New Labels to Reveal Added Sugars

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.

Fredericksburg Food Co-op Gains Local Support

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.

Plans for Grand Rapids Food Co-op Move Forward

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

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.

The Ideal Green Market Co-op Hires General Manager

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

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.

Bloomingfoods to Close Elm Heights Location

The board of directors and general manager of Bloomington Cooperative Services announced Tuesday night that the co-op will close its Elm Heights location in May 2016. The Elm Heights store on 2nd and Fess opened in August 2013 after several years of market surveys and research; the store has significantly underperformed since its opening.

The co-op will also move its commissary kitchen operations, currently located on South Washington Street, back into the east side and Near West Side stores later this year, a return to the co-op’s original model.