The Co-op to open 100 new food stores across the UK in 2018

MANCHESTER, UK, 2018-Jan-02 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Co-op has confirmed plans to open 100 new food stores across the UK in 2018, creating an estimated 1,600 jobs.

The community retailer will invest over £160 million in new stores and major makeovers for a further 150 of its outlets.

More than 20 new stores are set to open in London, and up to 18 stores are planned for Scotland including: stores in Glasgow; Edinburgh; Forres (Highlands) and Kilmacolm (Renfewshire).

Rhayader (Powys) and Bryncoch (Neath) will be the first of ten new stores which are set to open in Wales. While other new stores are lined up for Blackpool; Bristol; Chesterfield; Crewe; Leicester; Manchester; Nottingham; Plymouth; Southampton and York among other towns and cities.

The news follows twin announcements last month as the Co-op confirmed it had reached an agreement to become exclusive wholesale supplier to the 2,200 stores across the Costcutter Supermarkets Group network from spring 2018. While members of Nisa Retail also voted in favour of the Co-op’s offer to buy the delivered wholesale and convenience retail specialist, a move which is conditional on Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) approval.

Jo Whitfield, Chief Executive of Co-op Food said: “The Co-op is positively responding to the changes occurring within this dynamic sector. Our Food business is going from strength to strength in what is clearly a challenging retail market. We have the ambition for our stores to be at the heart of local life, bringing communities together and offering our Members and customers great quality products when and where they need them.”

Stuart Hookins, Co-op’s Director of Portfolio and Development, said: “The Co-op’s extensive acquisitions and refit programme is a fundamental part of our food strategy. Moving forward with a clear purpose and momentum, our expansion plans for 2018 will mean that the Co-op is on track to have opened at least 100 new stores in each of three consecutive years. With over one million new active Members joining us in the last year, we are always looking for new locations to get closer to where our Members and customers live and work and to meet their shopping needs conveniently. Our Members are now telling us where they would like to see a new Co-op store opening to serve their community through our suggest-a-site website.”

The new-look stores will see the Co-op – which this year won the title of Convenience Retailer of the Year in the Retail Industry Awards – focus on offering a wide range of fresh, healthy foods, meal ideas and essentials, alongside increased ranges of own-brand and locally-sourced produce.

The Co-op– which has reverted to its iconic “clover-leaf” design log, first used in the 1960’s – also brings a funding boost to good causes at each of its stores. Members receive a 5% reward when they buy own-brand products and services and, the Co-op donates a further 1% to local community groups. This year (2017), the Co-op shared £20M with around 8,000 local groups, charities and good causes who make a difference to community life.

Co-op Members can say where they would like to see a new store opening to serve their community by visiting: https://www.coop.co.uk/forms/suggest-a-site

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

SOURCE: Co-operative Group Limited

ENGLAND: The Co-op to relaunch two stores in Barrow in Furness and Dalton in Furness in September

Two stores in Barrow in Furness and Dalton in Furness set to unveil new look following £1.4 million refits

MANCHESTER, England, 2017-Aug-28 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Co-op’s investment in Cumbria is set to top £4.5 million as it prepares to relaunch two stores in Barrow on Furness and neighbouring Dalton in Furness during early September.

Roose Road’s Co-op will reopen its doors on 1 September following a £590,000 makeover, whilst Market Street’s Co-op will unveil its £832,000 new look on 8 September.

Both will have a focus on fresh, healthy foods, meal ideas and essentials.

The refits form part of a rigorous programme which saw Co-op stores Island Road, Barrow and Brampton unveil their new look in May, Denton Street, Carlisle in June and Egremont and Kirkby Stephen in July. They also follow the first birthday of the Co-op’s £600,000 Seascale store which opened last summer.

The stores will also bring a funding boost for local community groups through the Co-op’s new Membership scheme. Members receive a 5% reward on purchases of own-branded products and services, with a further 1% going directly to local causes to make a difference in the community.

Charities and groups set to benefit in the Roose Road area include The Birchall Trust and Project John Ltd, whilst those at Market Street include 1st Dalton St Mary’s Guides, Buccleuch Hall Management Committee and The Rotary Club of Furness Peninsula.

John McNeill, Co-op’s Divisional Managing Director, said:
“2017 is shaping up to be a terrific year for the Co-op in Cumbria. Having invested well over £4.5 million in revamping our stores, along with the roll out of our recent local sourcing programme, we want customers to know that we’re committed to delivering a consistently brilliant in-store experience. Consumer habits are changing and we know that shoppers simply want to buy what they want, when they want.

“What’s more, our membership message seems to be resonating with shoppers in Cumbria, where earlier this year we raised £133,000 for 57 good causes. We want people to know that by becoming a co-owner of their Co-op, they can also give back to the community. Just by swiping their membership card, they will make a difference to local life, raising much needed funds for causes on their doorstep.”
There are offers and promotions in and around the new stores to mark their launch.

And, students holding the NUS extra card will also receive a 10% discount off their groceries.

