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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]

 

The...

12 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
The Editor Notes:
by Dave Gutknecht

Food co-ops today operate with both increased competition and increased collaboration. During previous decades, these co-ops thrived on growing demand for natural/organic products, while...

10 May 2015 #177 March-April 2015
P6 The Cooperative Advantage
by Aaron Reser

Food co-ops have a unique story to tell. As corporate and privately owned natural foods chains jump into the niche that co-ops created, co-ops need to celebrate our history and grandstand the...

10 May 2015 #177 March-April 2015
Apply Today: Get your NCG DC loan!
by Dave Blackburn

Last fall, National Co+op Grocers (NCG) officially launched, through its Development Co+operative, the NCG DC Loan Fund. The Loan Fund is a $10 million program, composed of $2 million...

18 May 2015 #177 March-April 2015
Strategic Pricing: Why and how
by Mel Braverman

Almost every cooperative retail grocery is feeling increased competition in its community. Twenty years ago, merely having featured products consistently available was enough for co-ops...

18 May 2015 #177 March-April 2015
Strategic Pricing: Why and how
by Jeanie Wells

Almost every cooperative retail grocery is feeling increased competition in its community. Twenty years ago, merely having featured products consistently available was enough for co-ops...

18 May 2015 #177 March-April 2015
Building a Strong Top Leadership Team:
by Michael Healy

In many co-ops, the manager and board of directors function effectively as a leadership team. Along with having systems and structures in place that support and encourage healthy...

18 May 2015 #177 March-April 2015
Domestic Fair Trade Rising:
by Colette Cosner

Wendell Berry once wrote that the definition of community is “the mental and spiritual condition of knowing that the place is shared, and that the people who share the place...

18 May 2015 #177 March-April 2015
Catching the Wave
by Stuart Reid

Ten years ago, something shifted. New food co-ops, most stemming from the 1970s, had been rare since the 1980s recession, and many—probably at least two-thirds—of these new...

18 May 2015 #177 March-April 2015
NCG Focuses on WIC
by Allie Mentzer

National Co+op Grocers (NCG) has been focusing attention on the WIC (Women, Infants, and Children) program while the federal legislation that governs the program, the Child Nutrition...

03 Jun 2015 #178 May-June 2015
Startups Continue to Get Up and Running
by Stuart Reid

Six years ago, the Up and Coming, Up and Running (UCUR) conference debuted with the goal of providing training and networking opportunities for startups and new co-ops in the region. This year a...

03 Jun 2015 #178 May-June 2015
The Rewards and Challenges of a Startup General Manager
by Stuart Reid

The current wave of co-op openings is likely to bring as many as 60 new co-ops in the next five years. That means many new positions for general manager (GM) will be available. As with our...

03 Jun 2015 #178 May-June 2015
The Rewards and Challenges of a Startup General Manager
by Melanie Reid

The current wave of co-op openings is likely to bring as many as 60 new co-ops in the next five years. That means many new positions for general manager (GM) will be available. As with our...

03 Jun 2015 #178 May-June 2015
New Co-ops and Renewed Vision
by Dave Gutknecht

Despite a very competitive market, new food co-ops continue to surge, with several new co-ops opening each year. The annual Up & Coming, Up & Running conference for startups, reported here...

03 Jun 2015 #178 May-June 2015
Getting Ready for General Manager Succession
by Thane Joyal

Whether or not your cooperative expects to hire a general manager (GM) in the next year, your board should have an awareness of the skills and resources that would be needed to accomplish this...

04 Jun 2015 #178 May-June 2015
Getting Ready for General Manager Succession
by Jeanie Wells

Whether or not your cooperative expects to hire a general manager (GM) in the next year, your board should have an awareness of the skills and resources that would be needed to accomplish this...

04 Jun 2015 #178 May-June 2015
The Spirit of Generosity
by Bill Gessner

The collective progress in collaboration that the food co-op sector has achieved over the past decade has been significant and inspiring. “Cooperation among cooperatives,” through the...

03 Jun 2015 #178 May-June 2015
Civil Power and the Partner State
by John Restakis

Keynote address, Good Economy Conference, Zagreb 2015

03 Jun 2015 #178 May-June 2015
Gastrodemocracy:
by Hannah Renglich

Up north of the 49th parallel, a great wave of co-operative development is transforming the food system. Like the United States, Canada has a food system in grave need of healing. Communities...

03 Jun 2015 #178 May-June 2015
Creating Resilience: The Larger Agenda
by Dave Gutknecht

Here is a quote, from David Orr’s book Down to the Wire, which captures the scope of what we need to be doing to build the transition to a more resilient and possibly sustainable society:

“...

05 Sep 2010 • Endcap Articles
Core Values: Three pillars of a food revolution
by Dave Gutknecht

An noteworthy article by Anna Lappe, Three Pillars of a Food Revolution appeared recently in Yes! magazine.

Based on a June 2010 presentation to a National Cooperative Grocers Association...

05 Sep 2010 • Endcap Articles
When the Egg Thing Broke
by Dave Gutknecht

The risk of salmonella poisoning at poultry operations with atrocious practices led to a massive egg recall totaling over 500 million eggs and reaching more than 22 states.  It is driving...

05 Sep 2010 • Endcap Articles
Food Co-ops and the Road to Organic Valley: Part 1
by Dave Gutknecht

[First published 2008 in Organic Valley's Rootstock.]

Click here for Part 2.

Twenty years ago, organic agriculture was a glimmer of light in a declining farm economy.  From...

07 Oct 2010 • Endcap Articles
"Consumer Groups Get It Wrong" -- Plus a new food safety report
by Dave Gutknecht

Adding to the earlier version of this story: National Sustainable Agriculture Committee has released a new report on food safety: “A Sustainable Agriculture Perspective on Food Safety.”

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25 Oct 2010 • Endcap Articles