PCC Columbia City - Back to the Future

Known for its fresh produce, bulk selection, and wide offering of local and organic products, the PCC’s newest store is not only built on the company’s successes and new shopping trends, but also pulled a few ideas from the past to expand services.
Read more: PCC Natural Markets, Columbia City: Back to the Future

Beating Whole Foods at Its Own Game

PCCGreenLake-SEA_20140603_120

Whole Foods has been neck in neck for some time with Puget Sound’s PCC Natural Markets (the largest and one of the oldest food cooperatives in the nation), however the corporate structure of “whole” just couldn’t match the cooperative foundation of “real,” at least as far as good food principles.
Read more: Beating Whole Foods at Its Own Game

Stop the Leak Between Farmer and Consumer!

The Craftsman

Food and farm prices have been a major concern for politicians and pundits alike for more than a century, and the food supply chain has become ever more complex. How things change and how they remain the same!!
Read more: Stop the Leak Between Farmer and Consumer!

When a Grocery Store Closes, a Co-op Opens

When the grocery store in Elwood, Nebraska, closed in January 2012, Sharlette Schwenninger and LeahAnn Brell went into action. Today, the Elwood Hometown Cooperative Market has a bright future in a vibrant, engaged rural community.
Read more: When a Grocery Store Closes, a Co-op Opens

By Land or By Sea: Port Townsend Food Co-op

PortTownsendCoop_Thumb

Perched just 180 feet above sea level, Port Townsend WA (Jefferson County Seat) is a quaint Victorian town with a permanent population just over 9,000 people. It’s also the location of the 40-year old Port Townsend Food Co-op. The Food Co-op was officially launched in 1972 as a food-buying club; as were so many of the “second wave” of food co-ops during the 1970s.
Read more: By Land or By Sea: Port Townsend Food Co-op

Cooperatives - the business model of the future

598821_10151077760663282_1975455623_n

In recognition – and celebration – the NW Cooperative Development Center, the Alaska Cooperative Development Program, and Mission Mountain Food Enterprise and Cooperative Development Center, are partnering to present “Celebrating Our Food Community,” a conference to consider how cooperative business models will contribute to the future of our local and regional food systems. We spoke with Jan Tusick, Center Director for Mission Mountain Food Enterprise Center, about her organization’s part in establishing and supporting co-ops in western Montana.
Read more: Cooperatives – the business model of the future

PCC Natural Markets - Co-ops in the 21st Century

On the Outside Looking In

Walk into any of the nine PCC Natural Markets in Puget Sound and it’s clear your not in your parents’ (or grandparents, if you’re young enough) food co-op! No more cozy slightly run-down food markets with barrels of flour and bags of rice on the floor, around which barefoot children played tag while their parents debated politics and planned social actions against “the establishment.” Today, the PCC (as it’s fondly referred to here in Seattle) is every bit the contemporary supermarket. So what is so special about the nation’s largest natural food co-operative?
Read more: PCC Natural Markets – Co-ops in the 21st Century

Last Minute Holiday Shopping? Head Out to Your Local Natural Food Co-op

Christmas Treats from PCC

Still have a few folks on your shopping list? No worries! Just head out to your local natural food co-op where you can find all sorts of goodies for last minute gifts.
Read more: Last Minute Holiday Shopping? Head Out to Your Local Natural Food Co-op

Kelly Wiseman, Bozeman Community Food Co-op

BozemanCoop_KellyWiseman

Kelly Wiseman, general manager, Bozeman (MT) Community Food Co-op, talks about labeling and certification to support local, organic, and sustainable farmers.
Read more: Kelly Wiseman, Bozeman Community Food Co-op

Natural Food Co-ops: Putting Local Sourcing Into Practice

SkagitValleyCoop

Food co-ops are different and they fit more comfortably into small towns and unique neighborhoods. Because they reflect the values and principles of their owners and members they can differentiate themselves more easily. We offer you a look at six very different natural food co-ops. Each one has its own personality and each one is committed to buying products from local providers.
Read more: Natural Food Co-ops: Putting Local Sourcing Into Practice