A new report out from the National Cooperative Grocers Association – “Healthy Foods, Healthy Communities”– provides a first-ever glimpse into what makes food co-ops such a viable business model. The report quantifies the impact food co-ops have as compared to conventional grocery stores. The study’s compelling results demonstrate the many ways that food co-ops do well while doing good.
Unlike their conventional counterparts, co-ops are owned and governed by member-shoppers and rooted in principles like community, voluntary and open membership, economic participation and cooperation. Because of these principles and practices, food co-ops inherently serve and benefit the communities where they are located.