The nominations are in. Now the vote is open! Hundreds of members joined in to suggest a name for the first ever member-designed wine, which will hit the shelves of a Co-op near you in October. We’ve shortlisted four names from the 500 or so that were suggested and are now asking members to vote […]

On 13 April 2017, Lidl claimed to be the first retailer to go 100% sustainable with their cocoa. A claim we made ahead of Fairtrade Fortnight, in February. The following letter has been sent as clarification to the Times. We applaud Lidl’s move to only source 100% sustainable cocoa in their products. The Co-op led the way […]

If we’re lucky enough to see some sun this bank holiday weekend, I’m sure many of you will be firing up the barbecue. But I bet there are very few who give a thought to the charcoal you pick up to provide your al fresco feast. Having recently returned from Namibia, I will be giving […]

This year we’re celebrating the #GoodEggs in our lives, from the neighbour who mows your lawn, to a colleague who makes the best brews, you can make them smile, with a sweet treat or a kind word. But there’s even more to the Co-op Easter range than #GoodEggs or the 1% that each one puts back […]

Following the announcement of our financial results last week we’ve published our full report and accounts which give a full review of how we performed last year.  The report and accounts are received by members at our Annual General Meeting which takes place on Saturday 20 May in Manchester. Later this month we’ll be sending […]

Some of you might know me as one of the Co-op’s Member Nominated Directors (MNDs) elected at our AGM in 2015. What you might not know is that in my previous life I was Chief Executive of Traidcraft, and President of the European Fair Trade Association. Traidcraft is one of the original pioneers of Fairtrade […]

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 […]