Co-op Apologises For Lack Of Milk In Scilly

coop signSt Mary’s Co-op has had no fresh milk since Wednesday. But it could be back on sale in their Hugh Town store today.

Bosses at the Manchester HQ say they, “are doing everything possible to get a supply of milk to the store” for Saturday.

Islanders took to social media and complained to regional management after supplies dried up this week.

Senior PR Manager Dave Smith says that the Co-op wants to apologise to their Scilly customers.

He told Radio Scilly the shop didn’t have milk for “technical reasons.”

When we requested clarification on what that actually means, Mr Smith said, “it was a technical supply chain issue.”



12 Responses to Co-op Apologises For Lack Of Milk In Scilly

  1. oldlocal September 20, 2015 at 2:35 pm

    Our Co-op does not have a Full time Manager yet, It must be over a year since the last one left very suddenly and for some reason one has not been appointed. Regarding the empty shelves in there at the moment, I have been led to believe that the problem has been caused because whilst Computers were being up graded at Manchester all our Islands previous order records were erased. If this is true how come they have no backup system. God help them if this had happened in the middle of July/August. At the end of the day the Council should have let , I think it was Morrisons have the old Wholesalers building instead of that monstrosity that has been built there now and for what reason? We need another food outlet not more office /workshops.

    • Clinger September 20, 2015 at 5:21 pm

      Ah, you mean the old wholesalers revamped at great expense and now lying empty because no one can afford the rent the council are demanding!

      Another brilliant scheme! Although that mess up was the previous regime.

      • High Lanes Drifter September 21, 2015 at 9:05 am

        Which previous regime? You wouldn’t be trying the old insider’s “buck passing switcheroo manoeuvre” would you?
        I dread to think what the next audit will make of the complete and absolute shambles that is our council.
        Who will our beleaguered threadbare chairman blame for her manifest failings this time I wonder?
        They say it’s not all over until the fat lady sings, I reckon she is tuning up!

      • Elderflower September 21, 2015 at 5:57 pm

        No no the reason it is empty is quite ingenious, you see it is to enable the Council to be fully compliant with planning commitments… it is simply the water saving measure they promised.

  2. bishop rock September 19, 2015 at 4:11 pm

    What is needed is competition!!! Porthmellon stores were very good. Why can’t the manager order what is required and not someone in Manchester!!!!!

  3. Pat Hayden September 19, 2015 at 3:47 pm

    The Dairy has milk – how about supporting our small local shop instead of buying the cheaper version from the Co-Op?

    • Tom September 20, 2015 at 10:30 am

      £2 for 8 pints in co-op as opposed to over £4 for same else where. When your family consumes around 120 pints a month then that’s a considerable amount saved. I’ll stick with the cheaper version, and continue freezing it for when these circumstances arise.

      • Ewart September 20, 2015 at 8:36 pm

        If this is your attitude, there is little wonder that dairy farmers and small shop keepers are going out of business.
        If I recollect, correctly in the nineteen sixties there were five or six outlets all supplying groceries etc. all now no longer trading. Is this perhaps because of people like yourself wanting everything at low cost. You reap what you sow
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        • Ian T. September 21, 2015 at 10:11 am

          £2 for eight pints (or even £4) is extremely cheap compared with £3 or more for ONE pint of beer or even £1.50 for a litre of petrol.
          Milk producers are going out of business daily because of the ridiculously low prices paid to them – less than the cost of production. The price you pay in the Co-op is a ‘loss leader’. Why not support your local dairy? At least you can rely on them placing an order.

          • Tom September 21, 2015 at 5:23 pm

            So the farmers that supply the Dairy get a lot more for their milk than the farmers supplying the Co-op?

  4. Pete September 19, 2015 at 10:25 am

    It must be unique to the islands. The helicopter Never broke down “it went technical”. Now the Co-op going “technical”? what next.

  5. RogerP September 19, 2015 at 6:23 am

    No mention on Wednesday of no fruit, no veg, no meat or any other dairy. In fact the entire left and end of store shelves being empty except a few cheeses. I was told by staff that the lorry missed the boat but that does not explain the continuing milk problem.