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Coop (Switzerland)

Coop (Switzerland)
NameCoop Switzerland
Typecooperative
PredecessorUSC (founded in 1890)
Foundation, 1969
Location CityBasel
Location CountrySwitzerland
Area ServedSwitzerland, Liechtenstein
IndustryWholesale distribution
Productsfood and non-food
Revenue20,000 billion CHF (2010)
Net Income+ 350 million CHF (2007)
Members2,502,100 families (2007)
Num Employees48,200 (2007)
Homepagecoop.ch

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Coop (-deˈkoːp) 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.

Coop publishes a weekly magazine called Coopzeitung (in German), Coopération (in French) and Cooperazione (in Italian).

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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