At Co-op, we’ve always supported the UK farming industry and promoted British food. We know that you care about where your food comes from and that animal welfare, the environment and fairness in the supply chain are important to you.

Co-op CEO, Richard Pennycook often visits our suppliers across the country and last he month visited Northern Ireland to see our end to end beef supply chain.


Richard met the hard working teams at a number of farms and our meat processor, Dunbia who all make up our beef supply chain.

We’re not just providing great quality products to our customers and members, we know we can also look them in the eye and say that these animals have been brilliantly looked after throughout the period that they’re in our care. Richard Pennycook, CEO Co-op 

From the calf rearer to the processor who makes our quality meat into the products you find on our shelves: seeing 20 months of work in a single day enabled Richard to witness first hand the high standards we have in place throughout our supply chain.

Our attention to detail is second to none. Our first motto is – if you can’t lie on it, we won’t let a calf lie on it. Gary Fitzpatrick, Calf Rearer, Aghalee 

Richard visited Northern alongside members of our Agriculture Team who work closely with our farmers on long term improvement and sustainability projects to improve both animal welfare and working efficiencies for the farmers throughout our supply chains.

The relationship with our suppliers is much more than transactionary it’s a long term partnership. Ciara Gorst, Senior Agriculture Manager, Co-op

Building these relationships is the Co-op way of doing things. We have relationships with our suppliers which are built on trust, respect and helpful conversations.

So next time you see one of our beef products, you know it’s something we can all be proud of.

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