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A food cooperative or food co-op is a food distribution outlet organized as a cooperative. Food cooperatives are usually consumers’ cooperatives where the decisions regarding the production and distribution of its food are chosen by its members. Food cooperatives follow the 7 Cooperative Principles and typically offer natural foods.

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Great Basin Food Co-Op

Growing A Successful Retail Food Co-op By Meeting Your Member’s Needs

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The Great Basin Community Food Co-op first opened to the public in downtown Reno with 500 feet of retail space, eventually hitting $1 million in sales in one year. In 2012 they moved to another 3-story location of about 3,000 square feet (on the main floor) even closer to downtown. In 2017, the store had about $4.5 million in sales after rapid growth.

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Willy Street Co-Op

Ownership Differentiates Willy St. Co-op In A Changing Grocery Market

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Willy Street Co-op is a set of cooperatively owned retail grocery stores in Madison, WI with 35,000 member-owners and about 400 employees across three stores. They have found that operating transparently and openly, emphasizing cooperative ownership and owner literacy, has provided a point of differentiation in the current marketplace.

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