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MEQUON STORE SET TO OPEN MAY 12

Outpost's 19,000 owners give birth to a 20 ton, 16,700 sq. ft. store

 

Milwaukee, WI – Outpost Natural Foods Cooperative, the fourth largest natural foods co-op by sales in the United States, is excited to announce the birth of its new Mequon store on Monday, May 12 at 11:00 a.m. with a ribbon cutting ceremony.

         The new store occupies land purchased by the co-op in 2013 and is the first location outside of Milwaukee County. The building phase began in July 2013. The overall project is estimated to cost $5.6 million dollars. The project was 100% funded by local investments and bank loans, with some of Outpost’s owners providing over $500K dollars in preferred stock purchases.

MSI General, Oconomowoc, was hired as general contractor. They have managed all of Outpost’s building/remodeling projects since 1999. MSI is registered with the US Green Building Council to pursue LEED certification for green building design excellence on this project. Outpost sustainability manager Jessy Servi is assisting in the certification process. Read more!

 

 

 

May

05/8/14    Outpost stays ahead of minimum wage debate

As part of the vision to create an Amazing Place To Work, Outpost Natural Foods announced changes to their contract with the United Food and Commercial Workers Union (UFCW) Local 1473 – raising the bar on pay, number of full-time positions and healthcare – all part of a livable wage and benefit model agreed upon by the co-op and union. The contract went into effect May 1, 2014

Under the new agreement all full-time positions at Outpost will begin at a minimum of $10.00 per hour, while entry-level wages for part-time positions begin above minimum wage at $8.50 per hour. Read more.

April

04/29/14    Outpost Mequon store set to open May 12

Outpost Natural Foods Cooperative, the fourth largest natural foods co-op by sales in the United States, is excited to announce the birth of its new Mequon store on Monday, May 12 at 11:00 a.m. with a ribbon cutting ceremony.

         The new store occupies land purchased by the co-op in 2013 and is the first location outside of Milwaukee County. The building phase began in July 2013. The overall project is estimated to cost $5.6 million dollars. The project was 100% funded by local investments and bank loans, with some of Outpost’s owners providing over $500K dollars in preferred stock purchases.

 

 

04/1/14    Outpost partners with Victory Garden Initiative

Every year Outpost Natural Foods partners with four locally based non-profit organizations as part of the co-op’s Community Partners annual give back program. Outpost has chosen Victory Garden Initiative to be their Community Partner for the months of April - June, 2014.

     “Outpost offers the community a place where local and organic food producers can sell their products that will enhance and build a vibrant local economy, promote food security and protect the environment. Victory Garden Initiative offers all of the same core benefits to the Milwaukee community by helping neighborhoods grow their own food,” says Gretchen Mead, Executive Director at Victory Garden Initiative.

January

01/3/14    Outpost partners with Gerald L. Ignace Indian Health Center

Every year Outpost Natural Foods partners with four locally based non-profit organizations as part of the co-op’s Community Partners annual give back program. Outpost has chosen the Gerald L. Ignace Indian Health Center to be their Community Partner for the months of January – March, 2014.

     “As the coordinator of the Gerald L. Ignace Indian Health Center’s Diabetes & Community Health programs, I feel our agency is a natural fit for the program. Our mission is to improve the health, peace and welfare of Milwaukee’s urban Indian Community and by partnering with Outpost we’re helping our community members make healthier food choices,” says Jennifer Casey Corbett, Diabetes & REACH Program Coordinator at GLIIHC.

December

12/17/13    Outpost 1st WI Retailer to Offer Kombucha on Tap

In an exclusive agreement with Outpost Natural Foods and Tapuat Kombucha of Door County, WI, Outpost is now offering chilled kombucha on tap at its Wauwatosa store location, making the co-op the first retailer in the state to offer a full-service, fresh dispensed kombucha. Two flavors will be available: original and a rotating flavor of the season. 

