Make it a local Christmas and raise a glass of Staffordshire-brewed ale from Central England Co-op

Shoppers at Central England Co-op stores can bring a local flavour to Christmas this year as the retailer is selling a selection of locally-brewed real ales from four Staffordshire breweries in 20 of the county’s stores.

Customers of Central England Co-op can enjoy locally-brewed real ales from Freedom Brewery, Titanic Brewery, Lymestone Brewery and Staffordshire Brewery.

Freedom Brewery, based in Abbots Bromley, has been creating ales since 1995 and now operates from a state-of-the-art site in the countryside.

The brewery offers a range of different drinks from a ‘refreshing’ lager to a pale ale and uses local spring water during its brewing process to improve taste.

Stoke-based Titanic Brewery started life in 1985 and now produces over three million pints a year.

The brewery employs around 150 local people and is renowned across the county for its versions of porter and stout.

Lymestone Brewery, based in Stone, is a family run operation and creates a range of ales and seasonal brews.

In the heart of the Staffordshire Moorlands, Adrian Corke and Sue Carline began brewing hand-crafted beers and out of that came the Staffordshire Brewery.

The operation has grown from brewing in a garden shed and bottling in a kitchen in 2002 to now working from 1,000sq ft specialist unit.

The team offer everything from ales to ciders from its home in Cheddleton, Leek.

Supporting local producers is important to Central England Co-op and the retailer now stocks many locally-sourced products.

Branston Food Store Manager Suzanne Young said: “We are really proud at Central England Co-op of continuing our long tradition of working with local suppliers by joining forces with four great Staffordshire breweries to showcase some great beers and ales.

“With Christmas just around the corner, customers can enjoy a great offering when it comes to beers, wines and spirits, an offering made even better by the addition of some great local creations made just a few miles away.”


Notes to editors

The local ales range is available in the following stores:

Alrewas Food Store
Baswich Lane Food Store, Stafford
Branston Square Food Store, Burton on Trent
Cannock Road Food Store, Burntwood
Castle Park Supermarket, Burton on Trent
Eccleshall Supermarket
Eton Park Food Store, Burton on Trent
First Avenue Food Store, Stafford
Fradley Food Store
Lichfield Supermarket
Lynton Avenue Food Store, Stafford
Queensway Food Store, Rugeley
Rising Brook Food Store, Stafford
Rugeley Supermarket
Silkmore Lane Supermarket, Stafford
Stapenhill Supermarket
Stretton Supermarket
Weston Road Food Store, Stafford
Wildwood Supermarket, Stafford
Winshill Food Store, Burton on Trent

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, 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 or visiting

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Rob Smyth at Central England Co-operative on 01543 414140

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