Co-op is a leading convenience retailer, with over 2,400 stores throughout the UK - that's one in every postal area. Co-op is a member-owned organisation, which is guided by principles that include open membership and concern for the community.
Co-op recognise the importance of championing a more ethical approach to doing business, putting people and planet at the heart of what they do. The retailer's ‘Future of Food' ambition sets out the business' commitment to protecting its most important ingredients and taking a responsible sourcing approach to look after the environments they're sourced from. Co-op has always led the way on the issues that matter most to its customers and members; this includes being the first UK supermarket to sell Fairtrade products and moving to 100% British on all fresh and frozen meat, even when used as an ingredient; along with 100% British eggs, milk, and Cheddar cheese.
Co-op has a long-standing commitment to supporting British agriculture, ensuring British food has pride of place on shelves. Through the retailer's work with British farmers and producers, they are investing in the UK economy, supporting farming communities and meeting customers' concern for food provenance.
By building strong relationships with suppliers who share their values, Co-op ensures the products on their shelves meet high quality and animal welfare standards. The retailer also works alongside farmers to reduce the environmental impact of livestock, key to developing a more resilient and sustainable British agricultural industry.
Laura Talbot works in the retailer's Farming and Fisheries Team as an Agricultural Livestock Manager.
"As part of my role I have the privilege of working with some of our dairy, beef and lamb farmers from across the UK. It gives me great pride every time I go into a Co-op store and see the food they are producing on shelf, knowing the hard work and story behind the products."
For further information visit coop.co.uk/our-suppliers/farmers