November

11/14/13    Outpost funds Mequon store with local dollars

In keeping with the commitment to create a vibrant community through strong local partnerships, Outpost Natural Foods Cooperative announced today that 72% of the funds secured for their Mequon store project would be from local sources. To date funds secured include a $500,000 loan from seven investor members in the local investment group Fund Milwaukee, and a $2.1M loan from American Family Insurance, a mutual company headquartered in Madison, WI.

     Outpost owners are expected to round out the remaining portion of localfinancing through the sale of Class 2 Stock, new owner equity and loans, and retained patronage from previous profits totaling $1.4M when completed. A separate loan for store equipment for the project will be secured through conventional financing options, and is the only money for the project that is not locally sourced.

August

08/19/13    Outpost outlines a plan for increased wages

Moving forward with their 2022 Vision, today Outpost Natural Foods Co-op released a phase-one plan of a new overall increased wage structure for union employees. The change will increase all existing union employee’s wages by an average of .70¢ per hour, and new starting wages will increase $1.00/hour for all classifications over the previous wage structure. These changes come at a cost to the Co-op of approximately $300,000 annually. Plans are also in process to evaluate competitive rates of pay for all hourly at-will positions working in Outpost’s administrative offices. Additional objectives of the Co-op’s multi-year plan include increasing the number of full-time positions to 50% of all union jobs, and increasing the number of opportunities for promotion through the Outpost Mentor Program.

 

08/7/13    Outpost Kitchen Partners with Fondy Farm Project
[Milwaukee, WI] Outpost Natural Foods Cooperative has begun purchasing produce that was grown locally by farmers in the Fondy Farm Project, a growing cooperative for small-scale, local immigrant and limited resource farmers located in Ozaukee County. The produce will be used at the co-op’s central kitchen to be incorporated into the many fresh Outpost-made salads, soups and other baked goods that are sold at all Outpost retail locations.
The partnership with Fondy Farm Project has been in development over the past two years, as Outpost worked with project manager, Steven Petro, and the farmers to identify the kinds of crops and yields farmers will need to grow in order to supply the co-op’s main kitchen. “I’m thrilled because it’s been a dream of ours to be a supplier to Outpost and to help our small and limited resource family farmers stay viable,” says Fondy Executive Director, Young Kim. “This is a huge first step for the Fondy Farm Project.” Produce from the farm will supplement the co-op’s overall central kitchen’s needs. 

July

07/10/13    Outpost Natural Foods grants $30K to local food access development projects

As part of the co-op’s ten year strategic plan that further fulfills their board’s mission of creating a healthy, diverse and sustainable community, Outpost Natural Foods announced that it will grant $30K to three Wisconsin organizations whose mission it is to create greater access to healthy, local food and in a sustainable manner. The 2022 plan incorporates five value propositions: dynamic local food systems, lively neighborhood markets, sustainable solutions, strong community partnerships and amazing places to work. In delivering on these propositions over the next 10 years, not only will the co-op and it’s owners benefit, but also so will the community.

 

June

06/3/13    Outpost releases results of Sustainability Report

Outpost Natural Foods’ sustainability manager, Jessy Servi, has released the results of the cooperative’s first annual Sustainability Report. The 35-page document highlights the co-op’s vision and principles on corporate sustainability and includes findings on eleven metrics ranging from organic and land use practices to governance and community engagement. The Sustainability Report is administered and compiled through the Sustainable Food Trade Association (SFTA).

 

February

02/26/13    Outpost awards Kim 2013 Owner of the Year

Outpost Natural Foods has awarded Young Kim, executive director for Fondy Food Center, as its 2013 Owner of the Year. The award recognizes Kim for his tireless service and good will in bringing fresh food options to Milwaukee’s central city through the Fondy Food Center. From farm to fork, Kim’s dedication to the resurgence of urban and local agriculture and his positive influence in developing an integrated local food network truly exemplify Outpost’s cooperative vision of a healthy, diverse and sustainable community.

