Whole Foods Co-op

Sharon Murphy, General Manager

We initially chose to invest $1,000 in the co-op documentary Food For Change as it reflects our Board ENDS Statement “… to create a healthy community including, but not limited to, a healthy regional food system.” However, we recently increased that commitment to a total of $5,000 invested over two years as we will also use the film for our staff classes and public presentations on co-op history.We have a new independent and very comfy local theater, the Zinema. Our first effort at sponsoring a couple films for the public on food issues was well received, and we look forward to hosting Food for Change.

Whole Foods Co-op in Duluth, MN, started as a buying club in 1970 but opened its first retail location before the end of that year.We promoted “whole” foods to the Twin Ports (Duluth, MN, and Superior, WI) in the 70’s, “natural” foods in the 80’s, “organic” foods in the 90’s, and “green” products, packaging and recycling options in the last decade.Now we promote the LOCAL connections we’ve developed and nurtured for over 40 years with growers, producers and sustainable farming organizations, as well as the CO-OP principles and business model that none of our competitors can, well, co-opt!



“One of the very nicest things about life is the way we must regularly stop whatever it is we are doing and devote our attention to eating.”

~Luciano Pavarotti and William Wright, Pavarotti, My Own Story


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