Mississippi Market celebrates International Year of Cooperatives

The United Nations (UN) has declared 2012 the “International Year of Cooperatives,” and Mississippi 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 Twin Cities area.

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 Kari Binning, marketing & media manager for Mississippi Market. “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.”

Throughout the year, you, our member-owners, will have the chance to share your memories of Mississippi Market with us through a photo and video project that we launched at our Annual Meeting in October. Look for the photo booths that will appear periodically in our stores or contact Kari Binning, our marketing and media manager at to share your memories or to set up a time for a video shoot. We’d love to hear your piece of the story!

Denise Marlow says, "It's good being part of a co-op!"

In addition to our effort to gather stories from our member-owners, Mississippi Market joins National Cooperative Grocers Association and 121 food co-ops nationwide in a variety of activities throughout the year, including an online video series Lights, Camera, Co-ops! hosted by Kevin Gillespie, co-owner and executive chef at the Woodfire Grill Restaurant in Atlanta and sixth season finalist of the Bravo TV series, “Top Chef.” Gillespie will journey through farm fields and grocery aisles showing the unique role co-ops have in building local food systems and their impact in their communities.

Many people may not realize how many cooperative businesses touch their lives on a regular basis and the difference cooperative businesses can make,” Kari concluded. “From food co-ops to credit unions to cooperative coffee producers, 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 and the important role cooperative businesses play in communities globally, visit