Programme

Day One
21 September

IGD market update

James Walton
Chief Economist, IGD

Welcome from Co-op Chief Executive, Food, Jo Whitfield, who will present Co-operating for a fairer world, together and introduce you to her team that will take you through Co-op’s strategy.

Jo Whitfield
Chief Executive, Food, Co-op

Plenary

Closer together

As the Co-op continues to grow, Ali will explain how their values and commercial strength is opening doors to innovative partnerships that engage new generations of customers and members.

Alison Jones
Customer Director, Co-op

Pioneering for our shared customer

Innovation is needed to face into the rapidly changing grocery market. The Co-op’s history is filled with examples of innovation, making them pioneers of retail. Join Breige and Mark to hear how Co-op’s instincts for innovation will drive them and their suppliers through an uncertain future.

Breige Donaghy
Director of Delicious Food, Co-op

Mark Matthews
Director of Store Innovation, Co-op

Winning with a multichannel business

The Co-op is bigger than just a blue clover on the corner. Join Ayaz and Chris to learn about their expansive wholesale business, their unique and growing e-commerce offer and a franchise model that’s penetrating otherwise hard-to-reach markets.

Ayaz Alam
Trading Director, Nisa

Chris Conway
Head of Digital, Co-op

Caring for our planet, it’s good business

In May the Co-op have announced radical plans to tackle Climate Change, join Michael to hear the background to why these commitments have been made and how it will impact future supplier trading relationships.

Michael Fletcher
Retail Chief Commercial Officer, Co-op

Underpinned by great commercials

The Co-op’s vision for a fairer world can only be delivered through a successful commercial business. Join Matt to learn about Co-op’s commercial priorities and what suppliers can do to win with them.

Matt Hood
Commercial Director, Co-op

Closer to Co-op

Value Chain and Cost to Serve

Value creation supports our Co-op vision, not only through managing complexity and cost for us and our suppliers, but also allowing us both to build a more sustainable operation. Our Cost to Serve and Value Chain programmes work together with our supply base to deliver against these critical goals. Join Guy Stuart and team to learn how you can work with them to create value in the best way.

Led by Guy Stuart
Head of Value Chain, Fresh, Co-op

Inclusion and diversity

The Co-op is on a journey to champion inclusion and diversity in its business and across its supply chain and partners. Sinead Bell invites you to join her to start a conversation on how we can collectively focus on inclusive ways of working and how we can support one another to create a fairer world.

Led by Sinead Bell
Buying Director, Co-op

Winning across all Co-op Channels

Co-op recognises itself to be a multichannel business, but what does that mean for our suppliers? Adele Balmforth will help you understand the Co-op’s key channels and where the opportunities for growth lie for suppliers.

Led by Adele Balmforth
Buying Director, Ambient, Co-op

Data, Insight and Category Planning

Co-op continue to develop a culture of using insight to drive decision-making. Using a variety of inputs, and systems, there are opportunities for the Co-op and their suppliers to explore. Join Ben Kisby to learn about Co-op’s insight toolkit and how it can help you better understand the Co-op customer.

Led by Ben Kisby
Head of Commercial Strategy & Planning, Co-op

Destination Co-op: our Trade Missions

Last year, Co-op launched its five trade missions: Drinks, Food-to-Go, Frozen, Meal for Tonight and Newsagent. One year on, you’re invited to join Paul and the Co-op Heads of Category for an update on the mission’s journey so far and what’s yet to come.

