"To serve our community as the foremost provider of foods and products that enrich health and well-being, while cultivating a spirit of community through excellent service and education.">
Erie Food Co-op is a full service natural foods grocery store with a wide variety of healthy foods, wellness products, and body care products from local and national brands. Our focus and mission each day is to provide the best possible customer experience for each and every person who walks through our doors. Our buyers do their best to create a product selection that encompasses the daily needs of our customers by providing options with the consideration of a variety of dietary needs as well as budgets.
Anyone can shop the Co-op;
no membership is required
Because of the Erie Food Co-op, the Erie community and our member-owners will:
Our store is member-owned by thousands of people just like yourself. To find out more about what a co-op is, read more here.
The Erie Food Co-op strives to meet the needs of our member-owners and our community, while selling food and items that are within our values. Every effort is made to provide choice through transparency. Our buyers evaluate and reevaluate our products and place a strong preference on the following values:
The Co-op seeks to be a trusted source for our member-owners and customers. We strive to be a place where one can make fully informed decisions and shop according to their values. We believe that individuals should have the right to place preference and importance on values that meet the needs of their lifestyle. For this reason, we will be transparent in our marketing and presentation of items so that our customers can make the most informed choice.
Our buyers make every effort to start the process for new products in our hyper local area (Erie County). We believe in building partnerships with our neighboring local businesses and do our best to highlight those products in the store.
We then preference our immediate local area as defined by the counties between Erie and our larger surrounding cities: Pittsburgh, Buffalo, and Cleveland.
We define our regional area as the Great Lakes Basin: Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin in the United States, and the province of Ontario in Canada.
The Erie Food Co-op aims to have products developed using organic and sustainable methods of agriculture in order to promote the nurturance of soil, crops, animals and humans. Organic Foods, according to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) are those grown without the use of pesticides, synthetic fertilizers, sewage sludge, genetically modified organisms, or ionizing radiation. Animals that produce meat, poultry, eggs, and dairy products do not take antibiotics or growth hormones. The USDA organic label is an indicator that a product is following the USDA’s stringent guidelines. We also encourage our buyers to go to the source and learn about the production methods of suppliers who do not carry the USDA Organic seal in order to ensure their products are within our values.
The Co-op emphasizes products that meet the needs of the individual. We seek out foods that are minimally processed and free from unnecessary or harmful additives. Additionally, we strive to provide a variety of items that meet the needs of people on special diets.
We do not carry products that contain:
The Co-op places significant importance on the values of our suppliers. We look for suppliers whose practices include fair treatment of their employees and customers. We have a preference for small, locally owned, or cooperatively owned business partners where possible.
At the Erie Food Co-op, we believe that food is best when it’s as close to its natural state as possible. Due to the unregulated and untested nature of genetically modified and genetically engineered organisms (GMOs & GEOs), it has become difficult to promise our store is free of such items. GMO/GEO foods require no labeling in the US and most manufacturers will not release sourcing information for their ingredients. We continue to lobby for labeling requirements and work to educate shoppers about GMOs and similar issues so that they may choose what is right for their diets.
Erie Food Co-op is a member of NCG, an organization dedicated to spreading the cooperative message and furthering the cooperative business model by creating a channel for co-op's all over the country to communicate and support their communities better. By being a member of NCG, we are able to provide competitive sales and attain better wholesale pricing; we also receive support for our staff and our business as a whole that allows us to better meet the needs of our customers and grow our business into the future in an ever-changing industry. Find out more about NCG and browse their consumer site, welcometothetable.coop.
A Vision Statement provides direction and focus for a business by defining a snapshot of the future via certain core values and ideas. Our desire to be an integral part of our local community and provide a true service and compelling experience to our customers is at the forefront in creating this document. It provides us with guidance in making decisions so that they can be made effectively to achieve a common goal for the future of the business.
The Erie Food Co-op 2023 Vision