Twice named the nation’s ‘Best Food Retailer’ at the BBC Food & Farming Awards, Unicorn offers it’s Manchester customer-base affordable, fresh and wholesome food with an emphasis on organic, fair-trade and local produce. Unicorn was established in 1996 by a small group of people committed to social change, who had a vision for the kind of place they wanted to shop in themselves. A place where a really wide range of wholesome, tasty food, sourced with care, would be sold at affordable prices. A shop owned and run by motivated worker-owners following a shared social and environmental agenda. A friendly, diverse and welcoming space that would act as a hub in the community.

Unicorn is a values-driven business, which sees success as something more than figures on a balance sheet. They say “If we are providing a decent livelihood for our staff and our suppliers, if we are increasing the amount of land farmed sustainably and improving the environmental impact of our diet, if we are enabling good health through good food, if we are creating community wealth rather than shareholder wealth, if we are challenging traditional models of business ownership and control…then we are succeeding”.

What we love about it:

A business model that has the concept of participation and agency at the core of its operations.

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Veg news 24th of January.

Behold, the humble swede!

It’s Burns night tomorrow, Scotland’s annual celebration of their much beloved national bard, Robert Burns. Alongside heartfelt renditions of his poetry, songs, and toasts, Burns night is traditiona…
Burns night is next week!

Celebrate with a Macsweens Haggis from the chiller 🙂 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 🏔️

#burnsnight #rabbieburns #robertburns #haggis #veganhaggis
Veg news 17th January.

With the minus temps making a comeback this week it’s the perfect opportunity to get cooking and get warm!

Cauliflowers are simply stunning this week, all courtesy of Francis Sampson down in Cornwall. Cauliflowers really struggl…
Veg news 10th January.

Eat your greens!

We’re delighted to be at full strength this week with a fantastic array of produce available after a couple of lean days following the new year. First up we’ve some stunning lettuces from France, with special men…
Veg news 3rd January.

From everyone at Unicorn we hope you all had a wonderful Christmas, and are feeling suitably well-rested as we head into the new year.

If you’ve been in the shop recently you’ll have likely noticed the absence of carrots on the d…