Central England Co-op distribution centre delivers more Easter eggs than ever before to meet customer demand

Posted by james brindle | Published: 31/03/2022

Central England Co-op colleagues have been working around the clock to ensure shelves are stocked full of chocolate treats in time for Easter with record numbers passing through its distribution centre this year.

The team at its Food Distribution Centre, in Leicester, have been hard at work since Christmas Eve to make sure that shoppers can enjoy their chocolatey treats over the Easter period.

In the run-up to Easter, the team has helped shift a whopping 400,000 Easter eggs to hundreds of stores – more than ever before – as well as 475,000 bags of Cadbury’s Mini Eggs and over 500,000 Cadbury Crème Eggs.

Robin Farrell, Head of Distribution and Logistics at Central England Co-operative, said: “Easter is always a busy time for us in distribution, but many people will not know that our planning starts all the way back to Christmas Eve.

“Since then, our hard working and dedicated team have been working non-stop to ensure that our customers are able to enjoy all of their favourite treats this Easter when they visit one of our stores.”

Hundreds of workers help supply over 260 stores across 16 counties from the Central England Co-op’s Food Distribution Centre.

The Society’s distribution hub is also home to a 42,000 sq ft Chilled Distribution Centre which supplies everything from turkeys and pork pies to double cream and fruit.


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 with interests in food, funeral, floral and property investment.

Owned by hundreds of thousands of members, its over 8,000 colleagues serve customers across 400 plus trading sites in 20 counties in the East and West Midlands, Yorkshire, Suffolk, Norfolk, Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Oxfordshire, Gloucestershire and Wiltshire.

Its purpose is to inspire communities to create a sustainable Society for all.

It actively campaigns for the Government to increase sentencing for violent attacks on retail workers and works with FareShare Midlands and hundreds of food banks, generating enough food donations to create over 2.1 million meals for people in need.

The Society embraces inclusivity and equality and is a signed-up member to the Business in the Community (BITC) Race at Work Charter, while it is also fully committed to addressing the impact of climate change and is on track to be Carbon Neutral by 2030. 

It invests a percentage of its trading profit into local communities through its Community Dividend Fund scheme which has seen over £175,000 shared out between 116 good causes over the past 12 months.

Central England Co-op was named Leading Co-op of the Year by Co-operatives UK in 2021.

Press office contacts: Rob Smyth and James Brindle

Contact details: www.centralengland.coop/press-and-media