Led by Paul Cunningham
Buying Director, Fresh, Co-op

Main Plenary Q&A joined by

Chris Conway
Head of Digital, Co-op

Breige Donaghy
Director of Delicious Food, Co-op

Michael Fletcher
Retail Chief Commercial Officer, Co-op

Matt Hood
Commercial Director, Co-op

Alison Jones
Customer Director, Co-op

Delicious Food Showcase

Michelle Rowley
Head of Product Development, Co-op

Closer to Co-op Q&A joined by

Ayaz Alam
Trading Director, Nisa

Adele Balmforth
Buying Director, Ambient, Co-op

Sinead Bell
Buying Director, Co-op

Paul Cunningham
Buying Director, Fresh, Co-op

Guy Stuart
Head of Value Chain, Fresh, Co-op

Day Two
22 September

Category panels with the Heads of Category

Get a little closer to your category team by joining them for a live Q&A panel. Live on day 2 of the event, there’ll be an opportunity to ask all the questions you need in order to what the Co-op Buying Teams are looking for in their categories.

  • Bakery, Local, Regional & World Foods led by Richard Dennett, Head of Category - Bakery, Local, Regional & World Foods
  • Dairy & Frozen led by Rebecca Oliver-Mooney, Head of Category - Dairy & Frozen
  • Drinks led by Simon Cairns, Head of Category - Drinks
  • Food to Go & ISB led by Nicole Tallant, Head of Category - Food to Go
  • Home and Personal Care & Grocery & Edibles led by John Dickson, Head of Category - Home and Personal Care & Grocery & Edibles
  • Impulse led by Thomas Bradley, Head of Category - Impulse
  • Meals & Events (Chilled / Prepared) led by Oliver Pinder, Head of Category - Meals & Events
  • Newsagent, Non-Food & Kiosk led by Dahlia Stroud, Head of Category - Non Food, Fuel and Kiosk (Cigarettes, Tobacco, News and Magazines)
  • Produce & Protein led by Hazel Appleyard, Head of Category - Produce and Protein

Pre-booked buyer 1-2-1 meetings plus category booth engagement

Day One
21 September

IGD market update

James Walton

Chief Economist,
IGD

Welcome from Co-op Chief Executive, Food, Jo Whitfield, who will present Co-operating for a fairer world, together and introduce you to her team that will take you through Co-op’s strategy.

Jo Whitfield starts your day with an update on Co-op’s vision: ‘Co-operating for a Fairer World’. Jo will share Co-op’s key strategic pillars with a personal view of why it’s so important for the Co-op and its suppliers to deliver on this vision.

Jo Whitfield

Chief Executive, Food,
Co-op

Plenary

Closer together

As the Co-op continues to grow, Ali will explain how their values and commercial strength is opening doors to innovative partnerships that engage new generations of customers and members.

Alison Jones

Customer Director,
Co-op

Pioneering for our shared customer

Innovation is needed to face into the rapidly changing grocery market. The Co-op’s history is filled with examples of innovation, making them pioneers of retail. Join Breige and Mark to hear how Co-op’s instincts for innovation will drive them and their suppliers through an uncertain future.

Breige Donaghy

Director of Delicious Food,
Co-op

Mark Matthews

Director of Store Innovation,
Co-op

Winning with a multichannel business

The Co-op is bigger than just a blue clover on the corner. Join Ayaz and Chris to learn about their expansive wholesale business, their unique and growing e-commerce offer and a franchise model that’s penetrating otherwise hard-to-reach markets.

Ayaz Alam

Trading Director,
Nisa

Chris Conway

Head of Digital, Co-op

Caring for our planet, it’s good business

In May the Co-op have announced radical plans to tackle Climate Change, join Michael to hear the background to why these commitments have been made and how it will impact future supplier trading relationships.

Michael Fletcher

Retail Chief Commercial Officer, Co-op

Underpinned by great commercials

The Co-op’s vision for a fairer world can only be delivered through a successful commercial business. Join Matt to learn about Co-op’s commercial priorities and what suppliers can do to win with them.

Matt Hood

Commercial Director,
Co-op

Closer to Co-op

Value Chain and Cost to Serve

Value creation supports our Co-op vision, not only through managing complexity and cost for us and our suppliers, but also allowing us both to build a more sustainable operation. Our Cost to Serve and Value Chain programmes work together with our supply base to deliver against these critical goals. Join Guy Stuart and team to learn how you can work with them to create value in the best way.

