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Ticking all the boxes

WE’RE CUTTING OUT PLASTIC

The packaging for our Easter eggs has had a makeover this year…

Our Easter eggs look and taste delicious, and are made with Fairtrade chocolate, as you’ll discover over the page. The box is pretty special, too. We’ve removed the inner plastic packaging and windows on all our own brand, hollow eggs — more than 14 tonnes of unnecessary plastic in total — as we’re aiming to make 100% of our packaging easy to recycle by the end of the year. 


Fabulously Fairtrade

CHOCOLATE EGGS

Treat yourself to one of our delicious Fairtrade Easter eggs this year and you’ll also be making a difference to Fairtrade suppliers — not to mention the environment, thanks to the lack of plastic packaging!

  1. Co-op Irresistible Fairtrade Golden Praline Egg, 300g
    This stunning egg is hand-decorated with golden cocoa nibs and milk chocolate confetti flakes — and there’s a praline-filled golden mini egg at its centre!
  2. Co-op Fairtrade Golden Honeycomb Loaded Egg, 200g
    A fabulous explosion of chocolate (milk and white), caramel cereal balls and crunchy honeycomb.
  3. Co-op Fairtrade Free From Choc Easter Egg & Caramel Flavour Truffles, 120g
    You’d never guess our delicious egg, with caramel flavour truffles, is milk-free!
  4. Co-op Irresistible Fairtrade Extra Thick Valencia Orange Crunch, 220g
    An extra-thick shell, infused with Valencia orange oil, is studded with crisp white chocolate pearls and cocoa nibs in this premium egg.
  5. Co-op Fairtrade Salted Caramel & Pretzel Loaded Egg, 200g
    Caramel and sea-salted fudge, white chocolate shortcake balls and salted mini pretzels — all loaded onto one fantastic egg!

All our own brand chocolate Easter eggs are Fairtrade and have been since 2016. So, when you buy a Co-op Easter egg, you’re championing a better way of doing business, changing lives across the world and protecting the planet.  


Digitally delicious 

BONUS RECIPES

We’re working hard to bring you even more of what you love, including extra recipes to look for online. Watch videos such as sticky chilli and coffee chicken wings (above) and easy cheese biscuits in action on our social feeds, and discover the recipes on our website. They’ll be dropping throughout spring. Go to @coopuk on Insta and check out coop.co.uk/recipes.


Green fingers

GOOD TO GROW

Peat isn’t renewable, so we’re making all compost products peat-free, but they’re still great for growing. They’ll also support our greenhouse gas and carbon reduction ambitions. Look out for Westland New Horizon All Plant Compost, 50 litres, from 3 March.


Go bananas

FAIRTRADE FRUIT

Did you know that 21 April marks Banana Day? It’s a great excuse to celebrate the sweet, yellow fruit — especially at Co-op, where every single fresh banana we sell is Fairtrade

At Co-op, we’ve proudly championed Fairtrade products for more than 25 years. Back in 2000, we were the first retailer to bring Fairtrade bananas to the UK; seven years later, we were the first to stock them in every store; and in 2012, we switched all our bananas to Fairtrade. We also launched a unique sourcing plan that means, as well as buying 100% Fairtrade bananas, 50% of that supply comes from smallholder farmers. 

‘When a customer buys a Fairtrade banana, they demonstrate a commitment to human dignity, fairness and sustainability for current and future generations of farmers,’ says Marike de Peña, director and co-founder of a co-operative in the Dominican Republic (where the photo, below, was taken). ‘Thanks to commitment from businesses like Co-op, farmers have invested in climate-friendly technologies and the responsible management of natural resources.’

So why not celebrate Banana Day by picking up a bunch and making our sweet, yet savoury, cookie recipe, below? Read more about Fairtrade here.


