Anglia Regional Co-operative has become the latest society to join The Co-operative Group's membership scheme.

The UK's sixth-largest co-op has ditched its own profit-sharing scheme for the group's co-operative membership card.

It is the first time its 200,000 members will be able to collect points across its portfolio of businesses, which includes 30 food stores, 36 non-food stores and 11 petrol stations. Members could only collect a dividend through non-food stores in its previous scheme.

"The group scheme is a great programme with national coverage so it made perfect sense to join," an Anglia Co-op spokesman said, adding that its neighbouring society Midcounties Co-op had joined the scheme last year.

In April, Anglia Co-op started a £60m revamp of its business including its food stores adopting The Co-op's The Co-operative fascia.