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Closing Mountain Warehouse
by Joel Landau

Mountain Warehouse was a cooperatively owned distributor of natural foods, with 1990 sales of $2.2 million. Located in Durham, North Carolina, it serviced accounts throughout North Carolina and...

09 Jan 2004 #037 November - December - 1991
Clarifying Board and Management Roles in Expansion/Relocation Projects
by Bill Gessner

Many co-ops talk about the need to move or expand for years. Often it is all talk, with a few false starts and little formal planning or action. For other co-ops, an opportunity to...

08 Jan 2004 #083 July - August - 1999
Civil Power and the Partner State
by John Restakis

Keynote address, Good Economy Conference, Zagreb 2015

03 Jun 2015 #178 May-June 2015
City Center Market
by Rebecca Gaspard

In small-town Cambridge, Minn., MOMS Food Co-op opened the doors to our new store, City Center Market, on January 4, 2007. This was just 18 months after learning we needed to find a new home and...

20 Jan 2009 #129 march - april - 2007
Choosing Healthy, Sustainable Seafood
by Eli Penberthy

Choosing seafood that is both sustainable and healthy can be challenging. Is it farmed or wild? Troll-caught or trawled? Alaskan or Chilean? Healthy or toxic? There are so many questions, enough...

29 May 2014 #172 May-June 2014
Chinese Delegates Visit San Diego Co-op
by Staff

In an impromptu visit, 18 delegates from China came to Ocean Beach People’s Organic Food Co-op in San Diego to learn about issues involving agricultural food quality, with a focus on the co-op’s “...

31 Dec 2009 #146 January - February - 2010
Chequamegon: Now Twice the Co-op
by Julie Buckles

At first glance, Ashland, Wisconsin does not appear a likely location for a food cooperative. It is a blue collar, post-industrial town with a modern day strip of fast food...

08 Jan 2004 #096 September - October - 2001
Checking the Alignment: FCI NCGA CGN CDSCC NCB
by Dave Gutknecht

I concluded my previous column on growing our future by emphasizing the importance of greater alignment among stakeholders both within local cooperatives and within our cooperative sector. Food co...

22 Aug 2013 #167 July-August 2013
Chatham Marketplace Opens Its Doors
by Tami Schwerin

“When are you opening?” Without exaggeration, I can say I must have heard that question about 954 times in the last few months. After three years of effort, our cooperative finally opened on May...

08 Aug 2006 #125 July - August - 2006
Chasing the Gap
by Mead Stone

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CoCoGAP is a data sharing program, a tool that measures a co-op’s perform­ance in key operational areas against...

18 Jan 2009 #140 January - February - 2009
Characteristics of Effective Supervisors
by Carolee Colter

Whether you oversee a whole department of employees or one assistant manager or an ever-changing group of volunteers, you as a supervisor are ultimately responsible for the work of others. This...

09 Jan 2004 #006 August - September - 1986
Championing the Organic Label
by Cissy Bowman

Organic has received a lot of bad press lately, from the Senate investigation on liquid nitrogen fertilizers to a Washington Post article questioning the “purity” of the organic label, published...

22 Sep 2009 #144 September - October - 2009
CGN Wants Your Cognitive Surplus
by Dan Nordley

At the CGN (Cooperative Grocer Network) annual meeting held during the CCMA conference, board and staff lauded the progress the organization had made in the last year. We are looking forward to...

22 Aug 2013 #167 July-August 2013
CGIN: Online Community
by Karen Zimbelman

Food co-ops banded together to form the Cooperative Grocers’ Information Network (CGIN) in 1997. In the intervening years, their idea of a “low-overhead organization that cranks out products, not...

21 Jan 2009 #116 January - February - 2005
CGIN: 10 Years and Changes Ahead
by Karen Zimbelman

This year will mark the 10th anniversary of the Cooperative Grocers’ Information Network (CGIN), which inspires us to reflect on what we’ve been able to accomplish as we close in on a decade of...

20 Jan 2009 #129 march - april - 2007
CGIN's New Web Services
by Karen Zimbelman

27 Dec 2008 #108 September - October - 2003
CGIN Unveils New Website
by Staff

In 1997, a group of retail food cooperative leaders got together to build the framework for an online, member-based resource to support the growth and development of food co-ops nationwide....

11 Feb 2008 #134 Jan - Feb - 2008
CGIN News: More Resources Added to
by Karen Zimbelman

Thanks to generous contributions submitted by members of the Cooperative Grocers' Information Network (CGIN), we've been able to add the following new items to our site in the past couple of...

07 Jan 2004 #100 May - June - 2002
CGIN Highlights New Services
by Karen Zimbelman

The Cooperative Grocers Information Network -- CGIN -- held its fifth annual meeting at the June CCMA conference this year. For those of you who were unable to join us, highlights included:

07 Jan 2004 #102 September - October - 2002
Cesar Chavez: His Lifelong Links With Cooperatives
by David Thompson

When Cesar Chavez died on April 23, 1993 the cooperative movement lost one of its great believers. From the moment Cesar became an organizer in his early twenties until the end of his life he was...

09 Jan 2004 #047 July - August - 1993
Certified Organic Personal Care Recommended
by Dave Gutknecht

In September, the cause of extending organic certification standards to personal care items—soaps, lotions, and the like—got a significant boost from the Certification, Accreditation, and...

18 Nov 2009 #145 November - December - 2009
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
Celebrating Excellence and New Co-ops
by Dave Gutknecht

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With gratitude and pride, our cooperative associations regularly recognize leading contributors to our improvement and success. We also have new food co-...

06 Oct 2009 #143 July - August - 2009
CCMA Inspires Directors
by Candace Dow

Building on last year’s theme of co-ops and democracy, CCMA 2005 focused more clearly on what is important about cooperation. “We had three keynote speakers instead of two—Gar Alperovitz, Brett...

21 Jan 2009 #119 July - August - 2005
CCMA Highlights Needs and Spirit
by Dave Gutknecht

At the Consumer Cooperative Management Association (CCMA) conference held in May, the theme was "two-stepping between evolution and extinction" -- highlighting food co-ops' need to...

09 Jan 2004 #071 July - August - 1997