Consumer co-ops : essential elements of managing a food cooperative
Food cooperatives come in all shapes, sizes and temperaments � pre-orders and stores, small and large, based around natural foods and a larger range of foods. Whatever its shape, size or temperament, a food cooperative has to meet certain challenges if it is to survive. It must effectively meet a definite set of needs, deal with external pressures, and bring together the resources and talents of its members. To be truly successful, it must do all this with a sustained sense of purpose.