Co-op takes the local route

THE Co-operative has vowed to double its number of local suppliers.

With the launch of a new small business charter, the retailer has pledged to increase the number of small suppliers it works with to 1,200 by the end of 2017.

SPCA’s Fiona McKenzie, Co-op Peterculter’s Michael Cardiner and pig farmer Patrick Stephen with Co-op’s Irresistible Ayrshire-style Bacon.

It has also launched a new 100% Scottish Ayrshire-style bacon made from specially selected pork, supplied from 12 farms located across North Aberdeenshire and Angus.

The bacon, under the retailer’s Irresistible range, is cured by hand and air-dried for up to 21 days.

Bearing the Specially Selected Pork approved by the Scottish SPCA label, to highlight the high welfare standard of pigs on Scottish farms, it is available in 60 Co-op stores across the country priced at £2.79.