Coop Directory Service
The Coop Directory Service (CDS) is dedicated to promoting one form of consumer co-op, namely the natural food co-op. These natural food co-ops deal primarily with food products that are “natural” – those produced with a minimum of processing and with little or no additives or preservatives (much of this food is also organically grown).
There are three types of natural food coops that CDS deals with:
BUYING CLUBS – these are (generally) informal organizations of friends, members of church groups, etc. who buy food together from a food co-op warehouse.
COOP GROCERY STORES – much like a buying club except that they are (generally) formal co-op corporations often with thousands of member/owners. It must be emphasized that you do not have to be a member of the food co-op to shop in these stores.
COOP DISTRIBUTORS – These supply their members/owners (including buying clubs and grocery stores) with food. Until last year all of the distributors we list were, themselves, co-ops owned by their member/customers. Due to unbearable market forces one of them folded and two others sold out to a private firm – the remaining two have not as of this writing, succumbed. With, as they say, a heavy heart we will provide links to these commercial warehouses as long as they continue to support sales to co-op buying clubs.
Otherwise, each of these coops are non-profit organizations formed by people to provide low cost healthy food primarily to members of their organization.