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Beyond being unprepared

Shortly after my arrival in Idaho at Boise Co-op in June 2011, Whole Foods announced that they would open a new store at a busy intersection just 1.2 miles away from our tucked-away neighborhood...

According to 2013 CoopMetrics data, 30 percent of member co-ops in the National Cooperative Grocers Association have expanded or opened a new store in the last five years; and many more co-ops are...

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...

UCUR conference 2014

As food co-ops have visible impact in their communities, more and more people are involved in the effort of bringing a co-op to the place where they live. How can new cooperators move from...

At its 2013 fall meeting in Seattle, the National Cooperative Grocers Association’s (NCGA) designated representatives prioritized several areas in which NCGA could help fuel a strong and...

An Ecuadorian banana farmer, produce managers, industry experts, students, and business allies gathered in Boston in late March for a conference titled, “The Future of Authentic Fairtrade...

Part 2: Practical applications of a new co-op model

In the January/February 2014 issue of Cooperative Grocer magazine, we introduced the Four Pillars of Cooperative Governance as a model for the co-op sector to steer our cooperatively...

Build capacity from the inside out

Your market study promises great sales. Developers are wooing you into their properties. Staff and shoppers are clamoring for more space. Adding a second store seems like a piece of cake, right?...

In late 2012, National Cooperative Grocers Association (NCGA) launched a new service designed to assist its member and associate co-ops in preparing for growth. Two development advisor positions...

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Blog posts

July 23, 2014

The international cooperative domain name, .coop, has now been joined to a cooperative marque or brand with the same letters.  Our national cross-sector cooperative trade organization, NCBA...

June 26, 2014

A 2012 study that identified serious health effects from feeding GMO (genetically modified organisms) corn and the Monsanto corporation’s glyphosate-based herbicide Roundup has been strongly...

June 10, 2014

A helpful introduction to Elinor Ostrom's writings on the commons is found in a comment by Derek Wall at STIR, a site focused on “Co-ops. Community.

June 2, 2014

The Evergreen Cooperatives initiative in Cleveland has gotten a lot of notice for its vision of urban revitalization based on a complex of worker cooperatives in partnership with supportive local...

May 20, 2014

Hosted by the Cooperative Development Foundation, the Cooperative Hall of Fame gives the highest recognition among U.S.

May 18, 2014

New food co-ops continue their very strong growth, with more than 50 new cooperatives opening stores since 2009 – and more opening in 2014.  These groups are located all over the U.S....

May 1, 2014

Efforts to reduce waste and energy consumption in the supply chain are detailed in a new report from the Sustainable Food Trade Association http://www...

April 15, 2014

Just published: a new, in-depth look at food co-ops in the greater metropolitan Minneapolis-St. Paul area and their local food system, from member-owners to retailers to producers.  It is...

March 25, 2014

Trust, local investment, and a strong and supportive food co-op. The down-to-earth details of building local food relationships are nicely reported in an article from Kalamazoo, Michigan. ...

March 12, 2014

An impressive surge of expansion and new food co-ops is happening in many areas, and Maine is a great example.  The number of food co-ops in the state will soon double over recent years, it...