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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
Co-op Expansions Raise the Bar
by Bill Gessner

Every expansion is unique in some respect, but the universal truth is that building a larger facility includes taking on a bigger role in the community. More and more food co-ops are remodeling,...

21 Jan 2009 #121 November - December - 2005
Co-op Expansions Raise the Bar
by Patricia Cumbie

Every expansion is unique in some respect, but the universal truth is that building a larger facility includes taking on a bigger role in the community. More and more food co-ops are remodeling,...

21 Jan 2009 #121 November - December - 2005
Co-op Grocers Unite When Disaster Strikes
by Kim Kusnier

Cooperative grocers take pride in the fact that they’ve supported local, sustainable farmers for more than three decades-long before it was the trendy thing to do. They didn’t jump on the “local”...

23 Apr 2008 #135 March - April - 2008
Co-op Helps Build Local Business Alliance
by Pam Mehnert

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A few years ago, I traveled to a large city with a group of friends for a women’s college basketball tournament. During the course of our stay, it became apparent...

19 Jan 2009 #139 November - December - 2008
Co-op Heroes Recognized

Hosted by the Cooperative Development Foundation, the Cooperative Hall of Fame gives the highest recognition among U.S.

20 May 2014 • Endcap Articles
Co-op Kanagawa
by Yu Shibata

Co-op Kanagawa, the fourth-largest regional co-op in Japan, is located mainly in Kanagawa prefecture just southwest of Tokyo. Membership was 1 million in 2002 and has increased every year. With 3....

29 Dec 2003 #110 January - February - 2004
Co-op Leaders Comment on “Visibility”
by Carolee Colter

According to 2013 CoopMetrics data, 30 percent of member co-ops in the National Cooperative Grocers Association have expanded or opened a new store in the last five years; and many more co-ops are...

29 May 2014 #172 May-June 2014
Co-op Leaders Comment on “Visibility”
by Helena O'Connor

According to 2013 CoopMetrics data, 30 percent of member co-ops in the National Cooperative Grocers Association have expanded or opened a new store in the last five years; and many more co-ops are...

29 May 2014 #172 May-June 2014
Co-op Legacy
by Scott Beers

Legacy is the challenge of having the thrust of your life or your organization's be perpetuated beyond an individual lifetime. Children offer this to many individuals, and we...

08 Jan 2004 #081 March - April - 1999
Co-op Legacy
by Margaret Lund

Legacy is the challenge of having the thrust of your life or your organization's be perpetuated beyond an individual lifetime. Children offer this to many individuals, and we...

08 Jan 2004 #081 March - April - 1999
Co-op Management Master’s Degree Program: Lessons Learned
by Jane Livingston

The Master of Management—Co-operatives and Credit Unions program (MMCCU) based at St. Mary’s University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, will graduate its first class of students in April 2007. Program...

20 Jan 2009 #124 May - June - 2006
Co-op Partners Warehouse
by Lori Zuidema

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19 Jan 2009 #137 July - August - 2008
Co-op Power
by Will Fantle

From Brattleboro to Bellingham, many co-ops across America are engaging their members in activism and finding that the work adds value to both their stores and their communities. Their stories...

05 Dec 2005 #120 September - October - 2005
Co-op Principle 5: Continuous Education
by Fred Guy (adapted from Co-op Times)

One reason cooperatives need to educate about cooperatives is that assumptions about how businesses operate are not always appropriate to cooperatives. If co-op members, officers, and employees...

09 Jan 2004 #038 January - February - 1992
Co-op Principles Meet Slow Money Principles
by Robin Seydel

The importance of rebuilding local and regional food systems has, thankfully, become mainstream; and co-ops are right where they should be—smack dab in the middle of it. Not surprising, really,...

22 Mar 2010 #147 March - April - 2010
Co-op Principles Then and Now (Part 2)
by David Thompson

The co-op on Toad Lane was legally registered as the Rochdale Equitable Pioneers on October 24,1844, hence our reason for celebrating Co-op Month in October. The store opened for...

09 Jan 2004 #053 July - August - 1994
Co-op Supports Apple Seeds and Healthy Choices
by Owen Buffington

Folks residing in Northwest Arkansas are about to get their hands dirty! Apple Seeds, Inc., a nonprofit in Fayetteville, has begun development on an urban teaching farm with help from a...

19 Nov 2014 #174 September-October 2014
Co-op Turns Neighborhood Loss into Second Store
by Tom Mattox

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The loss of a neighborhood grocery store is potentially devastating to any community. That was the position the Hillsdale neighborhood in southwest Portland, Oregon...

18 Jan 2009 #140 January - February - 2009
Co-op Union Conflict Yields Problem-Solving Lessons
by Pam MehnertA manager looks at employee relationships, common interests, and a method of problem solving that builds trust and improves employee morale.

This isn't an article about unions,...

08 Jan 2004 #094 May - June - 2001
Co-operative Farms Acts to Protect Bees
by Dave Gutknecht

The Co-operative Group, the U.K. consumer cooperative featured elsewhere on this page and in the current issue of Cooperative Grocer, has launched an ambitious new drive to protect bees and other...

25 May 2011 • Endcap Articles
Co-operative Solutions in Hard Times
by Russ Christianson

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Seven point eight trillion dollars. That’s over half of the annual Gross Domestic Product of the United States...

18 Jan 2009 #140 January - February - 2009
Co-opportunity Thrives Again
by Melody Washington

The story of Santa Monica's Co-opportunity is an arduous saga -- from early success, to the brink of failure, to its present very sound financial condition. When the cooperative opened its doors...

09 Jan 2004 #026 January - February - 1990
Co-ops and Environmental Action
by Dave Gutknecht

We have much that we can be proud of. Co-ops in numerous towns and cities are active players in their community's environmental affairs. Historically, some of the first basic consumer protection...

09 Jan 2004 #040 May - June - 1992
Co-ops and Public Figures Look to 2012
by Dave Gutknecht

Spreading inspiring co-op stories. Developing more co-ops to serve more people. Building more collaboration among different co-op sectors: credit unions, food co-ops, worker co-ops, housing co-ops...

17 Nov 2011 #157 November - December - 2011