and of course, capitalising on sales. This award incorporates the attitudes of shoppers with regards to customer service, shopping experience, range of products, price and ultimately, would shoppers recommend the retailer – and The Co-op has come out on top!”* The CTP Awards are the premium event in the convenience calendar and the only awards that are decided by shoppers. him! research & consulting spoke to 20,000 shoppers face-to-face in convenience stores across the UK, covering 25+ convenience fascia. They have collated over 100,000 question responses in order to bring 16 awards that recognise the cream of the industry. The awards celebrate the outstanding contribution that everyone involved in the convenience channel makes to ensure it remains the vibrant, diverse and successful industry it is today** The Co-operative’s Truly Irresistible Kashmiri Butter Chicken, Red Onion and Spinach Pizza was awarded the ‘Grocer Gold Chairman’s Overall Product of the Year Award’ at the Grocer’s Own Label Food & Drink Awards 2015. Other award winners in The Grocer’s Own-Label Awards 2015 were:

  • Gold: The Co-operative Loved by us extra tasty whole chicken
  • Gold: The Co-operative Truly Irresistible Scottish Raspberry Prosecco Pannacotta Terrine
  • Gold: The Co-operative Loved by us four microwavable golden vegetable rice bags
  • Gold: The Co-operative red Leicester and pumpkin seed batard
  • Silver: The Co-operative Truly Irresistible Granola Squares
  • Silver: The Co-operative Truly Irresistible extra mature Gouda
  • Silver: The Co-operative Loved by Us Piri Piri Chicken ready to cook meal
  • Silver: The Co-operative Truly Irresistible Guatemalan Roast and ground coffee
  • Silver: The Co-operative Loved by us Achari chicken curry
  • Silver: The Co-operative Loved by us 6 British dessert apples
  • Silver: The Co-operative Truly Irresistible Madagascan vanilla ice cream
  • Silver: The Co-operative Truly Irresistible Ultimate Chocolates


Co-op employees receiving the CTP Award for "Overall Best Convenience Retailer” in 2015
Co-op employees receiving the CTP Award for “Overall Best Convenience Retailer” in 2015

The Co-operative Food makes £1.5billion three year commitment to support and celebrate British food

MANCHESTER, UK, 2014-12-5 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Co-operative Food today (Friday 5 December 2014) made an unequivocal £1.5billion three year commitment to support and celebrate British food.

The commitment comes as new consumer research shows that:

  • 90% of shoppers want supermarkets to sell more food from British farms
  • 81 percent of farmers believe retailers should support UK farming by only selling British meat and poultry.

In response, the convenience retailer has pledged to source British products over and above alternatives for its “own brand” meat, poultry, produce and dairy products and at the same time it will adopt a totally transparent approach to its marketing of UK food and will report back annually on its progress.

This means that all “own-brand” meat, with the specific exception of New Zealand lamb and Danish bacon, sold in Co-operative Food stores will be British as will be in its chilled ready meals and pies, sandwiches*, eggs and milk.

Launching its new UK sourcing report, entitled Born and Bred, The Co-operative Food re-enforced its commitment to its farming groups, which were launched last year, in order to back British farmers and agriculture. The farming groups enable the retailer to cement relationships with producers, deliver a continued investment in quality and provide shoppers with a more consistent and transparent supply chain.

Steve Murrells, The Co-operative Food’s Retail Chief Executive, said:

“At the heart of our pledge is a commitment to be open and honest about where the food we sell comes from and to ensure that is it marketed and promoted in a fair and transparent way.“Trust in retailers has been dented in recent years and we hope our openness about where we source our meat, poultry and produce will encourage more retailers to follow suit.“Shoppers want to know about the origin of their products and if supermarkets import meat for use in products it is important that, as well as being identified on product labelling, in-store marketing should not seek to unwittingly mislead. Backing British must mean more than just rolling out the bunting.”

Environment Secretary Elizabeth Truss said:

“This new commitment is a fantastic vote of confidence for the UK food and drink industry. We know British consumers value products from this country which have a world-renowned reputation for their high quality and traceability.“These figures show shoppers want to buy more British – we’re supporting this by improving country of origin labelling which will be mandatory for lamb, pork, poultry and goat meat from April next year.“I would encourage all supermarkets to carefully consider the labelling on their products so their customers know exactly where their food comes from.”

Research for the report shows that almost three out of four (73 per cent) of consumers have more confidence in British sourced food and a massive 86 per cent feel that food is more traceable when produced on British farms. More than eight out of ten (84 per cent) say that buying British sourced food is important to them with one in three saying it is very important. The study also shows that almost half of consumers (47 per cent) see the origin of food as the second most important label information after the use or sell by date (66 per cent).

NFU President Meurig Raymond welcoming the report said:

“It highlights the importance of British produce to consumers. Almost nine out of 10 people feel that food is more traceable when sourced from UK farms and this further reinforces the growing role British produce plays in major retailers delivering a product that consumers want and trust.“It is reassuring to see a major retailer clearly setting out its commitments to UK produce in a transparent and reviewable fashion, in particular via an open and clear report on their commitments to British agriculture through the publication of an annual report.“The Born and Bred Report will allow consumers and farmers to monitor The Co-operative’s performance against its sourcing commitments on an annual basis.  This is of paramount importance to help instil confidence in consumers and producers alike in how The Co-operative operates continuously. “We look forward to working with The Co-operative in helping them further their support to British agriculture.”

Channel 4 presenter and farmer, Jimmy Doherty, said:

“Farming is the cornerstone of society as it powers the wider economy with food and jobs. Openness and honesty in food sourcing has never been so important and it is essential in helping to educate people about where our food comes from and to enable people to support UK farmers by ‘buying British.’ The Co-op’s move to commit to invest in home-produced meat, poultry and produce is a step in the right direction as it celebrates British agriculture and invests in its future. Farmers are unsung heroes and the Co-op’s pledges serve as an example to other retailers to be open and accountable about their sourcing polices.”

The Co-operative Food’s pledges:

  • Invest a minimum of £1.5bn to source ‘own brand’ British meat, produce and dairy products from the UK
  • Commit to openness and transparency by highlighting sourcing in our sustainability report and to producing a detailed report on our progress each year
  • Market British products honestly, clearly identifying British products on packaging and in store
  • Develop relationships with our produce grower base and provide greater availability of seasonal produce.
  • The Co-operative will extend its Farming Groups
  • It will provide only 100% fresh British beef, chicken, ham, pork, sausages, duck and turkey and support British lamb when in season
  • It will offer only 100% British milk
  • Only use British meat in all chilled ready meals, pies and sandwiches

Notes to editors:

*With the exception of continental varieties in ready meals and sandwiches eg Chorizo.

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