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Brand Readiness Hits the Road
by Ellen Michel

The word branding sometimes conjures images of bucking broncos, rodeos where livestock are marked with an indelible sign. Indeed, branding with a hot iron speaks to the rambunctious nature of...

21 Jan 2009 #117 March - April - 2005
Branching, Blooming, and Branding
by Ellen Michel

Branching, Blooming, and Branding

07 Jan 2004 #104 January - February - 2003
Bowers Fund Helps Grow Co-ops
by Staff

Thanks to co-ops' support of the Bowers Fund, approximately 20 -people receive scholarships to the attend CCMA conference (Consumer Cooperative Management Association) each year. 


03 Jun 2013 #166 May-June 2013
Bouncing Back in Boise
by Ben Kuzma

Shortly after my arrival in Idaho at Boise Co-op in June 2011, Whole Foods announced that they would open a new store at a busy intersection just 1.2 miles away from our tucked-away neighborhood...

29 May 2014 172 May-June 2014
Board Training at Two Startup Co-ops
by Ann Waterhouse

On an evening in early May 2004, I had just completed the first half of board of directors training for Harvest Market, a new cooperative in Barneveld, Wisc. The president asked how boards make...

21 Jan 2009 #119 July - August - 2005
Board Orientation, Training, and Education
by Candace Dow

We all want to leave the co-op better than it was when we came on the board,” said Rachel Soffer, board president of Lakewinds Natural Foods, with stores in the Minneapolis suburbs of Anoka,...

20 Jan 2009 #122 January - February - 2006
Board Budgets
by Michael Healy

This article contains charts not pictured. You can download the pdf version with charts here.

The board of directors fulfills an essential governing role in a cooperatively owned,...

22 Apr 2008 #135 March - April - 2008
Blueprint for a Cooperative Decade

The International Cooperative Alliance has produced an impressive document that follows upon the International Year of Cooperatives.  Follow this link,

17 Mar 2013 • Endcap Articles
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
Bloomingfoods Caters Kinsey Coming Out Party
by Ellen Michel

On Saturday, November 13, 2004, Bloomingfoods Market and Deli and its Encore Café helped cater a fundraising reception for The Kinsey Institute, celebrating the premiere of the Fox Searchlight...

21 Jan 2009 #116 January - February - 2005
Blooming Prairie: The Next Chapter
by Anya Firszt

The Blooming Prairie Cooperative Warehouse closed its books with a final distribution of monies to the membership at the end of March 2005—more than two and a half years after the sale of the...

21 Jan 2009 #118 May - June - 2005
Blooming Prairie: "The most important strategies are those that strengthen our retail members."
by Jesse Singerman

As the market we helped to create undergoes dramatic and fundamental change, cooperative natural product distributors and retailers, the "new wave" of consumer cooperatives formed...

08 Jan 2004 #090 September - October - 2000
Blooming Prairie Proposal Offers Opportunity to Strengthen Our Retailer Network
by Robynn Shrader

News of the proposed acquisition of Blooming Prairie Cooperative Warehouse by United Natural Foods, Inc. has evoked many different reactions throughout the food co-op community. It is natural to...

07 Jan 2004 #102 September - October - 2002
Blooming Prairie Foundation Announces 2007 Awards
by Staff

In May the Blooming Prairie Foundation announced its 2007 list of awards to organizations focused on increasing cooperative initiatives and organic/sustainable agriculture for local producers,...

17 Jul 2007 #131 July - August - 2007
Blooming Prairie Foundation Announces 2006 Grant Awards
by Dave Gutknecht

In mid-April the Blooming Prairie Foundation announced the recipients of its 2006 grants. Ten grants totaling $177,000 have been awarded to the following organizations doing important work for...

09 Aug 2006 #124 May - June - 2006
Blooming Prairie Foundation Announces 2005 Grant Awards
by Dave Gutknecht

Blooming Prairie Foundation announced in June the recipients of its 2005 grant awards. This is the first year that the foundation has awarded grants, which totaled over $250,000. The following...

05 Dec 2005 #120 September - October - 2005
Bioterrorism: A Call to Action!
by Mark MulcahyHave you read the latest news stories on food bioterrorism in the US and around the world?

Taliban fighters sneak growth hormone into milk supply. Although rGBH is banned in major dairy producing...

07 Jan 2004 #099 March - April - 2002
Bill Gessner Joins Cooperative Hall of Fame
by Dave Gutknecht

Many readers of this site will recognize Bill Gessner’s name from his many past contributions to food co-ops, both through Cooperative Grocer and directly at scores of co-ops where he has...

08 May 2012 • Endcap Articles
Bigger Is Better
by Sarah Lebherz

Some people thought we were crazy to go from a 4,000-square-foot store to an 18,000-square-foot store. It definitely took a lot of courage from all levels of our organization. We just knew we...

20 Jan 2009 #127 November - December - 2006
Beyond the Basics
by David Roang

Basics Cooperative, in Janesville, Wisconsin, started as a privately owned store in the late 1970s. It was briefly a workers’ collective, but soon became a corporation consisting of my dad, Peter...

20 Jan 2009 #125 July - August - 2006
Beyond Organic
by Barth Anderson

Organic food is still growing at a remarkable clip, especially now that this “pure product” has made the leap from food co-ops to megastores like Wal-Mart, which is infamous for driving down...

20 Jan 2009 #127 November - December - 2006
Best Practices and Balancing Acts
by Dave Gutknecht

Two articles in this edition comprise the cover theme of components and key challenges in food co-op membership systems. Through many years and hundreds of trials, our generation of food...

19 Jan 2009 #136 may - june - 2008
Berkeley: Lessons for Co-op Leaders
by Karen Zimbelman

Editor's note: I published several thousand words of my own on the decline of the Berkeley Co-op and related lessons, three years ago in Cooperative Grocer #18 & 19 (1988)....

09 Jan 2004 #038 January - February - 1992
Bellingham Co-op: Moving Down The Relocation Road
by Jim Ashby

This is the story of a relocation project with more lives than a cat. It has been near death many times and has come within a whisker of being a disaster more times than I care to remember. As I...

09 Jan 2004 #040 May - June - 1992