Creating and maintaining a healthy board-GM relationship

In many co-ops, the manager and board of directors function effectively as a leadership team. Along with having systems and structures in place that support and encourage healthy...

Almost every cooperative retail grocery is feeling increased competition in its community. Twenty years ago, merely having featured products consistently available was enough for co-ops...

Last fall, National Co+op Grocers (NCG) officially launched, through its Development Co+operative, the NCG DC Loan Fund. The Loan Fund is a $10 million program, composed of $2 million...

How P6 co-ops go the extra mile to tell the cooperative story, 
support small producers, and grow a healthy food system

Food co-ops have a unique story to tell. As corporate and privately owned natural foods chains jump into the niche that co-ops created, co-ops need to celebrate our history and grandstand the...

We will need to fill more GM positions than ever before

As we all know, the baby boom generation is hitting retirement age. Roughly a quarter of the U.S. population was born between 1946 and 1964, and every month a quarter million more are turning 65....

"Don't You Love It When A Plan Actually Works?

On January 2, 2012, People’s Food Co-op in La Crosse, Wisconsin, merged with the Good Food Store Co-op in Rochester, Minnesota.  That connection created a single co-op, known as People...

Food co-ops in the U.S. have a long history of growth and decline. When you look at a graph of their numbers in the 20th Century, it resembles a series of waves....

In early April of 2014, Ever’man Natural Foods Co-op, Inc. (Ever’man) proudly opened the doors on its newly expanded store in downtown Pensacola, Florida.  The store debuted a...

Stories are as old as humankind.  If we didn’t have stories, we wouldn’t have progress or evolution.  It’s how people communicate, organize, and instruct.  Nor...

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Blog posts

May 26, 2015

Recently held at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., the 2015 induction into the Cooperative Hall of Fame honored four outstanding leaders whose careers have made huge contributions to...

May 14, 2015

The Organic Trade Association and its GRO Organic Core Committee have formally petitioned the USDA for a research and promotion check-off for organic.  Find OTA’s report at...

April 23, 2015

Are not the oceans part of the commons? Survival of both fishes and humans is at stake in managing the harvest from the sea, and cooperatives can support that end. Here is a discussion of some of...

April 5, 2015

A nationwide wave of new food co-ops continues, supported by Food Co-op Initiative, National Co-op Grocers, CDS Consulting Co-op, and other allies and given focus by the annual Up & Coming, Up...

April 1, 2015

The Sustainable Food Trade Association (http://www.sustainablefoodtrade.org) continues its work to advance sustainability and transparency in the...

February 19, 2015

Jacqueline Hannah, previously general manager of the Common Ground Food Co-op in Champaign-Urbana, Illinois, brings her co-op expertise and passion to Food Co-op Initiative where she will share it...

February 4, 2015

This spring, food co-ops are urged to honor one of their outstanding trainers and leaders, Ann Hoyt, while supporting co-op development through the Cooperative Hall of Fame.  The Hall honors...

January 23, 2015

In Seattle, Washington, Central Co-op is ahead of the curve in implementing the city's new minimum wage of $15, seven years in advane of the mandated schedule.  This may well be the...

January 14, 2015

A new, short video has just been released that explains the P6 or Principle Six movement, which takes its name from the 6th cooperative principle of "cooperation among cooperatives."...

December 17, 2014

How to build a broader movement for social change. How to evaluate the cooperative alignment and potential of allies such as nonprofits, land trusts, and advocacy groups? "Grassroots Economic...