National Cooperative Grocers Association (NCGA), a business services cooperative for consumer-owned food co-ops nationwide, today announced the addition of one new member and one new associate co-op, bringing affiliate totals to 122 member and associate co-ops with combined annual sales of more than $1.3 billion.
“We’re thrilled to welcome both Elm City Market and Boise Co-op,” said Robynn Shrader, CEO for NCGA. “Though founded decades apart, both co-ops were born out of the true cooperative spirit to meet their communities’ respective needs for great food.”
New start up cooperative Elm City Market was founded in 2009 when a group of property owners and concerned citizens came together to bring a full-service grocery store to New Haven, something the town was otherwise lacking. Now with more than 600 members, the co-op will open its doors this fall with a focus on fresh and healthy foods.
“Joining NCGA has many benefits for our co-op as we prepare to open our doors this fall,” said Mark Regni, general manager of Elm City Market. “The collective resources and knowledge of NCGA and its affiliate co-ops will help us get off to a good start in our retail space.”
Boise Co-op’s roots extend back to 1973, when a small group interested in buying healthy, great tasting food founded the co-op. With a nearly 40-year history, Boise Co-op is a trail blazing co-op and boasts a membership of 40,000. Though it started small, the co-op has grown into its community.
“I’ve worked with NCGA closely in the past, and it remains a powerful advocate for cooperative grocers.” said Ben Kuzma, general manager of Boise Co-op. “We’re excited to be a part of the organization.”
“The food co-op sector is flourishing, and more stores open their doors every day,” said Shrader. “We're proud to welcome these affiliates and look forward to helping them serve their communities.”