NCGA Welcomes Two Associate Co-ops
National Cooperative Grocers Association (NCGA), a business services cooperative for retail food co-ops across the United States, today announced the addition of two associate co-ops in Minnesota, bringing the total number of co-ops in the association to 144 co-ops in 38 states, with combined annual sales of more than $1.6 billion.
“We’re delighted to welcome Good Earth Food Co-op and Spiral Natural Foods Co-op and the communities they serve to NCGA,” said Robynn Shrader, chief executive officer. “In 2014 alone, we’ve welcomed eight new co-ops to our association, all working together for better food, stronger communities and a healthier world. Food co-ops have spent the last decades at the forefront of virtually every positive reform in the food industry, and as we welcome new co-ops, we can do even more to improve our food systems and grow the cooperative economy.”
New Associate Co-ops
Good Earth Food Co-op – St. Cloud, Minn.
Established in 1971 at St. Cloud University, the co-op has served the surrounding area for more than 40 years and continues to thrive. The full-service grocery store has more than 2,600 owners with a mission to offer nutritious foods and other products at fair prices. Good Earth Food Co-op promotes healthy lifestyles, cooperation among food producers and consumers, and environmental quality.
Spiral Natural Foods Co-op – Hastings, Minn.
Located in an old National Guard armory since 1978, the co-op has recently relocated to a new store. It now serves more than 700 owners and Hastings residents with a focus on fresh, healthy and local foods.