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The History of The Chocolats Halba Company


Coop (Switzerland)


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Coop Switzerland





Wholesale distribution


USC (founded in 1890)


1969; 47 years ago


Basel, Switzerland


26.97 billion CHF (2013)[1]

Number of employees

74 955 (2013)[1]




Coop city at Bellevue square in Zürich

Coop in a shopping center in Oberwil

Coop Cooperative (German pronunciation: [ˈkoːp]) is one of Switzerland's largest retail and wholesale companies. It is structured in the form of a cooperative society with around 2.5 million members.


As of 2007, Coop operates 1437 shops and employs almost 48 200 people. According to Bio Suisse, the Swiss organic producers' association, Coop accounts for half of all the organic food sold in Switzerland. In June 2011, independent German rating agency oekom research AG awarded Coop with the title of "World's Most Sustainable Retailer".[3] Coop has three primary brands with a sustainability selling proposition: Coop Oecoplan (various daily life products), Coop Naturaline (textile products) and Coop Naturaplan (food). The company also sells products bearing the Max Havelaar Fairtrade label.


Coop also has a low-cost product line, "Prix Garantie. "

Coop owns the Swiss chocolate company Halba.

Coop publishes a weekly magazine called Coopzeitung (in German), Coopération (in French) and Cooperazione (in Italian).

The chain has an online presence called coop@home.[4] The web site offers much of the same selection found in the Coop stores and delivers groceries, wine, flowers, books, and other products to customers in Switzerland and Liechtenstein. It currently markets its services in German, French, and English.


Contents  [hide]

1 Summary

2 Passabene (self-checkout)

3 Cargo Sous Terrain

4 See also

5 Notes and references

6 External links





The Coop Group is headquartered in Switzerland and operates in the retail, wholesale and production sectors. Coop Group operates store formats in the food, non-food and service sectors. With Transgourmet Holding AG, Coop is Europe’s second largest cash & carry and wholesale supplies business. In total, the Coop Group has around 2,000 retail outlets in Switzerland and 115 cash & carry markets in Switzerland and other European countries. The Coop Group has a workforce of around 77,000, with approx. 53,000 employees in Switzerland.


Passabene (self-checkout)[]


Coop was one of the first self-checkout providers in Switzerland, introducing its own system called Passabene in 2005. It is in use in 80 stores. Coop uses the MC17T Retail Mobile Computer by Motorola Solutions for this application. They later introduced an Apple iPhone App that customers can use to scan items.[5][6] As of Nov 2015, Coop point-of-sale devices accept Apple Pay, however, Coop Pronto gas stations do not (due to lack of NFC-capability.)


Cargo Sous Terrain[]


Cargo sous terrain (CST) is a planned underground logistics system – its first phase in the Mittelland region is scheduled by the early 2030s. As of January 2016, the company respectively association (Förderverein Cargo sous terrain) is based at the seat of Coop (Genossenschaft Basel) in Basel.[7][8]


See also[]

List of supermarket chains in Switzerland


Notes and references[]


1.^  to: a b Zahlen und Fakten der Coop-Gruppe, 2013

2. ^ Corporate Governance, 2013

3. ^ Nachhaltigkeit: Coop ist Weltmeisterin! Coop. Retrieved 8 August 2014.

4. ^ coop@home's official web site

5. ^ "Passabene at Coop, Switzerland". Retrieved 5 August 2015.


7. ^ "Förderverein Cargo sous terrain" (in German). moneyhouse.ch. 2015-11-23. Retrieved 2016-01-29.

8. ^ "Das wird die Logistik in der Schweiz auf den Kopf stellen" (in German). Limmattaler Zeitung. 2016-01-26. Retrieved 2016-01-29.

Categories: Companies based in Basel

1969 establishments in Switzerland

Companies established in 1969

Supermarkets of Switzerland

Consumers' cooperatives in Switzerland




Chocolats Halba AG manufactures and distributes chocolate and confectionery products. The company offers Swiss or organic, fair-trade, and special vintage chocolate. It also provides various chocolate bars, Easter and Christmas specialties, chocolate desserts, pralines, couvertures, compound coatings, and moulded products. In addition, the company offers seasonal and decorative specialties that include treats for birthday parties, family celebrations, anniversaries, and other get-togethers. It serves chocolate manufacturers in Switzerland and internationally. Chocolats Halba AG was formerly known as Halba AG. The company was founded in 1933 and is based in Wallisellen, Switzerland. Chocolats Halba AG operates as a subsidiary of Coop Schweiz AG.



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