Article via NH Business Review

"Food co-ops nationwide, including many throughout New Hampshire, outpaced all other food retailers last year in the percentage of sales derived from local, organic and fair-trade foods and products, according to an April 2024 report from National Co+op Grocers (NCG).

The NCG’s “2023 Food Co-op Impact Report” also showed that its member retail food co-ops led the way in supporting local farmers, with the average NCG food co-op purchasing from 169 local farms and producers. Comparably, similarly sized food retailers — those operating between one and 10 stores — worked with an average of only 41 local farms.

The NCG’s report followed just weeks after the Federal Trade Commission released findings concluding that large grocery retailers and wholesalers “accelerated and distorted” the negative effects of supply chain disruptions from the COVID-19 pandemic and that price-gouging practices resulted in competitive disadvantages for smaller grocery retailers." read more