Thousands of pounds to be donated to 60 food banks thanks to co-operative shoppers

Food banks across the south are to receive donations totalling £30,000 thanks to Southern Co-op members scanning their cards as they shopped in December.

Membership cards were scanned on nearly 300,000 separate occasions which the independent co-operative is converting to 10p per swipe and rounding up to £500 per food bank.

From Alton and Banwell to Wimbledon and Worthing (...

Food to be sold past best before date in Devon

Convenience stores in Crediton, Exeter and Exmouth will be selling selected products past their ‘best before' date as it relates to quality, not the safety of the product.

With the aim of keeping more food in the human food chain, Southern Co-op has expanded its Reducing Our Foodprint initiative with products being reduced to just 20p.

Now available in more than 100 Co-...

Co-op relaunches following major investment in Exmouth

Co-op is serving up an improved food store in Exmouth this Thursday (25thNovember) following a £1.2 Million investment to refurbish and overhaul the store to better meet the needs of the community.

The near 8,300 sq ft transformed store runs on 100% renewable energy and is open from 07:00am – 10:00pm Monday to Saturday, and 10:00am – 16:00pm on a Sunday.

As part of the...

New The Original Factory Shop concession opens at Plympton Co-op

The Original Factory Shop, the UK’s leading local, value brand retailer, opens a concession inside the Co-op Ridgeway, Plympton, creating 10 new jobs in the local area.

The brand new concession, which occupies 3,648 square feet, will see the retailer bring its range of bargain-based clothing, pet products, electricals, homewares, a party shop service and reserve and collect to the...

£1.5m raised for good causes through carrier bag levy since introduction

A regional co-operative is marking the success of the carrier bag levy five years after it came into force in England on 5 October 2015.

Southern Co-op's customers have cut their use of single use plastic bags by millions whilst also raising more than £1.5m for good causes across the south.

Back in 2015 the independent retailer initially set a goal of reducing single-use...

Sale of Lloyds branches to the Co-op collapses

Lloyds Banking Group's sale of more than 600 branches to the Co-operative Group has collapsed.

Europe had been forcing Lloyds to sell the branches after its taxpayer bailout during the 2008 financial crisis.

But it is understood the Co-op has struggled to plug a £1billion gap needed to complete its takeover.

Lloyds chief executive Antonio Horta-Osorio said he was '...