If you’ve been shopping the Co-op the past several weeks, you’ve probably noticed something called “Co+op Basics”—small, eye catching labels that identify a wide variety of products throughout our stores. Wonder what it’s all about?
The Co+op Basics program is a selection of staple foods and household goods—including natural and organic products—that are priced below the suggested retail. The Co-op is able to offer this program not by paying less to employees or farmers, but instead, by working with a network of other cooperatively owned food stores across the country to negotiate lower prices on healthy, organic, and natural products.
Co-ops across the United States offer Co+op Basics, meaning food co-ops have joined together for buying power so we can pass the savings on to you.
“Food co-ops are aligned in our goal to make sure our members and shoppers can afford high-quality, healthful foods that are good for them and their families,” said Bruce Follett, the Co-op’s Director of Merchandising. “The bottom line is that co-ops want good healthy food available to everyone.”
The course of our Co-op is directed by the the Co-op “Ends,” a series of statements that outline the end results the Co-op strives to achieve in the world. The first Co-op End states that because of the Hanover Consumer Cooperative Society,
The Upper Valley will have a retail source of food that is affordable, healthy, grown and/or processed locally to the fullest extent possible.
“The Co+op Basics program is in line with our Ends and helps us make sure healthy food is within the reach of shoppers on a budget,” Follett said. “We’re proud of the fact that co-ops are working together to make it happen. It’s cooperatives helping cooperatives.”
Save money and shop the Co+op Basics! Look for labels throughout the stores and stay tuned as more products are added as the program develops. In the meantime, got a question or comment? We’d love to hear from you. Email us at email@example.com.