Further information about the benefits of Co-op membership and, its Local Community Fund, is available by visiting: http://www.coop.co.uk/membership/

Media Contact:

Aimi McNeill
Press and Media Manager
T:0161 6924286 M:07739 657585
aimi.mcneill@co-operative.coop
coop.co.uk

Source: coop.uk

ENGLAND: The Co-op opens new stores in Chelmsford, Walthamstow and Hornchurch; will create 50 jobs for local people

MANCHESTER, England, 2017-Aug-28 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Co-op is investing £2.2 million in the region by opening brand new stores in Chelmsford, Walthamstow and Hornchurch, which together will create 50 jobs for local people.

Chelmsford’s new store, situated on New Street, is set to open its doors on Thursday 31 August, whilst Walthamstow’s Co-op on Blackhorse Lane will launch on Thursday 7 September. Hornchurch’s Co-op on Station parade will be the last of the trio to launch on Thursday 14 September.

All will have a focus on fresh, healthy foods, meal ideas and everyday essentials. They will also deliver a funding boost for local community groups through the Co-op’s new membership scheme. Members receive a 5% reward on purchases of Co-op own-branded products and services, with a further 1% going to local causes to make a difference in the community.

Peter Batt, divisional managing director for the Co-op, said:
“We are delighted to have made such a significant investment in the Greater London and Essex area by opening three brand new stores. The Co-op is moving forward with a clear purpose and momentum and our ambition is to establish all of our stores as a local hub, a real asset for the community.

“The return to our ‘clover leaf’ design logo – first used in the 1960’s – aims to re-establish the Co-op as a centre for the community, and we want shoppers to know that they can become a co-owner and member of their Co-op. Our members have an opportunity to make a difference locally and by using their membership card when they shop with us they will raise much needed funding for organisations who contribute to improving local life.”

There are offers and promotions in and around the new and improved stores to mark their launch. And students in the region who hold an NUS card will receive a 10% discount off their groceries in the store.

Further information about the benefits of Co-op membership and, its Local Community Fund, are available by visiting: http://www.coop.co.uk/membership/

Media Contact:

Aimi McNeill
Press and Media Manager
T:0161 6924286
M:07739 657585
aimi.mcneill@co-operative.coop
coop.co.uk

Source: Coop.co.uk

The Co-op sponsors LEAF Open Farm Sunday; increases engagement with teens and young adults with Snapchat geo-filters

MANCHESTER, England, 2017-May-31 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Co-op has produced a series of bespoke Snapchat geo-filters as part of its sponsorship of LEAF Open Farm Sunday, in a bid to promote engagement with teens and young adults.

Featuring creative farm-specific overlays the retailer will encourage youngsters who may be visiting a farm with family and friends to share their Open Farm Sunday experience across social media on Sunday 11 June.

The annual event, which has seen 1.8 million people visit a farm since it launched in 2006, encourages local communities to learn more about the countryside and find out how their food is produced.

Ciara Gorst, Co-op’s Head of Agriculture, said: “We’re delighted to be a sponsoring Open Farm Sunday again this year and wanted to increase our engagement with teenagers and the 18-24s. Our colourful and innovative Snapchat filters should help extend awareness of the day across a variety of digital platforms. It’s a great way to encourage a traditionally harder-to-reach demographic to learn more about how British farms are run and why we must protect our countryside.”

Caroline Drummond MBE, Chief Executive of LEAF, commented: “We’re delighted to see the Co-op extend their support of Open Farm Sunday with this bespoke social media activity. It’s great that our teenage visitors will have a really fun and interactive opportunity to engage with us online and we’re looking forward to seeing the many different images on Snapchat on 11 June.”

Earlier this month, the Co-op further demonstrated its commitment to British farmers by becoming the first national retailer to provide only 100% fresh own-brand British bacon and lamb. It already sells British beef, chicken, ham, pork, sausages, duck and turkey and only uses British meat in all its own-label chilled ready meals, pies and sandwiches.

Media Contact:

Aimi McNeill
Press and Media Manager
0161 6924286
07739 657585
aimi.mcneill@co-operative.coop

Source: coop.co.uk

The Co-Op To launch a Wide-reaching food redistribution scheme across the UK

MANCHESTER, England, 2017-Apr-17 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Co-op will this week launch a wide-reaching food redistribution scheme, supporting the 2,500 towns and villages and every postal area across the UK where the business has stores.

The new initiative is expected to redistribute enough food for 20 million meals to over 2,500 different good causes, the largest number of beneficiaries of any scheme operated by a UK convenience retailer.

After an initial trial at 60 stores, a roll out across all stores will result in the Co-op donating up to 8,500 tonnes of food a year.

Jo Whitfield, interim Retail Chief Executive, Co-op, explained how the scheme will work:
“Each of our stores will team up with local charities and good causes in their area, ensuring food donated from our stores directly benefits the communities in which we work. The food will be collected on a regular basis, helping those closest to home.

