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Welcome to our first business spotlight of 2021! We are so excited to showcase these amazing local businesses that have continued to create and manufacture outstanding products right in our own community. Each of the following businesses is a part of the Made in the Riverworks BID marketing campaign that highlights businesses in the BID from the following categories:
Fein Brothers Finds New Ways to Reach Customers
Milwaukee-based foodservice equipment and supplies dealer Fein Brothers has rolled out a new partnership to sell its kitchen supplies to home cooks as well as restaurateurs.
Under the deal, Fein Brothers will sell some utensils and tools—such as pizza-making items and baking and bar supplies—out of two locations of coop-owned, natural- and organic-food grocery store Outpost Natural Foods.
You can now buy kitchen items from Fein Brothers at two Outpost locations
A partnership between Fein Brothers, the restaurant supply dealer at 2023 N. Doctor M.L.K. Jr. Dr., and Outpost Natural Foods means easy access to a variety of kitchen supplies at two of Outpost’s four locations.
Customers at both the Bay View and Mequon Outpost locations will now have access to a variety of everyday kitchen items, pizza accessories, baking and bar supplies. Outpost has been a long-time Fein Brothers commercial customer using the firm’s kitchen design services and purchasing smallwares for its own food prep operations.
|01/13/21||Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Food and Drink News: Outpost foresees a healthy 2021
It looks like we can expect vegetables and citrus to continue to be in demand for 2021.
Outpost Natural Foods, the local co-op with four grocery stores in the Milwaukee area, suggests foods that promote health, flavor and convenience will be the top consumer choices at the market.
|01/7/21||Fox 6 Wake Up!
We may not realize it, but most of us probably don’t eat enough fiber
It’s no surprise that the pandemic has led to healthier grocery lists, but what will actually help maintain a healthy diet? Fox 6 reporter Brian Kramp visited Outpost Natural Foods in Mequon to find out ways to boost immunity naturally by using foods that are rich in vitamin C, adding more fiber and looking to other sources of food for increased nutrients.
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Best of Milwaukee 2020 Winners: Locally-Owned Retail Food & Drink
Outpost Natural Foods
Founded at the start of the ’70s, Milwaukee's longest-running natural food co-op helped introduce the city to the concept of healthy eating! Not surprisingly, they responded proactively to the onset of COVID-19. Outpost is a good place to look for organic, seasonable produce, as well as a fantastic array of wholesome packaged goods hard to find elsewhere. You don’t have to be a member to shop at Outpost. (David Luhrssen)
The essentials: The people who got us through 2020
One of the biggest takeaways of 2020 is just how essential our economy's essential workers are.
Tony Myers, assistant store manager, Outpost Natural Foods. Years at Outpost: 4
How did the pandemic initially impact your work? "In March, right before the governor issued the mandatory stay-at-home order, all of our stores were crushed with customers. ... Esentially, we were being exposed as everyone just rushed into the stores. We were doing record sales - higher sales than holiday season sales in that week before the mandatory shut down."
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|11/25/20||CBS58 - WDJT Milwaukee
"Fowl" talking at Outpost Natural Foods
This year’s Thanksgiving promises to be scaled down for so many of us on so many levels because of the current pandemic. From the number of people at the table to perhaps the number of items we’re actually serving for dinner itself. But this doesn’t mean we don’t have to be any less creative. If you’re only having four to five people, one expert at Outpost Natural Foods in Wauwatosa suggests skipping the giant turkey and choose different fowl at a fraction of the size.
|11/24/20||Fox 6 News
Looking for a tasty side dish for this Thanksgiving?
With fewer guests at the dinner table this Thanksgiving you may end up with more leftovers than normal. So, what are you going to do with all that turkey? Brian Kramp is at Outpost Natural Foods where he learns a trick for using leftovers that will keep meal planning easy as pie.
|11/22/20||WTMJ Radio 620AM
Talking Turkey on WI Weekend Morning News
We're talking holiday tips with Wisconsin's Weekend Morning News host Libby Collins.
|11/18/20||Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
There is plenty ... you would need for Thanksgiving, grocers say
This time, they're ready.
Grocers, who saw their shelves emptied of everything from flour to canned soup when the COVID pandemic first took hold in the U.S. in spring, say they learned that experience and are prepared to handle a rush of Thanksgiving shopping as virus cases spike.
Whether the current spike in COVID cases will again lead to hoarding is unknown.
"We keep seeing the predictions from trade publications that there is going to be stockpiling," said Lisa Malmarowski, director of brand and store development at Outpost Natural Foods in Milwaukee. "Unless there is a true nationwide or statewide shutdown, I don't think we are seeing that happening."
|10/26/20||CBS58 - WDJT Milwaukee
Voter info kiosks installed at all four Outpost locations
Voter information kiosks are now installed at the four Outpost Natural Foods through a partnership with the League of Women Voters of Milwaukee County.
