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Co-op Challenged by Member Boycott Request
by Kevin Sharp

The views and perspective expressed are our own, and not necessarily those of the co-op members, the co-op staff, or the board of directors of People’s Food Co-op of Ann Arbor Michigan.

19 Jan 2009 #136 may - june - 2008
Co-op Boards and Why We Do What We Do
by Dave Gutknecht

In their efforts to grow and govern democratic businesses, food co-op boards of directors need to look both inward and outward.

My previous two columns discussed the expanding...

21 Jan 2009 #116 January - February - 2005
Co-op Awards Given at CCMA
by Dave Gutknecht

Cooperative Service: Gail Graham

26 Aug 2004 #113 July - August - 2004
Co-op Awards
by Dave GutknechtCo-op Awards
07 Jan 2004 #107 July - August - 2003
Co-op Atlantic: End of the Saga?
by Tom Webb

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In the winter of 2008 after years of organizational and market struggles, the Consumers Community Co-operative (CCC) merged with Co-op Atlantic (CA). The 17 former...

27 Dec 2008 #139 November - December - 2008
Co-op as Store Becomes Co-op as Community
by Mark Goehring

We can no longer (verb)_____ in isolation. Try these verbs: Learn. Vision. Plan. Invest. Be. Then try your own! Nearly three years ago, the board of directors of the Brattleboro Food Co-op...

21 Jan 2009 #117 March - April - 2005
Co-op as Gift
by Dave Gutknecht

I read a lot of co-op newsletters, and by a combination of scanning and close reading learn a lot from them. Obviously, a site visit would be more informative, and a sight by means of one good...

09 Jan 2004 #024 September - October - 1989
Co-op Advantage Program: Midwest Stores Cooperate
by Corinne Shindelar

Not a day goes by when the savvy retailer hasn't asked: How will my store continue to compete in an industry as dynamic as natural foods? Smart co-op retailers are looking to...

08 Jan 2004 #086 January - February - 2000
Co+op Forest 2014
by Allie Mentzer

The holiday season can be a hectic time of year at the co-op and at home. It’s the perfect time to take a short mental vacation to the remote, tropical Peruvian rainforest, and learn about...

24 Dec 2014 #175 November-December 2014
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
Closing the ‘Gap’
by Mel Braverman

Many cooperatives struggle to find appropriate operational benchmarks and to set challenging yet attainable goals. Without the use of external data to help them understand how the industry may be...

29 Nov 2006 #126 September - October - 2006
Closing Mountain Warehouse
by Joel Landau

Mountain Warehouse was a cooperatively owned distributor of natural foods, with 1990 sales of $2.2 million. Located in Durham, North Carolina, it serviced accounts throughout North Carolina and...

09 Jan 2004 #037 November - December - 1991
Clarifying Board and Management Roles in Expansion/Relocation Projects
by Bill Gessner

Many co-ops talk about the need to move or expand for years. Often it is all talk, with a few false starts and little formal planning or action. For other co-ops, an opportunity to...

08 Jan 2004 #083 July - August - 1999
City Center Market
by Rebecca Gaspard

In small-town Cambridge, Minn., MOMS Food Co-op opened the doors to our new store, City Center Market, on January 4, 2007. This was just 18 months after learning we needed to find a new home and...

20 Jan 2009 #129 march - april - 2007
Choosing Healthy, Sustainable Seafood
by Eli Penberthy

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...

29 May 2014 #172 May-June 2014
Chinese Delegates Visit San Diego Co-op
by Staff

In an impromptu visit, 18 delegates from China came to Ocean Beach People’s Organic Food Co-op in San Diego to learn about issues involving agricultural food quality, with a focus on the co-op’s “...

31 Dec 2009 #146 January - February - 2010
Chequamegon: Now Twice the Co-op
by Julie Buckles

At first glance, Ashland, Wisconsin does not appear a likely location for a food cooperative. It is a blue collar, post-industrial town with a modern day strip of fast food...

08 Jan 2004 #096 September - October - 2001
Checking the Alignment: FCI NCGA CGN CDSCC NCB
by Dave Gutknecht

I concluded my previous column on growing our future by emphasizing the importance of greater alignment among stakeholders both within local cooperatives and within our cooperative sector. Food co...

22 Aug 2013 #167 July-August 2013
Chatham Marketplace Opens Its Doors
by Tami Schwerin

“When are you opening?” Without exaggeration, I can say I must have heard that question about 954 times in the last few months. After three years of effort, our cooperative finally opened on May...

08 Aug 2006 #125 July - August - 2006
Chasing the Gap
by Mead Stone

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CoCoGAP is a data sharing program, a tool that measures a co-op’s perform­ance in key operational areas against...

18 Jan 2009 #140 January - February - 2009
Characteristics of Effective Supervisors
by Carolee Colter

Whether you oversee a whole department of employees or one assistant manager or an ever-changing group of volunteers, you as a supervisor are ultimately responsible for the work of others. This...

09 Jan 2004 #006 August - September - 1986
Championing the Organic Label
by Cissy Bowman

Organic has received a lot of bad press lately, from the Senate investigation on liquid nitrogen fertilizers to a Washington Post article questioning the “purity” of the organic label, published...

22 Sep 2009 #144 September - October - 2009
CGN Wants Your Cognitive Surplus
by Dan Nordley

At the CGN (Cooperative Grocer Network) annual meeting held during the CCMA conference, board and staff lauded the progress the organization had made in the last year. We are looking forward to...

22 Aug 2013 #167 July-August 2013
CGIN: Online Community
by Karen Zimbelman

Food co-ops banded together to form the Cooperative Grocers’ Information Network (CGIN) in 1997. In the intervening years, their idea of a “low-overhead organization that cranks out products, not...

21 Jan 2009 #116 January - February - 2005
CGIN: 10 Years and Changes Ahead
by Karen Zimbelman

This year will mark the 10th anniversary of the Cooperative Grocers’ Information Network (CGIN), which inspires us to reflect on what we’ve been able to accomplish as we close in on a decade of...

20 Jan 2009 #129 march - april - 2007