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More Co-ops Up and Running!

A nationwide wave of new food co-ops continues, supported by Food Co-op Initiative, National Co-op Grocers, CDS Consulting Co-op, and other allies and given focus by the annual Up & Coming, Up...

05 Apr 2015 • Endcap Articles
Sustainable Food Trade Association Improves Food Chain Practices

The Sustainable Food Trade Association ( continues its work to advance sustainability and transparency in the organic food industry.  At its February 2015...

01 Apr 2015 • Endcap Articles
Jacqueline Hannah Joins Food Co-op Initiative
by Dan Nordley

Jacqueline Hannah, previously general manager of the Common Ground Food Co-op in Champaign-Urbana, Illinois, brings her co-op expertise and passion to Food Co-op Initiative where she will share it...

19 Feb 2015 • Endcap Articles
The Coming Wave
by Carolee Colter

As we all know, the baby boom generation is hitting retirement age. Roughly a quarter of the U.S. population was born between 1946 and 1964, and every month a quarter million more are turning 65....

13 Feb 2015 #176 January-February 2015
The Merger of Two Co-ops
by Michelle Schry

On January 2, 2012, People’s Food Co-op in La Crosse, Wisconsin, merged with the Good Food Store Co-op in Rochester, Minnesota.  That connection created a single co-op, known as People...

12 Feb 2015 #176 January-February 2015
A Tool That Works: Revisiting 4 in 3
by Stuart Reid

Food co-ops in the U.S. have a long history of growth and decline. When you look at a graph of their numbers in the 20th Century, it resembles a series of waves. [i]



12 Feb 2015 #176 January-February 2015
Ever'man Enjoys Expanded Enterprise
by Lauren Southern-Goodwin

In early April of 2014, Ever’man Natural Foods Co-op, Inc. (Ever’man) proudly opened the doors on its newly expanded store in downtown Pensacola, Florida.  The store debuted a...

12 Feb 2015 #176 January-February 2015
Telling the Co-op Story
by Patricia Cumbie

Stories are as old as humankind.  If we didn’t have stories, we wouldn’t have progress or evolution.  It’s how people communicate, organize, and instruct.  Nor...

12 Feb 2015 #176 January-February 2015
Safer Customer Receipts

On September 30, 2014, PCC Natural Markets (PCC), the nation’s largest natural foods retail cooperative, announced that its customers at all ten locations now receive receipts from paper...

12 Feb 2015
New Name, New Look: National Co+op Grocers
by National Co+op Grocers

Since its formation in 1999, National Cooperative Grocers Association has been working on behalf of its member and associate food co-ops to strengthen purchasing power, optimize operational and...

12 Feb 2015 #176 January-February 2015
Growth Stories and Quandaries
by Dave Gutknecht

At the heart of our cooperatives is growth of services through communities of owners, employees, suppliers, and allies. Well-run stores, guided by an articulated purpose based in shared ownership...

12 Feb 2015 #176 January-February 2015
Ann Hoyt to Enter 2015 Co-op Hall of Fame

This spring, food co-ops are urged to honor one of their outstanding trainers and leaders, Ann Hoyt, while supporting co-op development through the Cooperative Hall of Fame.  The Hall honors...

04 Feb 2015 • Endcap Articles
Central Co-op Offers $15+ Starting Wage

In Seattle, Washington, Central Co-op is ahead of the curve in implementing the city's new minimum wage of $15, seven years in advane of the mandated schedule.  This may well be the...

23 Jan 2015 • Endcap Articles
New Principle Six Video

A new, short video has just been released that explains the P6 or Principle Six movement, which takes its name from the 6th cooperative principle of "cooperation among cooperatives."...

14 Jan 2015 • Endcap Articles
Cooperatives in Cuba
by Stuart Reid

Introduction In January of this year, NCBA CLUSA and SOL2 Economics jointly assembled a working group of U.S. cooperators to research and learn from the co-op movement in Cuba today. The Cuban...

25 Dec 2014 #175 November-December 2014
Ensuring Meaningful Elections
by Thane Joyal

Within a consumer cooperative, the purpose of electing the board of directors from among the owners is to democratically control the co-op. All fiduciary responsibility for the cooperative rests...

24 Dec 2014 #175 November-December 2014
Reinventing Our Cooperative Democracy: A conversation
by Art Sherwood

In 2013, the International Cooperative Alliance, in its “Blueprint for a Cooperative Decade,” identified the elevating of participation as a key component of its 2020 Vision for more...

24 Dec 2014 #175 November-December 2014
Reinventing Our Cooperative Democracy: A conversation
by Todd Wallace

In 2013, the International Cooperative Alliance, in its “Blueprint for a Cooperative Decade,” identified the elevating of participation as a key component of its 2020 Vision for more...

24 Dec 2014 #175 November-December 2014
A Perspective on Cooperative Wages and Values
by Melanie Reid

Co-ops are not typically thought of as “the place to work if you want to earn a lot of money.” However, as values-driven organizations, co-ops have striven to face the challenge of pay...

24 Dec 2014 #175 November-December 2014
Thoughts on Positive Culture and Accountability:

Ihave a passion for positivity and its close counterpart, accountability. Together, they have become the cornerstone of the training and development work I do at the Sacramento Natural Foods Co-op...

24 Dec 2014 #175 November-December 2014
Give Where You Live:
by Patricia Cumbie

When cooperatives work together to set aside funds to benefit groups in their local communities, the impact is multiplied. That’s what food cooperatives have discovered when they have...

24 Dec 2014 #175 November-December 2014
Co+op Forest 2014
by Allie Mentzer

The holiday season can be a hectic time of year at the co-op and at home. It’s the perfect time to take a short mental vacation to the remote, tropical Peruvian rainforest, and learn about...

24 Dec 2014 #175 November-December 2014
Cooperatives and Democratic Challenges
by Dave Gutknecht

In October, the world witnessed the International Climate Summit in New York City, sponsored by the United Nations, and an International Summit of Cooperatives in Quebec, sponsored by the...

24 Dec 2014 #175 November-December 2014
Identifying Cooperative Allies

How to build a broader movement for social change. How to evaluate the cooperative alignment and potential of allies such as nonprofits, land trusts, and advocacy groups? "Grassroots Economic...

17 Dec 2014 • Endcap Articles
Owning is the New Sharing

The so-called sharing economy, a model of business innovation based on open-source software and broad participation of a cooperative nature, is thoughtfully examined by Nathan Schneiderman at the...

02 Dec 2014 • Endcap Articles