- Coop (Switzerland)
Coop Switzerland Type cooperative Predecessor USC (founded in 1890) Founded 1969 Headquarters Basel, Switzerland Area served Switzerland, Liechtenstein Industry Wholesale distribution Products food and non-food Revenue 20,000 billion CHF (2010) Net income + 350 million CHF (2007) Members 2,502,100 families (2007) Employees 48,200 (2007) Website coop.ch
Coop (German pronunciation: [ˈkoːp]) is a Swiss cooperative which operates the largest in supermarket chain in Switzerland. In 2001, Coop merged with 11 cooperative federations which had been its main suppliers for over 100 years.
As of 2007, Coop operates 1437 shops and employs almost 48 200 people. According to Bio Suisse, the Swiss organic producers' association, Coop accounts for half of all the organic food sold in Switzerland. Coop's four primary organic brands are Coop Oecoplan, Coop Naturaline, Coop Naturaplan, and Max Havelaar.
Coop also has a low-cost product line, "Prix Garantie." Other than that, the latest product line from Coop is entitled PlanB and focuses on young clients looking for food on the go.
The chain has an online presence called coop@home. The web site offers much of the same selection found in the Coop stores and delivers groceries, wine, flowers, books, and other products to customers in Switzerland and Lichtenstein. It currently markets its services in German, French, and English.
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