Associated Co-operative Creameries

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Associated Co-operative Creameries (ACC), formerly CWS Milk Group, was a subsidiary and operating division of The Co-operative Group. It operated dairies throughout the United Kingdom and also doorstep-delivered milk to households.

Associated Co-operative Creameries Limited is an industrial and provident society that was first registered in 1961,[1] and became a subsidiary of the North Eastern Co-operative Society (NECS), a large regional consumer co-operative based in Gateshead. It became one of the largest milk processors and distributors in north east England. After NECS merged with the Co-operative Wholesale Society (CWS, now the Co-operative Group) in 1992, Associated Co-operative Creameries absorbed CWS Milk Group, a milk processor and distributor based in Wales and north west England.[2] The abbreviated trading name ACC was adopted in 2001 when the milk and distribution operations were split.

By 2004, Associated Co-operative Creameries Limited, trading as ACC Milk, was the UK's fourth largest dairy business, when it was sold to yet another co-operative, Dairy Farmers of Britain of Nantwich, Cheshire, forming Britain's largest milk co-operative, and the UK's third largest milk processor.[3][4] ACC moved its registered address to Nantwich at that time.[1]

ACC Distribution was the logistics division of The Co-operative Group and supplied not only stores belonging to The Co-operative Group itself but other co-operative societies. ACC Distribution is still owned by the Co-operative Group and is today known as Co-operative Retail Logistics.[citation needed]

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