At The Co-operative Food, we’ve always supported the UK farming industry and promoted British food. Recently, you, our customers and members, have shown a big interest in where your food comes from, and we know how important animal welfare, the environment and fairness in the supply chain are to you.
We’ve taken this on board, and have created long-term relationships with our farmers and suppliers so that we can work with them to give you complete transparency in our supply chain, which is built on honesty, fairness and trust. We have created The Co-operative Farming Groups, which, combined with a clear sourcing strategy, gives us a great future.
Championing British farming
At the heart of our values is a commitment to be open and honest about where our food comes from, and to ensure that it is promoted in a fair and transparent way. Our agricultural team works with farmers and suppliers to ensure our products are sourced responsibly.
Our support of British farming goes further than just rolling out the bunting. In 2014 we returned to the Royal Highland Show and the Royal Welsh Show, where our stands were a huge success. We were able to show how much hard work and dedication our producers put in to give the very best quality British food. You can find more about our pledge to support British farming in our sourcing report Born and Bred.
We have launched two new awards to recognise the hard work of our farmers and suppliers – Outstanding Farmer of the Year Award and Best Agricultural Initiative Award.
Outstanding Farmer of the Year - Colin Mair (Dairy Farmer)
Best Agricultural Initiative Award - All protein suppliers for delivery of Farming Groups