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Keep It Fresh!
by Mark Mulcahy

What are you in the market for?” Although this common phrase is used in every context from buying a car to a new office machine, it may be a question retailers should be asking their customers....

21 Jan 2009 #117 March - April - 2005
Co-ops in the Present and Future Communities
by Dave Gutknecht

“Listen up! We’ve got a problem here.”

A warning from ten years ago about food co-op governance and boards of directors remains pertinent.* While some co-op boards provide excellent...

21 Jan 2009 #117 March - April - 2005
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
Carrots in the Classroom
by Julie Cross

It sounds remarkably like a late-night TV ad: “In just minutes a day, you can fulfill your outreach needs, please your core members, attract mid-level consumers, educate small children, and make...

21 Jan 2009 #117 March - April - 2005
Carrots in the Classroom
by Doug Walter

It sounds remarkably like a late-night TV ad: “In just minutes a day, you can fulfill your outreach needs, please your core members, attract mid-level consumers, educate small children, and make...

21 Jan 2009 #117 March - April - 2005
New Strategic Plan for CCC
by Tom Webb

Almost four years ago, 28 financially troubled co-operatives in Atlantic Canada knew that struggling one by one they could not survive. Pitted against two fiercely competing multinational...

21 Jan 2009 #117 March - April - 2005
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
Social Justice in Agriculture Forum
by Robynn Shrader

I recently had an opportunity to represent food co-ops at a forum for Social Justice in Agriculture, along with representatives from organizations representing farm workers, fair-trade initiatives...

21 Jan 2009 #116 January - February - 2005
Don McLemore and the New NCGA
by Dave Gutknecht

I briefly interviewed Don McLemore in late November, two months after his hiring as the CEO of the National Cooperative Grocers Association (NCGA). Don McLemore can be reached via email at don@...

21 Jan 2009 #116 January - February - 2005
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
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
Swarthmore Co-op Gets a New Store
by Jack Cavanaugh

The Swarthmore Co-op started in a garage in 1937, founded by local residents in search of less expensive and fresher food. The membership fee was $5, which remained in effect until December 2002....

21 Jan 2009 #116 January - February - 2005
Avoiding Post-Expansion Burnout
by Carolee Colter

You’ve been working on this project for more than two years. After overcoming every obstacle, putting up with countless delays, raising hundreds of thousands in financing, moving all your...

21 Jan 2009 #116 January - February - 2005
Taking Food Safety to the Source
by Rosemary Fifield

As businesses providing ready-to-eat foods, co-ops should be taking precautions to ensure that we are not contributing to the statistics on food-borne illness. With an estimated 1.5 million people...

24 Feb 2005 #116 January - February - 2005
Did They Get the Message?
by Mark Mulcahy

If you are like most produce managers, you are always looking for ways to make the best use of your marketing efforts and increase your daily sales. That success depends on whether you are...

21 Jan 2009 #116 January - February - 2005
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
New La Crosse Store and Restaurant Opens
by Michelle Schry

People’s Food Co-op in La Crosse, Wis., started laying the groundwork for expansion years ago. Peg Nolan, our co-op’s former general manager, made a brilliant purchase back in 1998, buying a house...

21 Jan 2009 #116 January - February - 2005
Removing the President of the Board
by Deirdrie Lang

Kootenay Country Co-op is a 29-year-old cooperative operating in Nelson, British Columbia. We have been enjoying several years of financial stability and membership growth. We are fortunate to...

21 Jan 2009 #116 January - February - 2005
Making Member Relations the Co-op's Organizing Principle
by Peg Nolan

In his booklet Three Strategic Concepts for the Guidance of Cooperatives, Brett Fairbairn urges co-ops to place our relationship with co-op members at the center of our thinking and activities....

21 Jan 2009 #116 January - February - 2005
A Model for Cooperative Challenges
by Michel Lafleur

Mastering strategy is absolutely key for a manager. “One of the most important of a manager’s tasks consists in establishing the organization’s strategy—or in at least overseeing the process by...

21 Jan 2009 #116 January - February - 2005
Corporate Ownership in Organics
by Mark Kastel

A thoughtful question came in from an observer of the natural foods industry regarding my article in the July-August Cooperative Grocer, “Reclaiming the True Meaning of Organic.” She wanted to...

26 Oct 2004 #115 November - December - 2004
NCGA Names CEO
by Dave Gutknecht

In late September the National Cooperative Grocers Association (NCGA) announced that Don McLemore has been named chief executive officer. McLemore has more than 25 years of leadership in...

11 Feb 2005 #115 November - December - 2004
Ratios Rectified - and a Rebate Request
by Walden Swanson

Alert readers Joe Golton from Ashland Food Co-op and John Foley from Outpost Natural Foods Co-op found mistakes in the Return on Equity and the Return on Assets ratios in the Operations Report...

11 Feb 2005 #115 November - December - 2004
Organics: New Board Members, New Questions
by Cissy Bowman

People are still reacting to the “directives” from the National Organic Program (including columns in CG for July-August and September-October). However, there needs to be attention paid and...

11 Feb 2005 #115 November - December - 2004
Recovering from Financial Mismanagement
by Jonathan McGoran

Weavers Way Co-op, like many co-ops, has always taken pride in a feeling of community, a culture of trust, and a way of doing things that was a little bit different from everybody else. But it...

11 Feb 2005 #115 November - December - 2004