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2000 Retail Operations Survey: Statistical Summary December 7, 2010 - 3:55 pm EST

Cooperative Grocer 2000 Retail Operations Survey

Statistical Summary of Income Statement, Balance Sheet, and Ratios

Sales <$1 Million
Sales $1-2 Million
Sales $2-4 Million
Sales $4-7 Million
Sales >$7 Million
2008 Grants and 2009 Plans at the Howard Bowers Fund November 3, 2010 - 3:57 pm EDT

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2011 06-16 Annual Meeting Minutes January 16, 2015 - 11:50 am EST
2012 06-14 Annual Meeting Minutes January 16, 2015 - 12:02 pm EST
2012: International Year of Cooperatives October 10, 2011 - 1:48 pm EDT


"Cooperative enterprises build a better world." This has been adopted as the official slogan of "2012: International Year of Cooperatives"—a United Nations declaration and a global campaign to educate the public and public officials about the benefits and potential of cooperatives. The International Year of Cooperatives (IYC) campaign presents a unique opportunity to build awareness of cooperatives in all fields of enterprise. 

2013 06-13 Annual Meeting Minutes January 16, 2015 - 11:49 am EST

 CGN Annual Meeting - Minutes

Austin, TX: June 6, 2013 – 6p

 Members represented:

Davis, Swarthmore ,Wheatsville, Ashland, La Montanita, Bloomingfoods, Friendly City, Hanover, Seward,

Brattleboro, Common Ground, Franklin Community, Good Foods, Kootenay Country, Mississippi Market,

Rainbow Natural, Hanover

1. Quorum reached; Agenda approved.

2. 2012 Meeting minutes:

Motion to accept by Steve Cooke, seconded by Deirdrie Lang; Passed unanimously.

3. Approve Election results approved.

2014 Brings a Diverse Crop of New Food Co-ops December 2, 2014 - 5:25 pm EST

This year’s new crop of food co-ops spans the country from Hawaii to the tip of Maine. Not surprisingly, there is as much diversity in the co-ops as in their geography. 

2016 Call for CGN Board Nominations December 17, 2018 - 12:30 am EST

It’s that second cooperative principle: Democratic Member Control. 

Each year Cooperative Grocer Network (CGN) holds a board election, and we are now announcing our 2016 call for candidates. There are three open spots on our seven-person board, and two incumbents are running. 

CGN board members work in the service of our mission: To strengthen all retail food co-ops by creating community and promoting the sharing and development of resources among members. 

2016 Up and Coming Food Co-op Conference July 11, 2016 - 2:01 am EDT

The Up and Coming Food Co-op Conference, now in its 7th year, is scheduled for March 11 – 12, 2016, in Bloomington, Indiana, with optional workshops and tours on March 10. Up and Coming is focused on helping communities start their own food co-ops. It also offers resources and workshops for co-ops in the first years of operation, with the aim of helping them achieve success.

2018 Cooperative Grocer Network Board Retreat July 28, 2018 - 9:06 pm EDT

In March 2017, the CGN board met for a retreat just before and during the Up & Coming Food Co-op conference. During two days of deep conversation, we identified our chief initiative: working to ensure that Cooperative Grocer Network becomes increasingly vital and visible, delivering an informative and inspiring experience to stakeholders. 

Our vision

Building on our mission, we articulated a vision: CGN is a learning community committed to nourishing the people who work in, govern, and support food co-ops.

25 Years: Continuing Contributors November 3, 2010 - 4:07 pm EDT

This year's co-op conference gave an unusual "milestone" award by recognizing a generation of food co-ops: ones that have recently reached age twenty-five. In those years, what has changed, what has been accomplished? Here's one view:

Then: Co-ops were heir to the ideals and methods of many earlier struggles (the 1960s lasted until about 1975). But co-op stores typically had no capital, no competition, no coffee or chocolate or carcasses, and no one in charge.

30 Years of Vitality July 27, 2010 - 11:39 am EDT

Ontario Natural Food Co-op (ONFC) has just celebrated its 30th year. We’re proud to have come so far, yet there is so much more to be accomplished. In fact, there are times when I feel fortunate that we are still around at all. It wasn’t long ago that I read in this publication about “Disappearing Distributors.” In 1982, 36 natural food co-op distributors were in existence in North America. Today, only three remain: ONFC, Co-op D’Alentour in Quebec, and Tucson Cooperative Warehouse.

3rd Shift Production Kitchen Manager January 11, 2016 - 10:18 am EST

Production Manager

Bay View Central Kitchen

(3rd Shift)

3rd Street Store February 13, 2016 - 5:29 am EST
3rd test newsletter April 20, 2016 - 4:31 pm EDT

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4-22 Newsletter test #1 April 22, 2016 - 2:42 pm EDT

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4-22 Newsletter test #2 April 22, 2016 - 2:45 pm EDT

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4-27 newsletter test #1 April 27, 2016 - 3:01 pm EDT

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4th Street Food Co-op February 17, 2015 - 4:16 pm EST