“Not only will this support local groups, but it will also dramatically reduce our food waste, as we work towards our ambition that no food fit for consumption goes to waste.”

The Co-op already works with FareShare to redistribute food from its depots, and in 2016 redistributed enough food to make more than one million meals, in the process helping more than a thousand local groups and charities.

Media Contact:

Craig Brownsell
Press & Media Manager
0161 692 4283
07843 648467
craig.brownsell@coop.co.uk
coop.co.uk

Source: Co-op

The Co-op to open its first Welsh store this year

MANCHESTER, England, 2017-Apr-04 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Co-op is set to open its first new store Welsh store this year in Rossett following a £530,000 investment creating 15 new jobs.

Children from St. Peter’s primary school will be among the guests of honour, helping to cut the ribbon and open the new store for the community on Thursday, 20 April.

The community retailer is inviting residents to find out more about the Co-op at Pulford Village Hall, between 5pm – 8pm on Thursday, 6 April.

Located on Chester Road, Rossett, the Co-op – which was awarded Convenience Retailer of the Year in the latest Retail Industry Awards – will include an in-store bakery and a focus on fresh, healthy foods, meal ideas, award winning wines, meat and dairy produce.

The store will also provide a funding boost for community groups through the Co-op’s new Membership scheme. Members receive a 5% reward on purchases of own-branded products and services, with a further 1% going directly to local causes to make a difference in the community.

Les Thomas, Store Manager for the new Co-op in Rossett, said:
“We are looking forward to welcoming the community into their new store, we are thrilled to have made such a significant investment in Rossett. The Co-op is moving forward with a clear purpose and momentum and our ambition is to establish the store as a local hub, a real asset for the community. It really is exciting to be involved in the launch of the Co-op’s newest food store. We look forward to meeting the community on 6 April at Pulford Village Hall where they can find out more about what is in store, the benefits of Co-op membership and, sample some delicious tasters.”

Michael Gallacher, Area Manager for the Co-op in North Wales, said:

“We are delighted to have the opportunity to be part of the Rossett community, and we want shoppers to know that they can become a co-owner and member of their Co-op. We are also giving back to the community. Our members can make a difference locally simply by swiping their membership card when they shop with us, raising much needed funding for organisations in the area who contribute to improving local life.”

There will be offers and promotions in and around the new store to mark its launch.

And, students in Rossett and the surrounding area who holding the NUS extra card will receive a 10% discount off their groceries.

Further information about the benefits of Co-op membership and, its Local Community Fund, is available by visiting: http://www.coop.co.uk/membership/

Media Contact:

Andrew Torr
Co-op Press Office
Mobile: 07702 505 551
Email: andrew.torr@coop.co.uk

Source: Coop

The Co-op to exit the travel joint venture with Thomas Cook Group

MANCHESTER, England, 2016-Dec-12 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Co-op has served notice to exit the joint venture that was set up with Thomas Cook Group in 2011, which has operated the UK retail travel branches of both businesses.

Under the agreement the Co-op will receive £50m plus interest in return for its shares in the joint venture by 30 November 2017. A payment schedule has also been agreed for the guaranteed minimum dividend of £31.9m, with £20m due on 3 January 2017 and the remainder on 3 April 2017. Interest will be payable on both instalments.

For further information on the terms of the exit and the agreed payment schedule, please click on the link to the announcement made by Thomas Cook Group.

For further information please contact:

Russ Brady
07880 784442

Chris Sonne
07770 544721

Source: Coop

The Co-op launches an ambition to have 80% of all its packaging recyclable by 2020

MANCHESTER, England, 2016-Nov-23 — /EPR Retail News/ — Two thirds of all plastic packaging used for consumer products in the UK is being sent to landfill or incineration with only one third being recycled, according to figures from the Co-op.

Only half a million of the 1.5 million tonnes of recyclable plastic waste created every year is being reused as intended. The problems lie with a lack of knowledge about which packaging can be recycled along with local authorities lacking the facilities to deal with it.

The Co-op has launched an ambition to have 80% of all its packaging recyclable by 2020 and is calling on other retailers to follow its lead on developing new packaging and working with local authorities to improve recycling levels.

Iain Ferguson, Co-op Environment Manager, said:
“It is shocking that such a small percentage of plastic packaging is being recycled, especially materials that are already easy to recycle like plastic bottles.  We are concerned that so much still goes to landfill every year.

“We need to stop thinking about this plastic as a waste and start to use it as a resource.  What is needed is a co-ordinated response to the problem.  This should start with retailers and major brands listening to recyclers and developing packaging that is better for recycling.

“Our long term ambition is for ALL packaging to be recycled where it can be, and we are making a bold start by setting a target that, by 2020, 80% of our products will have packaging that is easy to recycle.”

