5 inspiring food and drink co-operatives

Tom Lawson

Our pick of the UK businesses that combine food and drink with a tasty dose of co-operation

 

Black Cat Café, London

A co-operatively run, 100 per cent vegan cafe. Also hosts events and sells books

Image: Brooke Lark

 

‘The Bevy’ pub, Brighton

A community hub, funded by more than 700 shareholders and run by locals

 

Unicorn Grocery, Manchester

A workers’ co-op selling mainly organic, fair trade and local food

 

OrganicLea, London

Built on derelict allotments, a workers’ co-op community market garden. Operates on organic and permaculture principles

Image: OrganicLea

 

Organic Milk Suppliers Cooperative, UK-wide

A 100 per cent organic, farmer-run, farmer-owned dairy co-op with 270 members and a £100m turnover

 

Main image: Michael Dannenberg / www.foodimaging.co.uk


CO-OPS SPECIAL

This series is guest edited by Vivian Woodell, founder of The Phone Co-op and head of The Phone Co-op Foundation for Co-operative Innovation


 

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