Cooperative Cafe

Customers – The Heart of the Co-op

Essential viewing for any cooperator wanting to stay on top of the latest efforts being made by National Co+op Grocers (NCG) to drive the food co-op sector forward with strength and sustainability.  Dave Olson, Co-op Development Director with NCG, shares the 2018 vision, which focuses on being great grocers, and [...]

Inclusion: Starting from the Store

You can't have a conversation about inclusion without first expanding the circle and inviting everyone to the table. Prasanna Regmi, General Manager at Davis Food Co-op in Davis, CA talks about the work being done at Davis starting with the core of the co-op network, the store.

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Keeping the Co-op at the Table

Co-op donation and local giving programs is sometimes not enough. In order for the cooperative to remain a central and key player in the local community it can sometimes mean getting involved in local government, planning committees, and more. These are the kinds of strategies employed by Liz Haywood, CEO [...]

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What ‘Everyone Welcome’ Means

The closing of a nearby neighborhood grocer presented what could have been a great sales boost for Whole Foods Co-op in Duluth, MN. But the neighbors weren't beating down the doors of WFD.  Sarah Hanningan, GM, tells the story of what it took to reach out to their neighbors and [...]

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Is Independence a Barrier to Cooperation?

As a result of the coalescing of the regional Co-op Grocers Associations into National Co+op Grocers GreenTree Co-op was able to undergo a transformational shift in their approach to operations and customer experience. Sarah Christensen, GM at GreenTree in Mt. Pleasant, talks about what she perceives as a barrier to [...]

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Co-op Cafe – St. Paul – 2018

We had a great day of conversation focused on the theme Expand the Vision of "We" in St. Paul, MN!  36 people including staff, managers and directors from 17 co-ops participated Thank you for contributing during the day - adding your insights, perspectives and quilt squares! If you'd like a full size, 31x80 [...]

Co-op Cafe – Asheville – 2018

We had a great day of conversation focused on the theme Expand the Vision of "We" in Asheville, NC!  38 people including staff, managers and directors from  12 co-ops participated Thank you for contributing during the day - adding your insights, perspectives and quilt squares! If you'd like a full size, 31x80 [...]