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Building Democratic Culture
by Dave Gutknecht

"How will you headline your report? ‘Too Much Love in the Air’?” one manager asked me. This year’s gathering of food co-op leaders, besides having the largest attendance ever, had lots of positive...

26 Aug 2004 #113 July - August - 2004
Cooperatives Work for Organic Integrity and Funding
by Robynn Shrader

In 2004 the National Cooperative Grocers Association (NCGA) joined the National Organic Coalition to ensure that the provisions of the Organic Food Production Act of 1990 are fully implemented and...

02 Jun 2004 #112 May - June - 2004
Local Co-ops Build National Presence
by Dave Gutknecht

By late April, regional food co-op associations will decide whether to transfer their assets and primary identity to a restructured national organization. Each of more than 90 local co-ops from...

08 Jun 2004 #112 May - June - 2004
Food, From Start to Finish
by Jane Livingston

Thirty years ago, long before most supermarket chains had developed extensive private label programs in Canada, Co-op Atlantic retails sold ‘Co-op’ brand products. The national ‘Co-op’ label was—...

02 Jun 2004 #112 May - June - 2004
Tracking the Co-op’s Local Impact
by Tim BartlettIt’s a common story. My family started one of the oldest farms in our region, and up until 1988 my uncle ran a dairy business that sold its milk through a local marketing cooperative. Now there is a...
02 Jun 2004 #112 May - June - 2004
Seeking Local Organic Producers
by Cissy Bowman

As worldwide availability of organic products hits new heights, there also is a strong consumer trend toward supporting local food systems. In some areas of the country organic farmers who sell...

08 Jun 2004 #112 May - June - 2004
Creating a Culture of Food Safety
by Rosemary Fifield

When someone mentions “food poisoning,” what comes to mind for you? An hour or two of queasiness and nausea? Stomach cramps, perhaps, or, at worst, diarrhea and vomiting? That may be the case for...

08 Jun 2004 #112 May - June - 2004
Get Down, Get Ahead
by Mel Braverman

The Common Cooperative Financial Statements (CoCoFiSt) data sharing program has evolved over several years into widely used, multi-functional benchmarking, budgeting, and operational improvement...

27 May 2004 #112 May - June - 2004
Seize the Moment
by Allen Seidner

“I’m very impressed with your experience and your attitude, Yung Wannabee, and I think you’ll find yourself an easy fit as a member of our prepared foods team. I’m happy to extend you an offer at...

27 May 2004 #112 May - June - 2004
Weaver Street Finds Success in Recruiting and Retaining Latino Staff
by Helena Economo

The Treehouse bar was filling up quickly. Employees and their friends were gathering for the Weaver Street Market annual holiday party. Lively salsa rhythms alternated with hip-hop and rock and...

27 May 2004 #112 May - June - 2004
Annual Meetings
by Ellen Michel

Annual meetings: you gotta love ’em. Frequently written into the bylaws and often a legal requirement for co-ops, this event is typically recognized as the primary opportunity for member-owners to...

09 Jun 2004 #112 May - June - 2004
The Editor Notes
by Dave Gutknecht

“Under construction” assumes multiple meanings when one is immersed in a project. Construction, whether of an organization or, as in my home case, a building, leads to reviewing matters such as...

28 Mar 2006 #112 May - June - 2004
Kids Meet Natural Foods
by Uli KoesterMinnesota Co-ops Partner for Classroom Education

What do you remember from your time in elementary school? Your favorite teacher? Games on the playground? When you pull up your favorite images,...

17 Mar 2004 #111 March - April - 2004
Merger Saves Anoka Co-op, Expands Lakewinds
by Kris NelsonAbout one year ago, the president of the board of Anoka Co-op contacted Twin Cities Natural Food Co-ops looking for assistance with a struggling co-op. Although Anoka Co-op had reached its milestone...
17 Mar 2004 #111 March - April - 2004
NCGA Joins Organic Trade Association Leadership Circle, Comments on Co-op Distribution
by Robynn Shrader

The National Cooperative Grocers Association (NCGA) proudly joins the Organic Trade Association this year as a Leadership Circle investor to the 2004 Annual Fund Campaign. This illustrates one of...

16 Mar 2004 #111 March - April - 2004
Anatomy of a Recovery
by Tony Bedard

Financial problems are not uncommon among co-ops. Many have fought through severe crises that threatened their survival. Frontier Natural Products Co-op survived such a crisis recently, regaining...

16 Mar 2004 #111 March - April - 2004
Anatomy of a Recovery
by Bill Kooistra

Financial problems are not uncommon among co-ops. Many have fought through severe crises that threatened their survival. Frontier Natural Products Co-op survived such a crisis recently, regaining...

16 Mar 2004 #111 March - April - 2004
The Spirit of Generosity
by Bill Gessner

The collective progress in collaboration that the food co-op sector has achieved over the past decade has been significant and inspiring. “Cooperation among cooperatives,” through the...

16 Mar 2004 #111 March - April - 2004
Growing Co-ops
by Dave Gutknecht

A new food co-op and two recovered ones are each reason to celebrate, and they make for good news in this edition of Cooperative Grocer. Startup co-ops, an uncommon achievement, also have opened...

28 Mar 2006 #111 March - April - 2004
Eastside Food Co-op
by Ginny Sutton

After almost eight years of effort by neighbors in Northeast Minneapolis, the Eastside Food Co-op, a 6,600-square-foot natural foods grocery store, opened on December 4, 2003. Billing itself as a...

16 Mar 2004 #111 March - April - 2004
GMOs: We Can’t Ignore the Consequences
by Mark Mulcahy

Have you ever seen one of those silent movies where the hero is on a runaway train and just narrowly misses injury by dumb luck or blissful ignorance of the severity of the situation? We may be in...

16 Mar 2004 #111 March - April - 2004
Natural Food Training
by Nancy O'Connor

Twelve Community Mercantile employees gather around a big table in the co-op’s community room. We’re sharing a meal of baked tofu, steaming hot kale, three different kinds of baked winter squash,...

16 Mar 2004 #111 March - April - 2004
What’s New @ CGIN?
by Karen Zimbelman

The website owned by and operated for the benefit of food co-ops at continues to grow in scope and volume with each passing month. Thanks to the generosity of many food co-op...

27 Dec 2008 #111 March - April - 2004
Build the Crew Before You Build the Walls
by Mark Mulcahy

You're in the Expansion Zone when: Every possible inch of sales floor space is filled, and even the ceiling has hanging baskets of product. It is amazing that you can move in your back room, let...

29 Dec 2003 #110 January - February - 2004
From Corporate to Co-op
by Carolee Colter

During the 1980s and the 1990s, some natural foods co-ops attempted to acquire the skills and know-how of the conventional grocery industry by hiring grocery veterans as general managers. With...

26 Dec 2008 #110 January - February - 2004