Cooperatives: the Business Model of the Future

Whether you consider the cooperative model to be market socialism or an alternative, both are opportunities to position it in opposition to pure capitalism. Cooperatives are one strategy to transition from a society that focuses on capitalist profit to one that focuses on human needs.
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The Car: Giving Grocery Shopping Consumers Choice and Convenience… or Not?

PCC Natural Markets has jumped ahead of the competition by offering multiple online ordering and delivery choices: Amazon PrimeNOW and Instacart.
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Another One Bites the Dust: Wedge Co-op's Gardens of Egan Farm Auction

Gardens of Eagan, Northfield MN, 2010

As we face climate change and continuing issues of food security, how will natural food markets and co-ops source healthy local food and provide a living wage to farm and retail workers?

In 2007, the Wedge Co-op, Minneapolis MN, believed the simple answer was to buy the
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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.
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Beating Whole Foods at Its Own Game

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

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.
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