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.
Packed with easy-to-follow tips and advice, the toolkit covers issues such as how to buy fresh produce, food hygiene, pricing, planning, promotion and marketing. There are also templates to help you with the practicalities, such as a model volunteer agreement, a sample constitution, an example cashing up sheet, a price comparison table and a guide to selling fruit and vegetables.
What are food co-ops?
Food co-ops can include veg bag or box schemes, fruit and veg stalls, informal groups purchasing dried wholefoods in bulk to get discounts, shops, markets, food hubs or frequently they're a...
Why set up a food co-op?
The main reason people set up food co-ops is to make it easier and cheaper to buy good food. In many areas people find it quite hard to buy healthy and sustainable foods, such as fresh fruit and...
Benefits of food co-ops
Food co-ops can have a wide range of benefits and so setting up a food co-op is not just about providing good food.
Food co-op films
The best way to understand how food co-ops work is to visit a few in person but this isn't always possible. The next best thing is to see inspiring videos about them and listen to...