 

02/14/13    Outpost to open second Market Cafe at Healthy Lifestyle Village in Brown Deer

Building on the success of its first stand alone Market Café, Outpost Natural Foods has announced plans to open a second café at the Rite-Hite Family YMCA (the Y) located in Brown Deer. The Y, along with Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare and the Walter Schroeder Aquatic Center form a single shared campus at 9250 N. Green Bay Road in Brown Deer. The cafe will be located in the central lobby. This Healthy Lifestyle Village has a strong focus on family and community. This partnership is unique within the YMCA system.

 

November

11/12/12    Outpost Eyes Mequon for Fourth Store Location

MILWAUKEE, WI (November 12, 2012) – Outpost Natural Foods Cooperative is looking to expand into Ozaukee County for its fourth retail store location. Property has been secured in the city of Mequon at the northeast corner of Mequon Road (State highway 167) and Wauwatosa Road (State highway 181). The proposed location would primarily serve the city of Mequon and the town of Thiensville, and is expected to draw owners and shoppers from neighboring communities like Germantown, Menomonee Falls, Cedarburg and Grafton.

 

11/2/12    Outpost Announces $1.1 Million Expansion of Bay View Store and Central Kitchen

MILWAUKEE, WI (November 1, 2012) – After only seven years, Outpost Natural Foods Cooperative, Wisconsin’s largest cooperatively owned natural food grocer, is embarking on a $1.1 million remodel of their Bay View store and Central Kitchen location located at 2826 S. Kinnickinnic Avenue in Milwaukee.


The objectives of the expansion and remodel are twofold: double the capacity of the central commissary kitchen to accommodate sales growth in all divisions – stores, wholesale and catering - and increase and update store retail space and product offerings.

August

08/10/12    Outpost Donates to Forests for the Future

We like trees. We love trees, in fact. That's why we encourage our shoppers to reuse shopping bags. We've given away or sold thousands of reusable shopping bags to reduce the amount of paper shopping bags we go through at our stores. And we've also donated money for the past two years to Forests for the Future, a reforestation project undertaken by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.

May

05/23/12    Outpost's Magazine Wins Top Prize for Design

A food magazine produced in-house by the marketing and communications staff of Outpost Natural Foods Cooperative has been awarded a Gold Award for Best Overall Magazine Design. The recognition comes from the Milwaukee Press Club, which announced the winners of its Excellence in Journalism awards for 2011 at a banquet May 18. 

05/23/12    Outpost Named a Top 100 Workplace

Outpost Natural Foods Cooperative was named a 2012 Top 100 Workplace in Southeastern Wisconsin by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Over 960 companies were invited to participate in the survey. Of those, 195 companies chose to participate. Ultimately, over 85,000 employees received the survey and 55,000 responded, either on paper or online. Three business categories defined the awards: Large (500 plus employees), Midsize (150 – 499 employees) and Small (149 employees or less). 

05/21/12    Outpost Opens Market Cafe at Aurora Sinai

Outpost Natural Foods and Aurora Sinai Medical Center are excited to announce that the new 225 square foot Outpost Market Café has opened for business on Monday, May 21. The kiosk is located in the main lobby at Aurora Sinai Medical Center, across from Patient Registration. It is the first of its kind for the co-op, which has been serving the metro Milwaukee community since 1970

February

02/23/12    Outpost annual meeting marks growth in sales, jobs and charitable giving

Outpost Natural Foods, one of the nations largest food co-ops by sales volume, held its annual owners meeting on Sunday, February 19, with an enthusiastic crowd of more than 240 owners.

Following on the heels of a successful 2010, the past year was a profitable and powerful one for Outpost, with an 8% jump in revenue and sales of $31 million.

January

01/30/12    Outpost to open retail kiosk at Aurora Sinai Medical Center

Outpost Natural Foods, one of the largest natural foods cooperatives in the United States, announces that it will open a new 225 square foot retail space in the lobby at Aurora Sinai Medical Center at 945 N. 12th Street in Milwaukee.

