Sugar Beet Food Co-op will offer the highest level of whole foods and products that meet (and where possible, exceed) the most current standards of safety, quality, and sustainability.

Improving the health of our community is part of the mission of the Co-op, as is the commitment to our farmers and the greater environment. The Co-op will strive to find practical choices that are affordable without compromising quality and health. The Co-op will also encourage and maintain relationships with responsible local producers and manufacturers.

The Product Sourcing Guidelines define the product quality standards that shall be employed by the General Manager and Section Managers of Sugar Beet Food Co-op to guide their purchasing decisions. They are to be used in conjunction with the List of Unacceptable Ingredients, Additives, and Agents. These Guidelines will reflect the preferences of the member-owners as well as the changing market, and therefore constitute a flexible document, subject to revision and change as new information and new products become available.

Sustainability Value Statement

There is no legal definition of 'sustainable food', although some aspects, such as the terms 'organic' or 'Fairtrade', are clearly defined. Our working definition is that sustainable food should be produced, processed and traded in ways that:

  • Contribute to thriving local economies and sustainable livelihoods - both in the US and, in the case of imported products, in producer countries; 
     
  • Protect the diversity of both plants and animals (and the welfare of farmed and wild species), and avoid damaging natural resources and contributing to climate change; 
     
  • Provide social benefits, such as good quality food, safe and healthy products, and educational opportunities.