Lee Marshall, Chief Executive Officer at the Local Authority Recycling Advisory Committee (LARAC) said:
“Packaging plays an important part in protecting products and preventing waste but when it has served its purpose we need to be able to recycle as much as possible. Having more consistent packaging makes it easier for local authorities to put in place the systems to collect it and to communicate with their residents. The sort of ambition being shown by the Co-op is great to see and we hope it acts as catalyst for the whole industry.”

The Co-op has already re-designed and simplified plastic packaging to make it easier for consumers to recycle and the business is working with local authorities to share best practice. It is calling on other retailers to follow suit by developing new packaging to improve recyclability.  The Plastics Industry Recycling Action Plan (PIRAP) is an ideal forum for this work, and the Co-op is urging other retailers to follow its lead in signing up to support this initiative.

The Co-op has also called for the introduction of clear labelling to differentiate items that recyclers can’t use to make it easier for consumers and recyclers.

Further Information:

Iain Ferguson, Co-op Environment Manager also holds the following positions:

  • Fellow of the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (FIMMM) of which the Packaging Society is part
  • Chair of the Rationalisation of Packaging working group, part of the work on Greater Consistency of Household Collections
  • A trustee at RECOUP
  • Represents Co-op at the Plastics Industry Recycling Action Plan (PIRAP) meetings
  • Through the IOM3 (Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining), Iain is a Chartered Environmentalist and an Accredited Packaging Professional.

Local Authority Recycling Advisory Committee (LARAC)

Formed in 1985, LARAC represents local government recycling officers and aims to be the leading voice for local authorities on recycling, waste and resource management. It is run by an Executive of 20 local authority waste management officers which gives it the authority and credibility to represent local authority views in waste and recycling issues.

For any non-media enquiries please contact our main switchboard on 0161 834 1212. If you’re a customer with an enquiry, please call 0800 068 6727 or email us your enquiry

Source: Coop

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.

For any non-media enquiries please contact our main switchboard on 0161 834 1212. If you’re a customer with an enquiry, please call 0800 068 6727 or email us your enquiry

Source: Coop

The Co-op backs UK farmers by switching all of its fresh bacon and lamb to 100% British

MANCHESTER, England, 2016-Sep-22 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Co-op today (Saturday, 17 September 2016) extended its commitment to back UK farmers by switching all of its fresh bacon and lamb to 100% British.

The new sourcing initiative will make the Co-op the only major UK food retailer to stock 100% own-brand fresh British beef, chicken, pork, lamb, bacon and turkey. It is already the only retailer to use British meat in all its chilled ready meals, pies and sandwiches.

Under a three-year plan, the convenience retailer pledged to invest a minimum of £1.5bn sourcing UK meat and vegetables. The announcement comes at the start of Love British Food Fortnight, which runs from 17 September to 2 October and this year is sponsored by the Co-op.

Welcoming the announcement, Environment Secretary Andrea Leadsom said: “The Great British brand is renowned across the globe for its quality, innovation and tradition. From our world-famous Welsh lamb to the classic bacon sandwich, British meat is not only delicious but also produced to the highest standards of quality, welfare and safety.

“We should rightly have pride in Britain’s reputation for producing quality meat and today’s announcement is a real vote of confidence in our farmers and an industry that is the bedrock of our economy. It’s great to see the Co-op taking the lead to celebrate the best of British and supporting our Great British Food campaign.”

Steve Murrells, retail chief executive, The Co-op, said: “We are a major supporter of British farming. This move is a first for a major food retailer and will see us invest millions more into sourcing home produced goods.

“It’s an exciting time at the Co-op and our growing confidence is shown by our investment in UK farming as we do business a better way to meet consumer demand.”

Zoe Davies, Chief Executive, National Pig Association, said: “This is an important step for the Co-op and is a resounding endorsement for British farming. It’s important retailers do more than rollout the bunting in their aisles to support UK farming and switching to home-produced bacon is the strongest move a retailer can make.”
The change to 100% British Lamb will see the Co-op support around 1,700 British sheep farms each year across England, Scotland and Wales. The all year round supply will be achieved by farming a variety of native breeds that produce lambs at different times of the year, promoting breed diversity across British lamb producers. British lamb is produced to some of the highest welfare standards. All lamb and bacon produced will be 100% Red Tractor assured and has met rigorous standards from farm to pack.

The in-store switch to 100% British bacon and lamb will be from 1 May 2017 to enable supplies to be sourced.  Love British Food is the national campaign dedicated to promoting British food and educating consumers about the benefits of buying British. The national food promotion takes place every autumn and is the largest food participation event in the UK. Hundreds of shops, pubs and restaurants take part with special menus and promotions and it is an established date in the school calendar, with many schools using it as an opportunity to teach children about food. All sectors of the community are involved: Women’s Institutes, care homes, councils, hospitals, universities, children’s centres, Young Farmers and markets are among those taking part.

Alexia Robinson, founder, Love British Food, said: “The Co-op’s announcement during British Food Fortnight confirms what we have long understood through their sponsorship of Love British Food’s activities.  They are head and shoulders above other retailers in their integrity and passion for supporting British food and farming.

