The Co-operative Food to open its latest food store in Elton Head Road, St. Helens on 13 April

MANCHESTER, England, 2016-Apr-06 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Co-operative Food is set to open its latest food store following a £480,000 investment in St. Helens which has created 24 retail roles.

The community retailer is investing to transform and grow its convenience business and is opening its new store in Elton Head Road, St Helens, on Wednesday, 13 April.

The new Co-op will open between 7am-11pm and have a focus on fresh, healthy foods, meal ideas and essentials. An in-store bakery, hot food, Costa coffee dispenser and dedicated car parking will further enhance the shopping experience for the community.

In addition, the appointment of a Community Pioneer will underpin the Co-op’s commitment to playing its part and making a difference in the local community.

The Community Pioneer, Laura Hill-Cheery, is a member of the food store team who also works to foster involvement in community activities such as local fundraising initiatives and working with local charities, schools and voluntary organisations to make a difference in the community. Laura, along with the new store manager – Henry Milner – 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.

Henry Milner, Manager of The Co-op’s new St Helens store, said:

“The Co-op is investing to transform and grow its convenience business and, we are delighted to be opening the Co-op’s latest food tore here in St Helens, it really is an exciting time for the whole team and we are looking forward to serving the community.

“As a community retailer, and a co-operative, we are confident that the store will be a real asset to the community and play its part in local life – we look forward to welcoming the community into their new local Co-op.”

There will be offers and promotions in and around the store to mark its launch. Students in St Helens – who hold a NUS extra card – also receive a 10% discount off their groceries in the store.

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 more than 1,000 everyday essentials including pruning the price of over 100 lines of fresh fruit and vegetables.

The Co-op is the fastest growing non-discounter food store according to retail industry data released by Kantar Worldpanel in 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.

Further information

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

The Co-operative food launches its Local Fund; calls on local causes to apply by Wednesday, 7 October

MANCHESTER, England, 2015-9-18 — /EPR Retail News/ — Good causes across Scotland are set to “bag” a funding boost of more than £750,000 as The Co-operative today (Wednesday, 16 September) launches its Local Fund to share the money raised through carrier bag charges and sales in its food stores.

The community retailer is calling on local causes or community groups interested in “carrying” away a share of the Co-op Local Fund to apply online by Wednesday, 7 October.

It is envisaged that approaching 1,000 organisations and groups across Scotland will receive grants of between £200 and £2,500 from The Co-op Local Fund to make a difference in their community.

In addition to the 5p minimum charge on single-use bags, The Co-op has also pledged to go further and top-up the fund with proceeds from its entire range of carriers, including sales of its bags-for-life and its new woven reusable shopping bags.

Applications can be made until midnight on Wednesday, 7 October. Then, between 16 November and 11 December, the community retailer will give its one million members in Scotland a chance to vote and have a say, from a shortlist of organisations, on how the fund will benefit local communities.

John McNeill, Divisional Managing Director for The Co-operative Food in Scotland, said:

“The Co-operative is a community retailer with a strong heritage and commitment to the environment and to supporting its local communities.

“We are asking the Scottish public to nominate those causes that they care about and would like to see supported through The Co-op Local Fund. The Co-operative’s one million members in Scotland will then have a unique opportunity to vote and say how the money should be shared.

“The Co-op shares the aspiration of reducing the number of single-use carrier bags in use. It is also encouraging shoppers to further reduce their reliance on single-use carriers by donating proceeds from its reusable bags to good causes too. The money raised will enable organisations across Scotland to make a difference in their community – together, we will reduce, reuse, recycle, and reinvest in our communities.”

Iain Gulland, Chief Executive, Zero Waste Scotland said:

“Since the carrier bag charge came into force we have seen a huge reduction in single-use carrier bags in circulation in Scotland – around 150 million fewer last year alone. This has been a huge success with people changing their shopping habits to take re-usable bags with them.

“This scheme from The Co-op illustrates how the carrier bag charge is not only benefitting the environment, but it is also making a positive difference in the communities where the money has been raised.”

Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs, Food, and the Environment, Richard Lochhead, said:

“It is fantastic to see the carrier bag charge raising so much money for good causes, as well as achieving such drastic reductions in the number of single-use carrier bags being handed out in Scottish stores. I would like to commend The Co-operative for their support, and to encourage as many projects and local good causes as possible to apply in order for their communities to benefit from a share of the funds”.

The Co-operative has seen an 80% reduction in single-use carrier bags in circulation since the introduction of the charge.

For further information or to make an application, visit www.co-oplocalfund.co.uk

Notes to Editors

The Co-operative Group, one of the world’s largest consumer co-operatives, with interests across food, funerals, insurance, online electrical and legal services, has a clear purpose of championing a better way of doing business for you and your communities. Owned by over 8 million members, The Co-operative Group operates a total of 3,750 outlets, with around 70,000 employees and an annual turnover of approximately £10 billion

For further information:

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

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The Co-operative food launches its Local Fund; calls on local causes to apply by Wednesday, 7 October

The Co-operative food launches its Local Fund; calls on local causes to apply by Wednesday, 7 October

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.”

