Co-op staff go bananas

Members of staff at The Co-operative Food store in Ore
Members of staff at The Co-operative Food store in Ore

STAFF at The Co-operative Food store in Ore got up to all sorts of monkey business to celebrate this year’s Fairtrade Fortnight.

Co-operative customers in the store in Fairlight Road were greeted by staff dressed in life-sized gorilla suits and giant banana costumes as the retailer converted all its bananas to Fairtrade in more than 4,000 stores across the UK.

The event coincided with the start of Fairtrade Fortnight (February 27 to March 11), the annual celebration of Fairtrade aimed at raising awareness of products, which guarantee a fair price for producers in developing countries.

Lawrence Hernandez, Store Manager, said: “It’s not every day you find a life-sized gorilla walking around your local grocery store, so hopefully our monkey business will encourage shoppers to stop and think about the global benefits of picking up Fairtrade products locally.

”We were the first retailer to introduce Fairtrade bananas to the UK, but now, as part of our wider Ethical Plan, we’re switching all our bananas to Fairtrade,”