“They are the ultimate community store and the leading retailer in bringing the best of British food to the high street.”

 The Co-op’s extended pledges include:

  • Invest a minimum of £1.5bn between 2015-18 to source ‘own brand’ British meat, produce and dairy products from the UK
  • It will provide only 100% fresh British bacon, lamb, beef, chicken, ham, pork, sausages, and turkey
  • Only use British meat in all chilled ready meals, pies and sandwiches (except when using a continental meat eg chorizo)
  • Commit to openness and transparency by highlighting sourcing in a sustainability report and to produce a detailed report on our progress each year
  • Market British products honestly, clearly identifying British products on packaging and in store
  • Develop relationships with its produce grower base and provide greater availability of seasonal produce.
  • The Co-operative will extend its Farming Groups
  • It will only source 100% British milk

About the Co-op Group:
The Co-op is one of the world’s largest consumer co-operatives, with interests across food, funerals, insurance, electrical 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-op operates a total of 3,750 outlets, with more than 70,000 employees and an annual turnover of over £9 billion.

Further information:
Craig Noonan
Head of Retail PR, the Co-op
M: 07702 505 439
E: craig.noonan@co-operative.coop

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

Source: Coop

The Co-op to open new food store in Lostock Gralam on 28 April

MANCHESTER, England, 2016-Apr-21 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Co-op will launch its newest food store this month (Thursday, 28 April) following a £560,000 investment to create a new food store in Lostock Gralam.

Representatives from the Ronald McDonald House Charity will help the store team to cut the ribbon and declare the new store open for the community.

Launch day activities at the store – located in Cheshire Avenue – include free face painting for children between 3pm – 5pm and a chance to take a picture with a Minion character. There is free Fairtrade tea and coffee, food sampling and, in-store offers and prizes. There will also be a new Tesla sports car on display as the store “gears-up” for its first day.

A week of activities include a raffle to win a book of Co-op Saving Stamps (29 April), A chance to find out more about the benefits of Co-op Membership (30 April), A cake sale to raise money for The Co-op’s charity partner, the British Red Cross – which is working to tackle loneliness and social isolation in local communities (1 May). And free sampling of The Co-op’s breakfast range (2 May).

The Co-op is investing to transform and grow its convenience business and, was confirmed as the fastest growing non-discounter food store according to retail industry data released by Kantar Worldpanel in February.

New store manager, Jordan Toal, said:

“This is an exciting time for the whole team – we are looking forward to opening the Co-op’s newest food store and to welcoming the community into their new local Co-op.

“The store will look great and, as a community retailer and a co-operative, we are confident that it will become a real asset to the community and deliver a compelling and convenient shopping experience locally.”

The new store will have a focus on fresh, healthy foods, meal ideas and essentials. While an in-store bakery, ATM, Costa coffee dispenser and car parking will further add to the shopping experience for customers.

The appointment of a Community Pioneer – Jacqueline Beasant – will underpin the Co-op’s commitment to playing its part and making a difference in the local community.

Jacqueline is a member of the food store team who will also work to foster involvement in community activities including local fundraising initiatives and working with charities, schools and voluntary organisations to make a difference in the community. Jacqueline and Jordan will also will also lead the store’s support for the British Red Cross, the Co-op’s new charity partnership which will help to tackle social isolation and loneliness in local communities.

The Co-op last month (March) announced an investment to lower the price of over 200 of its own-branded British meat and poultry products. Its annualised investment in lowering prices will this year top £200M. By the end of the year, The Co-op will have reduced prices on over 1,000 everyday essentials including pruning the price of over 100 lines of fresh fruit and vegetables.

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

KMF Precision Sheet Metal Manufacturing apprentices partner with The Co-op to raise money for the Donna Louise Children’s Hospice

MANCHESTER, England, 2016-Apr-06 — /EPR Retail News/ — Three apprentices from KMF Precision Sheet Metal Manufacturing have teamed up with The Co-op to “engineer” a “grand” way to raise money for the Donna Louise Children’s Hospice.

The final year apprentices of the Newcastle-based manufacturer – Joe Ward, 19, Andy Frost, 20, and Josh Wheatley, 21 – were tasked with designing, manufacturing and marketing a product for sale, with all money raised, which is now standing at almost £1,000, benefiting the Donna Louise Children’s Hospice.

The trio created a range of candle holders and received retail hints and tips from Joe’s father, Steve Ward who, as Manager of The Co-op’s London Road, Chesterton store, also arranged for the engineering apprentices – based at KMF’s nearby state-of-the-art apprentice training centre – to set up shop in five Co-op food stores in the area, Chesterton, Bradwell, Talke, Audley and Waterhayes.

Joe Ward, said:

“We are all in the final year of a four year apprenticeship. The support and training has been fantastic throughout and I hope to go on to develop a career within the welding, fabrication and engineering industry. This project has been a great experience, testing and building a wide range of key industry relevant and portable skills. We initially set out to raise out to raise £750 for charity, we thought that was going to be a challenge however, with the support of KMF and The Co-op we are now going to exceed £1,000 which is amazing.”