* http://www.brc.org.uk/brc_news_detail.asp?id=2751

** http://www.wrap.org.uk/content/information-sheet-courtauld-commitment

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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

The Co-operative Food marks 50th anniversary of self-service shopping with the launch of a special ‘Back to the future’ report

MANCHESTER, UK, 2015-7-17 — /EPR Retail News/ — The 50th anniversary of self-service shopping becoming the norm was marked today (17 July) by the launch of a special ‘Back to the future’ report by The Co-operative Food.

The Co-op’s Convenience Retailing report, which compares and contrasts food shopping in 2015 with the mid-sixties, shows how modern consumers are reverting to the buying habits of their grandparents.

The report highlights:

  • Millions are stepping back to the way  consumers used to shop for food in the 60s before the advent of huge supermarkets and fridges, freezers and microwaves
  • The modern trend of shunning the big monthly shop in favour of buying smaller amounts locally reflects exactly what was happening 50 years ago.
  • Almost half of shoppers* now no longer do a big weekly shop, while more than a third have adopted a ‘grazing’ shopping mentality

Shopping baskets in 2015** compared to 1965 show a stark difference in diet and tastes, with more convenience food now compared to more basic ingredients which were used to make the foods from scratch. In 1965 the average basket would have contained butter, meat, milk, bread, sugar, flour, eggs as well as lard, suet and yeast. In 2015 consumers are more likely to have confectionary, yogurts and desserts, crisps and snacks, in store bakery products, bananas and energy drinks.

The amount consumers spend in proportion to their income has also fallen sharply. According to the ONS***, today the average weekly expenditure is £517.30 with food and non-alcoholic drinks accounting for 11 percent of this expenditure at an average of £58.80. In 1965****, families spent 23 percent of their income on food.

In the mid-sixties there were still individual butchers and greengrocers, many operated by the Co-op, and so grocery stores concentrated on selling food in packets and tins. Another big difference was there was very little alcohol sold because drink consumed at home was generally purchased at standalone off licences.

After the Second World War, the Co-op was the first to introduce the American idea of serving yourself but it was mid-1965 before the majority of its stores had been converted from the old fashioned counter service.

The report includes a plan of how a Co-op food store would have been laid out in the mid 1960’s, highlighting how many innovations introduced back then are still recognisable to 21st century consumers.

Steve Murrells, Chief Executive, Retail said:

“After the war the Co-op pioneered relatively small self-service shops and we are again aiming to be the leading convenience operator in the UK.

“Our report shows what a typical newly-converted store would have looked like and, while today there is far more emphasis on fresh produce, many aspects of the layout are still familiar.

“In half a century much has changed while in many other ways little has altered. Many of the staples found in people’s shopping baskets in the 1960s remain, yet, there are new additions which reflect changing lifestyles and modern shopping habits.”

Top ten basket items

2015 1965
1 Milk 1 Milk
2 Bread 2 Meat, bacon & hams
3 Confectionery 3 Butter
4 Newspapers 4 Bread
5 Yoghurt and dessert 5 Sugar
6 Soft drinks 6 Canned food
7 Tinned, package groceries 7 Tea
8 Fresh vegetables 8 Soft drinks
9 Crisps and snacks 9 Flour
10 In-store bakery 10 Eggs

Download the full report

Notes to editors:
*Him! Convenience store tracking 2015
** Opinion Matters research among 2,047 UK adults in June 2015.
*** http://www.ons.gov.uk/ons/dcp171766_385729.pdf
**** 1965 family expenditure survey

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Addlestone Co-op in 1966

Addlestone Co-op in 1966

The Co-operative Food launches Apple Pay in all stores becoming the largest UK retailer to offer the newest payment technology

  • The convenience store launches the newest way to pay at all 11,800 till points
  • Shoppers predict the death of the wallet in 2020

MANCHESTER, UK, 2015-7-15 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Co-operative Food has today (14th July 2015) launched Apple Pay in all stores making them the largest UK retailer to offer the newest payment technology.

All shoppers with an iPhone 6/6 Plus or Apple Watch can now pay securely with their device at the till using the long-awaited payment system that uses the contactless technology already implemented in all Co-op Food stores.

The new payment system dubbed as the ‘future of retail’ has landed in the UK a year after its launch in the United States and further extends the ever growing capabilities of the smartphone.

Consumer research commissioned by the Co-op shows that shoppers predict the death of the wallet in 2020, as 65% believe their phone will be all they need to pay for daily goods. A further third of Brits surveyed admitted they thought that paying with their phone was safer than carrying a wallet.

Amanda Jennings, Marketing Communications Director The Co-operative Foods, says;

“As a convenience retailer, it’s important for us to be pioneers of quicker and easier payment methods so that our savvy shoppers have the best possible experience.

“We’ve already seen how contactless payments have become second nature to our customers, and the ease of Apple Pay is perfectly aligned with how we want our customer’s to shop – the £20 limit also suits our average shopper’s basket spend, so we welcome the new payment method.”

 

Additional Information:
– The Co-operative Food launched contactless payment in all stores in 2012
– With a store in every postal area, The Co-operative Food will be the largest UK retailer to offer Apple Pay
– The spending limit of £20 is due to increase to £30 in September 2015
Additional Information from Apple:

Security and privacy is at the core of Apple Pay. When you add a credit or debit card to Apple Pay, the actual card numbers are not stored on the device, nor on Apple servers. Instead, a unique Device Account Number is assigned, encrypted and securely stored in the Secure Element on your device. Each transaction is authorised with a one-time unique dynamic security code, instead of using the security code from the back of your card.

