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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We’re celebrating 25 years of our partnership with Fairtrade and the impact it has on our producers around the world. Michael Fletcher, Co-op’s Retail Chief Commercial Officer, explains why Fairtrade is still so important and why Co-op is 100% committed to continuing to support it over the next 25 years and beyond.

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We’ve been working with Co-op Members to find innovate ways to help reduce plastic at Co-op. Alice Leuenberger, explains how her winning suggestion will now be used for products in Co-op stores across the UK

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We’re reducing our use of plastic, and where we do use it, we are making it easy to recycle or reuse by 2023. Iain Ferguson, Environment Manager, shares how we’re doing this and how you can do your part.

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At the United Nations’ Climate Action Summit in New York this week, our Co-op has been announced as the first British retailer to become a signatory of the UN’s ‘Our Only Future’ campaign. Steve Murrells
Co-op CEO shares more.

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