Manchester’s Unicorn Grocery in final three for national BBC award
Manchester’s Unicorn Grocery workers co-operative has been named one of three finalists in the ‘Best Food Retailer’ category of the BBC’s prestigious national Food & Farming Awards 2017.
Nominated by its customers, Unicorn has been chosen as a finalist out of 528 food retailers put forward for the award. The finalists in all nine categories were announced on Radio 4’s Food Programme on Sunday. Award judges will soon be visiting Unicorn, along with the other finalists in the category, to make their decision. The winners will be announced on 8th June at a ceremony in Bristol.
Unicorn is a wholefoods grocery located in Chorlton, South Manchester. It has been providing wholesome and affordable food, drink and household products to its diverse local customer base since it was founded as a workers co-operative in 1996. Known especially for its huge range of organic fruit and veg and store cupboard staples, it aims to trade responsibly whilst pricing competitively with the major supermarkets.
Unicorn last featured at the awards in 2008, when the co-operative won the same category jointly with Conrad Davies’ Spar in Pwllheli, Gwynedd. Since then it has more than doubled in size, growing from around 37 worker-members to 72 today.