Want to Start a Food Co-op?

Resources to get you started…


"There has never been a better time to start a food co-op."

- Stuart Reid, Food Co-op Initiative

Food Co-op Initiative publishes the most comprehensive guide for starting a food co-op.

Food Co-op Initiative publishes the most comprehensive guide for starting a food co-op.

Check out these inspiring web sites of start-up food co-ops…

Whitewater Grocery Co. (Whitewater, Wisconsin)

Free Range Food Co-op (Grand Rapids, Minnesota)

Chicago Market (Chicago, Illinois)

Assabet Village Co-op Market (Maynard, Massachusetts)

Cedar Falls Food Co-op (Cedar Falls, Iowa)

Food Shed Co-op (Woodstock, Illinois)

South Philly Food Co-op (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)

Hillsboro Food Co-op (Hillsboro, Oregon)

Silverton Food Co-op (Silverton, Oregon)

Organizations to connect with…

Food Co-op Initiative (FCI)Hands-down the best place to begin. This organization is at the forefront of start-up food co-ops. The FCI web site is chock-full of resources and guides to help develop your community’s food co-op.

Up & Coming Food Co-op ConferenceAnnual conference for start-up food co-ops.

seven roots - is a full service design firm dedicated to the growth and development of independent natural food stores and food co-ops. seven roots are industry veterans who formed a worker co-op to strengthen our food systems.

CDS Consulting Co-opA cooperative of consultants specializing in food co-op governance, leadership development, expansions, retail improvement, marketing, member services and human resources. The majority of CDS Consulting Co-op members are former staff or directors of cooperatively-owned businesses. Great resources online for start-up co-ops.

Neighboring Food Co-op Association (NFCA) - A federation of over 35 food co-ops and start-up initiatives across New England and New York. Some online resources for start-up food co-ops.

CooperationWorks! - National network of organizations and individuals working in cooperative development. Their members provide everything from board training to business planning for new and growing co-ops.

Local Food & Farm Co-ops (Canada)Nonprofit co-operative network that specializes in organizing and development support for food and farming co-ops in Ontario. Provides training, online and in-person capacity-building, and coordinates peer-to-peer support.

Co-operatives and Mutuals Canada - General co-operative development resources including listing of provincial development associations.