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 […]

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 […]

We know that finding vegan food conveniently can be a challenge, so to celebrate Veganuary we’ve pulled together some pointers on the options you can find in your local Co-op. It’s not just hummous and carrot sticks – you can also find vegan wines, new ready meals, doughnuts and dairy-free milk. On Co-op own brand products, […]

We’ve hit our target to redistribute one million meals to good causes this year. But in true Co-op style, we’ve decided to do much more, and have pledged another 100,000 meals to good causes in the run-up to Christmas. We do this by donating surplus chilled food items (yoghurt, meat, fruit, vegetables and ready meals) […]

This week we launched our latest convenience report which looks at recycling, an issue that’s close to our members’ heart. It sets out our ambition to have 80% of our packaging recyclable by 2020 and we call on other retailer to follow our lead on developing new packaging and working with local authorities to improve […]

Today we launched our small business charter which will see us double our number of local food suppliers.  Backing British is a cornerstone for our Co-op Food strategy, so we have pledged to increase the number of small suppliers that we work with to 1,200 by the end of 2017. This UK-wide local sourcing initiative will […]

Rachel Machin finds out how Paul Gerrard, Group Policy Director, is working closely with the Member Council to bring the “ethical heart” back to our business. Five minutes into my conversation with Paul Gerrard and we’ve already hot-footed around subjects as diverse as nuns, medieval history, the Civil Service, and the fact he’s a “complete softie,” […]