The kiosks help shoppers learn more about how to register to vote and how to create a plan for Election Day.
|10/19/20||Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
MKE chefs and teens pair up for virtual 'Chopped'-like cooking competition
For the past few years, teenagers have partnered with Milwaukee restaurant chefs to do a "Chopped"- like cooking competition — mystery ingredient boxes and all.
The competition serves as a fundraiser for the organization to provide more internships for Milwaukee's teenagers. The organization didn't want to cancel this year due to the coronavirus pandemic. So they went virtual.
|10/9/20||Milwaukee Neighborhood News
Outpost installs voter information kiosks, call to action
In partnership with the League of Women Voters of Milwaukee County, Outpost Natural Foods has installed voter information kiosks at each of its four co-op locations to help shoppers learn more about how to register to vote, how to request an absentee ballot if needed and how to create an election day plan.
“As a co-op we are a democratic organization – one owner, one vote – and believe in the spirit of democracy,” said Outpost’s Margaret Mittelstadt, director of Community Relations. “We believe everyone should participate in the democratic process and want to help inform and prepare our shoppers to vote. Especially this year when the information has been so confusing.”
Outpost installs voter information kiosks, launches Call To Action campaign
Outpost has partnered with the League of Women Voters of Milwaukee County to help provide accurate information to voters, while launching a Call To Action encouraging the public to take action against climate change.
|10/6/20||Carvd N Stone
Join Teens Grow Greens for Their Chef's Dinner: Chopped Edition
Knowing how to cook is one thing, but growing your own food is an entirely different flex. According to the National Gardening Association (NGA)’s Five-Year Look at Food Gardening in America report, the interest in food gardening has gone up. This information is based on the year 2013, but with the COVID pandemic, these numbers may have increased.
People are scared that there will be a lack of food, so they’re teaching themselves how to be self-efficient through growing food. Although there’s a current interest in growing one’s own food, the Non-profit Teens Grow Greens has been dedicated to teaching the youth of Milwaukee how to grow their own food for years. Now, they’re taking that same model and bringing it virtual.
Buy a Handmade Bowl and Soup to Help Fight Against Local Food Insecurity
Food scarcity is an issue near and dear to many people in the Milwaukee community with one out of every four kids going to bed hungry, according to the Hunger Task Force. One of the local traditions to combat this issue is the Milwaukee Empty Bowls fundraiser.
Milwaukee Empty Bowls is a volunteer-run nonprofit organization that raises funds and awareness of the limited food resources in the Metro Milwaukee area. Since 1999, a total of $889,105 has been distributed by Milwaukee Empty Bowls to help provide food to those in need across the greater Milwaukee area. While that number is quite large, they hope to push their limits even further by setting a goal to raise $50,000 this year.
One of the primary ways Milwaukee Empty Bowls accomplishes their mission is by selling handmade bowls at their main event that normally takes place in October. However, with COVID-19, things had to be adjusted.
|09/25/20||Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Empty Bowls will fight hunger with different format in this pandemic year
Milwaukee Empty Bowls, a popular fundraising event that feeds both participants and the hungry, has shifted to a less social, more individualized plan during this pandemic year.
Empty Bowls @ Home will take place Oct. 1-14, with an online Facebook event on Oct. 11.
Here's how Empty Bowls will work in 2020:
Participants can purchase bowls for $20 at various metro locations, including Outpost Natural Foods stores in Milwaukee, Wauwatosa and Mequon; Cream City Clay, 7105 W. Greenfield Ave., West Allis; Good Harvest Market, 2205 Silvernail Road, Pewaukee; and The Potter's Shop, 1314 S. West Ave., Waukesha.
|09/25/20||Milwaukee Community Journal
Non-Profit Teens Grow Greens Chef’s Dinner: Chopped Edition Offers Chance to Coo
The slicing and dicing has begun as the nonprofit Teens Grow Greens preps for its Chef’s Dinner: Chopped Edition virtual cooking competition between the Teens, Milwaukee’s top chefs and viewers at home.
Streaming Thursday, October 22 at 6:00 pm, three Teen/Celebrity Chef teams will create and cook a meal each with the same secret ingredients while viewers at home watch and then vote on winners based on plating and presentation by donating to their favorite team. Viewers can cook at home alongside the teams by registering, pre-ordering and picking up a Mystery Ingredient Box from the Outpost Natural Foods of their choice.
Outpost Boosts Community, Local Businesses and Vendors
It’s been one heck of a year for the 50th anniversary of Outpost Natural Foods Coop. What started with big plans to celebrate, turned into … well, you know what happened. That hasn’t stopped them from continuing to serve the community they love and the suppliers and farmers that help make them who they’ve been for the last half-century.
