The transfer of buying activities at United Co-op to the CRTG could provide some smaller suppliers with a unique opportunity to get listings in stores across the co-op movement, said United general manager for food, Paul Griffiths. United officially joined the CRTG buying group on January 27. "All of our suppliers will get the opportunity to supply CRTG, and generally suppliers have been very open minded about the opportunity this presents," said Griffiths. Both CRTG and United have project teams working together to plan how the transfer will work. Griffiths expects the process could take up to a year to complete, with meat, fresh produce and some non food buying functions probably the last to switch to CRTG. Some buyers have already secured alternative employment and several have had job offers, said Griffiths. There are also opportunities for some staff to switch to CRTG. {{NEWS }}