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For general information on organisations of this name, see Food cooperative.

Co-op Food, previously trading as the Co-operative Food, is a brand devised for the food retail business of the consumer co-operative movement in the United Kingdom. The brand is used by over 15 different co-operative societies which operate over 4,000 shops. The latest version of the brand was introduced in 2016.

In 2016, the Co-operative Food accounted for approximately 6.6% of the UK groceries market.


Co-op self-service grocers in London in 1933.

A Co-operative Food branded Esso petrol station and convenience shop in Northallerton.

In March 2009, The Co-operative Group acquired the Somerfield supermarket retailer for £1.57bn from a group of private equity investors. The Somerfield Head Office in Bristol, England was subsequently closed and the grocery stores were either sold to rivals or integrated into its own Co-op Food division. In 2016, The Co-operative Group sold 298 smaller convenience stores to McColls Retail Group.

The "Co-op" brand is used by over 3,500 shops owned by various societies which make up the co-operative movement, including the Central England Co-operative and the Midcounties Co-operative. A number of co-operative societies including Scotmid and the Lincolnshire Co-operative prefer to use the 1992 'cloverleaf version' of The Co-operative brand. In 2016, The Co-operative Group reverted to the use of its 1968 Co-op cloverleaf branding.

The majority of products sold in "Co-op Food" shops are sourced collectively through the Co-operative Retail Trading Group although stocking decisions and pricing are determined by the individual businesses.

List of UK Co-operatives with food retail operations[edit]

Though often considered to be one supermarket business, The Co-operative Food is a network of supermarkets and convenience shops owned and operated by over 15 independent co-operative societies, many of which have adopted the 2008 version of The Co-operative brand. In total there are over 4,000 co-operative food shops in the UK. The table below indicates how many food shops each co-operative society operates.

In May 2016, the company received a complete re-brand, reviving the earlier blue 1968 Co-op "Cloverleaf" design.[1]


A Co-op food truck outside a store in Wymondham.

Co-op Food Supply Chain Logistics is the distribution business of The Co-operative Group that manages the national and international distribution of goods on behalf of all the food retailing co-operative societies who are members of the Co-operative Retail Trading Group. The Co-operative Group manages all of its own logistics and most of its delivery operations, although several distribution centres use third party logistics partners to manage their transport operations. Supply Chain Logistics Head Office is co-located at the Birtley Distribution Centre.

Co-op Food Supply Chain Logistics has 8 regional composite distribution centres and 3 smaller satellite depots supporting the larger CDCs. The Coventry-based National Distribution Centre (NDC) supplies all distribution centres direct, with slow moving lines.

Depot Name Location Products Transport Operation Birtley (Logistics Head Office) Birtley, County Durham Ambient, Frozen (picked in Newhouse), Chilled, Meat and Produce Co-op SCL Andover Andover, Hampshire Ambient, Frozen, Chilled, Meat and Produce XPO Logistics Avonmouth Avonmouth, Bristol Ambient, Frozen (picked in Andover), Chilled, Meat and Produce XPO Logistics Castlewood Mansfield, Derbyshire Ambient, Frozen (picked in Lea Green), Chilled, Meat and Produce Co-op SCL Lea Green St Helens, Merseyside Ambient, Frozen, Chilled, Meat and Produce Wincanton Newhouse Lanarkshire, Scotland Ambient, Frozen, Chilled, Meat and Produce Co-op SCL Thurrock West Thurrock, Essex Ambient, Frozen (picked in Andover), Chilled, Meat and Produce Co-op SCL Cardinal Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire Ambient (picked in Castlewood), Frozen (picked in Andover), Chilled, Meat and Produce Wincanton Coventry (NDC) Coventry, West Midlands Slow moving lines. Eddie Stobart Inverness Highlands, Scotland Satellite depot for Northern Scotland Co-op SCL Carrickfergus County Antrim, N Ireland Satellite depot for Northern Ireland Co-op SCL Plymouth Plymouth, Devon Satellite depot for South Western England Co-op SCL Leicester Leicester Ambient,Chilled, Meat and Produce depot for Leicestershire Central England Co-operative


Members of The Co-operative Group and participating regional societies earn one membership point for every £1.00 spent at The Co-operative Food. Points are converted into dividend at a rate agreed annually by the Board.[2]

In September 2016, The Co-operative Group launched a new membership, decreasing the amount members earn from 5% to 2%, and increasing the amount spent on charity from 1% to 2%.

Product ranges[edit]

Co-op Food ranges currently are (as of May 2016):

Co-op Food ranges formerly were:

In November 2020 the "Honest Value" range was launched as a lower priced range.[3]

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