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New Food Co-ops Keep Opening!

Continuing a wave of cooperation, 11 new food co-ops have opened since the previous mid-year summary listing.  Food Co-op Initiative (FCI) oversees and assists this nationwide movement, and...

01 Jul 2015 • Endcap Articles
Co-op Excellence Awards

A few of the many excellent leaders among food co-ops are chosen for recognition by their peers at the annual Consumer Cooperative Management Association (CCMA) conference.  Held in a...

28 Jun 2015 • Endcap Articles
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
Civil Power and the Partner State
by John Restakis

Keynote address, Good Economy Conference, Zagreb 2015

03 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
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
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
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
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
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
Sustainable Practices in the Food Chain

The Sustainable Food Trade Association (http://www.sustainablefoodtrade.org) continues its work to advance sustainability and transparency in the organic food industry, and several leading food co...

27 May 2015 • Endcap Articles
Hall of Fame Honors Co-op Leaders

Recently held at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., the 2015 induction into the Cooperative Hall of Fame honored four outstanding leaders whose careers have made huge contributions to...

26 May 2015 • Endcap Articles
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
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
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
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
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
Questions Remain on Proposed Organic Check-off

The Organic Trade Association and its GRO Organic Core Committee have formally petitioned the USDA for a research and promotion check-off for organic.  Find OTA’s report at https://ota....

14 May 2015 • Endcap Articles
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
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
The Cooperative Model and the Sea

Are not the oceans part of the commons? Survival of both fishes and humans is at stake in managing the harvest from the sea, and cooperatives can support that end. Here is a discussion of some of...

23 Apr 2015 • Endcap Articles
More Co-ops Up and Running!

A nationwide wave of new food co-ops continues, supported by Food Co-op Initiative, National Co-op Grocers, CDS Consulting Co-op, and other allies and given focus by the annual Up & Coming, Up...

05 Apr 2015 • Endcap Articles