Central England Co-operative’s Distribution Centre gears up for the Great British summer


Central England Co-op’s distribution hub in Leicester is geared up for the summer season as 69,000 tonnes of food and drink pass through the facility on the way to 240 stores across 16 counties. This huge weight is the equivalent of:

•    5,574 double decker buses
•    138,808 camels
•    11,567 African elephants
•    40,826 Ford Fiestas 

A dedicated team of 170 colleagues at the Society’s Chilled Distribution Centre have been preparing for the summer months since Easter to make sure that shelves are fully stocked with everything a family would need for a fantastic summer.

Operating seven days a week, the Chilled Distribution Centre receives, picks and delivers over:

•    320,000 bags of sweet and crunchy pre-packed salad
•    348,000 cucumbers
•    375,000 burgers
•    143,000 punnets of raspberries
•    135,000 punnets of strawberries 
•    78,000 tubs of double cream
•    38,000 packs of chicken barbecue drumsticks
•    42,000 Melton Mowbray pork pies

Lee Dundee, Chilled Distribution Centre Manager, said: “The Chilled Distribution Centre is pretty busy all year round. Our peaks are very much summer, Christmas and Easter, and as the summer starts to get into full swing we are working constantly to make sure that customers can get the products they want from our stores.”

The hard work will continue for colleagues as summer winds down and preparation will begin for the Christmas season straight away.

Find out all about the latest summer Central England Co-operative deals at https://www.centralengland.coop/deals


Notes to editors

About Central England Co-operative

Central England Co-operative is one of the largest independent retail co-operative societies in the UK. 

It is a modern, forward-looking organisation employing over 8,000 staff, with the Society’s principal areas of activity being food, funeral services, and property investment.

Central England Co-operative has over 400 trading outlets across 16 counties including; West Midlands, Warwickshire, Worcestershire, Staffordshire, Derbyshire, Leicestershire, Rutland, Nottinghamshire, Northamptonshire, Lincolnshire, West Yorkshire, South Yorkshire, Suffolk, Norfolk, Bedfordshire and Cambridgeshire.  The Society has an ambitious food store development programme for 2018. 

Central England Co-operative is proud of its reputation for ethical business practices and corporate responsibility.  It is a member of Business in the Community, the membership organisation that stands for responsible business, and has also won many business awards for excellence.  The Society supports a number of charities including Dementia UK and invests a percentage of its trading profit into local communities.

Becoming a member of Central England Co-operative offers a whole host of benefits ranging from collecting points every time you spend in store to earn a share of the profits, access to members activities and community initiatives including the Community Dividend Fund, which hands out grants of up to £5,000 to charities and good causes across the Society’s trading estate.
Find out how to become a Central England Co-operative member by calling 0800 0501 601, emailing members@centralengland.coop or visiting https://www.members.coop

For more information visit www.centralengland.coop, follow Central England Co-operative on Twitter: @mycoopfood, and on Facebook: facebook.com/centralenglandcooperative

Rob Smyth / Heather Clapton at Central England Co-operative on 01543 414140

Email –publicrelations@centralengland.coop