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 appears. The growth and new energy are being driven by the values and motivations that are widespread among cooperatives: quality good and services, strong support of local producers and economy, and fair and democratic business enterprises. Here’s a recent journalist’s positive and mostly accurate report – the link is to a Maine business publication:
A CGN reader on the general list discussion later added that the story misquotes Kate Harris about Belfast Co-op becoming a hybrid consumer-worker co-op, and there is no such plan.