Apple Pay is easy to set up and users will continue to receive all of the rewards and benefits offered by their credit and debit cards. In stores, Apple Pay works with iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus and Apple Watch. When paying for goods and services within apps, Apple Pay is compatible with iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3.

For further information

Jennifer Long: Jennifer.long@co-operative.coop / 07714062036

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The Co-operative Food launches Apple Pay in all stores becoming the largest UK retailer to offer the newest payment technology

The Co-operative Food launches Apple Pay in all stores becoming the largest UK retailer to offer the newest payment technology

Batemans to supply The Co-operative Food with approaching 15,000 pints of ale

MANCHESTER, UK, 2015-6-5 — /EPR Retail News/ — Bateman’s Victory Ale has won a new berth at The Co-operative Food with the Wainfleet-based brewery securing a contract to supply the community retailer with approaching 15,000 pints of ale.
The brewery’s award winning copper coloured ale is now playing a part in The Co-operative’s move to change the way it sells real ale by offering specially selected beers from breweries near to its local stores.

Nathan Wride, National Account Manager at Batemans, said:
“It is tremendous news, it opens up new markets for us and we have seen an overnight uplift in volumes. We are delighted that The Co-operative shares our passion for local real ales and is now stocking our award winning Victory Ale – we pride ourselves on taste and quality and we know this is an approach shared by The Co-operative.”
Research carried out by The Co-operative Food shows how Britain has become a nation of ‘real ale’ converts, with Brits now four times more likely to prefer the taste of real ale to mass-produced beers and, 71 per cent of drinkers saying it’s important to find locally brewed varieties.

Joe Turner, The Co-operative’s real ale buyer, said:
“The popularity of Batemans beers is impressive and, as a convenience retailer at the heart of the community, this is an important step in our commitment to offering more quality, locally sourced produce in our stores.

“It’s exciting to collaborate with breweries such as Batemans, and we hope our customers really enjoy the new selection of ales that we now have on offer – we are very pleased to add Batemans’ beers to the increasing range of locally produced ales that are now available in our food stores in communities across the UK.”

For further information:

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

The Co-operative Food launches “Swipe and Win” loyalty promotion in which Co-operative members could share in almost two million prizes during April

MANCHESTER, 2015-4-9 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Co-operative Food has launched a “Swipe and Win” loyalty promotion in which Co-operative members could share in almost two million prizes during April.

Between 8 – 29 April customers of The Co-operative Food – which operates a store in every postal area – who present their Membership card at the checkout will be entered into a prize draw with the chance of winning a range of prizes.

Each week, ten prizes of £2,000 worth of Co-operative Group vouchers will be awarded by the community retailer which can be used to purchase items at its family of businesses including its online electrical shop and food stores. In addition, there are hundreds of thousands of instant win prizes and coupons.

Maria Sloan, Head of Membership Marketing, said:

“We hope our members will enjoy taking part in Swipe & Win. With approaching two million prizes up for grabs, by simply handing over their card at the checkout, members have a chance of winning £2,000 worth of Co-operative Group vouchers or receiving instant win in-store prizes and coupons.“Of course, there are many other facets to membership of The Co-operative which enables people to have a say in the running of the business, join campaigns and to take part in organised events with other members.”

Editor Notes:
The Co-operative Group, which is the UK’s largest co-operative business with interests across food, funerals, insurance and legal services, has a clear purpose of “championing a better way of doing business for you and your communities”. Owned by millions of UK consumers, The Co-operative Group operates a total of 3,750 outlets, with more than 70,000 employees and an annual turnover of approximately £11 billion.

 

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

The Co-operative Food and their Hereford beef supplier, Dunbia honoured with Supply Chain Excellence Award at the biannual Northern Ireland Food and Drinks Awards (NIFDA) 2015

MANCHESTER, UK, 2015-3-26 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Co-operative Food and their premium Hereford beef supplier, Dunbia have picked up the Supply Chain Excellence Award at the prestigious, biannual Northern Ireland Food and Drinks Awards (NIFDA) 2015.

Dunbia supplies all of The Co-operative Food’s own-brand premium “Truly Irresistible” fresh beef, which is all British, as part of The Co-operative Food’s farming groups.

The Co-operative Food is committed to supporting the UK farming industry and set up farming groups in a move to further cement relationships with producers, deliver a continued investment in quality, and provide shoppers with a more consistent and transparent supply chain.

Ciara Gorst, The Co-operative Food Senior Agricultural Manager, said:

“Together with Dunbia, we work tirelessly to develop a sustainable future for the Hereford beef supply and I’m thrilled that our efforts have been recognised with this award.

“We set up our farming groups to demonstrate our commitment to supporting UK farmers, reduce supply chains and increase transparency.  Winning the Supply Chain Excellence Award is absolute testimony to how our farming groups are benefiting our suppliers, customers and the wider UK farming industry.”

Jonathan Birnie, Dunbia Head of Agriculture & Research said:

“I am delighted that Dunbia and The Co-operative Food have won the NIFDA Agri-Food Supply Chain Excellence Award which is recognition of the partnership approach which Dunbia and The Co-operative Food enjoys and of our joint mission to develop strong, long-term relationships with our Hereford beef farmers, in a bid to secure a sustainable future for the supply.  This award should also go to the Hereford calf rearers, storemen and finishers who have committed to the Hereford Scheme.”

