Local foods have helped retailers large and small demonstrate their commitment to the communities they serve. Food co-ops are finding the specialty category is capable of even more: The local phenomenon is actually driving new store growth, as well as funding expansion of existing stores. The National Cooperative Grocers Association reports that its 128 member co-ops are enjoying about 10% same-store sales growth in 2012, up from 6% the previous year. It’s a number that is ...

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