184 May-June 2016

#183 Food Justice As Co-op Differentiator
By Dave Gutknecht

Election Year! CGN Board of Directors
By Ellen Michel

Share Your Expertise: When it comes to co-ops, we are all subject matter experts
By Ellen Michel

Momentum Building for Mandatory GMO Labeling?
By Allie Mentzer

Expanding Healthy Food Access at New England Co-ops
By Bonnie Hudspeth, Micha Josephy, and Faye Conte

Neighboring Food Co-op Association: Five years later
By Erbin Crowell


Are You Ready to Compete? A crowded marketplace is the new reality
By Mel Braverman, Nicole Klimek, and Jeanie Wells

Beefing Up Your Marketing Plan: Making sure yours is still relevant
By Nicole Klimek and Joy Rust

Why Some Co-ops Fail: Six red flags from the past ten years of startups
By Stuart Reid


P6 Expands Equitable Trade Through Multistakeholder Cooperation
By Allison Hermes

Central and Tacoma Co-ops Merge, Approve Hybrid Consumer/Worker Structure
By Dan Arnett and Jeff Bessmer

Good Reporting: Helping boards understand workplace conditions
By Michael Healy

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As we celebrate our first five years since incorporation, the Neighboring Food Co-op Association (NFCA) is looking forward to welcoming the co-op community to New England for the 60th annual CCMA (

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Co-ops bring to life their member-owners’ common values, and for most co-ops these include a desire for the co-op to be a great workplace.

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Tacoma Food Co-op and Seattle’s Central Co-op always had a positive neighborly relationship.

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The Principle Six Cooperative Trade Movement (P6) exemplifies just and equitable trade relationships among farmers, producers, retailers, and consumers rooted in cooperative principles

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

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As competition creeps up to #1 on the “food co-op worry list,” many co-ops find themselves wondering how they can combat declining sales while not investing an arm and a leg in store labor and oper

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In the back of our minds we knew that [insert name of competitor here] was coming.

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In 2011, the Neighboring Food Co-op Association, Cooperative Fund of New England, and Hunger Free Vermont came together to launch the Healthy Food Access project.

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The GMO labeling movement achieved some significant gains this past March, and advocates are ho

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Many of us are planning to attend CCMA (Consumer Cooperative Management Association) or other training events in the next few months, including the National Co+op Grocers (NCG) Marketi

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Every organization in our network relies on board members to offer guidance, oversight, and a range of diverse skills and perspectives.

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Food co-ops face strong challenges to their market position and more than ever need to differentiate the co-op in a crowded marketplace.

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