National Co+op Grocers Welcomes Two Members

May 04, 2017

Iowa City, IA – Today, National Co+op Grocers (NCG) – the business services cooperative for retail food co-ops across the United States – announced the transition of two associate co-ops to membership status.

Both new members initially joined NCG as associate co-ops in October 2015. Additionally, both new members are relatively young co-ops: East Aurora Cooperative Market in East Aurora, N.Y., opened last year, while Fiddleheads Natural Foods Co-op in New London, Conn., opened its retail store in 2008.

“NCG is excited to welcome these two Northeastern co-ops as full members,” said Robynn Shrader, Chief Executive Officer, NCG. “We look forward to an even deeper relationship with them as they continue to grow and serve their communities through the cooperative business model.”

East Aurora Cooperative Market
East Aurora Cooperative Market is a new co-op located in East Aurora, N.Y. The co-op opened the doors to its first retail location in June 2016 after six years of organizing work by a committed group of its now 2,600+ owners, with the support of NCG’s Development Co+operative team.

Fiddleheads Natural Foods Co-op
Formed in 2002 and in development for six years before its 2008 retail opening, Fiddleheads Natural Foods Co-op is in an urban and culturally diverse downtown area of New London, Conn. After nine years of growth, the co-op has nearly 2,800 owners and annual sales of more than $3.6 million.

About NCG

National Co+op Grocers (NCG), founded in 1999, is a business services cooperative for retail food co-ops located throughout the United States. NCG helps unify 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. Our 147 member and associate co-ops operate more than 200 storefronts in 38 states with combined annual sales of over $2.1 billion. NCG is a winner of the dotCoop Global Awards for Cooperative Excellence and a Certified B Corporation. Find a map of NCG member and associate co-ops. To learn more about co-ops, visit

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