Father’s Day shopping habits revealed as part of new Co-op research

New research from Central England Co-op has offered an insight into the shopping habits of sons and daughters ahead of Father’s Day.

The retailer published specially collated data that showed 44% of customers will pick up an item for their dad in the week before the annual celebration and just 22% will leave it until the day.

The most popular item purchased of those surveyed was a Father’s Day Card, with data showing that card sales peak at 10am on Father’s Day as customers pop in on the way to see their dad – whereas 5pm is peak card buying time during the week before when sons and daughters pick one up on the way home from work.

The most surprising result to come out of the research was that 57% of people admitted that they would spend MORE on Mother’s Day than Father’s Day.

Figures from last year showed that the top items when it came to people picking up a last-minute gift on the day included Cadbury chocolate, Carling and Stella lager, spirits such as Famous Grouse and Gordon’s and Co-operative award-winning prosecco.

One of the biggest areas of growth recorded has been in the category of special gifting, with the likes of key rings and gift sets proving popular with children wanting to get something for their dad.

This year, Central England Co-op is also expecting to see even more interest in real ales, especially following the roll-out of a brand new range of drinks that have been sourced from local breweries.

Martin Hill, Head of Product and Category, said: “As a business, we constantly monitor what our customers want and this is why we have some great deals on cards, chocolate and beers, wines and spirits in time for Father’s Day.

“Also, this year England’s first World Cup game is the day after Father’s Day providing the perfect opportunity to get something for dads to help them cheer on the Three Lions against Tunisia.

“Whether customers like to plan ahead or leave it to the last minute, we have something for everyone to help celebrate with their father this June.”

Among the great deals on offer at local Central England Co-op Food Stores are a range of Cadbury chocolate from just £1, Famous Grouse Scotch for £14 and a special Father’s Day mug for just £5.

Keep up-to-date with all of the latest Father’s Day deals by heading online to www.centralengland.coop/summer


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, travel shops, 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