Gareth Higgins, Managing Director of KMF, said:

“KMF’s commitment to training its staff is seen as an investment in the company’s future. During the 1980s we saw a dramatic decline in the number of engineering apprenticeship and we met this head on, radically rethinking our strategy for training and creating a state-of-the-art £600,000 apprentice training centre which was officially opened by the company’s founder, Michael Higgins, in 2009.

“Our apprentices are taught in classes of four and the scores achieved at KMF are now significantly higher than the national average, this is as a result of the combination of improved selection, training, working practices and a greater focus on individuals in order to prepare the young people for career opportunities and further education ahead. This project is a great example of our approach, all of KMF’s apprentices are involved in the task to raise money for charity and how they raise money is entirely up to them – we are extremely proud of our apprentices, of KMF’s connections with local charities and with the support that our young people have had in the community from organisations such as The Co-op.”

Alan Smith, Area Manager for The Co-op in North Staffordshire, said:

“This is such a creative project which not only benefits the young people involved with their future career choices but supports a great local cause like the Donna Louise Children’s Hospice. As a community retailer we were pleased to explore ways in which we could support – through practical advice on retail and marketing through to providing space in five of our local food stores for the products to be sold. We are delighted that the exercise has been both a great success and learning experience for all of the apprentices involved.”

Further information
Andrew Torr
Co-op Press Office
Tel: 07702 505 551
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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

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

The Co-op announces price cuts on its “own-brand” British sourced meat and poultry products

MANCHESTER, England, 2016-Mar-02 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Co-op has today (Wednesday 2 March 2016 ) announced a raft of multi-million pound price cuts that will save customers over £125 a year* and shows its support for British farming.

The mutual will cut the cost of over 200 of its “own-brand” British sourced meat and poultry products as part of the next round of its price investment strategy. Annualised investment in cutting the costs of products will top £200m by the end of the year and The Co-op will have reduced prices on over 1,000 items since it unveiled its pricing plan.

The new reductions will trim the average Co-op shopper’s annual food bill by over £125 and prices will drop by as much as 50 percent but by around 10 percent on average across meat and poultry goods. As well as lower prices, The Co-op will also introduce a new multi-buy offer of 2 for £6 on chicken fillets and mince. All of The Co-op’s “own-brand” meat sold in its stores is 100% British, with the specific exception of New Zealand lamb and Danish bacon which are offered alongside British varieties.

The Co-op hopes to build on its positive momentum and attract even more shoppers after Kantar declared it the fastest growing non-discounter retailer and the most frequently visited major supermarket.

The pricing investment is part of The Co-op’s commitment to source British products and, in a report launched today by the retailer, it announced new support for UK farming by extending its British lamb season in store, widening its British fruit and veg offer with more crops made available and unveiling a new young farmers initiative. In the first year of a three-year commitment to British farming, The Co-op confirmed it had invested £781m to source ‘own brand’ British meat, produce and dairy products from the UK, rather than alternatives from abroad.

Steve Murrells, Retail Chief Executive, The Co-op, said:

“This is a major investment in British meat and poultry. We are building momentum and attracting more shoppers into our stores and our price investment programme is ensuring our convenience offering remains highly competitive while restating our commitment to sourcing British products.

“We are on the cusp of something exciting and industry data shows that we are winning and that our strategy is taking us in the right direction. Further price reductions will serve to grow our convenience appeal to shoppers as the combination of changing shopping habits and the rise of the discounters takes a bite out of other retailers’ market share.”

The community retailer has reduced prices across more than 1,000 products in the past two years after dropping prices across its range of fresh fruit and vegetables last summer when it launched its new ‘Fresh Three’ promotion which came hot on the heels of lower prices on everyday staples, such as bread.

Further Information:

• Craig Noonan, Head of Retail PR – Contact: M: 07702 505 439 / E: craig.noonan@co-operative.coop
• Andrew Torr, Co-op Press Office – Contact: M: 07702 505 551 / E: andrew.torr@co-operative.coop

*The average Co-op shopper makes 3.8 visits per week and based on purchasing each of the following items each week could save £128.44 a year:

  • 6 large free range eggs – £1.29 down from £1.75
  • 220g salmon fillets – £2.99 down from £4
  • 500g mince and 450g chicken fillets – 2 for £7 multi-buy reduced to 2 for £6 multi-buy

 

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The Co-op announces price cuts on its "own-brand" British sourced meat and poultry products

The Co-op announces price cuts on its “own-brand” British sourced meat and poultry products

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

The Co-op donates to the newly-opened Saughall Scout Hut community facility following a devastating fire in January

MANCHESTER, UK, 2015-11-27 — /EPR Retail News/ — The newly-opened Saughall Scout Hut received a “grand” donation from The Co-op as volunteers continue their work to refurbish the popular community facility following a devastating fire in January.

