The Co-operative Magazine Publishes Christmas Issue Online

The festive season is officially here and The Co-operative Magazine is bringing its readers a great selection of features, articles, ‘how to…’ guides and much more – all to make sure your December and Christmas goes smoothly and most importantly is fun for everyone!

The highlights of this issue include: ‘Fill Your Stockings’, ‘Dress to Impress’, ‘Christmas Dinner Ideas’, ‘Managing Your Money’ and how to ‘Have a Healthy Christmas’. And readers can also win £250 just in time for Christmas – a welcome addition to the family coffers.

Read the stocking fillers article to get great gift ideas if you’re looking to spend£10 or less – perfect for those of you looking to fill stockings for the kids or partners, and those of you looking for small gifts for the annual office Secret Santa, or for treats for your friends.

Read this month’s issue for The Co-operative Magazine’s resident fashion expert’s advice on the must-have Christmas party dresses to have you sparkling all the way to Christmas Day. And don’t stop at looking great on the big day, why not explore the delicious alternative recipe ideas if the thought of turkey and stuffing doesn’t fill you with festive cheer?

The people at The Co-operative Magazine know it can be difficult to balance the books at Christmas time, and they’ve provided their readers with a simple guide to managing money, which includes budgeting advice, top moneysaving tips and ways to avoid getting into debt.

Finally, don’t miss your chance to win £250 to spend at any one of The Co-operative Group’s businesses – from food to holidays. Visit the online Magazine to enter this month’s competition and to see what else the December issue has to offer.

Enjoy many more articles at The Co-operative Magazine online, whether you’re looking for great family days out, meal ideas online or advice on how to get fit.

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Co-operative named Most Improved Supermarket at Welfare Awards

The Co-operative has been named “Most Improved Supermarket” at Compassion in World Farming’s annual Good Farm Animal Welfare Awards.

The accolade was presented to the retailer because of its move to convert all of its own-brand fresh pork and sausages to its higher welfare Elmwood standard earlier this year.

The Co-operative worked with a group of specialist British pig farmers to identify issues regarding the welfare of the sows and piglets throughout the farming process. The Elmwood standard includes reduced transport time, increased natural light, straw bedding, environmental enrichments and a healthier diet for the pigs.

The retailer’s move to extend the Elmwood standard to fresh pork followed the conversion of all its fresh own-brand British chicken to Elmwood or above, starting with fresh whole chickens in October 2007.

The Co-operative’s Elmwood British chicken range now also includes own-brand fresh chicken fillets and portions, as well as fresh chicken products including barbecue, breaded, flavoured and ready-to-eat roast and flavoured chicken. In 2010, Elmwood was rolled out to include all own-brand whole turkeys, crowns and fresh plain turkey products – including fillets, steaks, mince and pieces.

The Co-operative also won a Good Dairy Award, partly in recognition of its forthcoming move in August to a dedicated milk producer scheme, whereby some 240 British dairy farmers will receive a support package including a price premium in return for high standards in animal welfare.

Andrew Nicholson, Agricultural Development Manager at The Co-operative Group, commented: “We’re pleased to win these prestigious awards in recognition of the moves we have made over the last twelve months to further improve animal welfare.

“Animal welfare and supporting British farmers are very important to our business, and add to our Co-operative difference. As an organisation owned and shaped by our members, we always strive to shape our business based on our ethical principles. Animal welfare forms an integral part of our Ethical Plan, launched earlier this year.”