New! Organic Coconut Blossom Syrup
May 5, 2016 – 9:18 am | One Comment

New! Organic Coconut Blossom Syrup

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Suma is the uk’s largest workers’ cooperative. We operate equal pay and are democratically run by our members.

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Suma’s Japanese Visitors
July 26, 2016 – 9:43 am | No Comment

In April of this year Suma were delighted to welcome three managers from the Japanese Consumers’ Cooperative Union. They represent 570 individual coops throughout Japan with 27 million members!

It was lovely to have visitors from the other side of the world, and great to show them all things Suma. They liked us so much that that a further sixteen travelled over and spent the day with us last week.

Due to the language barrier, it was really tricky for Rob (from our Brand team) to tell them all about life at the UK’s biggest workers cooperative, luckily for him, the interpreter was fantastic.

Rob was aided and assisted by his beautiful assistant, Roly, who can usually be found in our Stock Control department. One of Roly’s great passions is karate, he has visited Japan and even speaks some Japanese! This made him the ideal person to help Rob look after these very special guests.

Japanese Visitors JUL16

The first consumer coop in Japan was set up in the late 19th century based on the Rochdale Pioneer model and became very popular in the 1940’s to help deal with poverty after WW ll.

A large proportion of members are in Home Delivery Networks. They are also involved with supermarket-type stores, housing, mutual insurance, nursing care, furniture, clothing and much more. One of their newest areas of business is a healthy home-delivery meal service to the elderly.

We really like their “2020 Vision of Japanese Co-ops – We are dedicated to working with the people to realize a new society where smiles and trust abound”

There were certainly plenty of smiles throughout the visit and we look forward to future visits and exchanges of ideas. Hopefully by the time the next visit comes round, Roly will be fluent in Japanese!!

Suma wins ‘Employer of the Year’ at the annual Grocer Gold awards
June 16, 2016 – 11:26 am | No Comment
Suma wins ‘Employer of the Year’ at the annual Grocer Gold awards

Suma are pleased to announce that we won ‘Employer of the year’ in the Grocer Gold awards, June 2016.

New! Organic Coconut Blossom Syrup
May 5, 2016 – 9:18 am | One Comment
New! Organic Coconut Blossom Syrup

New! Organic Coconut Blossom Syrup

Pearl barley: A hidden storecupboard gem
May 2, 2016 – 12:05 pm | No Comment
Pearl barley: A hidden storecupboard gem

When it comes to simple and nutritious British food, you can’t go far wrong with the humble barley grain. It’s a wonderfully versatile cereal grain with a rich nutlike flavour and an appealing chewy, pasta-like consistency.

Pearl barley pudding with coconut and rapberries
May 2, 2016 – 11:54 am | No Comment
Pearl barley pudding with coconut and rapberries

When it comes to pearl barley recipes, pudding may not be the first thing that springs to mind. But simmered with coconut milk, rosewater and berries, this humble grain is transformed into a comforting yet exotic pudding, with a zingy fruit flavour and a creamy texture.

Suma is looking for Evening Warehouse Workers
May 2, 2016 – 9:20 am | One Comment
Suma is looking for Evening Warehouse Workers

We are currently recruiting

We are pleased to announce that we are looking to recruit part time workers for evening shifts at our Elland warehouse. Successful candidates will initially be trained in order picking but may …

Japanese Visitors!
April 22, 2016 – 12:01 pm | No Comment
Japanese Visitors!

Here at Suma we are always keen to share information about cooperative working.

Member Profile: Emily Harwood
April 20, 2016 – 4:25 pm | No Comment
Member Profile: Emily Harwood

Emily’s Member Profile

How long have you worked at Suma and why did you initially join?
I have been at Suma for just over a year now. Many things appealed to me; Suma’s ethical views, all members …

National Vegetarian Week
April 11, 2016 – 12:39 pm | One Comment
National Vegetarian Week

National Vegetarian Week is 16th – 22nd May
The brilliantly talented Leonardo da Vinci – artist, inventor, mathematician, scientist, engineer and sculptor of the Italian Renaissance once said:
“The time will come when men such as I will …

Suma are attending Natural & Organic Products Europe 2016
April 8, 2016 – 1:41 pm | No Comment
Suma are attending Natural & Organic Products Europe 2016

We’ll be exhibiting once again at Natural & Organic Products Europe in April. Sunday 17th & Monday 18th April 2016, ExCel, London

The Seven Principles: A lesson in co-operation
March 30, 2016 – 10:19 am | No Comment
The Seven Principles: A lesson in co-operation

Suma visits Rochdale Pioneers Museum
A trip to the birthplace of the co-operative movement inspires us to revisit our founding principles
As part of our ongoing mission to champion the co-operative cause, a few of us from …