The £1,000 donation was presented to the Scout Hut Committee by Francis Asgill, Manager of the Co-op food store in Saughall, during an event at the Hut (Wednesday, 25 November) to say “thank you” to a number of the volunteers, trades people and local organisations who helped to make the restoration of the Hut possible.

The Scout Hut – which was devastated by fire on 30 January – is home to a number of community groups and re-opened during October half-term however, the fundraising continues while work to restore, replace or improve the Hut’s facilities is ongoing.

Tony Summers, Chair of The Scout Hut, said:

“The generosity and kindness of the community and local organisations has been over-whelming, from fundraising events, to donations of time and trades, we cannot say ‘thank you’ enough to everyone who has helped.”

Francis Asgill, Manager of the Co-op food store in Saughall – which itself recently re-launched following a major makeover, said:

“As a community retailer we were keen to play our part and help to restore this popular facility which means so much locally and, makes a big difference, to local life. We would like to thank all of our customers who contributed.”

For more information about supporting or using the Hut, call Tony Summers on 07707 622062.
FURTHER INFORMATION:
Andrew Torr
The Co-op Press Office
Tel: 07702 505 551
Email: andrew.torr@co-operative.coop

SOURCE: Co-operative Group Limited

The Co-op re-launched its food Ordsall store with St Giles School pupils as guests of honour

MANCHESTER, England, 2015-11-27 — /EPR Retail News/ — Pupils from St Giles School are guests of honour at the re-launch of The Co-op food store Ordsall (near Retford) this week (Friday, 20 November) following a £630,000 investment to extend and makeover the store. Children from the school – which welcomes a diverse range of pupils with special educational needs from the ages of 3-19 – will cut the ribbon and declare the new-look store open for the community. The major makeover has seen the store increase in size by around a third, with its opening hours changing to 6am-11pm and, the creation of twelve new retail roles in store. Vacancies still remain, and the part-time, flexible nature of a number of the positions are considered ideal for those studying full-time, working around family needs or, who are semi-retired – anyone interested in finding out more should pop in to the Co-op store and speak to Manager, Sharleen Turner.

The store will feature an enhanced in-store bakery, and a focus on fresh, healthy food and essentials. Its new refrigeration will enhance its chilled and frozen ranges including, dairy, meat, ready meals and desserts and, it will also include a Costa coffee express dispenser.

The store will also launch its Community Pioneer role, where a member of the food store team, Melanie Thompson, will also work to foster involvement in community activities, from local fundraising initiatives to helping to understand and develop solutions to meet community needs including support for the British Red Cross, The Co-op’s new charity partnership which will help to tackle social isolation and loneliness in communities.

Sharleen Turner, Manager of the Co-op’s new-look food store in Ordsall, said: “We are thrilled to have had the opportunity to make such a significant investment in Ordsall, and delighted to have a fantastic new-look food store with which to serve the community – it is an exciting time for the whole team. The Co-operative is investing to transform and grow its convenience business, enhancing the in-store experience while lowering the price of everyday essentials. We are confident that the store will be a real asset to the community, enabling shoppers to pick up delicious food conveniently and, as a community retailer and a co-operative, it will play its part in local life too.”

There will be offers and promotions in and around the store to mark its re-launch. Students – who hold a NUS extra card – receive a 10% discount off their groceries in store. And, The Co-op has also announced a £125M investment in lowering the price of everyday essentials – a move which has seen it prune the price of over 100 lines of fresh fruit and vegetables including revolving offers on popular produce, called “fresh three”.

SOURCE: Co-operative Group Limited

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Co-Op Store opening in Retford, Nottinghamshire. Store manager, Sharleen Turner, opens the store with the help of staff and children from Willow Class, St Giles School.

Co-Op Store opening in Retford, Nottinghamshire.
Store manager, Sharleen Turner, opens the store with the help of staff and children from Willow Class, St Giles School.

The Co-op opens 3 stores in 3 weeks; investing £1.5M in North Wales

MANCHESTER, England, 2015-11-19 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Co-op has launched its second new food store in North Wales in the space of a week with the opening of its Marine Drive, Pensarn, shop this week (Tuesday, 17 November), with its third new shop in as many weeks opening in early December in Ffordd Penrhwylfa, Prestatyn.

The opening of the store in Pensarn this week follows the community retailer’s return to Llanrug with a new store which opened on 12 November.

The three new stores represent a combined £1.5M investment in North Wales, creating over 50 retail roles in-store as The Co-op continues to transform and grow its convenience business in Wales in response to changing shopper habits which are seeing people increasingly buying smaller amounts, locally, as and when they need it.
Guests of honour at the launch of the Pensarn store included pupils from Ysgol Sant Elfod who cut the ribbon and declared the new store open for the community.

