About Us

National Co+op Grocers (NCG) is a business services cooperative for retail food co-ops located throughout the United States. We represent 146 food co-ops operating over 200 stores in 37 states with combined annual sales over $2.1 billion and over 1.3 million consumer-owners. NCG helps unify natural food co-ops in order to optimize operational and marketing resources, strengthen purchasing power, and ultimately offer more value to natural food co-op owners and shoppers everywhere. View our brochure.

Mission & Ends Statements

Mission: NCG will provide the vision, leadership and systems to catapult a virtual chain of food co-ops to a position of prominence in the natural foods industry.

Ends (Global): NCG embodies the aspirations of its members through integration and programs that provide the capacity of a chain while supporting the autonomy of a local business. The benefits of NCG membership warrant the resources and participation required of its members.

Further, on behalf of NCG members, the cooperative accepts responsibility for these outcomes:

  • A dynamic and transparent organization with clear and meaningful ways for members to participate.
  • Members are successful in a competitive market and have access to:
    • competitive pricing
    • professional development and training
    • product selection & sourcing tailored to common needs
    • operational and merchandising best practices
  • A powerful advocacy voice for food co-op issues.
  • A development mechanism for new and expanding co-ops.
  • Members adhere to agreed upon co-op operating standards

Learn more about participating in NCG.