Wednesday, March 29, 2017 - 6:30pm
In a first-of-its-kind incubator program, four women-led makers will grow their businesses and stock their wares on the co-op's shelves, cooking with produce grown nearby.
Fair trade bananas enable small producers to survive and thrive -- IF they organize as cooperatives. Organized demand through consumer cooperatives also is key. For background on these production and marketing challenges, here is a current report from Equal Exchange, the cooperative that continues to spearhead efforts to link Latin American producers with North American customers: http://equalexchange.coop/blog/why-do-banana-farmers-organize
Food Co-op Initiative is thrilled to announce its all-new Guide to Starting a Food Co-op. Built on ten years of experience supporting and observing Third Wave food co-ops, this new Guide incorporates the best ideas and most successful approaches communities are using to organize startup food co-ops. Every year, food co-ops face stronger competition and higher startup costs, yet they are still able to open vibrant, successful stores.
A truly successful co-op is one that not only runs a stellar store and keeps the books in the black. Such a co-op also makes room for co-op participants—owners, customers, and staff—to play a part in its forward momentum, in a space where they are given the chance to shape the future co-op. If we think about the co-op as a place that reflects and acts on the values of its owners and works toward ends based on those values, then it’s critical that the co-op provide ways that owners can share in the accomplishment of those goals.
Multi-stakeholder cooperative governance may not be familiar to many in the U.S. consumer co-op movement, but it is widely seen as an appropriate and progressive model of governance for cooperatives of all kinds. More importantly, it is a way to foster the kind of member engagement that many see as crucial if cooperatives are to survive and thrive in the modern world.
Data from 104 co-ops with annual sales ranging from $1M to $74M
In 2006 and 2011, this magazine published studies on general manager (GM) compensation. Continuing that tradition, here’s a look at the state of management compensation in food co-ops today.
The 104 general managers in this study serve co-ops ranging in size from $1 million to $74 million in annual sales.