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Food Co-op Triples Its Size
by Rebecca Mizhir

Store location: Port Townsend, northwest Washington. Challenged by rising local demands for natural food and organic produce as well as an ever-expanding membership, the Food Coop...

08 Jan 2004 #096 September - October - 2001
Panzanella: Fresh Ideas at Weaver Street Market
by Ruffin Slater

08 Jan 2004 #095 July - August - 2001
Organic Rule Still Needs Comments
by Cissy Bowman

At last, the USDA Final Organic Rule -- or is it?

On December 20, 2000 USDA published CFR Part 205: the "Final Rule with request for comments."...

08 Jan 2004 #093 March - April - 2001
Opportunities and Obligations
by Dave Gutknecht

This edition's Retail Operations Survey provides an improved data base from which to measure co-op performance. The results? Co-ops numbers are good but are declining. Co-ops also...

08 Jan 2004 #095 July - August - 2001
New Pioneer Opens Coralville Site
by Dennis Maclearn

[Co-authors with Dennis Maclearn for this article were Ben Nauman and Jennifer Masada.  Dennis Maclearn was general manager, and Ben Nauman and Jennifer Masada were on staff,...

08 Jan 2004 #094 May - June - 2001
A Near Miss at Mississippi Market
by Carolee ColterWhat went wrong? What lessons can other co-ops contemplating expansion learn from Mississippi Market's experience?

By all accounts, Mississippi Market's second store expansion was...

08 Jan 2004 #092 January - February - 2001
NCGA Board Envisions Big Picture
by Robynn Shrader

The National Cooperative Grocers Association board of directors met recently to build a framework and long-term vision for the organization, as we move into our second full year...

08 Jan 2004 #092 January - February - 2001
Millennial Musings on Dot Co-op and Democracy
by Dave GutknechtAcknowledgments

Writers in Cooperative Grocer, I like to think, are voices that speak from the heart of our industry and that present the best of co-op experience to date. Thanks to...

08 Jan 2004 #092 January - February - 2001
Location, Location, Location...and Site, Site, Site: Co-ops are Retailers Too
by Peter C. DavisSite and location characteristics can greatly influence customer loyalty to a co-op and the co-op's competitiveness.

The retail environment is one in which any given store holds but...

08 Jan 2004 #092 January - February - 2001
At 50, Japanese Co-ops Emphasize Education and Food Safety
by Japanese Consumers' Co-operative Union

Japan continues to experience a prolonged recession, so much so that some sectors of the economy, including grocery, are actually experiencing deflation. According to a NYT report (9/25),...

08 Jan 2004 #097 November - December - 2001
Information Technology Team Sees Co-op Benefits
by Robynn Shrader

Imagine sitting down at your desk after your co-op's busiest sales day of the week, then pointing and clicking your way to reports that illustrate the products and departments that...

08 Jan 2004 #096 September - October - 2001
In the News
by Dave Gutknecht

Crisis, or a crisis atmosphere, can be used to advance agendas and strategies that are not necessarily directly tied to those in the headlines. Little noticed in the welter of bad news and panic...

08 Jan 2004 #097 November - December - 2001
Natural/Organic Industry Outlook
by George Southworth

Many of the market trends that have been discussed by cooperatives in this magazine and other forums are coming true, but with a stunning ferocity and speed. This article examines...

08 Jan 2004 #096 September - October - 2001
Human Resources Survey Gives a Close Look at Co-op Compensation
by Walden Swanson

This is the first of an annual Cooperative Grocer Human Resources Survey report. The survey is designed to help co-ops evaluate their HR and compensation practices. We believe this...

08 Jan 2004 #093 March - April - 2001
Human Resources Survey Gives a Close Look at Co-op Compensation
by Dave Gutknecht

This is the first of an annual Cooperative Grocer Human Resources Survey report. The survey is designed to help co-ops evaluate their HR and compensation practices. We believe this...

08 Jan 2004 #093 March - April - 2001
Hiring in a (Still) Tight Labor Market
by Carolee Colter

With the slowing of the economy, many co-ops and other natural food stores are noticing a slight easing in the difficulty of recruiting and retaining workers. Despite economic...

08 Jan 2004 #095 July - August - 2001
Getting Ready
by Dave Gutknecht

Expansion stories from co-ops make great reading for friends and members of these businesses. The completion of such projects means more services, more member owners and more co-...

08 Jan 2004 #096 September - October - 2001
It's Time To Act
by Kai Siedenburg

It's Farm Bill time again. Congress will soon decide policies that will shape the nation's food and agriculture system over the next five to ten years--for better or for worse....

08 Jan 2004 #096 September - October - 2001
Farm Aid 2001
by Cissy Bowman

The 16th Anniversary Farm Aid benefit was held September 29th at the Verizon Wireless Music Center in Noblesville, Indiana. Farm Aid concerts have been held since 1985 to raise money for America's...

08 Jan 2004 #097 November - December - 2001
Cost Overruns and Expansion Problems
by John Corbett

Editor's note: The January-February issue of Cooperative Grocer presented an in-depth analysis of an expansion project at Mississippi Market that nearly sank the co-op. That...

08 Jan 2004 #094 May - June - 2001
Expanding Cooperative Community Funds
by David Thompson

The Cooperative Community Fund Program, sponsored by the Twin Pines Cooperative Foundation is accepting applications for its 2001 grant cycle. TPCF will make $5,000 matching grants...

08 Jan 2004 #096 September - October - 2001
Mondragon's Eroski as a Mass Retailer
by David Thompson

"If we are not economically efficient we cannot be socially effective."

08 Jan 2004 #097 November - December - 2001
Is Your Cutting Edge Dull?
by Dave Gutknecht

This edition's report on the merger of twenty-eight Atlantic Canada co-ops states that the new board of directors must answer those who ask, "Why should I belong, why should I be...

08 Jan 2004 #093 March - April - 2001
Construction Delays: Curses and Blessings
by Denise Chevalier

New Pioneer opened the doors of its second grocery store in February, 2001 in Coralville. It's a beautiful store, tightly packed with fixtures, equipment and product. It is quite...

08 Jan 2004 #096 September - October - 2001
Community Mercantile Meets Compressed Timeline
by Jeanie Wells

When you last read about Community Mercantile Co-op in Lawrence, Kansas, we had just barely survived Wild Oats coming to town. The article in the May-June 1997 edition of...

08 Jan 2004 #096 September - October - 2001