Outpost Market Cafe will offer a variety of signature made-from-scratch Outpost prepared food items including bakery, sandwiches, soups, salads and entrees. The kiosk will also offer hot coffee and tea, juices, a limited selection of local, fresh and non-perishable staple grocery items like milk and dairy, eggs, produce, bread, bulk items, convenient center aisle foods and bagged coffee.

November

11/15/11    Outpost grants $55K to local organizations

Acting on their vision for a healthy, diverse and sustainable community, Outpost Natural Foods Cooperative recognized three local organizations with grants totaling $55K.

September

09/29/11    Outpost presents $30K grant to Walnut Way

Outpost Natural Foods is excited to announce a $30,000 grant to the Walnut Way Conservation Corp. The presentation of this grant will take place Saturday, October 1, between noon and 1:00, during Walnut Way’s Harvest Day. The event, an annual celebration of the summer’s harvest, will run from noon to 4 p.m. in the 2200 block of North 17th Street.

09/16/11    Outpost Natural Foods GM honored by Community Shares

The “Celebrate Champions of Change” banquet honored five Milwaukee business pioneers for their leadership in social justice, animal welfare and the environment. Outpost Natural Foods Co-op General Manager Pam Mehnert was among the group of honored recipients.

August

08/23/11    Take the Outpost Eat Local Challenge

The Outpost Eat Local Challenge is a two-week quest to source meals from the local foodshed. Today, Outpost stocks products from nearly 200 different local and regional farmers and producers.

08/17/11    REMINDER: Gear up for the Eat Local Milwaukee Challenge

Wrap up a summer filled with farmers markets and local food flair by participating in the 5th Annual Milwaukee Eat Local Challenge, September 1 –15.

July

07/26/11    2011 Ukulele by Bicycle tour makes a stop at Outpost

Ukulele singer/songwriter Aaron Lee is back on the road this summer touring on his bicycle to promote the values of sustainability, community and local action through ukulele music combined with an amazing journey. 

07/19/11    Outpost offers ice-cream social fundraiser - benefits Hunger Task Force

Buy A Scoop for the Hungry is a part of Outpost’s annual Think Outside the Lunchbox summer food drive, which runs from June 1 through August 31.

07/14/11    Outpost to donate three trees to Hart Park

Outpost Natural Foods will begin the remodel of its Wauwatosa store at 7000 West State Street
with the donation and transplanting of three mature flowering crab apple trees to Hart Park in
Wauwatosa on Monday, July 18.

07/12/11    Outpost summer GRAZE hits the stands

After a great response to its inaugural issue published in spring, Outpost Natural Foods’ magazine, GRAZE, is ready to bring it on with the Summer 2011 issue.

May

05/3/11    Grow Local Milwaukee - Celebrate Urban Gardening

What’s more local than the backyard? Get tips, get inspired, get growing! Visit with local groups to learn about what’s sprouting in your community! Brought to you by Outpost Natural Foods and Urban Ecology Center.

April

04/7/11    Outpost launches new food magazine - GRAZE

At a time when digital media seems to have taken over the world of printed publications, Outpost Natural Foods Cooperative launched its new printed quarterly food magazine, GRAZE.

January

01/10/11    Outpost GM 36 weeks into A Year of Inconvenience

Try this on for a New Year’s resolution. Take the pledge to make all of your own food for one whole year and share your experience with 285 of your closest friends.

01/5/11    Outpost shoppers purchase over $65K in food for hungry

“It’s a record year for Buy A Bag sales. We had set a goal of 1,500 bags, which we shattered. It just goes to show the dedication of our shoppers and enthusiasm of store staff to provide food for those in our communities who are facing hardships.”

November

11/17/10    Give Local Buy Local - a holiday shopping event

Join Outpost and Our Milwaukee in supporting area non-profits and locally owned, independent businesses for
your holiday gift-giving.

