Chill out! Central England Co-op Distribution Centre is ready for the August bank holiday

Colleagues at Central England Co-operative Chilled Distribution Centre have been working around the clock to ensure stores are stocked full of everything customers need to relax and enjoy the August bank holiday.

As families get set for the holiday weekend, a dedicated team of over 130 colleagues at the Society’s 42,000 sq ft Chilled Distribution Centre, in Leicester, have been working around the clock to ensure shelves at its 266 stores across 16 counties will be well stocked with everything from salads to barbecue favourites and summer berries.

In the last six weeks alone, the Chilled Distribution Centre, which operates 364 days of the year to receive, pick, assemble and deliver refrigerated and frozen foods has dealt with 13,734 bags of mixed leaf salad, 16,790 iceberg lettuces, 33,227 cucumbers, 16,858 punnets of raspberries, 40,942 punnets of strawberries, 7,926 tubs of double cream, 5,854 packs of Co-op beef quarter pounders 15,146 punnets of blueberries and 9,298 Co-op pepperoni and 8,706 Co-op margherita pizzas. Colleagues have also been distributing hundreds of other products including thousands of packs of bacon, sausage rolls, vegetables and fruits.

Lee Dundee, Distribution Warehousing Manager, said: “We have had some very warm weather in the last few weeks, which means the Chilled Distribution Centre has been very busy. 

“The run-up to the final bank holiday of the summer will be another peak in our activity, ensuring our customers can get what they need from our stores to make the end of summer enjoyable and memorable. We will then be looking ahead to the next peak in the run-up to Christmas.”


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Picture captions: 1. Co-op Irresistible Hereford Beef Beefburgers, amongst the thousands dealt with by the Chilled Distribution Centre every week.  2. Colleagues ensure customers have everything they need in the run up to the August bank holiday.  3. The busy Chilled Distribution Centre in Leicester operates round the clock, 364 days a year.

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 2019.


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 or visiting


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Rob Smyth and James Brindle at Central England Co-operative on 01543 421390


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