● Community-Based Consumer Co-ops: FY2022 supply volume continues to grow compared to FY2019, the year before COVID-19 pandemic.
The total supply of the 65 major Community-Based Consumer Co-ops in Japan in FY2022 was 3,023.3 billion yen (estimated figure, 98.7% compared to FY2021). Although both the home delivery and store businesses fell below the previous year's level, they maintained growth of 113.7% and 102.2%, respectively, compared to 2019, the year before the COVID-19 pandemic.
● Home Delivery Business: Supply volume was slightly lower than the previous year but grew by double digits compared to 2019. Individual home delivery remained strong at 1,585.0 billion yen (estimated value, 100.1% compared to 2021)
The home delivery business supply volume was 2,094.5 billion yen (estimated, 99.1% compared to 2021), slightly lower than the previous year, but still showing double-digit growth through February 2023 compared to 2019. As part of our efforts to realize environmentally friendly delivery, Miyagi Co-op started the operation of the first EV truck (members participating in the joint vehicle procurement project) for delivery on April 14. Co-op Mirai, Ibaraki Co-op, Tochigi Co-op, and Co-op Kobe are also planning to use EV trucks on an experimental basis.
● Store business: Supply volume was 917.5 billion yen, 99.3% from 2021.
The total store business supply was 917.5 billion yen (estimated value, 99.3% of the previous year). During the first half of the period from April to June, sales were sluggish, partly due to the lifting of "priority measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 pandemic" and due to the decline in demand for eating at home. Signs of recovery were seen after the record-breaking heat wave in July, and August saw a clear split between urban and rural areas in the Bon Festival. From October, due to price hikes, the unit price per item and basket value per customer increased, resulting in a year-on-year increase. From February to March, due to the increasing tendency of consumers to economize, the sales fell below the previous year's level.
● Steady increase in total number of membership of co-ops nationwide, including health and welfare and school co-ops.
● Products for Ethical Consumption
The total supply of products for ethical consumption amounted to 225.0 billion yen* (111% compared to the previous year). With further progress in addressing container and packaging issues, the supply of Eco Mark products increased significantly by 177% compared to the previous year, and products with the FSC® certification mark also increased by 120% compared to the previous year.
● JCCU: Total supply amounted to 435.6 billion yen (100.6% compared to 2021)
The total supply of JCCU was 435.6 billion yen (100.6% compared to 2021), exceeding the previous year's level. The total supply volume of the CO・OP Brand Products was 343.4 billion yen (101.5% compared to 2021), exceeding the previous year's level except for agriculture and livestock products. By category, frozen foods, processed foods, and daily products performed particularly well. Milk, frozen snacks, and cooking oil, which are the target products of the nationwide campaign to support people's lives are driving sales.