September

09/1/10    Outpost Eat Local Challenge
Finally, some GOOD news about food! The Eat Local Challenge runs from September 1 - 15.

August

08/30/10    Final issue for Outpost Exchange magazine October 2010
Sadly, after 30 years of publishing the Outpost Exchange, the October 2010 issue will be the last. Read more about why this difficult decision was made and some new publications on the horizon.
08/20/10    Outpost eggs not involved in recall
One of the largest egg recalls in US history does not inlcude eggs sold at Outpost, nor eggs used in any Outpost made-from-scratch prepared foods. Establishing lasting relationships with local farms is key to knowing where food comes from.

July

07/1/10    Outpost announces 2010 summer film fest
Celebrate summer with friends and a FREE film . . . brought to you by your friendly neighborhood co-op. In partnership with the Times Cinema, 5906 West Vliet Street.

May

05/26/10    Outpost Introduces 100% Organic Beer
Outpost teams up with local Lakefront Brewery to create the perfect 100% organic summer beer!

April

04/12/10    From fringe to 40 - it's fabulous if you're Outpost Natural Foods Co-op
What were you doing forty years ago? If you were a small group of Milwaukee idealists, you’d be organizing final efforts that would bring natural foods to Milwaukee. The founders of Outpost Natural Foods Cooperative filed for articles of incorporation on April 17, 1970.
04/12/10    We're gonna party like it's 1979, 1989, 1999, 2009!
Join Outpost Natural Foods "Fortieth Anniversray Fun!"

December

12/18/09    Outpost announces 2010 Operation Community recipients
Since 1994, Outpost Natural Foods Cooperative has been donating a monthly contribution to local non-profit organizations through its Operation Community give back program.

November

11/25/09    Outpost member of WELCOA's "America's Healthiest Companies"
The Wellness Councils of America (WELCOA) has presented Outpost Natural Foods with a 2009 Well Workplace Gold Award. Other 2009 Gold Well Workplace award winners in Wisconsin include Goodwill Industries of SE  WI, Jewelers Mutual Insurance Company, Medical College of Wisconsin and Milwaukee Public Schools.
11/5/09    Two holiday shopping events under one roof - both to benefit local
4th Annual Exchange Alternative Gift Fair & 2nd Annual Our Milwaukee Buy Local Fair. Meet and mingle with over 40 different non-profit organizations and independent businesses.

11/3/09    Outpost answers needs of community during the holiday season
Non-profit organizations are feeling the financial fallout from the recession more than ever. Charitable giving is considerably down, while needs continue to rise. Enter Outpost Natural Foods Co-op.

September

09/28/09    48,000 US Co-ops Celebrate National Cooperative Month
Outpost Natural Foods Cooperative will be encouraging their owners to have a voice in the running of their business by holding their annual board of directors election.

August

08/13/09    Eat Local Challenge returns for 2 weeks of local food fun!
Join the fun, take the challenge! Eating locally is good for you, farmers, producers and the local economy! Sponsored by Eat Local Milwaukee, Fondy Market, Our Milwaukee, Slow Food Wisconsin Southeast and Urban Ecology Center.

July

07/2/09    Now at Outpost: 100% grass fed beef - a meal you can trust
With national beef recalls sadly becoming the norm these days, it’s hard to feel good about the meat you buy at the supermarket. Who do you trust?

April

04/1/09    Outpost organic bulk pistachios are OK to eat!
Outpost Natural Foods rises to meet customer’s needs by offering shelled and unshelled organic bulk pistachios from Braga Organic Farms, a small family farm located in the Central Valley of California. Braga is not indicated with the latest recall involving pistachios.

March

03/16/09    Being environmentally friendly is in the bag!
Outpost has created such a high percentage of eco-minded shoppers, the cash rebates for using reusable shopping bags began costing the co-op more than what the program could support.

January

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