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Can Co-ops Pay a Livable Wage?
by Carolee ColterCan Co-ops Pay a Livable Wage?
07 Jan 2004 #104 January - February - 2003
Democracy Works
by Paul CultreraDemocracy Works
08 Jan 2004 #104 January - February - 2003
Understanding Organics
by Cissy Bowman

Organics have a new look now, offering retailers a chance to educate customers and staff. Beyond GORP (Good Organic Retailing Practices) and retailer certification, there is further need for...

07 Jan 2004 #104 January - February - 2003
It's Winter, So Think Summer!
by Mark MulcahyLocal produce programs have come a long way in the past few years. Nearly every department I work with these days has some sort of local grower program in place. We all know the reasons for...
07 Jan 2004 #104 January - February - 2003
Kootenay Thrives on Local and Organic
by Lyn Cayo

Kootenay Country Store Cooperative is the heart of Nelson, British Columbia. What began more than thirty years ago as a buying club with a few member families has turned into the community's...

07 Jan 2004 #103 November - December - 2002
14 Carrots: New London Co-op
by Sage Scott

New London, New Hampshire: After 18 years as a privately owned natural foods store, 14 Carrots became a member-owned cooperative on August 1. Says general manager Rick Libbey, "Our mission...

07 Jan 2004 #103 November - December - 2002
Farm Aid 2002
by Kathy LawrencePress conference: Speakers included Kim Seeley of Pensylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture, Rhonda Perry of Missouri Rural Crisis Center, Shirley Sherrod and Ralph Paige of Federation of...
07 Jan 2004 #103 November - December - 2002
Ownership Matters!
by Margaret Lund

On September 28, members of Blooming Prairie Cooperative Warehouse voted approval, by 62 percent of the members and 73 percent of the votes, of a proposal from the board of directors to sell the...

07 Jan 2004 #103 November - December - 2002
Cooperative Grocer and the National Cooperative Grocers Association Join Forces
by Dave Gutknecht

We're pleased and excited to announce that at its October 20 meeting the board of directors of the National Cooperative Grocers Association (NCGA) approved the acquisition of Cooperative Grocer....

07 Jan 2004 #103 November - December - 2002
Cooperative Grocer and the National Cooperative Grocers Association Join Forces
by Robynn Shrader

We're pleased and excited to announce that at its October 20 meeting the board of directors of the National Cooperative Grocers Association (NCGA) approved the acquisition of Cooperative Grocer....

07 Jan 2004 #103 November - December - 2002
Grocery Co-ops Seek Organic Certification
by Barth Anderson

Fifteen years of pushing for a federal organic law came to fruition on October 21, 2002 when the USDA's Final Rule on Organics went into effect. While most of the new Rule simply puts federal...

07 Jan 2004 #103 November - December - 2002
An Update from the Frontier Co-op CEO
by Andy Pauley

Following up the previous edition's report on Frontier Natural Products Co-op, interim CEO Andy Pauley wrote:

Since July 16 when I took the job of interim CEO at Frontier,...

07 Jan 2004 #103 November - December - 2002
Not Too Late To Integrate
by Dave Gutknecht

One co-op begins and another closes. One door opens and another shuts. The recent fates of retail as well as wholesale food cooperatives reflect common lessons.

07 Jan 2004 #103 November - December - 2002
Eastern Canada: Natural Food Co-ops See Growth, Threats
by Tom Webb

Natural food co-operatives in Eastern Canada are facing many of the same opportunities and problems as their counterparts in the US. As more and more people become concerned about the quality of...

07 Jan 2004 #103 November - December - 2002
Japan Co-ops Endure Recession, Innovate
by Japanese Consumers' Co-operative Union

Editor's note: Information below is taken from the English-language newsletter of the Japanese Consumers' Co-operative Union (JCCU); their website is located at http://www.coop (click "English...

07 Jan 2004 #103 November - December - 2002
Mondragon Retail Strategy: Eroski Partnership Path
by David Thompson

During the past two years Grupo Eroski has grown to become the second largest food retailer in Spain, following the French retailing giant Carrefour. Eroski is the distribution division of the...

07 Jan 2004 #103 November - December - 2002
Sampling Equals Sales and Satisfaction
by Mark Mulcahy

Do you sample in your produce department? Not just occasionally, when a customer asks or when you think of it, but on a regular basis? Why not? Too busy? Too busy to increase your sales?

...

07 Jan 2004 #103 November - December - 2002
Communicating "Co-op"
by Peg Nolan

Membership is at the heart of cooperation. Cooperative membership is the driving force for an alternative economic system predicated upon user ownership and benefit. It's part and parcel of the...

07 Jan 2004 #103 November - December - 2002
Communicating "Co-op"
by Patricia Cumbie

Membership is at the heart of cooperation. Cooperative membership is the driving force for an alternative economic system predicated upon user ownership and benefit. It's part and parcel of the...

07 Jan 2004 #103 November - December - 2002
Ocean Beach People's Co-op Goes Green
by Mike Ferrill

Ocean Beach People's Organic Food Co-op in San Diego has a new home. A new environmentally green building has been constructed next to the building that housed the co-op beginning in 1975. The...

07 Jan 2004 #102 September - October - 2002
Gone Fishin'?
by Cissy Bowman

My recent trip to Austin for the Organic Trade Association's "All Things Organic" event brought the issue of organic aquaculture back into focus. Finally we have an answer from USDA on whether or...

07 Jan 2004 #102 September - October - 2002
Wanted: 25 million Grassroots Advocates
by Kathy LawrenceWanted: 25 million grassroots advocates for just and sustainable food systems.

Yes, 25 million.

Not 25,000 or even 250,000. We want millions of Americans from all walks of...

07 Jan 2004 #102 September - October - 2002
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
CGIN Highlights New Services
by Karen Zimbelman

The Cooperative Grocers Information Network -- CGIN -- held its fifth annual meeting at the June CCMA conference this year. For those of you who were unable to join us, highlights included:

07 Jan 2004 #102 September - October - 2002
Co-op Devolution: Blooming Prairie, Frontier, North Farm
by Dave Gutknecht

Food co-op trends reached a remarkable turning point this summer in scenarios that accelerated the decline of cooperatively owned distributors and underscored the crucial role that boards of...

07 Jan 2004 #102 September - October - 2002