MINNEAPOLIS -- Seventy natural food co-operatives coast to coast have united to increase their buying power to get better prices on groceries for their customers, and to set the stage for future activities in concert. The co-ops retain their independent ownership. Eighteen members are in the Northeast, 10 are in the Southeast, 21 are in the West and 16 are in the Midwest, and some own more than one store. The monthly program enlists rotating participation by 30 natural food manufacturers, ...

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