Led by Guy Stuart

Head of Value Chain, Fresh, Co-op

Inclusion and diversity

The Co-op is on a journey to champion inclusion and diversity in its business and across its supply chain and partners. Sinead Bell invites you to join her to start a conversation on how we can collectively focus on inclusive ways of working and how we can support one another to create a fairer world.

Led by Sinead Bell

Buying Director,
Co-op

Winning across all Co-op Channels

Co-op recognises itself to be a multichannel business, but what does that mean for our suppliers? Adele Balmforth will help you understand the Co-op’s key channels and where the opportunities for growth lie for suppliers.

Led by Adele Balmforth

Buying Director, Ambient, Co-op

Data, Insight and Category Planning

Co-op continue to develop a culture of using insight to drive decision-making. Using a variety of inputs, and systems, there are opportunities for the Co-op and their suppliers to explore. Join Ben Kisby to learn about Co-op’s insight toolkit and how it can help you better understand the Co-op customer.

Led by Ben Kisby

Head of Commercial Strategy & Planning,
Co-op

Destination Co-op: our Trade Missions

Last year, Co-op launched its five trade missions: Drinks, Food-to-Go, Frozen, Meal for Tonight and Newsagent. One year on, you’re invited to join Paul and the Co-op Heads of Category for an update on the mission’s journey so far and what’s yet to come.

Led by Paul Cunningham

Buying Director, Fresh,
Co-op

Main Plenary Q&A joined by

Chris Conway

Head of Digital, Co-op

Breige Donaghy

Director of Delicious Food, Co-op

Michael Fletcher

Retail Chief Commercial Officer, Co-op

Matt Hood

Commercial Director,
Co-op

Alison Jones

Customer Director,
Co-op

Delicious Food Showcase

Led by Michelle Rowley

Head of Product Development, Co-op

Closer to Co-op Q&A joined by

Ayaz Alam

Trading Director,
Nisa

Adele Balmforth

Buying Director, Ambient, Co-op

Sinead Bell

Buying Director,
Co-op

Paul Cunningham

Buying Director, Fresh,
Co-op

Guy Stuart

Head of Value Chain, Fresh, Co-op

Day Two
22 September

Category panels with the Heads of Category

Get a little closer to your category team by joining them for a live Q&A panel. Live on day 2 of the event, there’ll be an opportunity to ask all the questions you need in order to what the Co-op Buying Teams are looking for in their categories.

  • Bakery, Local, Regional & World Foods led by Richard Dennett, Head of Category - Bakery, Local, Regional & World Foods
  • Dairy & Frozen led by Rebecca Oliver-Mooney, Head of Category - Dairy & Frozen
  • Drinks led by Simon Cairns, Head of Category - Drinks
  • Food to Go & ISB led by Nicole Tallant, Head of Category - Food to Go
  • Home and Personal Care & Grocery & Edibles led by John Dickson, Head of Category - Home and Personal Care & Grocery & Edibles
  • Impulse led by Thomas Bradley, Head of Category - Impulse
  • Meals & Events (Chilled / Prepared) led by Oliver Pinder, Head of Category - Meals & Events
  • Newsagent, Non-Food & Kiosk led by Dahlia Stroud, Head of Category - Non Food, Fuel and Kiosk (Cigarettes, Tobacco, News and Magazines)
  • Produce & Protein led by Hazel Appleyard, Head of Category - Produce and Protein

Rebecca Oliver-Mooney

Head of Category - Dairy & Frozen, Co-op

Nicole Tallant

Head of Category - Food to Go, Co-op

Dahlia Stroud

Head of Category - Non Food, Fuel and Kiosk (Cigarettes, Tobacco, News and Magazines), Co-op

Simon Cairns

Head of Category - Drinks, Co-op

Pre-booked buyer 1-2-1 meetings plus category booth engagement

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