Co-operative Retail Trading Group

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Co-operative Retail Trading Group
Business of a consumer co-operative
Industry Wholesale
Founded 1993
Headquarters Manchester, United Kingdom
Products Grocer
Parent The Co-operative Group

The Co-operative Retail Trading Group (or CRTG) is the central buying group for co-operative retail societies in the United Kingdom. It was established in 1993, and says that it supplies 100% of food bought for sale by co-operatives in the UK, after being joined by the last two independent societies in 2002. [1] The group is organised by the Co-operative Group on behalf of the other member societies,[2] and is a member of the Ethical Trading Initiative (ETI).[3]

Consortium of Independent Co-operatives[edit]

Until 1998, it faced competition within the retail co-operative movement from another grocery buying group, the Consortium of Independent Co-operatives (CIC) which was led by Co-operative Retail Services. Several of the larger regional co-operatives of the time were members of CIC: Portsea, Scotmid, United, and Yorkshire. In 1998, the CIC supplied £1 billion of goods annually, and the CRTG £2.5 billion.[4]

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  1. ^ About Us, 2007, retrieved 19 November 2007 
  2. ^ Glossary, archived from the original on 6 Apr 2008, retrieved 28 Nov 2009 
  3. ^ Heart of England Co-operative Society (February 2007), annual report & financial statements for the period ended 20th January 2007 (PDF), Heart of England Co-operative Society, p. 13, retrieved 19 November 2007 [dead link]
  4. ^ Nigel Cope (17 Sep 1998). "Collapse of buying group adds to pressure for Co-op merger". The Independent. Retrieved 4 Dec 2009. 

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