New Look for Co-op Approved by Council

Council - Special News

Thursday, 03 July 2008 12:37

By Joe Romano,
Marketing Manager

At its June 10 meeting, GreenStar’s Council approved a new logo for our co-op.  In an 8 to 3 vote, the board gave their support to a logo developed by GreenStar’s  marketing staff, which relied heavily on staff input, surveys of members, focus groups  and consultation with the National Cooperative Grocers Association (NCGA), the national co-op community and a local design team.


Today our co-op is known as GreenStar, but, in the late 1970s, there was only the Ithaca Real Food Co-op, made up of two parts—a store that carried grains and other non-perishables, and a pre-order system for perishable items.  At that time, the Co-op used a hand-drawn logo of an ear of corn and a sheaf of grain holding hands.

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Referendum Upholds Ban on Chinese Goods, Write-Ins Win 5 of 7 Council Seats

Council - Council News

Saturday, 31 May 2008 19:00

By Dan Hoffman,
Council President

The Membership Referendum that took place in April drew a small turnout, but by a three to one  margin rejected allowing goods from the Peoples Republic of China (PRC) to be sold at GreenStar—albeit with certain exceptions.  At the same time, members chose seven people for open seats on the Co-op’s Council (Board of Directors), including the two candidates whose names appeared on the ballot and five write-ins. 

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New Product Line Policy: Products Subject to Special Treatment

Council - Special News

Friday, 30 November 2007 10:40


  • Whole/Fresh foods
  • Nutritious foods (to include offering sugar-free alternatives whenever possible)
  • Organic food
  • Products without artificial additives, including rBgh-free products
  • Locally or regionally produced goods
  • Bulk goods; Other products with little or no packaging
  • Packaging that is locally recyclable or reusable (vs. packaging that is not)
  • Animal products from free-range/uncaged animals (vs. those from non-free-range animals)
  • Non-red meat satisfying Criteria for Fair Treatment of Animals (vs. such meat that does not)
  • Fairly-traded products (from other countries)
  • Goods produced or distributed by cooperatives
  • Goods from small-scale/independent producers


  • Food with artificial additives
  • Bioengineered food (until prohibition takes effect in December 2009) [new]
  • White sugar (as a non-major ingredient; otherwise prohibited) [formerly prohibited]
  • Chocolate that is not fairly-traded (but otherwise complies with restrictions) [formerly restricted]
  • Products from animals treated with bovine growth hormone (rBgh) [new]
  • Plastic packaging (replace with product in non-plastic packaging, when available)
  • Aseptic packaging (for packages smaller than 1 liter)*

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