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Award to be Given to Renaissance Community Co-op at CCMA Sunday, May 29
We are pleased to announce that Renaissance Community Co-op has been chosen as the FCI Startup of the Year and will accept their award in person at CCMA on Friday, June 10th.
With over 100 food co-ops currently organizing and over half a dozen opening in the last calendar year there was an amazing slate of potential candidates. 
Food Services Manager Wanted Friday, May 27

JOB TITLE:                        FOOD SERVICES MANAGER

DATE POSTED:                 May 23, 2016

DATE CLOSES:                  Until filled

DEPARTMENT:                Food Services – Deli and Kitchen

HOURS:                             40 hours per week; may include evenings/weekends

STATUS:                            Regular full time, non-exempt. Position is health benefits eligible

STARTING WAGE:           $18.35 - $26.15 DOE/DOQ

 

Assistant Manager, Deli Department Friday, May 27

About our Co-op

The Belfast Co-operative is a member-owned market and café that seeks to foster community, support local producers and educate for healthier food production and consumption.

Position Title: Assistant Manager, Deli Department

Hours: Full time (40 hrs/wk). Early morning, evening, and weekend flexibility required. 

New Labels to Reveal Added Sugars Thursday, May 26

The Food and Drug Administration just announced new food label requirements that will for the first time show the “added sugars” found in the majority of all grocery items—including those at natural food stores. This change will bring educational opportunities for retailers carrying grocery items that do NOT have added sugars. While this is seemingly a good fit for natural food co-ops, it may not be an entirely comfortable stance given the pervasive presence of added sugars.

Deli Manager Friday, May 20

Apply online at https://msmarket.applicantpro.com/jobs/

Work for the friendliest store in town and help support a sustainable, local food system. 

Mississippi Market, St. Paul's premier natural and organic food cooperative, celebrates the joy of eating locally, healthfully and responsibly.

Commissary Production Manager Friday, May 20

Apply online at https://msmarket.applicantpro.com/jobs/

Work for the friendliest store in town and help support a sustainable, local food system. 

Mississippi Market, St. Paul's premier natural and organic food cooperative, celebrates the joy of eating locally, healthfully and responsibly.

Fredericksburg Food Co-op Gains Local Support Friday, May 20
Fresh from local farm fields to local tables
The calendar says spring began almost two months ago but, with all the rain and cool temperatures we’re still having, spring is still struggling to kick in.
 
Word is that the area’s strawberry crop — the annual harbinger of all the fresh fruits and vegetables to come — has suffered this year due to all the moisture, with berries getting moldy in the field.
Category Manager Thursday, May 19

Attention category managers, data enthusiasts, and natural foodies: Would you like to apply your business and retail expertise to supporting socially responsible, independent, and community-owned grocery stores? Do you enjoy building relationships and digging in to the data to develop business insights?

Worker-Owned Businesses On the Rise Tuesday, May 17

Worker-owned businesses such as co-ops and ESOPs are on the rise, in part because they address issues such as income disparity.

USA Today looks at this trend, noting that 350 worker-owned co-ops in the US employ 5000 people. They have posted double-digit growth since 2010, according to Amy Johnson, co-executive director of the US Federation of Worker Co-ops.  http://usat.ly/1TVzyAa

General Manager Monday, May 16

The New Orleans Food Co-op (NOFC) is seeking an experienced, innovative, effective leader capable of driving the growth potential of our unique, independent - retail cooperative grocery store. Established in 2011, we are located in New Orleans, LA. Owned by over 4,000 co-op owners and employing approximately 20 staff members, we have sales over 2.5 million dollars annually.

Porter Avenue Monday, May 16
General Manager Friday, May 13

Whole Foods Co-op, in Duluth Minnesota, seeks an experienced, creative, and accomplished leader to be our next General Manager. 

Whole Foods Co-op was founded in 1970. We have two retail stores with projected annual sales of 21 million, 9,000 owners, and 165 employees.

Plans for Grand Rapids Food Co-op Move Forward Friday, May 13

A shared desire for better access to local foods has sparked a push to establish a food cooperative in Grand Rapids.

 

Last fall, a group of local people came together around the common idea of creating a member-owned, member-driven grocery business that would work with Grand Rapids area growers and producers. And the concept for Free Range Food Co-op (FRFC) was born.

 

Benefits and Limits of Urban Ag Friday, May 13

Urban agriculture receives a thorough and balanced look in a new study, “Vacant Lots and Vibrant Plots: A review of the benefits and limitation of urban agriculture,” published this spring by Johns Hopkins University Press.  Authors Raychel Santo, Anne Palmer, and Brent Kim wade into a complex field that has disparate aims, methodology, and results.  Benefits and problems of urban food production include economic development, community health, environmental concerns, and more.

Director of Operations Thursday, May 12

Here’s a draft of a blurb for our Director of Operations position that I can send to our various partners and their e-newsletters (Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund, Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility, LCRCC, BBA, etc.):

Food for Change Wednesday, May 11
The Ideal Green Market Co-op Hires General Manager Monday, May 9

The Ideal Green Market Co-op has taken another step in its development by hiring Brenda Myers of Pequot Lakes as its first general manager.

Myers comes to the co-op with local roots, having grown up and lived in the area all her life. She's been involved in and owned a variety of businesses over the years, including working with her husband on their farm, and brings with her a passion for good food.

Solar Panels To Be Installed at Isla Vista Food Co-op Monday, May 9

The Isla Vista Food Co-op recently reached a $59,251 fundraising goal for solar panels and will begin construction within the next month.

Students in partnership with RE-volv, a San Francisco-based crowdfunding nonprofit, worked for the past two months to gather donations. The Co-op completed the campaign with the help of 98 donors, exceeding the minimum $59,110 needed to build the solar panels. The surplus funds will go toward funding other RE-volv solar panel campaigns in the future.

HR Manager Monday, May 9

The Community Food Co-op in Bellingham, WA is hiring for the position of HR Manager. This person will be a member of the management team and will oversee a department of three. We have three locations and 260+ employees.

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Front End Manager Friday, May 6

Position Title: Front End Manager

Compensation: $15-$20/hour depending on experience, health & dental benefits, 20% store discount, Paid Time Off

Hours: Full-time position, 40 hours/week, including some weekend work