The National Cooperative Grocers Association (NCGA), a business services cooperative representing natural food co-ops nationwide, today announced the addition of its 110th member: Oneota Community Co-op of Decorah, IA (www.oneotacoop.com).
“This is an exciting milestone for us and it’s a pleasure to welcome Oneota Community Co-op into the fold,” said Robynn Shrader, CEO for NCGA. “Their 35-year history embodies the spirit of community and wellness.”
As a member of NCGA, Oneota Community Co-op will be able to leverage the association’s operational and marketing resources and purchasing power and collaborate with other members on issues relevant to cooperative grocery retailers.
“We know that co-op grocers work better for their members and the community when they share ideas and strengths with fellow co-ops across the nation,” said Christopher DeAngelis, general manager of Oneota Community Co-op. “We’re delighted to be a part of the NCGA and bring our members the benefits that national collaboration provides.”
The Oneota Community Co-op grew out of an informal buying club in 1972 that made regular trips to Iowa City and Minneapolis to purchase natural foods in bulk for storage in members’ homes. 1974 saw the incorporation of Oneota Community Co-op, an elected Board of Directors and its first storefront.
The past decades have seen the co-op transfer from a small buying club to a co-op owned by its members. The store today features a large selection of bulk foods, produce, health and beauty aides, packaged foods, and a deli and gift section. Oneota Community Co-op is committed to operating by co-op principles to offer its members and customers the best possible selection of natural and organic foods.