The Co-operative Group stands apart from other major retailers in the UK as a business which is owned, not by a small group of shareholders, but by more than five million consumers. With core interests in food, financial services, travel, pharmacy, funerals and farms, it has an annual turnover of £14 billion, employs 123,000 staff and operates over 5,000 retail trading outlets handling more than 20 million weekly transactions.
Following the acquisition of the Somerfield supermarket chain in March 2009, The Co-operative Food is the fifth largest food retailer. The Co-operative Financial Services is one of the largest and most diversified financial mutual businesses, operating The Co-operative Bank, The Co-operative Insurance and Britannia.
The Co-operative is the UK's number one provider of funeral services, the third largest retail pharmacy chain, a leading travel retailer, supplying the travel needs of more than three million people annually, and is the UK's largest farmer.Among its other businesses are The Co-operative Motor Group, The Co-operative Electrical and The Co-operative Legal Services.
The Co-operative was the first supermarket to put Fairtrade products on their shelves - and it now sells over 220 Fairtrade products. Indeed because of its policy on many other ethical matters it is the preferred choice for many shoppers. Click here to read the website's Introduction
The advantages for Co-operative Food shoppers:
The disadvantages for Co-operative Food shoppers:
For your nearest Co-operative Food store and opening times: click here.
Head Office Address:
Customer Service Line:
Customer Service E-mail: