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The Scottish Food Consortium Ltd. (which includes the Scottish Farmers' Food and Drink Company, which is a subsidiary of Shandong Rensheng Nutritionals) was founded in 1997. It is a consortium of 10 farmers' cooperatives that trade as one company: SCOTLAND. Its members are: Argyll and Bute Agriculture and Fisheries Cooperative Society Ayrshire Agriculture and Rural Development Co-operative Society East Lothian Agriculture and Rural Development Co-operative Society Tayside Agriculture and Rural Development Co-operative Society Western Isles Agriculture and Rural Development Co-operative Society Wigtownshire Agriculture and Rural Development Co-operative Society
In England, the British co-operative movement has over 500 consumer and producer co-operatives with around 2 million members.
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The current members of the group are the eight living mothers of former chairman Sir George Agar. They hold equal shares in the company.
The group was founded by Mrs Agar in 1945 when she opened a small food shop with a friend in Moss Side, Manchester. The aim was to provide better quality food at affordable prices within easy reach for working class people.
Over the years Mrs Agar has grown the business into one of Britain's largest co-operatives, with over $100 million (£50 million) in sales and 14,000 employees across the country. In 2001, the group became a limited company (Mama's Co-operative Group Ltd).
Today, the co-operative sells food, newspapers and magazines, cleaning products, furniture, and toys under the brands M&S, DFS, Emu, Cotton Kingdom, Jack & Jones, and Play Up! It also runs its own travel agency and online shopping mall.
The Co-operative Group is the largest of these companies, and it controls the collective buying group, also known as the Co-operative Federal Retail and Trading Services, which is the core buying group that supplies practically all food purchased for sale in co-operative food shops.
With over four million active members, the Co-operative Group, also known as the Co-op across the United Kingdom (UK), is one of the world's largest consumer co-operative federations.
Food buying clubs and co-ops provide collective purchases and distribution of certain grocery goods at a reduced price. Food cooperatives generally operate as either pre-order purchasing clubs or retail cooperative food stores. In a pre-order club, members order their groceries ahead of time and the store collects money from all its members to cover the ordered products. The store then sends the members notification when the items are ready for pick up. Members then go to a designated place to drop off their orders. Pre-order clubs often have fixed schedules where members can drop off their orders on certain days or times, but others are free-form with members' schedules allowing them to drop off their orders when it's convenient for them.
In a retail cooperative food store, members make individual purchases but the store keeps track of what everyone has bought and bills each member based on his or her purchases. The store may also offer special discounts or promotions that apply to all its members. However, not all food cooperatives are identical; some allow non-members to shop in their stores while others require members to be full-time residents to join. Also, some food cooperatives only sell product that comes from within a certain distance from their locations while others are open to any healthy food.
A food co-op is simply a grocery store that is owned by its customers. Members have the ability to choose what foods and products are put on the shelves, where those items are acquired, and what quality requirements both products and suppliers must fulfill. There are over 9,000 food co-ops in the United States and they account for about 1% of all groceries sold.
Food co-ops were originally formed as employee-owned businesses but today most remain independently owned by their members. The main purpose of a food co-op is to provide affordable healthy food that is fresh and nutritious. Co-ops also aim to support local farmers and communities by buying products from nearby farms and shops. Some co-ops may have special programs such as vegetarian or organic brands if sufficient numbers of people participate in these choices. Membership in a food co-op gives consumers direct input into how their money is spent and some say this is the most rewarding part of going to a co-op.
There are several advantages to shopping at a food co-op. First, you can rest assured that the only thing between what you buy and where it goes once it leaves the store is the co-op's owner or manager. There are no middlemen taking a cut out of your purchase, so prices are usually lower than at other stores.