Co-op sees surge in demand for face masks out-selling milk

13 June 2020

Co-op’s £3 face covering range has seen a surge in demand to become the fastest selling items across its stores, outselling everyday essentials such as milk.

The convenience retailer began selling the non-medical graded face coverings at the end of May in all of its 2,600 stores and they have since become the most in-demand items - outselling Co-op's milk, eggs and bread on its busiest which followed the latest government advice.

Co-op has now secured millions more items of stock to meet demand and the range will shortly be available across selected Co-op stores on Deliveroo and, the retailer’s own online shop (coop.co.uk/shop) which provides same day on demand convenience in selected postcodes.

The retailer is currently selling a 5-pack Disposable Non-Medical Face Covering, and a Re-useable Non-Medical Face Covering, for £3 each. The Re-useable Non-Medical Face Covering is antibacterial, water repellent and can be washed for up to 20 times.

Joseph Turner, Co-op Buying Manager, said: “As a community retailer with a store in every postal area, this move ensures our customers and members can get access to face coverings easily. We know it’s important to reserve valuable PPE for health and care workers so these are not suitable for medical use but have been designed with customers in mind and are just one way we can be careful, along with social distancing and washing our hands. Following the demand, we have secured more stock to ensure we can continue to serve the nation.”

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Contact Lauren Chambers or Andrew Torr in Co-op Press Office:

Lauren Chambers
Co-op Press Office
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E: lauren.chambers@coop.co.uk

Andrew Torr
Co-op Press Office
M: 07702505551
E: andrew.torr@coop.co.uk