Friday story - 17 March pic

This week, here’s a few stories of colleagues living and breathing our Ways of Being in what they do:

The curry pie that feeds children in Africa

Curry Pie 1In a partnership between local businesses in Glasgow, we’re now stocking Mr Singh’s (a famous Glasgow curry restaurant ) curry pie – with a percentage from each sale going to end child hunger in Africa through Mary’s Meals.

Launching in our Union St store in Glasgow, Michelle McManus (of Pop Idol fame, and now an ambassador for Scottish bakers – pictured here with Jordan and Jit Singh) said “with every seven or eight pies sold feeding a child in Africa, is there any better reason to treat yourself to  a curry in a pie?”.

Alongside our Fairtrade and Fairbourne Springs products, this is yet another product that does good in communities around the world. Local partnerships such as this go to show how great things happen when we work together.

Our Thurrock Distribution Centre help tick off a nutty bucket list dream

FullSizeRenderIt may not be on everyone’s bucket list of things to do, but the team at Thurrock depot helped a local man understand how his favourite bag of nuts makes it onto his Co-op’s shelves every day. Sitting up there with climbing Big Ben (or more accurately, the Elizabeth Tower rather than the bell itself) and walking Hadrian’s Wall, Martin Connolly wanted to know how his favourite roasted, salted cashew nuts got onto the shelves of his local Brookman’s Park Co-op.

Having written in to ask, he was invited to our distribution centre at Thurrock where he was treated to a VIP tour – including the infamous ‘banana room’ with its own climate controls to store the fruit.

After being given a full case of his favourite nuts, Martin said: “It was a lovely day, with great memories that will stick with us for a very long time.  We both had an outstanding visit, and to say that we were impressed with everyone’s knowledge of the business, and the culture of the Co-op, is an understatement! We were impressed with the efficiency of the operation, and the effort to ensure goods reached customers in the optimum condition.”

Special thanks to Julian Thomas, Logistics Learning & Development Specialist Food HR at Thurrock, who took Martin and his cousin Brendan (pictured) around the distribution centre.

Promoting Fairtrade in Aberdeen

IMG_0218Desperate to spread the Fairtrade message, Karen Reith, store Manager at Fountain Hall Road store, Gill Adam, HR Advisor, and Peter Kennedy, Member Pioneer, took a selection of Co-op Fairtrade goodies to a local group at Aberdeen University. Not only did they show off, and taste, the wide range of Fairtrade products we stock, but they also gave a talk on our Co-op Membership and the benefits that 5% and 1% can give to them and their communities. It must have been good with 20 new members signed up that evening alone!

After also talking about our Fairbourne Water, Gill said of the event “It started some great conversation about just how important it is that we all support and promote both the water and Fairtrade products. We received excellent feedback on the quality of the products, it allowed us to more importantly give details around how the Co-op help the producers support their local communities through the premium payment that we make to them in order that the they can put money back into their communities to support many local initiatives.”

And the knitted bananas in the picture? They were made by one of the ladies who attended the session on the night. Maybe a new line for next year’s Fairtrade fortnight…?

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