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New Leaf Market Celebrates International Year of Cooperatives


Natural Times, January/February/March 2012

The United Nations (UN) has declared 2012 the “International Year of Cooperatives,” and New Leaf Market is joining other cooperatives locally, nationwide and across the globe in marking the occasion.

Titled, “Cooperatives in Social Development,” the UN’s resolution recognizes the diversity of the cooperative movement around the world, and the economic and social contributions cooperatives make. This includes the many co-ops in the Tallahassee area.

New Leaf Market is celebrating all year long beginning with a Video Premiere of an online video series hosted by Celebrity Chef Kevin Gillespie on January 21, 2012 at 7:30 pm. See page 22 for details. The Fine Wine and Gourmet Food Tasting on February 11 will benefit Twin Pines Community Fund dedicated to supporting new cooperatives, two My Co-op Rocks video contest and more.

“The United Nations is giving co-ops a global platform to tell our stories, and we are eager to share the many benefits of cooperative grocers,” said Larrane Hartridge, General Manager. “This is a great opportunity for food co-ops to connect with each other, celebrate the dedication of our existing shoppers and owners, and help more people locally and across the country discover that food co-ops are about fresh, delicious foods and so much more.

“Many people may not realize how many cooperative businesses touch their lives on a regular basis and the difference cooperative businesses can make,” Hartridge concluded. “We hope International Year of Cooperatives calls attention to the transformational role co-ops play in our economy and our lives. We’re always incredibly proud to be a part of the cooperative community; even more so at this historic moment.”

For more information about the International Year of Cooperatives, visit www.2012.coop. For store events and details, visit www.newleafmarket.coop or Facebook.

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