UK firms set to create 300 jobs for victims of modern slavery

Some of the UK’s leading businesses, led by the Co-op, are set to create up to 300 jobs for the victims of modern slavery by 2020. Up to 20 large firms, from various sectors of the economy, are on the verge of signing up to an innovative employment programme called Bright Future, devised by the Co-op, in conjunction with City Hearts, to provide work for people rescued from enslavement. The companies joining the scheme will work hand in hand with a network of local charities in order to put survivors…

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Co-op “tests the water” offering ethically-conscious shoppers a “clear” alternative

The Co-op has unveiled plans to switch all of its bottled water to 50% recycled plastic (rPET) in a move which is set to test whether today’s environmentally-conscious consumer is ready to ditch more aesthetically pleasing packaging. The bottles – themselves 100% recyclable and sourced in the UK – do appear darker, greyer and cloudier than those using less or no recycled plastic, and so the community retailer will “test the water”, throwing down the gauntlet to gauge whether ethical consumers will turn the traditional psychology of shopping on its…

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Co-op Announces a UK-First Music Festival Partnership with Live Nation

The Co-op has announced an exclusive partnership with Live Nation to become the first UK food retailer to have a supermarket at four major summer music festivals. Download, Latitude, and Reading and Leeds festivals will all welcome the convenience retailer into their grounds for the first time. The deal will see Co-op operate a 6,000 square foot shop at each of the four festivals to cater for 200,000 festival goers. Each store will stock a wide range of items, including food, water, beer and wine, toiletries including medicines and, to…

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UK consumers continue to embrace Fairtrade as market grows

UK shoppers continue to show their support for Fairtrade, with new independent sales figures revealing that retail sales for Fairtrade grew by 7% in 2017, alongside increased business engagement. The independent data from Kantar Worldpanel underline the extent to which the UK public continue to support Fairtrade. Volumes were also up, with a 2.5% growth in the 52 weeks ending 31 December 2017. The figures back up the findings of the Fairtrade Foundation, which show public support for Fairtrade at an all-time high. New data shows that 93% of people…

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The New ‘Green’ Tea: Co-op Brews Up Solution To Plastic Tea Bags

The Co-op is brewing up a fully biodegradable paper tea bag, making it the first retailer to find a solution to the problem of plastic waste caused by the nation’s favourite beverage. The convenience retailer’s famous own-brand 99 tea will be developed without polypropylene, which is an industry-wide method used to enable teabags to hold their shape. The move could save nine tonnes of plastic every year from being dumped into household rubbish and compost collections. The Co-op, which sells around 4.6 million boxes of tea annually (around 367 million…

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