IOWA CITY, IA (May 7, 2012) – National Cooperative Grocers Association (NCGA), a business services cooperative for retail food co-ops nationwide, announced today the addition of two new members and one new associate co-op, bringing affiliate totals to 128 food co-ops with combined annual sales of more than $1.4 billion.
“We are pleased to welcome Astoria Co-op, Belfast Co-op and Monadnock Food Co-op to NCGA,” said Robynn Shrader, CEO, “especially as we celebrate the economic and social benefits of cooperative businesses during this International Year of Cooperatives.”
“Consumer demand for good food from businesses they trust has fueled the growth of co-ops across the country,” continued Shrader. “It’s easy to see this in action through the entire sector, both with the emergence of so many new promising co-ops, as well as the continued success of many cornerstone cooperative grocers.”
Astoria Co-op – Astoria, Ore.
For almost 40 years, Astoria Co-op’s mission has been to serve the Lower Columbia River community by providing fairly priced, wholesome foods and other goods in an ecologically sustainable, social responsible and economically appropriate manner. In 2008, the co-op moved to its current 3,100 square foot retail location where it has since experienced double-digit growth.
Belfast Co-op – Belfast, Maine
‘All are welcome,’ is the motto of Belfast Co-op, located in the heart of Belfast, Maine. Since 1976, the co-op has offered a wide selection of organically produced and sourced locally products at reasonable prices. Today, Belfast Co-op is the largest co-op grocer in Maine, operating a full-service market with annual sales of close to $6 million.
Monadnock Food Co-op – Keene, N.H.
Founded in 2010, Monadnock Food Co-op is a start-up co-op planning to open its doors in 2013. The co-op will focus on providing a diverse selection of local, organic and natural foods to the Monadnock Region. The full-service, 13,000 square foot store is projected to achieve $7 million in sales its first year.
About National Cooperative Grocers Association
National Cooperative Grocers Association (NCGA), founded in 1999, is a business services cooperative for retail food co-ops located throughout the United States. NCGA 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 128 member and associate co-ops operate 165 storefronts in 35 states with combined annual sales over $1.4 billion. NCGA is a winner of the dotCoop Global Awards for Cooperative Excellence in recognition of the application of cooperative values and principles to drive cooperative and business success. In the 2012, cooperatives around the world will celebrate the International Year of Cooperatives. For a map of NCGA member and associate co-ops, visit www.ncga.coop. To learn more about co-ops, visit www.strongertogether.coop or www.go.coop. To learn more about the US observance of the International Year of Cooperatives, visit www.usa2012.coop.