Stuart Reid

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Organization
Food Co-op Initiative
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507-664-2034

Stuart Reid is the Executive Director of Food Co-op Initiative, a non-profit foundation providing technical assistance, information and resources to groups organizing new retail food co-ops across the United States. He served as the Food Co-op Development Specialist for Food Co-op 500 (the pilot project that grew into FCI) for three years. Stuart has an extensive background working with a variety of cooperative and investor-owned businesses. Most recently, he served as General Manager of Just Food: Northfield Community Co-op in Northfield, Minnesota where he had full operational responsibility for its opening and then led the store through its first two successful years. Prior to joining Just Food, Mr. Reid was General Manager of Seward Co-op, in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Author's Articles

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Food co-op development is often described as coming in “waves.” The first wave co-ops emerged in the early 20th century in response to industrial conditions and the great de

October 20, 2018

My, how you’ve grown!

June 28, 2018

This year, the 9th annual Up & Coming food co-op conference invited inquiring minds to explore proven theories and bold experimentation in the Co-op Lab.

June 28, 2018

It has been an interesting year for new food co-ops.

191 July-August 2017 February 10, 2018

Food co-ops were part of the revolution in organic food, bulk food, local and sustainable sourcing, transparent labeling, knowledgeable staff, and so many other things we of

192 Sept.-Oct 2017 November 1, 2017

Food Co-op Initiative is thrilled to announce its all-new Guide to Starting a Food Co-op.

March 15, 2017

One of the most anticipated new food co-ops has opened its doors to a welcoming community.

188 Jan-Feb 2017 March 6, 2017

Food Co-op Initiative Partners with University of Vermont

March 6, 2017

East Aurora Community Market (East Aurora, N.Y.) and BisMan Community Food Co-op (Bismarck, N.D.) are startup co-ops to be proud of.

186 Sept-Oct 2016 September 27, 2016

Four years ago I undertook an analysis of startup co-ops that had already closed.

184 May-June 2016 June 2, 2016

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.

May 29, 2016

Food Co-op Initiative (FCI) is thrilled to announce its long-awaited Capital Campaign Workbook. This new guide replaces and updates the material in our popular Member Loan Toolbox.

182 January-February 2016 February 5, 2016

Eleven new food co-ops have opened since we reported last year, and as always, it’s a diverse group.

179 July-August 2015 September 3, 2015

Six years ago, the Up and Coming, Up and Running (UCUR) conference debuted with the goal of providing training and networking opportunities for startups and new co-ops in the region.

178 May-June 2015 May 27, 2015

The current wave of co-op openings is likely to bring as many as 60 new co-ops in the next five years. That means many new positions for general manager (GM) will be available.

178 May-June 2015 May 27, 2015

Six years ago, the Up and Coming, Up and Running (UCUR) conference debuted with the goal of providing training and networking opportunities for startups and new co-ops in the region.

178 May-June 2015 May 27, 2015

Ten years ago, something shifted.

177 March-April 2015 May 27, 2015
176 January-February 2015 February 12, 2015
In January of this year, NCBA CLUSA and SOL2 Economics jointly assembled a working group of U.S. cooperators to research and learn from the co-op movement in Cuba today. The Cuban Cooperative Working Group was formed with an initial membership of 13 cooperative leaders from many sectors of the U.S. movement.
175 November-December 2014 December 25, 2014

Jacqueline Hannah, former 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 with

December 17, 2014