Its latest new store, located in Marine Drive, Pensarn – at the site of a former car salesroom – features an in-store bakery, and a focus on fresh, healthy food and essentials. The 2,500 sq.ft. store – which opens between 6am – 10pm daily – also offers hot food, an ATM, dedicated car parking and a Costa coffee dispenser.
The three new stores also have a Community Pioneer role, where a member of the food store team, Sarah Seed and Pete Machin (Pensarn) and Sheila Roberts (Llanrug) will also work to foster involvement in community activities, from local fundraising initiatives to helping to understand and develop solutions to meet community needs including support for the British Red Cross, The Co-operative’s new charity partnership which will help to tackle social isolation and loneliness in communities.

Steve Gale, Regional Manager for The Co-operative Food in Wales, said:

“We are thrilled to have had the opportunity to make such a significant investment in North Wales, and delighted to have these fantastic new food stores with which to serve the community – it is an exciting time for the whole team.

“The Co-operative is investing to transform and grow its convenience business as shopping habits change and consumers increasingly buy what they need, when they need it, locally. We are also investing to enhance the in-store experience while lowering the price of everyday essentials. We are confident that the stores will be a real asset to the community, enabling shoppers to pick up delicious food conveniently and, as a community retailer and a co-operative, they will play their part in local life too.”

There are offers and promotions in and around the new stores to mark their launch.

In addition, students – who hold a NUS extra card – receive a 10% discount off their groceries in store. And, The Co-op has also announced a £125M investment in lowering the price of everyday essentials – a move which has seen it prune the price of over 100 lines of fresh fruit and vegetables including revolving offers on popular produce, called “fresh three”.

FURTHER INFORMATION:

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

SOURCE: Co-operative Group Limited

The Co-op to launch its second food store in Haven Road, Colchester

MANCHESTER, England, 2015-11-18 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Co-op is to launch its second new food store in the space of a fortnight this week (12 November) with a £530,000 investment creating twelve new jobs in Haven Road, Colchester.

Located in the Maltings, the new 2,000 sq.ft. store will have a focus on fresh, healthy foods, ready meals and, essentials. It will open between 6am – 11pm seven days a week and also features an in-store bakery and a Costa coffee dispenser.

This follows the opening of a £500,000 new store in Halstead at the end of last month (29 October) which created 15 positions and saw guests of honour – Cllr David Hume, Mayor of Halstead, and children from Butterfly Montessori Day Nursery – declare the store open for the community.

Both stores expect to create further positions with the part-time, flexible nature of the positions considered ideal for those studying full-time, working around family needs or, who are semi-retired. Anyone interested in registering an interest should pop into the store and ask to speak to the Manager.

Both stores also launch a Community Pioneer role, where a member of the food store team, Connor Price (Haven Road) and Liam Wiffen (Halstead), will also work to foster involvement in community activities, from local fundraising initiatives to helping to understand and develop solutions to meet community needs including support for the British Red Cross, The Co-op’s new charity partnership which will help to tackle social isolation and loneliness in communities.

Alex Ball, Manager of the new Haven Road, Colchester, store, said, “We are thrilled to make such a significant investment in Colchester and have the opportunity to serve communities in Halstead and, in Haven Road and the Maltings area – we have fantastic new food stores with which to serve the community and, it is an exciting time for the whole team.

“The Co-operative is investing to transform and grow its convenience business, enhancing the in-store experience while lowering the price of everyday essentials. We are confident that the new stores will be a real asset to the community, enabling shoppers to pick up delicious food conveniently and, as a community retailer and a co-operative, it will play its part in local life too.”

There will be offers and promotions in and around the store to mark its launch. Students – who hold a NUS extra card – receive a 10% discount off their groceries in store. And, The Co-op has also announced a £125M investment in lowering the price of everyday essentials – a move which has seen it prune the price of over 100 lines of fresh fruit and vegetables including revolving offers on popular produce, called “fresh three”.

SOURCE: Co-operative Group Limited

The Co-op gives its card members a chance to “Swipe and Win” prizes, instant win coupons and treats

MANCHESTER, UK, 2015-7-9 — /EPR Retail News/ — Prizes, instant win coupons and treats are on the cards at The Co-op as it gives its members a chance to “Swipe and Win” in-store.

The Co-operative has seen more than a million winners since it first introduced the popular promotion and, is again awarding twenty prizes of £1,000 worth of Co-operative Group vouchers every week, along with hundreds of thousands of instant win coupons and vouchers.

Customers simply need to present their Membership card at the checkout when they make a purchase in order to be in with a chance of winning. Members have a chance to “Swipe & Win” up until 10pm on Tuesday, 21 July.

Russell Gill, Head of Membership at the Group, said:

“There are many facets to Co-operative membership and, we are delighted to bring back our popular “Swipe & Win” Member loyalty scheme. The Co-operative is always just around the corner to offer quality and value conveniently and now, until 21 July, there are hundreds of thousands of prizes and instant win coupons up for grabs too for our Members who swipe their cards at the checkout.”

For further information about “Swipe & Win” and, becoming a Member of The Co-operative, ask in store or visit http://www.co-operative.coop/membership/points-and-offers-new/swipe-and-win-p10/

 

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