Take the biscuit

BANANA & BACON COOKIES

We’ve added bacon to these Fairtrade-banana cookies for an exciting new snack sensation

Makes 20 • Ready in 20 mins, plus cooling 

  • 2 rashers Co-op Irresistible air dry cured smoked streaky bacon
  • 250g Co-op plain white flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 150g Fairtrade caster sugar
  • 150g Co-op unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 Co-op British free range egg, beaten
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 small Co-op Fairtrade banana, mashed
  1. Cook the bacon in a nonstick frying pan until crisp, then remove with a slotted spoon and drain on kitchen paper. Once cooled, roughly chop.
  2. Meanwhile, mix the flour, baking powder and sugar together in a large bowl. Combine the butter, egg, vanilla extract and banana in a separate bowl, then mix into the dry ingredients, along with the bacon.
  3. Preheat the oven to 190°C/fan 170°C/gas 5, and line two baking trays. Spoon golf-ball sized scoops onto the trays, spacing well apart— you should have about 20.
  4. Bake in the oven for 10-12 mins, until the cookies are golden but still slightly soft in the middle.
  5. Allow to cool on the tray for a couple of minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

Good cause

ALLERGY AWARENESS WEEK

In support of the Natasha Allergy Research Foundation, we’re donating money in Allergy Awareness Week (26-30 April) to fund medical research for people with this invisible disease

In 2016, 15-year-old Natasha Ednan-Laperouse (above) lost her life after having an allergic reaction to an undeclared ingredient in a baguette from a fast-food outlet. Since then, her parents have set up the Natasha Allergy Research Foundation (narf.org.uk) to raise money to find a cure for allergic reactions; current advice is just to avoid problem ingredients, if you think you might have an allergy. 

Furthermore, thanks to the Ednan-Laperouses, ‘Natasha’s Law’ comes into effect on 1 October in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. This requires all food businesses, not just supermarkets, to list all ingredients in pre-packed food made on their premises, highlighting potential allergens. For Co-op, this means extending our existing labelling to cover our instore-bakery goods.

We’re giving the foundation 10% of the proceeds from each Free From product sold during Allergy Awareness Week this April — see a selection below. The Co-op Free From range spans milk-, egg- and gluten-free products, meaning there’s something for everyone to enjoy, whatever their food allergy. Our Co-op Academy students are also learning about allergy awareness this week, in partnership with the charity Anaphylaxis Campaign.

  1. Co-op Free From Fruit Muesli​, 450g
  2. Co-op Free From Sea Salt & Black Pepper Crackers, 175g
  3. Co-op Free From Millionaires Crispy Stackers, 150g
  4. Co-op Irresistible Free From Triple Chocolate Cookies, 150g
  5. Co-op Free From 2 Breaded Whitefish Fillets, 270g

Changing lives

WORLD WATER DAY

Held on 22 March every year, World Water Day is an opportunity to raise awareness of some 2.2 billion people living without access to safe water. It’s a hugely important issue, which is why, for the last 12 years, we’ve partnered with The One Foundation to invest in clean water, sanitation and hygiene projects around the world. For every litre of Co-op branded water you buy, we donate 3p to these projects — and that’s raised over £10 million to date.

What’s more, since 2018, all Co-op branded water bottles have been made from 50% recycled plastic — a UK first!


Mexico to go

SUPER SAVER DEAL

Dust off your sombrero this weekend and get the family together for a Mexican-style feast, with an Old El Paso Smoky BBQ Fajita Kit, 500g, and Co-op British Chicken Breast Fillets, 600g, for just £4.50*! The kit contains sauce, spices and tortillas. Just cook the chicken in the spices and let everyone build their fajitas. Offer available 21 April to 11 May.

* £7.45 if sold individually. BBQ fajita kit, 500g. Chicken, 600g. Subject to availability. Participating stores. Excludes NI. Offer begins 21.4.21. Offer ends 11.5.21. Serving suggestion


Caring for the environment

COMPOSTABLE BAGS

We were the first UK retailer to launch certified compostable carrier bags, back in 2018. They’ve proved such a success, we’re rolling them out to all our stores from May

These special bags might look like they’re made of ordinary plastic, but are, in fact, 100% compostable. You can reuse yours as you would any plastic bag, but make sure you don’t put it in the recycling bin for plastics! Its final destination needs to be your compost heap or a food-waste collection service, if your council offers one (all councils will have to do so eventually). We recently redesigned the bags to make it clearer how to use them — they’re easy to spot, so look out for them instore. Read more at coop.co.uk/environment/carrier-bags.