PORTLAND, Ore. — Whether it's a better deal, more convenience or improved customer service, today's consumers all seem to be expecting something more from both their food and their shopping experience. For the independent food co-ops here, building a community of people who share similar ideas about how food should be grown and raised has helped these businesses to thrive during difficult economic times. “We're running a grocery store, but building a community is more of a goal,” said Tom ...

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