Dave Gutknecht

Dave Gutknecht
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Dave Gutknecht has been editor of Cooperative Grocer magazine since its founding in 1985.

Author's Articles

Title Issue Date

The market outlook for cooperatives specializing in organic, fresh, and local is more challenging than at any time in the past few decades.

#179 September-October 2015 September 3, 2015

How will food co-ops differentiate themselves? How will they become more inclusive?

#179 September-October 2015 September 3, 2015

Despite a very competitive market, new food co-ops continue to surge, with several new co-ops opening each year.

178 May-June 2015 May 27, 2015

Food co-ops today operate with both increased competition and increased collaboration.

177 March-April 2015 May 27, 2015

At the heart of our cooperatives is growth of services through communities of owners, employees, suppliers, and allies.

176 January-February 2015 February 12, 2015

In October, the world witnessed the International Climate Summit in New York City, sponsored by the United Nations, and an International Summit of Cooperatives in Quebec, sponsored by the Internati

175 November-December 2014 December 24, 2014

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

December 17, 2014

The Sustainable Food Trade Association continues its work to advance sustainability and transparency in the organic food industry.  At its February 2015

December 17, 2014

To be unconcerned about sustainability and whether current practices can long endure, you would need to be Rip Van Winkle—suddenly awakened after 40 years by the rumbling, not of tenpins but of ear

174 September-October 2014 November 19, 2014

The annual food co-op milestones summary is presented at the CCMA (Consumer Cooperative Management Association) conference and reported in these pages.

173 July - August 2014 August 25, 2014

Businesses providing goods and services often face competing expectations and must balance them. Customers often want it all. 

172 May-June 2014 May 29, 2014

Articles on shaping our future and an annual conference with the theme “Forward!” suggest that food co-ops continue to look ahead and to plan major improvements.

171 March-April 2014 March 25, 2014

An impressive surge of expansion and new food co-ops is happening in many areas, and Maine is a great example.  The number of food co-ops in the state will soon double over recent years, it appears

Endcap Articles March 12, 2014

The cover section of this issue offers much on building democratic participation, a struggle with many manifestations—including the civil rights movement, forming new co-ops, and articulating a new

170 January - February 2014 February 6, 2014

Food co-ops have thrived as consumer cooperatives, owned by the people who patronize them, and they have learned to give emphasis to the ownership part of that structure.

169 Nov-Dec 2013 December 9, 2013

Food co-ops have been essential to the ongoing revival of cleaner food and local food economies.

168 September-October 2013 October 14, 2013

The 2013 Consumer Cooperative Management Association (CCMA) conference on June 6–8 brought 450 cooperators to Austin, Texas, for training and speakers, friendship and celebration.

167 July-August 2013 August 22, 2013

I concluded my previous column on growing our future by emphasizing the importance of greater alignment among stakeholders both within local cooperatives and within our cooperative sector.

167 July-August 2013 August 22, 2013


Cooperatives have a great thing going—let's share and grow it! But it's never that simple. 

166 May-June 2013 June 3, 2013

Discussions here reflect much that has been learned about cooperative capital as well as lessons still to be absorbed by some food co-ops.

165 April 2013 April 11, 2013