Saint Paul, MN—National Co+op Grocers (NCG) announced the addition of three new members to its board. The new members come from Michigan, Indiana, and Maine. NCGa Certified B Corporation (B-Corp), is a business services cooperative, working for retail food co-ops nationwide.

“From an established co-op serving its community for generations, to a newer co-op located near an iconic location, and to a start-up co-op preparing to open its storefront, we are excited to support these co-ops as they seek to grow their impacts,” said C.E. Pugh, National Co+op Grocer CEO. 

About the New NCG Members

Founded in 2010, Detroit People’s Food Co-op is an African American-led start up in Detroit. The co-op is on a mission to improve access to healthy food and food education to its community. Next February, Detroit People’s Food Co-op is planning to open its first retail store, which will prioritize buying from local growers, producers, and other service providers. This is to help ensure community wealth. The projected first year of sales is already $4.25 million. 

Purple Porch Food Co-op was started in 2009, in South Bend. The co-op has worked to connect its community with local growers, suppliers, farmers, and producers who focus on keeping health, sustainability, ethics, and community in mind. The co-op is located two miles south of the University of Notre Dame. It serves more than 1,000 members-owners, and hosts a weekly Farmers Market. Annual sales are around $1.2 million. 

Good Tern Co-op is based out of Rock, ME, and has been a stronghold in the community for more than 40 years. The co-op strives to provide affordable options for healthy food and wellness to the community, specializing in local, organic, and healthy foods. In addition to the retail grocery store, the co-op also runs a bagel shop. It has more than 1,200 members and annual sales of $2.3 million. 

With the new additions, NCG now has 160 member co-ops, operating in 39 states and more than 230 retail locations.  

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