The awards, which were held at the Ramada Plaza Hotel in Belfast, offer a platform to showcase and reward those involved in Northern Ireland’s world-class food and drink sector.

Notes to Editors:

For more information about The Co-operative Food visit www.co-operativefood.co.uk

The Co-operative Group, which is the UK’s largest co-operative business with interests across food, funerals, insurance and legal services, has a clear purpose of “championing a better way of doing business for you and your communities”. Owned by millions of UK consumers, The Co-operative Group operates a total of 3,750 outlets, with more than 70,000 employees and an annual turnover of approximately £11 billion.

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The Co-operative Food named UK’s top Ethical Drinks Retailer for 2nd year at the Drinks Retailing Awards 2015

MANCHESTER, UK, 2015-2-9 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Co-operative Food has been named the UK’s top Ethical Drinks Retailer for the second year running at the Drinks Retailing Awards 2015.

The convenience retailer was awarded the prestigious accolade for its market-leading commitment to responsible retailing of beers, wines and spirits in the UK.

Simon Cairns, Category Buyer for Beers, Wine and Spirits, said:

“As a community retailer owned by its customers, it’s even more important that we strive for a better way to do business in an ethical and responsible way so this award is fantastic recognition of this work.”

As part of the rigorous judging process made up of a panel of industry experts, the award decision was informed by customer research.

Since launching the first own-label Fairtrade mark wine in the UK more than 10 years ago, the retailer has led the way in the development of Fairtrade and is the UK’s largest retailer of Fairtrade wine, selling 52.5% of all Fairtrade wine sold in the UK. The profits have helped to fund invaluable resources in poverty-stricken communities across the world including running water, healthcare and education.

Notable projects which have been funded by sales of Fairtrade wine, include the building of a secondary school in Tilimuqui, Argentina, now helping to educate 315 pupils.

Furthermore, the retailer has reduced its carbon footprint by more than 36% in the last year by increasing the volume of wine bottled in the UK as well as switching to a lighter weight glass bottle for many selected lines. The move has saved 4,222 tonnes of CO2 emissions – the equivalent to the electricity needs of 18,759 households for a year.

The Co-operative was the first retailer* to include a full list of ingredients, calorie information and sensible drinking advice in addition to alcohol units on its wine labels as part of its commitment to open and honest labelling. This is now available across its own-brand range of beers and spirits too.

The Co-operative also has a range of initiatives in place to promote responsible drinking, including offering a greater choice of lower-alcohol and alcohol-free products as well as removing its own-brand super strength lager and large-bottled strong dry cider from the range, and lowering the ABV on its own-label cider range.

The Drinks Retailing Awards brings together the industry’s leading lights, and the judging process is one of the most rigorous of all food and drink industry awards.  The Ethical Retailer of the Year award is given to the retailer which is judged to have provided the greatest contribution to green and ethical retailing in the past 12 months.

 

Further information:
* In 1996, we led the industry by putting sensible drinking advice on our wines and spirits, which was in addition to alcohol units. In 1999, we became the first retailer to label the ingredients in wine. In 2002, we became the first retailers to include calorie labelling on alcoholic drinks

 

Fairtrade wine offers running for Fairtrade Fortnight

(24 February – 9 March)

 

“Truly Irresistible” white Promo (£)

Normal (£)

The Co-operative Fairtrade Truly Irresistible Sauvignon Blanc 2014
(South Africa)
4.99

5.99

Crafted by one of South Africa’s leading female winemakers, Corlea Fourie, this wine is sourced chiefly from Bosman’s main sites in the Western Cape (84% of the blend), then ‘topped up’ with fruit from Walker Bay’s De Bos vineyard and even a splash of old vines Chenin to add richness and ripeness. The nose is dominated by lemon/lime notes, whilst on the palate things turn to Granny Smith apples, gooseberries and an underlying honeydew melon flavour. Partners well with most chicken and fish dishes.

 

“Truly Irresistible” red Promo (£)

Normal (£)

The Co-operative Fairtrade Truly Irresistible Malbec 2013
(Argentina)
7.49

8.49

Rodolfo Griguol, one of Argentina’s most respected winemakers, produces our flagship Fairtrade Malbec from high altitude vineyards growing on sandy alluvial soils in the remote, picturesque Famatina Valley in North West Argentina. Made from 100% Malbec, the fruit was hand harvested and gently crushed. The wine then receives a long vinification period to ensure good fruit and deep colour extraction. Following a recent significant investment in their barrel hall, La Riojana then age the wine for nine months in a mixture of new and old oak. Purple red – almost black in colour – and bursting with plum, cherry and jam aromas, this full bodied wine has sweet but firm tannins with bursts of chocolate, tobacco and vanilla. Pair with red meat, especially steak.

 

Save £1 Moscato Promo (£)

Normal (£)

The Co-operative Fairtrade Rosé Moscato NV
(South Africa)
3.99

4.99

A small dash (5%) of Cinsault finds its way into this appealing Moscato from South Africa’s Breede River, adding structure and colour to the finished product. Fresh red grape aromas dominate the nose in a way which only a Moscato can, with sweet and breezy orchard fruit flavours characterising the palate. The gentle CO2 prickle certainly brings down the perception of sweetness dramatically (measured at 65g/l) and the wine comes over as fruity and balanced, rather than cloying. Superb value and great as an aperitif or with summer salads and desserts.

