“Since 1930, October has been designated as National Cooperative Month, which gives us the opportunity to join forces with our sister cooperatives to explain the co-op difference to members,” says James P. “Pat” Howle, executive vice president and CEO of Horry Electric Cooperative. “This year,we’ll be celebrating every month.”
2012 has been declared the International Year of Cooperatives by the United Nations. “The success of the cooperative business model is global and it’s not just limited to electricity,” says Howle. “Cooperatives form to fill a community need, giving a voice to folks that profit-driven businesses often overlook.”
“We focused on communicating about many different co-ops during Co-op Month in 2011, but we’re expanding our efforts this year to give members and our local community an even broader view of cooperatives,” says Penelope Hinson, manager of public relations, marketing and energy management for Horry Electric, adding that local grocery store shelves are full of products made possible by cooperatives.
“We urge members to shop cooperatively to support farmer – and employee-owned food cooperatives as we celebrate the International Year of Cooperatives together,” says Hinson. “If dairy products, coffee, sugar, fruit, nuts or eggs are on your list, we have some suggestions.”
- Organic Valley milk, eggs, juice, cheese (Coupons)
- Blue Diamond Almond Breeze milk
- Tillamook cheese, OR
- Cabot cheese, VT
- Borden Cheese
- Plugra and Keller’s butter
- Land O’Lakes dairy products
- State Brand butter from Associated Milk Producers
- Cass-Clay yogurt, butter, ice cream, and more in ND and MN
- Prairie Farms milk, butter, ice cream, yogurt, and more in Mid-America and the South
- Swiss Valley Farms dairy products with plants in IA, MN, WI
- Foremost Farms dairy products (WI)
Most of these coffees may be purchased online and are available in specialty grocery stores
- Equal Exchange coffee, chocolate, tea, and hot chocolate, based in MA
- Pachamama Coffee, based in CA
- Just Coffee, based in WI
- Starbucks Organic Timor-Leste Coffee (from Cooperativa Café Timor)
- American Crystal Sugar
- Western Sugar Cooperative/GW Sugar based in CO, NB, WY, and MT.
- Blue Diamond almonds
- Ocean Spray cranberry juice (Coupons)
- Sunkist oranges, tangerines, grapes, or grapefruit (Find out what’s in season)
- Valley Figs
- Sun-Maid raisins and prunes
- Welch’s grape juice
- Florida’s Natural orange juice
- Snokist Growers: canned pears, cherries, plums, applesauce (based in WA)
Ninety-five percent of U.S. eggs are produced and marketed by co-ops. Learn more at www.unitedegg.org.
Find local cooperatives and learn more about how co-ops build a better world at www.go.coop.