Customers of the Co-op may or may not know that we have a set of buying guidelines that we use when making decisions about what to stock in the various departments. What this essentially boils … Continue reading The Meat of the Matter_ How does your Co-op make decisions about what meat products to carry?
Grocery Manager Paul Kelly talks about local products and the unique and important role of organic certification. As an “eater” in the West Kootenays, you are lucky enough to be in a climate where you … Continue reading Local, Organic or Both?
More and more, food security is taking centre stage. Our understanding of it’s importance of supporting local farms and building a food secure region is growing. Of course, we are always excited and grateful to … Continue reading True Local Heroes: Nelson Food Cupboard
The Nelson Food Cupboard has a long-standing commitment to providing their clients with healthy, fresh foods. When they purchase food, they are making a significant commitment to buying from local farmers. NFC is open 2 … Continue reading True Local Hero: An interview with the Nelson Food Cupboard
Revisiting the Co-op Price Myth In the April 2012 edition of On the Table, we wrote about how well our Grocery and Bulk pricing compares to our corporate competition. The results of 90 random product … Continue reading Revisiting the Co-op Price Myth
“Fair Trade appeals to our sense of fairness and common decency, and applies those values to the marketplace.” Fair trade seeks to change the terms for the products we buy, ensuring the farmers get a … Continue reading Why buy Fair Trade produce?
The World Health Organization (WHO) defines three facets of food security: Food availability: having available sufficient quantities of food on a consistent basis. Food access: having sufficient resources, both economic and physical, to obtain appropriate … Continue reading What is Food Security anyway?
It’s no secret to regular Co-op shoppers that our retail pricing has come down significantly as we made changes to the Co-op’s Membership Benefit package in October 2011. But just how do WE compare? Amazingly … Continue reading BU$TING the Co-op Price Myth
On January 21, 2012 the pricing on a total of 90 grocery and bulk items, picked at random, were compared between the Kootenay Co-op and a corporate competitor (Store B). We are excited to share … Continue reading Debunking the Co-op Price Myth