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Group changes name to National Co+op Grocers

The National Cooperative Grocers Association said Tuesday it is changing its name to National Co+op Grocers to better represent its role as a business-services cooperative.

The group, founded in 1999 and based in Iowa City, Iowa, said it has 143 members and associate co-ops operating more than 190 units in 38 states with combined annual sales exceeding $ 1.7 billion.

“NCG is not a typical trade association, which often focuses on public relations, marketing and network services for its members,” said CEO Robynn Shrader. “We do provide these services, but we also negotiate purchasing contracts, execute national promotional strategies and offer a wide range of development services.


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“Although the name, look and feel is new, our commitment to being a dynamic and transparent organization with clear and meaningful ways for our co-ops to participate remains the same. Our role is really more that of a virtual grocery chain.

“Whether advocating for food policies in Washington D.C. or helping the banking community understand the cooperative business model, identifying as National Co+op Grocers helps us better reflect our relationship to our coops and our shared purpose.”

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Larkin, Collins named to board of co-op bank

The National Cooperative Bank, which provides financial services to cooperatives around the country, has named Michael Mercer, president and CEO of Georgia Credit Union Affiliates, Duluth, Ga., as 2014 chair, and has named three new board members.


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The new board members include Roger Collins, chairman and CEO of Harps Foods, Springdale, Ark.; Peter Larkin, president and CEO of the National Grocers Association, Arlington, Va.; and David Swanson, a co-op attorney and partner at Dorsey & Whitney, Minneapolis.

The three new directors succeed Al Plamann, retired CEO of Unified Grocers, Los Angeles, who has served on the board for 12 years; Peter Conrad, president of Co-op Central Bank, Boston; and Douglas Wille, CFO for Wakefern Food Corp., Keasbey, N.J.

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Former Michigan Farmers’ Coop COO Charged With Felony Involving ‘Adulterated’ Soy Products

The former chief operating officer of a rural Michigan farmers’ cooperative has been charged with one felony count of introducing adulterated food into interstate commerce.

According to a story published Thursday in the Huron Daily Tribune, JoAnn Rutkowski of the former Thumb Oilseed Producers Cooperative in Ubly, MI, was indicted for causing the introduction of soy flour containing Salmonella into interstate commerce between December 2010 and January 2011, and that she did so “with the intent to defraud and mislead.”

Rutkowski pleaded not guilty March 11 before a federal magistrate in Bay City, MI, and is scheduled to go to trial in U.S. District Court there on July 8. If convicted, she could spend a maximum of three years in prison and pay a $ 10,000 fine.

The cooperative of 180 members in 10 Michigan counties produced and sold soy flour, soy grits and refined soy oil. After two FDA recalls of its products (in February 2010 and October 2011) for potential Salmonella and a subsequent $ 7-million lawsuit from a food manufacturer, the cooperative filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in March 2012.

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Wakefern, AWG Top Co-Op List

WASHINGTON — Wakefern Food Corp. and Associated Wholesale Grocers took the No. 4 and No. 6 spots on this year’s list of the largest cooperatives in the U.S., according to an annual compilation released Tuesday by National Cooperative Bank.

The NCB Co-Op 100 listed agriculture cooperatives CHS Inc. and Land O’Lakes as the two largest cooperatives in the country, with revenues in their most recent fiscal years of $ 40.6 billion and $ 14.1 billion, respectively. Altogether the NCB Co-Op 100 achieved revenues of $ 226.4 billion, a 5% increase over the preceding year.


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“The NCB Co-op 100 is a great reminder of the substantial impact and important role cooperative businesses play in our national economy across every sector,” said Charles E. Snyder, president and chief executive officer of NCB, in a statement. “As we continue to see improvements in the market, there is an increase in the formation of new cooperatives in urban, suburban and rural setting — offering competitive goods and services to meet the needs of these communities.”

Following Keasbey, N.J.-based Wakefern, with 2012 revenues of $ 11 billion, and Kansas City, Kan.-based AWG, with revenues of $ 7.85 billion, the list of top retail grocery co-ops includes:

Unified Grocers, Commerce, Calif. (No. 11 overall);

Associated Wholesalers Inc., Robesonia, Pa. (No. 18);

Associated Food Stores, Salt Lake City (No. 21);

Central Grocers Cooperative, Franklin Park, Ill. (No. 22);

Affiliated Foods Midwest, Norfolk, Neb. (No. 33);

Affiliated Foods Inc., Amarillo, Texas (No. 36);

URM Stores, Spokane, Wash. (No. 59);

Piggly Wiggly Alabama, Bessemer, Ala. (No. 83);

Associated Grocers Inc., Baton Rouge, La. (No. 92).

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Wakefern, AWG Top Co-Op List

WASHINGTON — Wakefern Food Corp. and Associated Wholesale Grocers took the No. 4 and No. 6 spots on this year’s list of the largest cooperatives in the U.S., according to an annual compilation released Tuesday by National Cooperative Bank.

The NCB Co-Op 100 listed agriculture cooperatives CHS Inc. and Land O’Lakes as the two largest cooperatives in the country, with revenues in their most recent fiscal years of $ 40.6 billion and $ 14.1 billion, respectively. Altogether the NCB Co-Op 100 achieved revenues of $ 226.4 billion, a 5% increase over the preceding year.