Wisconsin Grocery Chain Goes Plastic-Free This July
Outpost Natural Foods has a goal to become a leading sustainable grocer in the next two years.
July marks a plastic-free month and a Wisconsin based grocer is working to be one of the most sustainable grocery stores in the state. Bringing home delicious foods and necessities from the grocery store may look a little different at Outpost Natural Foods stores in Wisconsin. The grocery store is making a goal to eliminate petroleum-based plastic packaging and consumables by 2022.
|07/1/20||Bay View Compass
Outpost Moves Offices to Third and Oklahoma
Outpost Natural Foods moved into its new offices March 16 just as COVID-19 safety measures were being put in place in Milwaukee.
The move follows a 15 year stint in downtown Milwaukee at 205 W. Highland Avenue.
The new headquarters, 3200 S. Third St., provide 8,700 square feet of office space and a 4,000-square-foot warehouse.
The new office space houses the co-op’s central functions including operational managers, human resources, finance, marketing, and food service.
Your Official Wauwatosa Village Community Guide
"A welcoming and ideal environment in which to live, work and play,” is how Michelle Haider describes Wauwatosa. Haider, who is director of the Wauwatosa Village Business Improvement District says, “this neighborhood is an urban, walkable community of unique local shops, restaurants and beautiful parks.” New shops and business expansions – from a famed French restaurant’s cooking school to an artisan soap company – give new reasons to check out the Village if you haven’t been in a while. And if you’re worried about parking, don’t be. There are quite a few places – including a lot across from The Ruby Tap on Wauwatosa Avenue – offering free, convenient parking.
Businesses Join Call on Congress to Ensure Post-COVID Recovery Protections
More than 120 natural products companies joined the first major call for a climate- inclusive path forward from COVID-19, including KeHE, Numi Tea, Clif Bar, INFRA, UNFI, Amy’s Kitchen, Gaia Herbs, Grove Collaborative, Ben & Jerry’s, and Dr. Bronner’s, among others.
These companies, most of whom have set their own climate goals through the Climate Collaborative, collectively stated that the COVID-19 crisis has been a wake-up call for the looming threat of climate change, making it clear that we must be prepared as the impacts of climate change on human health and the economy could be even greater.
"With the numerous challenges created by this pandemic, we call on Congress to help us not just bounce back, but to leap forward. Now is the time to act on climate and sustainability and do the hard work to build a beautiful future for our children and grandchildren,” said Kristen Morelli, Co-Founder of Perfect Supplements, a participating company.
|05/5/20||CBS58 - WDJT Milwaukee
Stores begin requiring masks to gain entry
While a handful of states have required customers to wear masks inside businesses, Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers stopped short of saying Wisconsin would.
“If Costco and others want to implement that, that’s a good business decision on their part,” Evers said.
Area grocery stores, like Roundy’s and Outpost Natural Foods, are requiring employees to wear masks.
“To protect our staff, and to protect our customers as well,” Outpost Assistant Store Manager Tony Myers said.
But Outpost and Roundy's are only asking customers to do so.
|05/5/20||CBS58 - WDJT Milwaukee
Area grocery stores setting limits on how much meat people can buy
The CDC reports nearly 5,000 COVID-19 cases among meat processing facilities in the U.S. with nearly two dozen deaths. Those cases are now affecting how much meat can be bought in the Milwaukee area.
Roundy’s Foods, with 106 stores in Wisconsin, tells CBS 58 each customer is only allowed to buy two pork products, two beef products and two poultry products each visit. They say it’s because processors are facing challenges, but it’s not just the large grocery store chains that are affected.
Outpost Natural Foods, with just four stores in the Milwaukee area, are also limiting their customer meat purchases.
“It’s two per product, per person,” said Lisa Malmarowski, Director of Brand and Store Development for Outpost Natural Foods. “We’re limiting chicken, beef and pork products.”
Welcoming to all…not just words on paper
Since 1987, Pam Mehnert has been general manager of Milwaukee-based Outpost Natural Foods, one of the larger multi-store retail food cooperatives in the U.S. Outpost has four store locations across southeastern Wisconsin.
“Outpost Natural Foods exists to serve the community rather than maximize profits. Since 1970 we’ve run our co-op through the lens of our deeply-rooted values, which today is focused on the health and sustainability of communities that reflect the diversity of our ownership."
