Grocer Cup Winner Steve Murrells

Steve Murrells awarded The Grocer Cup at IGD Awards Dinner

19 Oct 2016 | By Carolyn Robertson

The prize was awarded by readers of The Grocer, who voted for a shortlist of 10 senior industry leaders

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The Co-op to install SmartWater crime-busting gel at ATMs Subscription

17 Oct 2016 | By Carolyn Robertson

The liquid contains a unique forensic code for each location it is installed at

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Co-op's Thurrock distribution centre bought by Tritax Big Box Subscription

13 Oct 2016 | By Carolyn Robertson

The whole facility is being acquired with an unexpired lease of around nine-and-a-half years

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The Co-op's 'Local Shop of Horrors' treat for Halloween

12 Oct 2016 | By Carolyn Robertson

The new range includes face paints, masks, teeth and fake blood, lights, garlands, and a pumpkin carving set

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The Co-op and Sortedfood look to improve millennials' cooking Subscription

10 Oct 2016 | By Carolyn Robertson

Co-op research found one in four millennials were not interested in learning how to cook

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Co-op aims to make cash back easier with new PoS technology Subscription

07 Oct 2016 | By Carolyn Robertson

The Co-op is introducing new PoS technology to speed up the processing of vouchers and offers

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'That's the Co-op way' ad push highlights ethical sourcing Video Subscription

03 Oct 2016 | By Carolyn Robertson

Multimedia campaign launched on Friday with TV, outdoor and press elements


Midcounties Co-operative compensates underpaid delivery staff Subscription

26 Sep 2016 | By Carolyn Robertson

The society has asked all newspaper delivery staff to come forward so that pay rates can be checked

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Midcounties Co-op launches village under one roof concept Subscription

22 Sep 2016 | By Carolyn Robertson

The format at its Stourport supermarket in Worcestershire could be rolled out to other premier branches next year…


The Co-op seeks bigger stake in craft beer with 18 new lines Subscription

22 Sep 2016 | By Lisa Riley

The beers will be available from the beginning of next month, featuring a selection from micro and major brewers

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Co-op officially starts 5:1 membership proposition today Subscription

21 Sep 2016 | By Carolyn Robertson

The new blue card has been dispatched to more than five million active members

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The Co-op to list only British own-label bacon and lamb Subscription

17 Sep 2016 | By Carolyn Robertson

Move will make Co-op the only major UK retailer to stock 100% own-brand fresh British beef, chicken, pork, lamb, bacon and turkey

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Co-op trials blockchain tech to boost traceability Subscription

15 Sep 2016 | By Carolyn Robertson

Blockchain is the technology underpinning Bitcoin and is also referred to as ‘distributed ledgers’

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The Co-op reports sales of premium spirits are soaring Subscription

14 Sep 2016 | By Lisa Riley

“Brits are wanting to adopt this sophisticated way of drinking at home”

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The Co-op opens £1m store in Microsoft’s Reading UK HQ Subscription

12 Sep 2016 | By Carolyn Robertson

This is the first time the Co-op has located a store inside another business

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Loved by Us gets the chop in Co-op own-label revamp Subscription

08 Sep 2016 | By Carolyn Robertson

Loved by Us will be phased out over coming months and replaced by the simpler Co-op brand

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Co-op backs Plastics Industry Recycling Action Plan

07 Sep 2016 | By Carolyn Robertson

The Co-op says PIRAP sets it new targets as it pushes on with existing initiatives

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Co-op appoints Rufus Olins as chief membership officer Subscription

30 Aug 2016 | By Carolyn Robertson

Olins has stepped down from his role as chief executive of the newspaper marketing body Newsworks

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Co-op launches new food redistribution pilot in the South East

30 Aug 2016 | By Carolyn Robertson

If the trial in the South East is successful it could be rolled out to 2,800 stores nationwide

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Co-op soft drinks range reset puts squeeze on sugar Subscription

26 Aug 2016 | By Carolyn Robertson

The Co-op is overhauling its soft drinks aisles to put greater emphasis on healthy drinks

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Co-op pea sales treble following bumper crop Subscription

25 Aug 2016 | By Carolyn Robertson

Pea crop was “particularly sweet and juicy” this year, said the Co-op

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East of England Co-op wins award for dementia work Subscription

22 Aug 2016 | By Carolyn Robertson

Co-op has trained up 3,479 staff members as Dementia Friends since last year

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Co-op sets 21 September start date for 5:1 membership proposition Subscription

18 Aug 2016 | By Carolyn Robertson

From that day more than 5.1 million Co-op members will have their new blue membership cards

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The Co-op hits halfway mark in London store openings plan Subscription

16 Aug 2016 | By Carolyn Robertson

The Co-op said London was the fastest-growing region for convenience shopping

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Lincolnshire Co-op installs power-saving technology at 25 sites Subscription

09 Aug 2016 | By Carolyn Robertson

Powerstar trialled voltage optimisation units in four Lincolnshire Co-op food stores last year

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Steve Murrells: the Big Interview Subscription

23 Sep 2016 | By Carolyn Robertson

Since 2013, Co-op Food has “outperformed the market for 13 consecutive quarters, while c-store growth has been double-digit”

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General Mills pushes on with FareShare partnership Subscription

03 Jun 2016

Sir, The Grocer is to be highly commended for its Waste Not Want Not campaign

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My Week… by Richard Pennycook (as told to Bill Tush) Subscription

02 Jun 2016

Peace, brothers and sisters. And also love and dividend stamps

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The Co-op's own label strategy is clever on a number of levels Subscription

27 May 2016 | By Adam Leyland

Ever since own label was invented, it’s created a tension between supermarkets and their branded suppliers

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Will the Co-op's relaunch pay dividends? Subscription

26 May 2016 | By Carolyn Robertson

The mutual plans to attract more members with its retro look and renewed focus on giving back to customers

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Sugar needs mandatory not voluntary reduction targets Subscription

26 May 2016

Sir; We need more consistent and ambitious action across the board

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Co-op's renewal beckons as rebuild shapes up nicely Subscription

15 Apr 2016 | By Carolyn Robertson

A major brand relaunch, a fundamental reset of membership proposition and a subtle change in positioning in the pipeline

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Harmeston case lifts lid on upheaval at The Co-op HQ Subscription

01 Apr 2016 | By Carolyn Robertson

To say that the recent case of Kath Harmeston vs The Co-operative Group was complicated would be a massive understatement

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A brave new agm for The Co-op this weekend Subscription

14 May 2015 | By Beth Brooks

With Leighton and Pennycook fighting on several fronts, The Co-op’s Manchester agm is a crucial one

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Can competitors afford to follow Co-op's lead and raise wages? Subscription

09 Mar 2015 | By Beth Brooks

Political pressure is being exerted on major employers to significantly raise the wages of their lowest-paid workers

Richard Pennycook

Impressive new board is a Co-op coup Subscription

19 Feb 2015 | By Beth Brooks

The governance reforms that have swept Pennycook and Leighton into the Co-op are just the tonic

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Building a new Co-operative Movement Subscription

30 Jan 2015 | By Adam Leyland, Beth Brooks

The crisis that almost engulfed The Co-op has been averted. We talk to the architects of the rebuild

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