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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
Detroit's Cass Corridor Food Co-op Expands, Encounters Competition
by Staff

Cass Corridor Co-op, which will celebrate its 30th anniversary in the summer of 2002, relocated in late September after many years in a small, rented facility with 1,700 retail square feet. Now...

07 Jan 2004 #098 January - February - 2002
National Co-op Advantage Program Set To Launch
by Robynn Shrader

In March 2002, hundreds of thousands of co-op consumers will receive a full-color flyer filled with dozens of product specials negotiated through the national expansion of CAP, the Co-op...

07 Jan 2004 #098 January - February - 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
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
Bioterrorism: A Call to Action!
by Mark MulcahyHave you read the latest news stories on food bioterrorism in the US and around the world?

Taliban fighters sneak growth hormone into milk supply. Although rGBH is banned in major dairy producing...

07 Jan 2004 #099 March - April - 2002
Atlantic Canada Merger After Eighteen Months
by Tom Webb

The fall 2000 merger of twenty-eight of Atlantic Canada's independent co-operative societies, with thirty-three stores and mounting losses, was a shotgun wedding. The choice facing each co-...

07 Jan 2004 #101 July - August - 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
"Reasonable Accommodations" Under the ADA
by Ricky Berger

The Americans with Disabilities Act ("ADA") prohibits discrimination in the workplace based on disabilities (physical or mental). The employer has a duty, in fact, to provide its employees and...

07 Jan 2004 #100 May - June - 2002
A Common Vision?
by Robynn Shrader

Last time I briefly mentioned the cultural shift required for us to work together with effectiveness and accountability. As more and more projects reach a pivotal point, I become increasingly...

07 Jan 2004 #100 May - June - 2002
Valley Natural Foods Relocates
by Charli Mills

Five years ago, general manager Susan McGaughey and member-owners of Valley Natural Foods initiated the relocation project that led to the development of property on the Burnsville...

07 Jan 2004 #096 September - October - 2001
Using Survey Data to Improve Co-ops
by John Eicholz

Green Fields Market follows the annual Cooperative Grocer (CG) survey closely. For me, the survey and the accompanying analysis have been textbook lessons in cooperative finance. I...

07 Jan 2004 #095 July - August - 2001
Countdown To USDA Organic
by Cissy Bowman

In October of 2002 consumers will begin to see the USDA Organic logo on products in stores and farm stands. This label, over ten years in the making, has been created to offer...

07 Jan 2004 #096 September - October - 2001
UK: Aging Co-ops at a Crossroad
by Cynthia Boudreau

Not too long ago, the Oxford, Swindon & Gloucester Co-operative Society Limited (O, S & G), in the United Kingdom, faced a difficult situation. In the late 1980s and early 1990s, it twice...

07 Jan 2004 #097 November - December - 2001
CoCoFiSt Tools Boost Southeast Co-ops
by Mel Braverman

Editor's note: A new wave of acronyms has been spawned in the past three years by a data sharing program for co-op managers, CoCoFiSt: Common Cooperative Financial Statements, an innovative...

07 Jan 2004 #094 May - June - 2001
For Today, For Our Future
by Dave Gutknecht

Education, as noted in my previous editorial, is key to sustaining a leading position in our competitive market -- education supported by example and an inspiring vision....

07 Jan 2004 #094 May - June - 2001
Diamonds in the Rough
by Mark MulcahySeek ye the diamond in the rough.

The economy slows down, and produce departments start looking for answers to boost business and gain new customers. Many times we have resources available to us...

08 Jan 2004 #097 November - December - 2001
Introducing the National Campaign for Sustainable Agriculture
by Kai Siedenburg

Imagine that the federal government provided significant incentives and support for sustainable, family farm agriculture, rather than "agribusiness as usual." Hard to imagine?...

08 Jan 2004 #095 July - August - 2001
2000 Retail Operations Survey
by Walden Swanson 

 

08 Jan 2004 #095 July - August - 2001
2000 Retail Operations Survey
by Peg Nolan 

 

08 Jan 2004 #095 July - August - 2001
2000 Retail Operations Survey
by Dave Gutknecht 

 

08 Jan 2004 #095 July - August - 2001
Developing Nirvana
by Allen Seidner

These customers are driving me crazy!" Nirvana Moon exclaimed as she burst through the swinging doors into the kitchen. The lunch rush was finally winding down and I was surprised...

08 Jan 2004 #092 January - February - 2001
Growing Retail Resources
by Karen Zimbelman

08 Jan 2004 #097 November - December - 2001
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
Pow-wows Not Pinballs
by Allen Seidner

As a prepared foods manager almost a decade ago, it struck me that not only did I have a lot of information that I wanted to share with staff, but they also had many suggestions...

08 Jan 2004 #095 July - August - 2001