Food Co-op Organizations and Associates

Cooperative Grocer Network (CGN),, maintains this website and publishes Cooperative Grocer in both print and web versions.  CGN is itself a cooperative governed by a board elected from among its member co-ops.  As of 2012, the resources of Cooperative Grocers’ Information Network (CGIN),, are being merged with the resources of Cooperative Grocer.

Cooperative Development Services Consulting Co-op (CDS Consulting Co-op),, provides training and consulting and data services to food co-ops.  CDS Consulting Co-op contributors and resources are extensively used among food co-ops and on the website.

Cooperative Development Services (CDS) is a firm based in Madison, Wis., and St. Paul, Minn., providing business consulting and analysis in the Upper Midwest CDS was the parent of CDS Consulting Co-op, but they are now independent of one another.

Cooperation Works! (CS),, is a national organization of co-op development centers and practitioners working with many different types of co-op enterprise.  CW offers a free newsletter and other resources through its website along with development centers across the U.S.

Food Co-op Initiative (FCI),, is a non-profit organization that assists startup food co-op across the country.  The present website’s wiki on starting a food co-op recommends the expertise and services of FCI.

National Co+op Grocers (NCG),, is a national purchasing and business services co-op for its approximately 140 member food cooperatives.  For an recent example of NCG’s work, their 2012 public release, “Healthy Foods, Healthy Communities: The social and economic impacts of food co-ops,” can be downloaded at, along with a new video series on home cooking.

National Cooperative Business Association (NCBA),, is the multi-sector cooperative that defends and advances the interests of cooperatives domestically and internationally.  Find links to many other kinds of cooperatives on the NCBA website.

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Resource Type: Document Page
Created date: March 3, 2013
Last Updated: January 7, 2015