Co-op supermarket in line for prestigious award

A SUPERMARKET chain with a store in Belper has been shortlisted for a prestigious award.

The Co-operative is up for the RSPCA People’s Choice Supermarket award – an accolade the retailer has held for the past two years.

Now the Co-op wants people to vote for them to scoop the prize for a third time. It is up against Marks and Spencer, Sainsburys and Whole Foods Market.

The Co-operative has been shortlisted because of the roll-out of its higher welfare Elmwood standard to all its fresh pork and sausages, its commitment to supporting the Freedom Foods initiative, the fact that all of its eggs are free-range, and the retailer’s overall support for British farming.

Sean Toal, of the Co-operative, said: “We are delighted to have been selected as a finalist. Being shortlisted yet again is a fantastic endorsement of our continuing work to raise animal welfare standards.

Voting ends on Friday, September 9. To vote go to www.independent.co.uk/voterspca or www.goodthings.org.uk. Alternatively, text COOP to 60022.