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Talent Planning for Successful Performance
by Lauren Olsen

The saying “the only constant is change” is as true in co-ops as it is elsewhere. One of the best ways to deal with change is to plan for it. Most co-ops have a business plan, a...

06 Feb 2014 170 January - February 2014
Prepared Production Possibilities
by Josh Perkins

A relative rarity not long ago, commissaries—dedicated production kitchens that supply retail sites with either shelf-ready or ready-to-heat prepared foods—have become an...

06 Feb 2014 170 January - February 2014
Safety, Security, and Loss Prevention
by Michael Feiner

Food co-ops may be some of the best-intentioned enterprises across the retail spectrum. They are guided by core values of shared responsibility, environmental stewardship, support for more...

06 Feb 2014 170 January - February 2014
Safety, Security, and Loss Prevention
by Paul Feiner

Food co-ops may be some of the best-intentioned enterprises across the retail spectrum. They are guided by core values of shared responsibility, environmental stewardship, support for more...

06 Feb 2014 170 January - February 2014
A Fresh Look at Membership Recruitment
by Stuart Reid

Community organizing evokes a -variety of images and reactions. Some associate it with the movements of the 1960s and ’70s, others with Barack Obama’s political campaigns, and many are...

06 Feb 2014 170 January - February 2014
Four Pillars of Cooperative Governance
by Marilyn Scholl

Great leaders demonstrate how to be a force for good in local communities and beyond. Our cooperative heroes—the Rochdale Pioneers—were striking weavers who opened a grocery co-op in...

06 Feb 2014 170 January - February 2014
Four Pillars of Cooperative Governance
by Art Sherwood

Great leaders demonstrate how to be a force for good in local communities and beyond. Our cooperative heroes—the Rochdale Pioneers—were striking weavers who opened a grocery co-op in...

06 Feb 2014 170 January - February 2014
Blueprint for a Cooperative Decade
by Marilyn Scholl

The Blueprint for a Cooperative Decade is the overarching agenda for the ICA, its members, and the cooperative movement. It is a five-point plan with individual strategies:

 

06 Feb 2014 170 January - February 2014
Blueprint for a Cooperative Decade
by Art Sherwood

The Blueprint for a Cooperative Decade is the overarching agenda for the ICA, its members, and the cooperative movement. It is a five-point plan with individual strategies:

 

06 Feb 2014 170 January - February 2014
The Co-op that Changed the South
by David Thompson

It was a small cooperative store on a little-known island off the coast of South Carolina. During the harshest days of the civil rights struggle, embattled black leaders came through its doors...

06 Feb 2014 170 January - February 2014
Stakeholders and Solidarity
by Dave Gutknecht

Food co-ops have thrived as consumer cooperatives, owned by the people who patronize them, and they have learned to give emphasis to the ownership part of that structure. In prior decades, there...

09 Dec 2013 169 Nov-Dec 2013
Co+op Forest
by Allie Mentzer

During a recent national meeting of our 134 member and associate co-ops, National Cooperative Grocers Association (NCGA) unveiled the Co+op Forest—a unique new program that offsets carbon...

09 Dec 2013 169 Nov-Dec 2013
A Tale of Ten Co-ops
by Rosie Weaver

On September 2, Food Co-op Initiative (FCI) announced Seed Grants totaling $100,000 awarded to 10 communities across the U.S. that are organizing co-ops, to be matched in each case with equal...

09 Dec 2013 169 Nov-Dec 2013
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
Polishing Up the Box
by Kelly Wiseman

Every co-op in every community has its unique challenges, and we all choose different paths to both serve our member-owners and go toe-to-toe with the competition. Here in Bozeman, Mont., we have...

09 Dec 2013 169 Nov-Dec 2013
Processing Plant Extends the Life of Local Produce
by Dean Williamson

Bozeman is home to the Community Food Co-op. It’s also home to mountains, cows, and hay fields, and for a large part of the year, winter. A long winter means a short season for growing...

09 Dec 2013 169 Nov-Dec 2013
Repurposing Food Scraps
by Diana Chapman

In April 2010, the cofounders of WISErg Corporation called PCC Natural Markets (PCC), a Seattle-based natural foods co-op, to introduce their idea for converting food scraps into a new product....

09 Dec 2013 169 Nov-Dec 2013
Reaching Producer Agreements
by Travis Lusk

Through good, honest practices, direct communication, and working to build lasting relationships, a local program can thrive in any cooperative grocery store. In the Twin Cities area, there are a...

09 Dec 2013 169 Nov-Dec 2013
Engaging Employees in Open Book Management
by Helena O'Connor

A few staff members crowded the back of the small room. Latecomers straggled in until most chairs were full. A huge white board with a crosshatch of lines and columns, numbers and spaces stood at...

09 Dec 2013 169 Nov-Dec 2013
Bringing Open Book Management to Life at Just Food Co-op
by Melanie Reid

Just Food Co-op in Northfield, Minn., opened its doors in 2004. Once the co-op had successfully navigated the initial challenges that every startup faces and began to experience stable finances...

09 Dec 2013 169 Nov-Dec 2013
Local Food: Keeping It Real
by Dave Gutknecht

Food co-ops have been essential to the ongoing revival of cleaner food and local food economies. Across the continent, they are often in the forefront of campaigns to know where food comes from...

14 Oct 2013 168 September-October 2013
Just Label It
by Allie Mentzer

In honor of Non-GMO month this October, National Cooperative Grocers Association (NCGA) is partnering with manufacturers to contribute a minimum of $75,000 to the Just Label It (JLI) campaign. JLI...

14 Oct 2013 168 September-October 2013
Food Co-op Initiative Welcomes New Staff
by Stuart Reid

Please join all of us at Food Co-op Initiative (FCI) in welcoming Suzi Carter as our new director of programs and partnerships. Carter will be providing advice, resources and training to startup...

14 Oct 2013 168 September-October 2013
Open Book Management
by Jeanie Wells

Has your co-op considered Open Book Management? Chances are that even if you haven’t implemented it but have attended a food co-op conference in the past three years, you have heard talk...

14 Oct 2013 168 September-October 2013
Rooting the Local Food System in Cooperation
by Robin Seydel

Cooperatives—given our community ownership structure, our commitment to the principle of concern for community, and our dedication to the values of equality, equity, self-help, and social...

14 Oct 2013 168 September-October 2013