Taking our food in our hands!
Name of the initiative: Bios Coop
Organisation form: Non Profit Organisation
Domain: Food cooperative
Starting year: 2013
Keywords: social; consumer; cooperative; nonprofit; Greece; solidarity economy; local; grocery
Bios Coop is the first Social Consumer Cooperative Grocery in Thessaloniki, that stocks Greek and cooperative products, most of which come from local and regional producers. All these high quality and affordable products are produced in a sustainable way that does not harm humans or the environment excluding prohibited chemical additives, genetically modified, expired and other inappropriate and unsafe substances.
In order to achieve affordable prices for consumers yet fair to producers Bios Coop bypasses intermediaries and works directly with the "Greek Food Coop" (a cooperative company set up by agricultural cooperatives and grocers all over Greece) for: a. affordable prices to consumers; b. a fairer deal to producers c. a more environmentally friendly approach to the production- distribution- consumption cycle.
Six working groups and committees (voluntary participation) have been set up on: a. Product Quality and Compatibility; b. Education, Research and Studies; c. Evaluation; d.Promotion and Communication; e. Events Planning; f. Economic and Trade Affairs.
The goal of Bios Coop is not to make profits for its members but to cover the basic nutritional needs of its clients and members. Prices are the same for members and non-members, and any surplus at the end of each fiscal year will be returned to members and the local community as defined in the Articles of Cooperation and shaped by decisions of the General Assembly. Most of the surplus remains in the accounts of members in order to be reinvested back to the cooperative. Bios Coop is open to anyone who wants to become a member, no one is excluded.
Author: Vasso Giatsidou/ PhD Candidate Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (Greece)
Date added: 1 Dec 2019