The Co-op Bakery
The Co-operative Bakery, were very big players’ in the baking industry.
In 1964 there were 14,040 Supermarkets and Self Service Stores. accounting for 35% of all food turnover . (Less than 10% of shops – more than 1/3rd of turnover). Split thus in 1964 – Co-ops 4,456 …33.9%. Large Multiples 4,723….36.0%. Large Independents 3,677….28.0%.
The Co-ops having their own outlets were really untouchable as far as Landers were concerned. Their shop outlets were many, and basically their only other opening for their bread was retail, (door to door delivery) which they did very well. It was only when Landers commenced their own retail vans with Bakers Boy that the Co-op began to lose out. They also appeared to be a little slow off the mark with their Supermarkets.
Landers and the Co-op were always very friendly, and were there to help each other when the occasion arose.
The Co-op in 1964/5 had a total of 13,919 shops out of a total of 149,548 shops, which included 18,041 multiples and 117,388 corner shops. Mansfield had their fair share of Co-op shops, including the very large store on Queen Street.
Of the total food market in 1964/5. The Co-op’s turnover was estimated at £463 million. The Multiples turnover was £849 million. and the Independents turnover was £1,274 million. Giving a total of £2,586 million. Of this food market total, the Co-op had 17.9 % in 1964/5. The bakery market was worth £486 million, with bread worth £ 306 million, compared with, Bacon £129 m. Butter £187 m. Biscuits £140 million, and Sugar £130 million.
In 1966 the sterling value of the food market was £2,586 million and the population was in the region of 55 million
By Alan Curtis (Not yet approved)