 

From South Africa Promo (£)

Normal (£)

The Co-operative Fairtrade Chardonnay 2014
The Co-operative Fairtrade Shiraz 2014
(South Africa)
4.99

5.99

This is an elegant, accomplished Chardonnay from the cellars of Bosman Family Vineyards, one of the Co-operative’s major partners in South Africa. The emphasis was placed on creating a fresh, crisp style, but with a clear element of peachy tropical fruit; meanwhile, an element (20 percent) of oak adds a slight creaminess and roundness to the palate. It is excellent for picnics and light summer dinners, but also ideal with creamy kormas, seafood salad or simply on its own.

A magnificent, deep purple Shiraz from Bosman’s Fairtrade vineyards in South Africa with dark red fruits on the nose accompanied by notes of peppery spice. The palate is firm but round, exuding ripe, rich berry fruits and reassuring, balancing, well-integrated tannin. Enjoy with robust meat dishes and succulent stews.

 

From Chile Promo (£)

Normal (£)

The Co-operative Fairtrade Carmenère 2014
(Chile)
4.99

5.99

The luscious Carmenère is originally an historical French varietal which has in more recent times found a home for itself in sunny Chile as the country’s signature red grape. Indeed, the 2003 vintage was the very first own-label Fairtrade wine stocked at the Co-operative and it has remained enduringly popular since. A blackberry-hued Carmenère with a flavour profile dominated by notes of damsons, blackcurrant and mint, it is the soft, velvety mouth-feel which distinguishes the wine, allying it well to roast poultry, stuffed peppers or mature cheddar cheese.

 

From Argentina Promo (£)

Normal (£)

The Co-operative Fairtrade Pinot Grigio 2014
The Co-operative Fairtrade Cabernet Sauvignon 2013
(Argentina)
5.99

6.99

The enduringly popular Pinot Grigio is hardly known for its discernible character – something which makes this delicious and decidedly characterful example all the more remarkable. It offers an aroma of soft tropical fruits with notes of honeydew melon and stewed apple. There is very pleasant finish with this wine, upheld by its crisp acidity – it will stand up to spiced dishes and will work well with a goat’s cheese tart.

This Cabernet Sauvignon is a great example of the grape variety, delivering dense dark fruits on the nose with beautiful blackcurrant aromas prevailing. Medium- to full-bodied, this is a well-balanced wine with a spicy finish, thanks in no small part to the oak integration, and is perfect to accompany robust red meat dishes and of course, vintage cheddar.

 

For further information

or high res images, please contact:

Lauren Chambers
Public Relations Officer
The Co-operative – Food
0161 767 4290
Lauren.chambers@co-operative.coop

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.

The Co-operative Group, which is the UK’s largest co-operative business with interests across food, funerals, insurance and legal services, has a clear purpose of championing a better way of doing business for you and your communities. Owned by millions of UK consumers, The Co-operative Group operates a total of 3,750 outlets, with more than 70,000 employees and an annual turnover of approximately £11 billion For more information about The Co-operative Food go to www.co-operativefood.co.uk

 

For further information please contact:
Craig Noonan
PR Business Lead – Retail
The Co-operative Group
Tel: 0161 767 4284 / 07702 505439

The Co-operative Food named the UK’s number one ‘Convenience Store Pizza Retailer’ of the year at the Pizza, Pasta and Italian Food Association 2014 Awards

MANCHESTER, UK, 2014-11-24 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Co-operative Food is delighted to have been named the UK’s number one ‘Convenience Store Pizza Retailer’ of the year at the Pizza, Pasta and Italian Food Association (PAPA) 2014 Awards.

Celebrating the best Italian Food industry, the prestigious accolade marks a successful year since the retailer re-launched its entire own-brand range of pizzas to create restaurant and takeaway-quality pizzas right on the doorstep, at a fraction of the cost.

Inspired by from authentic delicatessens found across Italy, The Co-operative’s pizza range introduced innovative new recipes, delicious new bases and exciting new toppings including an exclusive ‘signature’ tomato sauce base used across its entire range – from Simply Value to its premium Truly Irresistible tier. Additionally, all Truly Irresistible pizzas feature authentic stonebaked bases made from a fermented sourdough recipe, which, for the first time, is hand stretched into traditional oblong shapes.

The retailer’s NEW Truly Irresistible Limited Edition Coppa Ham, Gorgonzola and Fig (490g, £4.50) also picked up the award for the most indulgent pizza for its delicious toppings of rich cured Coppa pork with strong, tangy Italian blue cheese, sweet fig chutney and mozzarella petals.

This successful re-launch was part of The Co-operative’s investment to become the number one convenience retailer delivering delicious food conveniently, with an increased focus on using 100% British* meat and poultry, and great quality ingredients.

Helen Cave, The Co-operative Pizza Buyer, said:

“We travelled across Italy – from Rome to Naples – to discover the art of creating an inspirational and authentic range and it’s great to be recognised in this way, and our shoppers love them too. We love coming up with delicious and exciting flavour combinations, which includes our latest Truly Irresistible Coppa Ham, Gorgonzola and Fig Chutney Pizza – definitely something indulgent for your Saturday night in!”

