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Sunday 12:30-13:00
Rpt: Monday 16:00-16:30
From amaranth to zabaglione, Sheila Dillon and Derek Cooper investigate every aspect of the food we eat.
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23 January 2005
Rochdale Museum

 
This week Sheila Dillon is in Rochdale celebrating the 160th anniversary of the co-operative movement. At one point the co-op shops dominated the retail food industry, now they have a tiny percentage of the market - this week's Food Programme finds out whether that change was inevitable and discovers how the movement has shaped the British food industry right up to new food co-ops today.

Food has always played a big part in the movement, from the origins in Rochdale in 1844. Sheila visited the Rochdale Pioneers Museum where she spoke to manager Gillian Lonergan in the original grocer's shop, opened by the Rochdale Pioneers in 1844.

Sheila is joined in the studio by Dame Pauline Green, chief executive of Cooperatives UK which represents cooperative enterprises in Britain, Robert Clark, independent retail analyst and Dr Bill Lancaster, historian at the University of Northumbria, to discuss the development of food co-operatives in the UK.

Sheila and Robert Clark visited the Unicorn Grocery in Chorlton in Manchester,  one of the finalists in the 2004 BBC Radio 4 Food and Farming Awards.  Three people set it up in 1996, now it has over thirty co-owners, a turnover of over £3 million and an impressive and loyal customer base. They spoke to co-workers Kelly Bubble and Alan York.


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University of Northumbria

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