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“The NCB Co-op 100 is a great reminder of the substantial impact and important role cooperative businesses play in our national economy across every sector,” said Charles E. Snyder, president and chief executive officer of NCB, in a statement. “As we continue to see improvements in the market, there is an increase in the formation of new cooperatives in urban, suburban and rural setting — offering competitive goods and services to meet the needs of these communities.”

Following Keasbey, N.J.-based Wakefern, with 2012 revenues of $ 11 billion, and Kansas City, Kan.-based AWG, with revenues of $ 7.85 billion, the list of top retail grocery co-ops includes:

Unified Grocers, Commerce, Calif. (No. 11 overall);

Associated Wholesalers Inc., Robesonia, Pa. (No. 18);

Associated Food Stores, Salt Lake City (No. 21);

Central Grocers Cooperative, Franklin Park, Ill. (No. 22);

Affiliated Foods Midwest, Norfolk, Neb. (No. 33);

Affiliated Foods Inc., Amarillo, Texas (No. 36);

URM Stores, Spokane, Wash. (No. 59);

Piggly Wiggly Alabama, Bessemer, Ala. (No. 83);

Associated Grocers Inc., Baton Rouge, La. (No. 92).

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General Manager Job Natural Food Retail Store at Sevananda Co-op

Sevananda Co-op is seeking a general mgr. w/integrity, experience and vision whose collaborative leadership skills will build upon our already dynamic role in our community. The ideal

candidate is someone with a minimum of 5 years experience in retail management; preferably in a retail food store and with natural foods who can understand and manage diverse

community interests and needs.

You also have excellent oral and written communication skills, the ability to motivate and lead others, and ease in working with financial data, as well as strong office, POS, computer proficiency, ease in working with financial data and interpreting financial statements to laypeople.
 

Extensive experience and skill in strategic planning and budgeting, and experience in communicating with and reporting to a Board of Directors preferred.
 

Atlanta has been dubbed “Hotlanta” where the “Hot” in “Hotlanta” refers to the many Wonderful things to do in Atlanta (especially the nightlife) and also fits our hot summer temperatures.

We operate a natural food retail store in Atlanta, GA in the Little Five Points area of NE Atlanta. With 4000+ members, Sevananda has served its diverse membership and community for 39 years.


Please send your resume with a cover letter responding to our qualifications that includes your salary requirements to [email protected]

The submission deadline is September 15, 2013.

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Fresh Grocery joins Wakefern as 50th co-op member

The Fresh Grocer, an eight store chain owned and operated by Patrick J. Burns, will be joining Wakefern Food Corp. as its 50th cooperative member.

The Fresh Grocer has six stores in Pennsylvania, one in Wilmington, DE, and one in New Brunswick, NJ. Burns brings with him 25 years of experience in the supermarket industry and 17 years serving as the president and chief executive officer of The Fresh Grocer.

“Joining the Wakefern team will be strategically beneficial to our customers, associates and company as a whole,” said Burns. “We are excited for this new opportunity and are looking forward to many years of continued growth and success as a member of the Wakefern family. We are also thankful to our friends at Supervalu, especially the Eastern Region under the direction of Kevin Kemp and his team, for their many years of service as a wholesale partner.”

Upon joining Wakefern, The Fresh Grocer location in Drexel Hill, PA, will transition completely to the ShopRite banner while the seven additional locations will remain Fresh Grocer stores and Wakefern will now own The Fresh Grocer trademark.

“As the 50th member of the Wakefern cooperative, Pat Burns and his team embody the spirit of entrepreneurship that Wakefern was built upon,” said Joseph S. Colalillo, chairman and CEO of Wakefern Food Corp. “Like our ShopRite and PriceRite stores, Fresh Grocer shares our passion for customer service, focus on freshness and commitment to giving back to the community. We are delighted to welcome them to the Wakefern family.”

The final transition is projected to be completed by the start of Wakefern’s new fiscal year in October.

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Fresh Grocer Joins Wakefern Co-op

PHILADELPHIA — Independent chain The Fresh Grocer here said Wednesday that it was joining the Wakefern Food Corp. cooperative and that one of its eight stores would switch to the ShopRite banner.


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The Fresh Grocer is owned operated by Patrick Burns and has six stores in Pennsylvania, one in Wilmington, Del., and one in New Brunswick, N.J. Its Drexel Hill, Pa., store will transition to the ShopRite banner while the other seven stores will retain the Fresh Grocer name, the company said. Wakefern, based in Keasbey, N.J., will now own The Fresh Grocer trademark.

Founded in Philadelphia in 1996, The Fresh Grocer has a reputation for offering quality fresh products in urban settings. Its transition to Wakefern is projected to be complete by the start of Wakefern’s new fiscal year in October. The Fresh Grocer is currently supplied by Supervalu.

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“Joining the Wakefern team will be strategically beneficial to our customers, associates and company as a whole,” Burns said in a statement. “We are excited for this new opportunity and are looking forward to many years of continued growth and success as a member of the Wakefern family.  We are also thankful to our friends at Supervalu, especially the Eastern Region under the direction of Kevin Kemp and his team, for their many years of service as a wholesale partner.”

The Fresh Grocer will become the 50th member of the Wakefern cooperative.

“As the 50th member of the Wakefern cooperative, Pat Burns and his team embody the spirit of entrepreneurship that Wakefern was built upon,” said Joseph S. Colalillo, chairman and chief executive officer of Wakefern. “Like our ShopRite and PriceRite stores, Fresh Grocer shares our passion for customer service, focus on freshness and commitment to giving back to the community. We are delighted to welcome them to the Wakefern family.”

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