The Co-operative Food also scooped three prestigious medals for its delicious own-brand products at the Quality Food Awards 2014.

Celebrating Britain’s greatest food and drink producers from around the country, the awards attract entrants from the UK’s leading supermarkets, and recognise food and drink products on sale in UK grocery outlets. They reward great flavours, high-quality ingredients, excellent value and outstanding packaging.

The awards included The Co-operative’s premium Truly Irresistible Biscuits for Cheese (300g, £3.00), which won its’ category. The pack, which offers a choice of innovative and delicious flavours is expected to be a big hit with shoppers this Christmas.

Additionally, the retailer’s Truly Irresistible Cobbler Topped Beef in Ale Casserole (400g, £3.79) – Marinated cooked British beef in a Ruddles Ale gravy with roasted mushrooms, diced carrots and topped with two cheese cobblers – and Loved by us Hot Smoked Salmon Salad (250g, £3.00) – baby potatoes tossed in a lemon and caper mayonnaise dressing, topped with flakes of Scottish farmed hot smoked salmon, cucumber, peppery watercress, spring onion and a wedge of lemon, also won its categories.

In addition, 11 other of The Co-operative’s own-brand products were highly commended and commended including the retailer’s London Dry Gin (70cl, £11.99).

For further details of The Co-operative Food’s product range, deals and local stores, shoppers can visit www.co-operativefood.co.uk or contact The Co-operative Customer Careline on (freephone) 0800 0686 727.

For further information:

samples and images, please contact:

Lauren Chambers, Public Relations Officer, The Co-operative Group
Tel: 0161 767 4290 Email: Lauren.chambers@co-operative.coop

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The Co-operative Food named the UK’s number one ‘Convenience Store Pizza Retailer’ of the year at the Pizza, Pasta and Italian Food Association 2014 Awards

The Co-operative Food named the UK’s number one ‘Convenience Store Pizza Retailer’ of the year at the Pizza, Pasta and Italian Food Association 2014 Awards

Young Scot partners with The Co-operative Food to offer Young Scot NEC cardholders 10% discount on their shopping

MANCHESTER, 2014-11-6— /EPR Retail News/ — Young Scot, the national youth information and citizenship charity for Scotland, has today (Monday 3 November) agreed a major deal with The Co-operative Food to offer Young Scot NEC (National Entitlement Card) cardholders a 10% discount on their shopping*.

From today (Monday), Young Scot cardholders, aged 11 to 25, qualify for the discount when they shop at any of The Co-operative Group’s 400 stores across Scotland, from Shetland in the north to Annan in the south.

It is the first time Young Scot has partnered with a major food retailer to offer discounted shopping.The new initiative provides over 570,000 Young Scot cardholders with 10% off food, household products, newspapers and magazines, when they present a valid Young Scot card at any Co-op store.

Young Scot has conducted research which shows a fifth of young people highlight life expenses, such as food shopping, as a top priority.

John McNeill, Regional Stores Director for The Co-operative Food in Scotland, said:

“Young people are facing increasing financial pressures, and by working with Young Scot to develop this initiative we’ve found a way to help them make their money go further while being able to shop conveniently.

“We’re a community retailer, with Co-op Food stores across the length and breadth of Scotland, and by offering a discount to Scotland’s young people we’re giving them a great incentive to make good, healthy choices about the food they eat.”

Louise Macdonald, chief executive, Young Scot says:

“Our research shows that lunch items such as sandwiches and fruit are the most readily purchased products by young adults, with price being one of the top motivating factors when food shopping. We are delighted to be working with the Co-operative Food to support this demand from young people and give them greater opportunities to buy healthy, ethical, and locally sourced food, while saving them money.”

In addition to the Co-operative Food offer, the Young Scot card gives young people access a wide range of benefits which support them to lead active, positive lifestyles. Cardholders can claim over 1,500 discounts for services such as money off public transport, driving lessons, and study guides.

The card carries the PASS hologram which provides young people with a trusted and credible way of proving their age. It also gives young people access to a host of other benefits including cashless catering, leisure and library services and e-voting.

Furthermore, its Young Scot Rewards programme encourages young people to earn points for activities such as volunteering and arts opportunities which they can exchange for unique experiences which benefits their learning and broadens their experiences outside of school.

In addition to Co-operative Group food stores, the Young Scot discount will also available from Monday 17 November in Scotmid Co-operative food stores.

 

For further information

media interviews or images please contact Joe Boyle at Stripe Communications on 0131 561 8628 or e-mail youngscot@stripecommunications.com, or Steve Broughton at The Co-operative Group on 0161 767 4298 or email steve.broughton@co-operative.coop

 

Notes to Editors:
*Exclusions apply: Alcohol, baby milk, stamps, savings schemes, National Lottery and Health Lottery purchases, gift vouchers, phone cards, continuity programmes, in-store concessions, PayPoint, currency, fuel, cigarettes and Tobacco, newspaper delivery, electrical goods.

