Co-operatives don’t just work with small, independent businesses – they supply some big household names too
A co-operative of farmers, the Blackcurrant Growers’ Association supplies Ribena with most of its blackcurrants.
All the wheat for Warburtons bread is supplied by the agricultural co-op Openfield – it provides 150,000 tonnes a year from 300 wheat farmers.
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Birds Eye Peas
The Green Pea Company is a co-operative of UK farmers that provides Birds Eye Peas with its peas.
Anchor butter is produced by the co-operative Arla, which is owned by 12,000 dairy farmers, 2,500 of whom are in the UK – almost a quarter of all British dairy farmers.
Jubilee Strawberries is supplied by Berry Garden Growers, a co-operative that markets soft fruits from its farmer members.
Mustard Seed Growers Co-operative is a co-op of farmers local to the Colman’s factory that supplies the majority of the mustard seeds that go into making Colman’s English Mustard.
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