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Building the Future
by David Thompson

The COOP group of retailers in Italy is the largest and fastest growing co-op sector in Europe. For U.S. food co-ops, how COOP, a confederation of consumer co-ops, became the market leader in...

21 Jan 2009 #121 November - December - 2005
Building the GMO Labeling Campaign

The growing demand for labeling that identifies genetically modified ingredients (GMOs) lost the California referendum but will be on the ballot later this year in the state of Washington. ...

11 Mar 2013 • Endcap Articles
Burlington, N.C., Welcomes Company Shops Market
by Sharon Dent

What started as an exploration of interest in Company Shops Market in August 2007 led to a very quiet soft opening on May 21, 2011, in downtown Burlington, N.C. Folks from other co-ops, our staff...

05 Oct 2011 #156 September - October - 2011
Business Discounts for Co-op Members
by Tim Bernthal

What's so special about co-op membership? Why should I pay money to shop at a store, and what benefits do I get that I wouldn't get anywhere else? These questions are becoming more and more...

09 Jan 2004 #021 February - March - 1989
Business Plans: Doing the Groundwork
by Mary MyersThis article Is the second in a series on business planning, based on the how-to manual Business Planning for Cooperatives, by Cooperative Development Services. The first article, "What Good is a...
09 Jan 2004 #040 May - June - 1992
Business Plans: Doing the Groundwork
by Walden SwansonThis article Is the second in a series on business planning, based on the how-to manual Business Planning for Cooperatives, by Cooperative Development Services. The first article, "What Good is a...
09 Jan 2004 #040 May - June - 1992
Busy Delis: A Touch of Self-Help
by Allen Seidner

If a touch-screen kiosk could alleviate the service bottleneck at your busy deli, would you view it as a promising technological partner, a healthy competitor, or another step toward the...

11 Feb 2005 #115 November - December - 2004
Buying Clubs
by Stuart Reid

Try to define "buying club." Is it a food co-op without a storefront? A stepping stone to a future retail store? A group effort to buy food as cheaply as possible? The only viable option...

04 Jun 2012 #160 May - June - 2012
Buying Clubs: Competition or Opportunity?
by NE Cooperatives Management Team

Recently, the issue of buying clubs or preorder cooperatives buying their food wholesale has been raised in trade publications and elsewhere in the natural foods industry. We at Northeast...

09 Jan 2004 #042 September - October - 1992
Buying the Farm
by Tim White

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02 Jul 2009 #143 July - August - 2009
By Small Farmers, for Small Farmers
by Phyllis Robinson

The first fair trade farmer-owned certification system, designated by the Small Producer Symbol (SPP, for its Spanish acronym), will arrive this fall on Equal Exchange coffees in food co-ops and...

09 Dec 2013 #169 Nov-Dec 2013
By the Numbers
by Mandy Catlette

Years after pioneering the natural, organic foods movement and the radical notion of a more sustainable business model, food co-ops remain leaders in the grocery industry in ways that are...

04 Dec 2012 #163 November-December 2012
Bylaws: How Strong Is Your Co-op's Foundation?
by Karen Zimbelman

A quick assessment for board members:

09 Jan 2004 #015 February - March - 1988
Café Verde Expands Ann Arbor Co-op
by Carol Collins

In downtown Ann Arbor, Mich., People’s Food Co-op (PFC) is thriving, thanks especially to its expansion into an adjacent space and opening Café Verde. The co-op launched the combined café and...

21 Jan 2009 #119 July - August - 2005
Cambridge Central Square Saga
by Richard Short

Don't expect your trip to a new store to exactly follow your best laid plans. You will experience some detours and surprises.

We've just completed the expansion and relocation ofthe...

09 Jan 2004 #034 May - June - 1991
Can Co-op Boards Do the Job?
by Karen Zimbelman

It will be no surprise to most Cooperative Grocer readers that there are those who think that consumer co-op boards of directors typically represent a weak link in the overall organizational...

09 Jan 2004 #001 October - November - 1985
Can Co-ops Pay a Livable Wage?
by Carolee Colter

Across the country a movement is building to demand a "livable wage" (or "living wage") for employees. Although there is no official definition, a livable wage is understood to...

07 Jan 2004 #104 January - February - 2003
Can We Help Build Inner City Co-ops?
by Ellen Sturgis

As a staff and a member of consumer co-ops for nearly twenty years, and as a community development lender for the past three, I have observed a need and desire in the consumer co-...

09 Jan 2004 #071 July - August - 1997
Canada's Co-op Atlantic
by Tom WebbCanada's Co-op Atlantic -- Showing the Way to Cooperation Among Cooperatives
07 Jan 2004 #108 September - October - 2003
Canada's Impressive Co-operative Sector
by Dave Gutknecht

Canada’s co-ops certainly are leaders in North American cooperative circles. One-third of all its citizens are members of one of Canada’s credit unions. Canada’s 9,000 co-ops dot the landscape...

31 May 2012 • Endcap Articles
Canadian Co-op Systems Thrive
by George H. Condon

If any of us are to believe many of the grocery industry's best analysts these days, we should be abandoning all hope for small, regional grocery companies and counting instead on the success of...

08 Jan 2004 #097 November - December - 2001
Capital Crunch, Capitol Crawl
by Dave Gutknecht

Creative proposals and inspiring stories illustrate ways to advance the cooperative agenda. That agenda is quite diverse in its programs, but co-ops share a common set of values and principles and...

01 Feb 2011 #152 January - February - 2011
Capital: Sources and Abuses
by Dave Gutknecht

Discussions here reflect much that has been learned about cooperative capital as well as lessons still to be absorbed by some food co-ops. Gone, for the most part, are formerly common practices in...

11 Apr 2013 #165 April 2013
Capitalization Strategies for New and Existing Co-ops
by Bill Gessner

Where we gonna get the grubstake? The 300 food co-op stores in the United States, owned by more than 400,000 consumers, face the continuing challenge of building capital if they are going to...

28 Mar 2007 #129 march - april - 2007
Carrots in the Classroom
by Julie Cross

It sounds remarkably like a late-night TV ad: “In just minutes a day, you can fulfill your outreach needs, please your core members, attract mid-level consumers, educate small children, and make...

21 Jan 2009 #117 March - April - 2005