Young Scot

Young Scot is the national youth information and citizenship charity for Scotland. There are 570,000 Young Scot cardholders across Scotland and is a partnership between Young Scot, the Scottish Government, the Improvement Service and all 32 local authorities.
Young Scot provides all young people in Scotland aged 11-25 with information, ideas and opportunities to enable them to make informed decisions and choices, turn their ideas into action and take advantage of opportunities available throughout Scotland and Europe.

www.youngscot.org – The national youth information portal for Scotland
www.youngscot.net – Young Scot’s corporate website

 

The Co-operative Group

The Co-operative Group, which is the UK’s largest co-operative business with interests across food, funerals, insurance and legal services, has a clear purpose of championing a better way of doing business for you and your communities. Owned by millions of UK consumers, The Co-operative Group operates a total of 3,750 outlets, with more than 70,000 employees and an annual turnover of approximately £11 billion

For more information about The Co-operative Food go to www.co-operativefood.co.uk

The Co-operative Food expands range of trusted baby products

MANCHESTER, UK, 2014-10-13— /EPR Retail News/ — Parents can now find an even bigger range of trusted baby products right on their doorstep with The Co-operative Food’s latest arrivals – all the same great value.

Shortlisted for an award with Mother and Baby Magazine, the convenience retailer’s own-brand “Loved by us” disposable nappies range have introduced “My First Pants” – a duo of new toddler pull-up nappies.

The Co-operative’s Loved by us “My First Pants” are easy to use, with stretchy sides and flexible leg cuffs for active playtime to protect against leaks, whilst the easy tear sides enable care-free changing time, perfect when your little one is on the go. The new products are now available in stores nationwide in two sizes – 5, Junior (12-18kg) and 6, Extra Large (16kg+) and packs are priced at £4.00 each.

Meanwhile, the retailer’s main range of own-brand disposable nappies have been extended to include two new sizes – Maxi Plus 4+ and Junior Plus 5+, which are perfect for night time with extra absorbency. Plus, the nappies still feature the same great fit and super soft lining for comfort.

The Co-operative Loved by us nappy range cater for the different stages of a baby’s development, from birth to its early years and are dermatologically tested. The range has been given the seal of approval by a team of parents, who tested the nappies on their own babies and young children as part of The Co-operative’s robust testing regime. Families scored the products highly for their ease of use, effectiveness and quality.

Additionally, a “Money Back Guarantee” will also be found on pack, in which shoppers can get their money back if they are not 100% satisfied.

And, from 8 to 28 October inclusive, savvy shoppers can pick up some baby bargains in store. The Co-operative’s range of own-brand and branded baby essentials* will be “BUY THREE FOR TWO – CHEAPEST ITEM FREE – MIX AND MATCH”.

Families visiting this year’s The Baby Show 2014 in London (24 – 26 October) and Mummy and Me Magazine Show (26 September) will also be able to bag themselves some free Co-operative nappy samples.

The range is now available in selected Co-operative stores nationwide. For further information on The Co-operative’s product range, current deals and local stores, shoppers can contact The Co-operative Customer Careline on (freephone) 0800 0686 727 or visit www.co-operativefood.co.uk

*Excludes formula and medicines.

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The Co-operative Food expands range of trusted baby products

The Co-operative Food expands range of trusted baby products

The Co-operative Food pledges to reinvest profits from its entire carrier bag range to community projects across Scotland

MANCHESTER, UK, 2014-10-9— /EPR Retail News/ — Good causes will bag more than just the 5p carrier bag charge from The Co-operative Food in Scotland.

The community retailer today (Wednesday, 8 October) pledged to reinvest profits from its entire carrier bag range, and not just the 5p charge on single-use carrier bags, to good causes.

The Co-operative Food expects the move will raise as much as £750,000 in the next 12 months, and all the money will be reinvested in community projects across Scotland.

From Monday, 20 October, all retailers are required to charge customers 5p for single-use plastic bags.

But as well as the statutory charge, The Co-operative Food will add the money it makes on the sales of its new woven reusable large shopping bag, a new woven reusable small shopping bag (which doubles as a bottle bag) and new fold-away bags (all available for £1 each), as well as its redesigned 10p bag for life, and its compostable carriers (6p each and available from stores in locations where local councils have food waste collections requiring compostable bin liners).

John McNeill, Regional Stores Director for The Co-operative Food in Scotland, said: “We’re getting carried away with carrier bags, and it’ll mean bags more money for communities the length and breadth of Scotland. By going much further than we need to we’ll raise hundreds of thousands of pounds extra for good causes.

“It’s not just a commitment to local communities though, we also have a strong commitment to the environment and we share the aspiration of reducing the number of single use carrier bags that are distributed. By buying any of our range of carriers, customers will be contributing to the environment, as well as to good causes. Together we will reduce, reuse, recycle and reinvest in our communities.”

The Co-operative Food will confirm which good causes can bid for the funding, and how they can apply, early in 2015.

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

The 5p single-use carrier bag charge is introduced from Monday, 20 October, but The Co-operative Food’s new range of reusable carriers go into its Scottish stores from today (Wednesday, 8 October) meaning customers can begin raising money for good causes straight away.

Notes to Editors:

*Further information on The Co-operative Food’s carrier bag recycling policies can be found at www.co-operativefood.co.uk/carrier-bags (link will be live from Weds 8 October)

The Co-operative Group is the UK’s largest co-operative business, whose purpose is “Championing a better way of doing business for you and your communities.” Owned by over eight million members, The Co-operative Group operates a total of 4,500 outlets, with around 87,000 employees and has an annual turnover of £11 billion with interests across food, funerals, insurance and legal services.

