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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
A Call to Be Inclusive
by Dave Gutknecht

In June, I was inspired once again by the annual CCMA conference of food co-op leaders, summarized elsewhere in these pages. I also have a few uneasy questions, but those too stem from breathing...

28 Aug 2011 #155 July - August - 2011
A Board’s Duty
by Thane Joyal

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The man in the wilderness asked of me, How many strawberries grow in the sea? I answered him as I thought good As many as red herrings grow in the wood. -Old Nursery...

19 Jan 2009 #138 September - October - 2008
A "Non-Working, Non-Worrying" Member
by Paul Cultrera

"Non-Working, Non-Worrying" member Paul Cultrera responds to the article about exemptions for co-op member labor programs in the July-August 1991 issue of Cooperative Grocer by Shady DeJong and...

09 Jan 2004 #036 September - October - 1991
500 Co-ops in 10 Years!
by Marilyn Scholl

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When I get calls and emails from people looking for information on how to start a food co-op, I’m glad I can send them to the Cooperative Grocers Information...

21 Jan 2009 #119 July - August - 2005
50 New Food Co-ops in 5 Years!

New food co-ops continue their very strong growth, with more than 50 new cooperatives opening stores since 2009 – and more opening in 2014.  These groups are located all over the U.S....

18 May 2014 • Endcap Articles
5 a Day: Serving Good Health
by Mark Mulcahy

We are all dedicated to serving our communities the best food possible, but I have to wonder if we are doing everything we can. I recently read these alarming statistics on the “5 a day...

21 Jan 2009 #120 September - October - 2005
30 Years of Vitality
by Randy Whitteker

Ontario Natural Food Co-op (ONFC) has just celebrated its 30th year. We’re proud to have come so far, yet there is so much more to be accomplished. In fact, there are times when I feel fortunate...

20 Jan 2009 #129 march - april - 2007
25 Years: Continuing Contributors
by Dave Gutknecht

This year's co-op conference gave an unusual "milestone" award by recognizing a generation of food co-ops: ones that have recently reached age twenty-five. In those years, what has...

09 Jan 2004 #071 July - August - 1997
2014 Brings a Diverse Crop of New Food Co-ops
by Stuart Reid

This year’s new crop of food co-ops spans the country from Hawaii to the tip of Maine. Not surprisingly, there is as much diversity in the co-ops as in their geography. 

25 Aug 2014 173 July - August 2014
2012: International Year of Cooperatives
by Staff

 

"Cooperative enterprises build a better world." This has been adopted as the official slogan of "2012: International Year of Cooperatives"—a United Nations declaration and a global...

05 Oct 2011 #156 September - October - 2011
2008 Grants and 2009 Plans at the Howard Bowers Fund
by Ellen Quinn

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03 Mar 2009 #141 March - April - 2009
2000 Retail Operations Survey: Statistical Summary
by Dave GutknechtCooperative Grocer 2000 Retail Operations SurveyStatistical Summary of Income Statement, Balance Sheet, and RatiosSMALL Sales <$1 MillionMEDIUM SMALL Sales $1-2 MillionMEDIUM Sales $2-4 Million...
31 May 2006 #095 July - August - 2001
2000 Retail Operations Survey: Statistical Summary
by Peg NolanCooperative Grocer 2000 Retail Operations SurveyStatistical Summary of Income Statement, Balance Sheet, and RatiosSMALL Sales <$1 MillionMEDIUM SMALL Sales $1-2 MillionMEDIUM Sales $2-4 Million...
31 May 2006 #095 July - August - 2001
2000 Retail Operations Survey: Statistical Summary
by Walden SwansonCooperative Grocer 2000 Retail Operations SurveyStatistical Summary of Income Statement, Balance Sheet, and RatiosSMALL Sales <$1 MillionMEDIUM SMALL Sales $1-2 MillionMEDIUM Sales $2-4 Million...
31 May 2006 #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
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
$3 Billion in Sales by 2020 — What Does It Take?
by C.E. Pugh

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The 109 member co-ops of the National Cooperative Grocers Association (NCGA) currently generate annual sales of $1 billion. NCGA believes that growing the sector’s...

27 Dec 2008 #138 September - October - 2008
"Your flag decal won't get you into heaven anymore."
by Dave Gutknecht

Better co-op stores and stronger regional and national co-op associations are gratifying results based on years of groundwork. Each year the reports of the Cooperative Grocers Associations and...

07 Jan 2004 #099 March - April - 2002
"We Need You to Be Successful"
by Michael Funk

UNFI has the financial strength and buying power to serve all channels of this industry and to compete with the conventional wholesalers who will try and get into this business. Because the core...

07 Jan 2004 #107 July - August - 2003
"We Live In A Political World"
by Dave Gutknecht

For many of us, pursuing careers in cooperatives is a means of applying, through the institutions we build by our daily work, principles that evoke a world of social justice. Perhaps -- in the...

09 Jan 2004 #033 March - April - 1991
"The Cooperative Turn"
by Dave Gutknecht

A new article, subtitled "Building the right kind of autonomy," provides an excellent overview of what cooperatives can offer a world that is in economic crisis. "The Cooperative Turn," written...

04 Aug 2012 • Endcap Articles
"Seed Giants vs. U.S. Farmers" Published

In mid-February a major new study was released by the Center for Food Safety and Save Our Seeds.  Available for free download at http://www.centerforfoodsafety.org, the 50-page document,...

16 Feb 2013 • Endcap Articles