Fifteen years ago the English wine industry was very much in its youth, commercially speaking, and back then the Co-op was one of the few retailers getting behind English wines – in those days there really wasn’t much interest and the quality was indifferent at best. In the last few years English wines have been […]

Allow me to introduce you to two breweries, Wooden Hand and Skinner’s. Both local to Truro and both now stocked in over 40 Co-ops throughout Cornwall as part of our commitment to double the number of local suppliers we stock. Between them, these two local breweries will now supply over 70,000 pints a year to Co-op members and […]

In a first for UK retailers, from May 2017, all the cocoa we buy for our Co-op own brand products will be Fairtrade. It means that when you pick up a Co-op chocolate cake or a packet of biscuits you will know that the cocoa has been bought on Fairtrade terms. This is in addition to […]

We’re Kernow Chocolate, a chocolate manufacturer near Padstow now stocked in 40 Co-op stores across Cornwall. Co-op’s supporting local suppliers with their Small Business Charter, and we’re one of them. We’re family-run and make all of our small batch chocolate in St. Eval by hand. It all started in 2005 when we set about making a range of products to sell in […]

Just before Christmas we asked our pet-owning members to take the lead as we set out to review our pet product range. We heard from almost 400 members online, but the opportunity also provided us with a great excuse to get out to walk and talk with some of our members and their four-legged friends. […]

Today we unveiled our new tuna sourcing policy, going further with our commitment to sustainable fishing and extending these expectations to the brands we stock too. As well as being pole and line caught, our tuna comes from Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certified fisheries or those part of a fisheries improvement project (FIP). We’ve extended this policy […]

Co-op recently announced they’re doubling the number of local food suppliers stocked in-store, through a new Small Business Charter. We’re one of their existing local food suppliers, a Mid Wales-based honey maker. Hilltop Honey was founded in 2011 at the family farm in Newtown. I’m a former rugby player with Newtown Rugby Club and used to work as a coal merchant and a builder. […]