Product Guidelines


Acceptable & Unacceptable Food Ingredients Brochure


Products We Choose to Carry  (revised 2019)

Product Philosophy

Our product selections reflect our mission and values, translating our ideals into action. To serve our community, we endeavor to be a full-service grocery store with the wide range of products our customers seek, including a broad selection of whole, staple foods at reasonable prices. In particular, our choices aspire to promote quality products, commitment to community, concern for the environment, fair treatment of workers, and support for the cooperative movement.

Product Guidelines

·     Quality Products: We favor whole foods with minimal processing; certified organically grown; verified non-GMO; and without ingredients on our unacceptable ingredients list.

·     Commitment to Community: We give preference to products grown or produced by small scale enterprises and to those grown or produced locally or regionally.

·     Concern for the Environment: We favor products with the least environmental impact.

·     Fair Treatment of Workers: We give preference to goods produced by workers who are fairly treated and fairly paid.

·     Support for the Co-op Movement: We give preference to products made and/or distributed by co-ops.

Animal Welfare Policy

The Food Co-op actively looks for products that are produced or raised in a manner that supports sustainable animal production and a healthy environment.

In departments where animal or meat products are sold, The Food Co-op selects products that:

o   Are raised or produced under humane methods or conditions,

o   Are organically fed, or locally raised,

o   Have not been fed antibiotics or hormones

o   That have been certified by third-party inspection.

We will not knowingly buy products from manufacturers who engage in animal testing or the egg production process known as forced molting.

We take several factors into consideration when purchasing animal products, including distance, transport time, processes taken and if suppliers have certifications.

rBGH- Free Policy:

Recombinant bovine growth hormone (rBGH) is a synthetic growth hormone that is used by some of the dairy industry to artificially increase milk production. The Food Co-op offers a wide selection of dairy products, including all of our fluid milk selections, none of which contain this synthetic chemical.

The Food Co-op Seafood Sustainability Policy

Adopted 2016

All of our fresh, frozen, and canned seafood meet the following guidelines.  

  • Monterey Bay Aquarium (MBA) Seafood Watch best choice (green fish symbol here) or good alternative (yellow fish here). See


  • Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certified. See (MSC is also recommended by Seafood Watch.)

  • For those species not covered by Seafood Watch or MSC—for example, some sardines and anchovies—we support small community fisheries.

We may stock some farmed shellfish—for example, oysters and mussels—that Seafood Watch lists as best choice or good alternative

Seafood Watch quick reference guides are available at the canned fish and the fresh meat case.  

We continue to monitor certifications and origins, incorporating this information into our annual review of this policy.  


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