The Co-Operative Group has revealed plans for a “major” online expansion.
The company announced its plans to offer same-day delivery service across more than 100 UK cities, expanding its same-day online city-centre deliveries to 650 participating stores.
The rollout will also include services from the group’s online shop, which uses eco-friendly bikes and other low emissions transport.
The group also announced its “biggest rollout” of vegan products through its new ‘Gro’ range. The new brand will be launched this month, and will be available across 6,000 Co-op and independent stores.
News of the vegan launch follows research from the Co-op’s Ethical Consumerism report, which revealed that the vegan market has topped £1bn for the first ever time.
It also revealed that sales of vegetarian products have risen over 12% in the past year.
Jo Whitfield, CEO of Co-op Food, said: “At Co-op, we make it easier to get products when you need them and we stay close to our customers changing requirements.
“We have to provide fantastic products and services with strong ethics and a purposeful focus on convenience.”
She added: “Our new vegan range taps into the latest consumer trends and our online services meet the growing appetite for fast home deliveries.”