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The Australasian Food Products Co-op: A Global Information Systems Endeavour
Hans Lehmann, University of Auckland, New Zealand 2002

Best Practices for Membership and Marketing in Food Co-ops
Cooperative Development Services, Let's SOAR, September 2002

Cooperative Grocers' Information Network (CGIN) is a non-profit organization that supports food co-op growth and development with online resources and a member-only forum for exchanging materials.

CGIN listserves: CGIN offers three listserves for those in the food co-op community.

Cooperative Grocer
The premier periodical covering the cooperative grocery sector. UWCC began posting articles in 1994. In past years, Cooperative Grocer has posted full-text articles to their own site and retroactively posted articles from older issues.

Go to the And Then There Were Seven: Cooperative Principles Updated
By Ann Hoyt,
How do cooperative principles relate to running a food cooperative? Originally appeared in The Cooperative Grocer, Jan-Feb 1996

Can Food Co-ops Work in Low Income Communities?"
By Greg Lawless, December 1996

Euro Coop asks for clear restrictions on the authorisation of food supplements.European Community of Consumer Co-operatives (Euro Coop). Brussels Nov., 2000

Factors Affecting Demand and Trade in Organic Food Products
by Luanne Lohr of the University of Georgia

Financing Food Distribution in the 1970s,
Robert Morrow, President, Greenbelt Consumer Services
Journal of Food Distribution Research, Volume 1, Number 1, pages 177-181

Food Cooperatives: Save Money and the Earth
Vegetarian Journal

How to Establish a Cooperative: A Case Study of the Oklahoma Food Cooperative,
Zvi Galor
2004

How Consumer Characteristics and Preferences Influence Structural Options: A Study of Twin City Natural Food Co-ops.
by Lisa Mancino. Publication for the NCR - 194 Research on Cooperatives Annual Meeting held on December 12-13, 2000.

Information Technology and Fresh Produce: A Case Study Using Store Level Scan Data to Analyze Sales
by David B. Eastwood of the University of Minnesota

Jim Williams' Guide to Food Cooperatives

Keys to Success for Rural Grocery Co-ops
Greg Lawless and Anne Reynolds, University of Wisconsin, Rural Cooperatives September/October 2005

Marketing Sustainable and/or Organic Products in Small Metro Areas
Project Coordinator: William C. Nelson, North Dakota State University

Member Labor Programs
By Marilyn Scholl
Evaluating the economics of member labor programs, along with potential problems and benefits. From the University of Wisconsin Center for Cooperatives, 1991

New Concepts in Warehousing: A Retail Owned Cooperative By Lou Fox, President and CEO, Associated Wholesale Grocers
Journal of Food Distribution Research, Volume 1, Number 2, pages 150-153

New Pioneer Opens Coralville Site
By Dennis Maclearn, Ben Nauman, and Jennifer Masada, Cooperative Grocer May/June 2001

Reasserting the Co- operative Advantage: Report Commissioned by the Society for Co- operative Studies
by Roger Spear, Peter Davis, John Donaldson, Richard Bickle, and Alan Wilkins

Reconciling Attitudes and Behaviour in Organic Food Retailing
by Luanne Lohr and Adelin Semali of the University of Georgia

Welfare Effects of Eco-Label Proliferation: Too Much of a Good Thing?
by Luanne Lohr of the University of Georgia

What motivates members to participate in the governance of consumer co-operatives? A study of the Co-operative Group
Johnston Birchall and Richard Simmons University of Sterling Research Report No. 2 January 2004

Wisconsin Cooperatives: Directory and Business Information Guide Section on Natural Foods Cooperatives

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