Today we’re celebrating the 175th birthday of the world-wide co-operative movement. Read more from CEO Steve Murrells on who we are, where we’ve come from and a look ahead.

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From perfect party nibbles and a glass of fizz to mince pies and mulled wine, get into the Christmas spirit and show off your culinary skills with these food and drink pairings from Co-op’s Senior Wine Buyer, Gyles

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Whether you’re vegan or looking to try more veggie alternatives, going plant-based for Christmas Day has never been easier. From inspiring recipes to easy shortcuts, we’re answering some of your questions on going vegan this Christmas.

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As a nation, we’ll consume 370 million mince pies over the festive period, with around 370 tonnes of aluminium packaging used to bake and package the festive favourite. And almost a quarter of the aluminium packing will not be recycled correctly.

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Do you like to have Christmas planned months in advance? Or are you the last-minute type, panic-buying presents on Christmas Eve? Whatever your personality, we’ve got a mince pie to match.

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The Big Co-op Payout Co-op is making a difference in our community. Through the Local Community Fund, Co-op is helping, our cause, Blossoms’ Legacy teach young children how to float in water, potentially saving their own lives.

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For most, Christmas is a happy time spent celebrating and relaxing with friends and family. But if you’re in the quarter of the population that lives with mental health problems, it can be one of the most difficult times of the year. Find out how our Christmas sandwiches will contribute towards Mind, SAMH and Inspire.

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