For more information about The Co-operative Food go to www.co-operativefood.co.uk

For further information please contact:

Steve Broughton
PR Manager
The Co-operative Group
0161 767 4298
07834 090 014
steve.broughton@co-operative.coop

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The Co-operative Food pledges to reinvest profits from its entire carrier bag range to community projects across Scotland

The Co-operative Food pledges to reinvest profits from its entire carrier bag range to community projects across Scotland

The Co-operative Food research reveals the stereotypical student diet of booze, beans and biscuits could be a thing of the past

MANCHESTER, UK, 2014-9-24— /EPR Retail News/ — The stereotypical student diet of booze, beans and biscuits could be a thing of the past according to new research released by The Co-operative Food today (Tuesday, 23 September).

Over 10 million purchases were analysed to reveal the shopping habits of savvy students who receive a 10% discount on groceries* at the community-based retailer’s 2,800 stores when they use their NUS Extra card.

Reassuringly for parents, fresh fruit, vegetables and, chicken, are among the food and drink items most frequently purchased. While a desire for home comforts earns crumpets a top 10 listing.

Beyond the essentials of milk and bread, breakfast favourites prove to be the most popular with eggs, bacon and croissants in the top 20. And, outside the top 20, students’ with a sweet-tooth are more likely to crack open a Crème Egg (31st) than any other chocolate product. In the annual cardholder survey carried out by NUS Extra, The Co-operative Food was found to be the discount “used most regularly by NUS Extra cardholders”, followed by New Look; Amazon; Superdrug; ASOS; Odeon and, Pizza Express.

Andrew Mann, Customer Director, The Co-operative Food, said:

“Students are facing increasing financial pressures while studying, and are becoming more savvy when it comes to food shopping. Many students are living away from home for the first time, and learning to live and cook on a budget. The Co-operative is committed to delivering quality products at great prices in convenient locations, and with around 2,800 stores across the UK, students can use their discount wherever they live or study – good news for students and reassuring for parents.

“As a parent myself, It’s great to see that the purchases being made are not in-line with many people’s perception of what a stereotypical student diet would look like. Whether it’s the resurgence in cooking from scratch, or increased awareness of the importance of making healthy choices, it seems that many students are well on their way to their “five-a-day” and, choosing a more balanced and healthy diet.

“Alex Butcher, Partnership and Marketing Manager for NUS Extra, said:

“The objective of the partnership between NUS Extra and The Co-operative Food is to make grocery shopping more affordable for students, so it is very encouraging to not only see students making the most of the 10% discount, but using it to make good, healthy choices when it comes to their diet. The Co-operative Food is an ideal partner for the NUS, as a community-based retailer, with a store in every UK postal area, it is a perfect choice for students picking up food on their way to and from lectures.”

NUS Extra sold more than 650,000 cards last year and The Co-operative Food became the only food retailer to offer a student discount when it joined the scheme 12 months ago.

The 10% discount for students is in addition to The Co-operative’s price investment to lower prices on hundreds of everyday essentials. Dubbed, “Fair & Square prices,” The Co-operative’s campaign aims to provide quality food at lower prices in order to transform the community shopping experience for customers, including items such as its own-brand 75p farmhouse loaf.

The NUS Extra card costs £12 for a full 12 months of savings from the date of purchase. Profits from sales of the card generates much needed income for Students’ Unions and funding for NUS student welfare campaigns.

For further details and information, or to apply for a NUS Extra card, visit http://www.nus.org.uk/en/nus-extra/
For more information about in-store discounts available for students at The Co-operative Food visit http://www.co-operativefood.co.uk/in-store-services/nus-extra-discounts/

Place Items most frequently purchased
1 Milk
2 Bananas
3 Tomatoes
4 Cucumber
5 Closed cup mushrooms
6 Mixed peppers
7 Free range eggs
8 Crumpets
9 Bread
10 Croissants
11 Lemon
12 Coca-Cola
13 Broccoli
14 Rindless back bacon
15 Doritos cool original
16 British chicken breast fillet
17 Blueberries
18 Strawberries
19 Deep fill chicken & bacon sandwich
20 The Co-operative Fresh Lean Beef Steak Mince

* Exclusions apply: Baby milk, stamps, saving schemes, National Lottery & Health Lottery purchases, gift vouchers, phone cards, in-store concessions, PayPoint, currency, fuel, cigarettes & tobacco, newspaper delivery and electrical goods.

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

Notes to Editors:
For more information about The Co-operative Food visit www.co-operativefood.co.uk

The Co-operative Group is the UK’s largest co-operative business, whose purpose is “Championing a better way of doing business for you and your communities.” Owned by over eight million members, The Co-operative Group operates a total of 4,500 outlets, with around 87,000 employees and has an annual turnover of £11 billion with interests across food, funerals, insurance and legal services.

NUS Extra
NUS Extra is available to all students aged over 16 years, including distance learners and vocational students. It costs just £12 for a full 12 months of savings from the date of purchase. Last year, income from NUS extra raised £2.3m for student unions and over £4million for the student movement.

NUS
National Union of Students is a voluntary membership organisation which makes a real difference to the lives of students and its member students’ unions. NUS is a confederation of 600 students’ unions, amounting to more than 95 per cent of all higher and further education unions in the UK. Through its member students’ unions, NUS represents the interests of more than seven million students.