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Startups Shine at Up & Coming Friday, June 23

The March 2017 Up & Coming food co-op conference featured larger-than-ever attendance and a training program of increased depth and breadth. Over 270 cooperators gathered in downtown Milwaukee for this annual startup event, now in its 8th year. 

Development Co+op Brings Successful Loan Fund to Close Friday, June 23

The NCG Development Co+operative is pleased to announce that it has loaned $9,350,000 of the $10 million dollars made available to retail food co-ops in its charter loan fund! Loans were made to support expansion and improvement efforts at three co-ops—First Alternative Co-op (Corvallis, Ore.), Co+opportunity (Santa Monica, Calif.), and Wheatsville Co-op (Austin, Tex.)—helping ensure they continue to be strong and vibrant businesses, able to meet the needs of their local communities. The loan fund is now closed, with remaining funds returned to investors.

Expanding the Tent Friday, June 23

Where do you go when you have a question related to your job at your co-op that your co-worker, owners, or board are unable answer? For years, it was probably the Cooperative Grocers’ Information Network (CGIN) general listserve or one of its related listserves for operations, human resources, membership and marketing, and so on.

Zafra Whitcomb Friday, June 23
CGN Plans Ahead at Up & Coming Friday, June 23

Whenever cooperators congregate, it’s a gathering of the tribe that generates the joy of mutual recognition. Such was the case at the 2017 Up & Coming food co-op conference. Held for the first time in Milwaukee (where the conference will take place again in 2018), Outpost Natural Foods was our generous and inspiring co-op host, offering tours of two of its stores. 

Cooperating in Response to Challenges Friday, June 23

Cooperatives when at their best show resiliency by enhancing member services through diverse tactics and forms of collaboration. Food co-ops are innovating at home and also by sharing resources with other cooperatives. Several examples are highlighted here, but the wider cooperative world offers many more.

Artist Lucy Sparrow Has to Close Her Fake Bodega Friday, June 23

[Fake food in the real news]

Everyone knows that New Yorkers love a good bodega, but British artist Lucy Sparrow wasn’t quite prepared for the popularity of her hit exhibition 8 ‘Till Late. Despite crafting 9,000 felt sculptures for the occasion, Sparrow announced on Tuesday that her first solo show has sold out and will close nine days early, on June 21.

Willy Street: Locally Focused Friday, June 23

Like any 40-year-old business, Willy Street Co-op has seen its fair share of changes. The co-op was started in 1974 by a buying group looking to source food that they couldn't find elsewhere, namely organic and natural. The venture paid off, and the co-op opened its third location in Madison, Wis., in August 2016. It also has grown to 34,500 members/owners.

General Manager Friday, June 23

The General Manager oversee co-op operations and plan for successful growth; to meet the goals and objectives established by the Board of Directors. They are responsible for supervising all staff, and report directly to the board.



• Marketing, budgeting, accounting experience

• Familiarity with and commitment to natural foods

• Retail management experience

Front End Manager Thursday, June 22

The Front End Manager ensures the highest level of service possible to Bloomingfoods internal and external customers.  Maintains strong Front End operations while developing a team that meets and exceeds customer expectations.

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Produce Assistant Manager Thursday, June 22

The Produce Department is looking for a motivated individual with a positive attitude and prior produce and retail experience to join our Produce Department at the North Store Location. Knowledge about the Natural Food industry in a plus!                                                                    


The top candidate will have excellent organization, communication and  computer skills, as well as the ability to delegate confidently and honestly.  The ability to pay attention to detail and have a strong sense of urgency is highly desired.


Front End Manager Thursday, June 22

The Front End Department at our South Store location is looking for dependable and motivated individual with a positive and upbeat attitude to manage the Front End Department. Knowledge about and experience in the Natural Food industry is a plus! 


Store Manager Thursday, June 22

Driven to exceed customer expectations with an enhanced co-op shopping experience; the Store Manager leads the location team to bright vision of a cooperative future.  

Providing high value customer service drives our sales strategies and decision making in a competitive market. The ideal candidate is creative, self-motivated and has demonstrated experience leading a team culture of excellence. 

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Viroqua Food Co-op Launches Investment Campaign for Expansion of Store Thursday, June 22

After five years of meeting, planning, surveying and organizing, the Viroqua Food Co-op is officially launching a Capital Investment Campaign. VFC is counting on its member-owners to collectively invest $1 million in Class C Shares by Aug. 15 for the expansion of the store in its current location. Class C Shares are a nonvoting, preferred stock offering a dividend of 3 percent with a minimum of $500 investment and a 4 percent dividend for investments over $10,000.

More Co-ops Vote for Unions Wednesday, June 21

A fair summary of labor unions and food co-ops appears in the current issue of the Minneapolis neighborhood paper, Southside Pride:  Unlike many treatments of food co-op union discussions, this one appears balanced and accurate—including examples from co-ops in the Twin Cities, Milwaukee, Duluth, and elsewhere. In most instances, the union is United Food and Commercial Workers, and the election is not contested—but not always.

Annual Report Shows Healthy U.K. Co-ops Friday, June 23

Ever want to know a bit more about co-ops in the United Kingdom? An annual summary of these co-ops is now available: Consumer co-ops are the largest sector of cooperatives there, while agricultural co-ops are second. Businesses have been challenged during years of recession, and co-op sales levels are still recovering, yet more members are joining. The article linked above, from Co-op News, lists by volume the largest co-ops in the country and also has its own link to the full, detailed annual report.

Purchasing Manager Tuesday, June 20

Harvest Co-op Markets is looking for a talented and energetic person to join our staff as our new Purchasing Manager. This is a full time position managing store merchandising, product selection and promotions for both co-op sites in Jamaica Plain and Cambridge. 

The Purchasing Manager works with our department managers to achieve store margin and sales goals. They are also a member of the marketing and events team which is responsible for promoting the Co-op in the communities we serve. 

Store Manager Tuesday, June 20

Store Manager

Metro Milwaukee


Outpost Natural Foods is seeking a Store Manager with strong leadership, customer service, and organizational skills.  The Store Manager will set the standards for internal and external customer service, lead the management team, and ensure the profitability of the store.

PCC Natural Markets is Used to Amazon and Whole Foods Saturday, June 17

Cate Hardy, the CEO of the Seattle area's leading food co-op, PCC Natural Markets, comments in a recent newspaper report that they are already very familiar with competition from Whole Foods and Amazon, and so far the co-op is doing fine.  PCC now operates 11 stores in the greater Seattle area and is planning further store expansion.

General Manager Friday, June 16

Purpose: To lead and oversee all aspects of day to day Co-op operations, and to meet organizational ends established by the Board of Directors, while remaining within Board defined limits and aligned with the Co-op’s mission statement.

Status:  Full-time, salaried management position that reports to the Board of Directors directly. 

Supervises:  All departmental managers directly, and all personnel indirectly.