Building a network of food co-ops, buying groups and other community food enterprises across the UK; helping new groups get off the ground and existing ones to thrive.

Food Co-op Toolkit

All the important things you need to think about when setting up and running a food co-op, buying group or other community food enterprise.

Food Co-op Map

Discover box schemes, shops, markets, stalls, buying clubs, food hubs and food co-op suppliers near you. Add or update details of your enterprise.

Your stories

Read about the format, successes and challenges of a wide range of community led food co-ops, buying groups and other community food enterprises from across the UK.


Why set up or buy from a food co-op? There are many great reasons which is why we’ve been helping communities set up food co-ops since 2008.

What is a food co-op?

Food co-ops, food buying groups, food clubs and food groups are terms that are used interchangeably to describe a food outlet that is run on a not-for-profit basis to give people access to good food at affordable prices. We have used the term ‘co-op’ because it implies co-operation which is all about people working together to achieve something they couldn’t do on their own.

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