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Federated Co-operatives Limited (FCL), is a co-operative federation providing procurement and distribution to member co-operatives in Western Canada.[4][5] It was established in 1944 after a series of amalgamations of smaller cooperatives, starting in Saskatchewan, including the Saskatchewan Co-operative Wholesale Society and a fuel production and distribution co-op,[1] the Consumers’ Co-operative Refinery Limited.[6] Federated had expanded to Manitoba, Alberta, and British Columbia by 1970.[1] Federated Co-operatives is owned by about 365 member co-operatives across the region. Some are large co-operatives, such as Saskatoon Co-op and Calgary Co-op, while others are small co-ops based in small towns, such as Abernethy Co-op.

Federated Co-operatives Limited
Cooperative federation
IndustryDistribution
Petroleum
Lumber
Founded1944[1]
HeadquartersSaskatoon, Saskatchewan
Key people
Scott Banda, CEO[2]
Revenue$10.7 billion (2018)
$1.2 billion (2018)
Number of employees
23,000 [3]
Websitewww.fcl.crs

In 2009, FCL was ranked as the largest co-operative in Canada by total sales.[5] In 2010, FCL was the second largest company by annual sales in Saskatchewan.[7] During that year, it earned revenues of 498 million and returned $355.7 million to its member retailers. In 2008 Federated Co-operatives saw sales increase and posted its 37th record year in a row for both sales and profits.[8]

HistoryEdit

FCL purchased Downie Street Sawmills of Revelstoke, British Columbia in 1969. The forest products operation replaced a Smith, Alberta, business FCL sold in 1977.[9]

In March 2010, Federated Co-operatives announced an agreement with SeaChoice, a program of Sustainable Seafood Canada devoted to sustainable seafood. Through collaboration, the organizations seek to develop a long term sustainability strategy for seafood sales and procurement in the co-operatives' member businesses.[10]

Federated Co-operatives was awarded the SABEX Environmental & Sustainabiltiy award from the Greater Saskatoon Chamber of Commerce in May 2010.[11]

In November 2012, FCL sold its Forest Products Division operations in Canoe, British Columbia to Gorman Bros. Lumber.[12] In August 2013, FCL acquired 17 agri-business locations across Saskatchewan, Alberta, and one in Manitoba, from Viterra, which was in the process of selling its Canadian agriculture business to Agrium. All the stores were, in turn, sold to local FCL-affiliated co-operatives except two which FCL retained and later closed.[13][14][15] In February 2014, Federated Co-operatives acquired 14 grocery store locations from Sobeys; the divestment was to comply with requirements imposed by the Competition Bureau in the wake of its 2013 acquisition of Safeway. These stores, which were mainly former Safeway locations, were given to local FCL-affiliated co-operatives and re-branded as Co-op stores in May 2014. The acquisition notably marked the first time since 1983 that Red River Co-op had operated grocery stores in its footprint.[16][17][18]

In August 2019, FCL member Calgary Co-op announced that Overwaitea Food Group would supply the products for its grocery stores beginning April 2020, rather than FCL. FCL executives criticized the move for their decision to be supplied by a privately-owned competitor, and having a potential impact on the group's overall business (including its Calgary distribution centre).[19][20][21]

ServicesEdit

Key services fall into the following categories:

Store brandsEdit

Federated Co-operatives markets several store brands at its affiliated retailers, including Co-op Gold, Co-op Gold Pure, Co-op Market Town, Co-op Centsibles (discount-oriented), Co-op Care+ (pharmacy), Co-operative Coffee, and Lucky Dragon (Asian food line).[22]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c "History: 1944: FCL's Beginnings". Federated Co-operatives. Retrieved March 5, 2014.
  2. ^ Kyle, Cassandra (March 4, 2008). "Co-ops eye next generation". The StarPhoenix. Saskatoon. Archived from the original on July 11, 2015. Retrieved June 19, 2015.
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  4. ^ "Federated Co-operatives Limited". Bloomberg Businessweek. Retrieved June 19, 2015.
  5. ^ a b Stewart, Iain. "Federated Co-Operatives Limited". Encyclopedia of Saskatchewan. University of Regina. Retrieved June 19, 2015.
  6. ^ "History: 1935: Work begins at CCRL". Federated Co-operatives. Retrieved March 5, 2014.
  7. ^ "2011 Top 100". Saskatchewan Business Magazine. Retrieved June 19, 2015.
  8. ^ "Federated Co-operatives sees sales increase". The StarPhoenix. December 18, 2008. Archived from the original on June 1, 2015. Retrieved June 19, 2015.
  9. ^ "Canada Packers profit stable". Montreal Gazette. January 23, 1979. Retrieved June 19, 2015.
  10. ^ "SeaChoice, FCL Forge Sustainable Seafood Partnership". Progressive Grocer. March 23, 2010. Retrieved June 19, 2015.
  11. ^ "FCL wins SABEX Award For Environmental Sustainability" (PDF) (Press release). FCL. May 18, 2010. Retrieved June 19, 2015.
  12. ^ "Gorman Bros. Lumber Ltd. acquires forest product assets from FCL" (PDF) (Press release). Gorman Bros. Lumber Ltd. November 7, 2012. Retrieved 24 June 2014.
  13. ^ Pratt, Sean (September 5, 2013). "FCL confident purchase of Viterra input stores will see returns". The Western Producer. Retrieved June 19, 2015.
  14. ^ "Glencore bids $16.25 for Viterra shares". CBC News. March 20, 2012. Retrieved June 19, 2015.
  15. ^ "Co-ops seal deal for Viterra stores, will shut two". AGCanada. November 7, 2013. Retrieved June 19, 2015.
  16. ^ "Canada Safeway's changeover a co-operative effort". Leader Post. Regina. Archived from the original on 25 May 2014. Retrieved 24 May 2014.
  17. ^ Kirbyson, Geoff (February 13, 2013). "Four Winnipeg Safeway stores sold to Red River Co-op". Winnipeg Free Press. Retrieved June 19, 2015.
  18. ^ Duffy, Andrew (February 13, 2014). "All Victoria Safeway stores sold to Overwaitea Food Group". Times Colonist. Victoria, BC. Retrieved June 16, 2015.
  19. ^ "Calgary Co-op to switch food supplier to Save-On-Foods". CTV News Calgary. 2019-08-27. Retrieved 2019-08-30.
  20. ^ "Calgary Co-op to source groceries from Save-On-Foods". Calgary Herald. 2019-08-26. Retrieved 2019-08-30.
  21. ^ MacPherson, Alex (2019-08-08). "FCL 'disappointed' by Calgary Co-op's decision to pull food purchasing". Saskatoon StarPhoenix. Retrieved 2019-08-30.
  22. ^ http://www.coopfood.ca/wps/portal/crs/coop/food/more/brands

External linksEdit

Further readingEdit

  • Fairbairn, Brett. (1989) Building a dream : the co-operative retailing system in western Canada, 1928-1988. Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. Western Producer Prairie Books.