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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
GreenStar Rising
by Patrice Jennings

At 7:00 a.m. on May 11, 2004, GreenStar Cooperative Market opened the doors on its second location, a 4,000 sq.ft. space with 2,500 sq. ft. of retail. The previous owners had closed the doors just...

11 Feb 2005 #115 November - December - 2004
Busy Delis: A Touch of Self-Help
by Allen Seidner

If a touch-screen kiosk could alleviate the service bottleneck at your busy deli, would you view it as a promising technological partner, a healthy competitor, or another step toward the...

11 Feb 2005 #115 November - December - 2004
Cooperative Resurgence and Renewal
by Dave Gutknecht

Running through several of the stories and reports in this edition is a theme of resurgence and renewal among cooperatives. I also heard this theme at a recent meeting concerning strategies for...

30 Nov 2004 #115 November - December - 2004
New Millennium, New Future
by David Thompson

A new millennium started when the clock struck midnight in Greenwich, England on December 31, 1999. Further north, in Manchester, a new era began for leaders of the British consumer cooperative...

11 Feb 2005 #115 November - December - 2004
Making Movies
by Ellen Michel

At the CCMA conference in the Twin Cities last June, attendees were treated to screenings of two short films, each of which had been made the year before in a whirlwind of inspiration and...

11 Feb 2005 #115 November - December - 2004
Food Alliance Certification
by Thekla Fagerlie-Madsen

Today’s food consumers are looking for quality, freshness, and food products they can trust. Increasingly, their food buying decisions reflect their environmental and social values. The abundance...

21 Oct 2004 #114 September - October - 2004
Expanding Co-op Community Funds
by David Thompson

For the coming year we have high hopes for the growth of the Cooperative Community Fund program. Looking ahead, here are the results that we anticipate: At the end of 2005 the partner co-ops of...

21 Oct 2004 #114 September - October - 2004
Organic Community Celebrates Too Soon
by Mark Kastel

The accolades in the press after USDA Secretary Ann Veneman withdrew a series of highly controversial guidance documents proved to be short-lived. The documents, prepared by the National Organic...

26 Oct 2004 #114 September - October - 2004
October Is Co-op Month
by Mark KastelCooperatives nationwide will highlight their economic and charitable contributions to their communities as part of the annual October marking of Co-op Month. The community theme was selected for...
26 Oct 2004 #114 September - October - 2004
Howard Bowers Day October 9
by Mark KastelThe trustees of the Howard Bowers Fund and the Cooperative Development Foundation ask that your store participate in the seventh Howard Bowers Day, which will be held on October 9 this year....
26 Oct 2004 #114 September - October - 2004
What’s New @ CGIN
by Karen Zimbelman

At our seventh annual meeting this year in Minneapolis, Cooperative Grocers’ Information Network (CGIN) members enthusiastically offered up contributions of all types. Contributions to our...

27 Dec 2008 #114 September - October - 2004
Don’t Prove, Persuade
by Elizabeth Archerd

With America so politically divided between left and right, it might be easy for grocery co-ops to see a vast gulf between themselves and the mainstream. But according to The Hartman Group’s...

26 Oct 2004 #114 September - October - 2004
Don’t Prove, Persuade
by Barth Anderson

With America so politically divided between left and right, it might be easy for grocery co-ops to see a vast gulf between themselves and the mainstream. But according to The Hartman Group’s...

26 Oct 2004 #114 September - October - 2004