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Misguided Power Politics Make Us Sick -- Grassroots Democracy Is the Cure
by Kathy Lawrence

We are what we eat" is certainly not a new idea, but it's still true. The food-focused holiday season is a vivid reminder to all of us that if we want wholesome, sustainable food produced on...

29 Dec 2003 #110 January - February - 2004
Missing Links
by Art Sherwood

I am often asked, “Why don’t you teach co-ops in the business schools?” As a true believer in and champion of co-ops, I empathize with this frustration. But knowing in our hearts...

22 Aug 2013 #167 July-August 2013
Mission or Missin' Statement
by Dave Gutknecht

My previous column discussed our need to recognize a cooperative as something larger and more enduring than our individual stake in it, greater also than the sum of present members...

09 Jan 2004 #069 March - April - 1997
Mission Statement – or (Still) Missin' Statement?
by Dave Gutknecht

Results of the Retail Operations Survey once again show strong growth and profitability by most food co-ops during the past year. Eighty percent of the co-op stores surveyed are...

09 Jan 2004 #077 July - August - 1998
Mississippi Market Manages Changes
by Mary Courteau

Mississippi Market operated for twelve years out of a rented building with 1,200 square feet of retail and 1,500 square feet of basement and backroom storage. We ultimately did $1,890,000 in...

09 Jan 2004 #039 March - April - 1992
Mississippi Market Manages Changes
by Paul Eaves

Mississippi Market operated for twelve years out of a rented building with 1,200 square feet of retail and 1,500 square feet of basement and backroom storage. We ultimately did $1,890,000 in...

09 Jan 2004 #039 March - April - 1992
Mississippi Market Opens: Triples size of its second store
by Nikki Reed

Mississippi Market, St. Paul’s premier natural and organic food cooperative with more than 9,000 member-owners, opened a new store at in St. Paul, Minn., on Thursday, July 16. At 13,345 square...

24 Sep 2009 #144 September - October - 2009
Mobilizing for Organics and Conservation
by Dave Gutknecht

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Trouble warnings are no longer mere prediction. Yet good news can be found. Let’s review some encouraging trends in a shaky context.

18 Jan 2009 #140 January - February - 2009
Mondragón and the United Steelworkers
by Erbin Crowell

The previous issue of Cooperative Grocer (Nov.–Dec. 2009) quoted from an interview with Michael Moore on his latest film, "Capitalism: A Love Story," in which worker co-ops feature prominently as...

31 Dec 2009 #146 January - February - 2010
Mondragon Retail Strategy: Eroski Partnership Path
by David Thompson

During the past two years Grupo Eroski has grown to become the second largest food retailer in Spain, following the French retailing giant Carrefour. Eroski is the distribution division of the...

07 Jan 2004 #103 November - December - 2002
Mondragon's Eroski as a Mass Retailer
by David Thompson

"If we are not economically efficient we cannot be socially effective."

08 Jan 2004 #097 November - December - 2001
Monitoring the Manager
by Mark Goehring

There is a fifth dimension beyond that which is commonly known to directors and managers. It is a dimension open to interpretation—potentially as vast as space and as timeless as infinity. It is...

21 Jan 2009 #123 March - April - 2006
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
More on Conflicts of Interest
by Donald Kreis

It would be difficult, indeed probably impossible, for us co-op board members to spend too much time pondering our ethical obligations. So, thank you for Carolee Colter’s excellent article on “...

26 Sep 2007 #132 September - October - 2007
More on Mission and Capital
by Dave Gutknecht

Readers have responded positively to recent editorials on social capital. In this column I will review our co-op mission, the treatment of capital, and other co-op practices.

09 Jan 2004 #070 May - June - 1997
More on New "Co-op" Laws
by Dave Gutknecht

Defending the brand and principles of cooperatives in light of new laws:

Adding to recent contributions in Cooperative Grocer on new laws which allow a greater role for private investors in...

24 Mar 2011 • Endcap Articles
More on Payment Card Security Compliance
by Tak Tang

All merchants, including consumer cooperatives, must and should meet the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) if they wish to accept credit cards as a form of payment.


19 Nov 2009 #145 November - December - 2009
Motivational Fit: Finding the right person for the job
by Carolee Colter

Why do some people enjoy a job and stay with it for years, while others seem unhappy and eventually leave? Or they stay on but complain, come to work late and call in sick more...

07 Jan 2004 #098 January - February - 2002
Moving from the Fringe to Downtown
by Clem Nilan

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In 1999, the Onion River Co-op was feeling the pinch. Its facility was too small. In order to support...

27 Dec 2008 #139 November - December - 2008
Murky Water
by Goldie Caughlan

From the time that Congress passed the Organic Food Production Act (OFPA) in 1990 to the present, hot-button issues have persisted. There was a brief honeymoon phase following the national...

21 Jan 2009 #117 March - April - 2005
My Co-op Rocks! Video Contest
by Mari Roseman

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Lights, camera…arugula! National Cooperative Grocers Association (NCGA) is inviting co-op shoppers to submit videos in a nationwide “My Co-op Rocks!” contest, in...

03 Mar 2009 #141 March - April - 2009
My Co-op Rocks! Winners Available

Now available for online viewing are winners of an annual contest sponsored by several leading cooperatives that generates imaginative tributes to cooperatives.

The My Co-op Rocks Video +...

27 Dec 2012 • Endcap Articles
Myths and Maxims for Co-op Boards
by Karen Zimbelman

Without a doubt, an effective board of directors requires smooth and well-planned internal systems. Yet, given the press of responsibilities and the on-going demands of the job,...

09 Jan 2004 #052 May - June - 1994
National and Local Co-ops Provide Startup Funds
by Suzi Carter

In the past year, we in the startup food co-op community experienced a moment that worried us. While we saw interest in starting food co-ops continue to grow, our major grant funding was coming to...

19 Nov 2014 #174 September-October 2014
National Co-op Advantage Program Set To Launch
by Robynn Shrader

In March 2002, hundreds of thousands of co-op consumers will receive a full-color flyer filled with dozens of product specials negotiated through the national expansion of CAP, the Co-op...

07 Jan 2004 #098 January - February - 2002