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Co-op asks for help naming gender-neutral gingerbread person

The Co-op has asked members of the public name the gingerbread person. Credit: Co-op/PA

Supermarket Co-op is asking customers to help them name a new gender-neutral "gingerbread person" they will be releasing in stores.

It is not yet confirmed what the human-shaped sweet treat will look like when it is released in September, but the company has released a sneak peak of one of the possible designs.

The naming competition for the smiling biscuit person is set to run between April 10 and May 1.

The Co-op has launched the new product and is asking for help naming the gingerbread person. Credit: PA

The supermarket said: "Inclusion and diversity lie at the heart of Co-ops values and we’re looking to create a character which can be used to celebrate different occasions through the year and will appeal to all our customers.

"We’ve got some great ideas for what the new characters might look like and we’re pleased our first one is already famous – but now we need the help of our members in deciding on a name."

After names have been suggested the supermarket will create a shortlist from which to make a final decision.