Outpost Celebrates Milestone Birthday with Virtual Concert Series
To thank its loyal customers for 50 years in business, Outpost Natural Foods is hosting a free virtual concert series Thursday April 23 through Sunday April 25. Concerts will be live at Outpost’s Facebook page at 7 p.m., except for Sunday’s concert, which will be pre-recorded and streamed at 2 p.m. The concert series is co-hosted by 88Nine Radio Milwaukee and Wisconsin Music Ventures, who lined up the musicians for each performance.
|04/18/20||Spectrum 1 News
Wisconsin Governor Asked to Help Protect Frontline Workers in Food Industry
They are keeping shelves stocked and food in supply. Food industry workers are essential frontline workers in this pandemic, but that title doesn't come with any additional benefits from the state.
Something Outpost Natural Foods is hoping will change. The co-op, which just celebrated 50 years in the Milwaukee area, has safeguards in place to protect its employees and customers. From plexiglass screens at the register, to social distancing reminders and markers. But Manager Jodi Krafcheck said employees are still worried about their safety. "There is a little bit of fear. People are wondering if people coming in here are abiding by some of the guidelines."
|04/18/20||WMSN Fox 47 Madison
Grocery stores demand first responder status for their workers
WAUWATOSA, Wis. (WDJT) — A local grocery store chain asked the governor to designate their workers temporarily as ‘first responder’ status on Friday.
It’s part of a bigger movement started by the United Food and Commercial Workers union.
The UFCW says this temporary ‘first responder’ status would unlock additional state benefits, which would help them secure free coronavirus testing, treatment, personal protective equipment and more.
“I don’t think there’s disagreement about the fact that grocery workers are on the front lines,” said Melanie Bartholf, Political and Retail Director for UFCW Local 1473.
|04/17/20||Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Outpost Natural Foods asks for 'extended first responder' status
Outpost Natural Foods and the local union that represents grocery store workers asked Gov. Tony Evers for the Milwaukee-area chain's employees to received "extended first responder" status in a letter Friday.
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Outpost & UFCW request extended first responder status
Today the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) Local 1473 and Outpost Natural Foods submitted a letter requesting "Extended First Responders" status from Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers for Outpost's employees.
"We believe that Gov. Evers has the authority to make this decision, and we are asking him to take action," says Melanie Bartholf, Political Director and Retail Service Director for UFCW Local 1473.
|04/17/20||CBS58 - WDJT Milwaukee
Local grocery stores demand first responder status for their workers
A local grocery store chain asked the governor to designate their workers temporarily as ‘first responder’ status on Friday. It’s part of a bigger movement started by the United Food and Commercial Workers union.
The UFCW says this temporary ‘first responder’ status would unlock additional state benefits, which would help them secure free coronavirus testing, treatment, personal protective equipment and more.
“I don’t think there’s disagreement about the fact that grocery workers are on the front lines,” said Melanie Bartholf, Political and Retail Director for UFCW Local 1473.
Outpost Natural Foods with four stores in the Milwaukee area and nearly 400 workers, sent the letter dated Friday to the governor.
Outpost Given 2020 Outstanding Company Award by Climate Collaborative
Outpost Natural Foods opened 50 years ago as part of the first Earth Day celebration. Every April 22 since 1970, Earth Day marks the birth of the modern environmental movement. The Climate Collaborative honored the cooperative grocery chain with a 2020 Outstanding Company Award, which identifies and celebrates trailblazers in the natural products industry demonstrating strong, inspiring climate leadership.
|04/2/20||Milwaukee Business Journal
Outpost asks grocery customers to help stop spread of COVID-19
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Local grocery chain Outpost Natural Foods is calling on customers to do their part to protect the public’s health during the novel coronavirus crisis.
The Milwaukee-based cooperative has four stores throughout the region. Like traditional supermarkets, Outpost saw a spike in demand early in the pandemic as panicked shoppers flooded stores in pursuit of paper goods, cleaning supplies, non-perishables and frozen foods.
|04/1/20||CBS58 - WDJT Milwaukee
Grocery shopping doesn't mean you have to stock up on fear & anxiety
Bay View (CBS 58)--A run to the grocery store really doesn’t have the same meaning in these days of COVID-19. So many markets, like Outpost Natural Foods, are now taking precautions, like plexiglass between the cashier and shopper, actual lines to indicate where to stand with 6-foot distances in mind, and the removal of anything self-serve. Community Relations Director, Margaret Mittelstadt, highly recommends coming to the store better prepared than ever. A grocery lists always helps to keep you focused, she says.
Local grocery stores adjust to new normal under COVID-19
Milwaukee-based Outpost Natural Foods Cooperative has seen its average sale per shopper double, which means people are buying more items and shopping less frequently.
The guidelines also include leaving reusable bags at home, bringing sanitizing wipes to use on carts and baskets, and keeping distance from other shoppers. Margaret Mittelstadt, director of community relations, said shoppers have done a good job so far. As extra reminders, Outpost’s four locations now have six-foot distancing markers and Plexiglass partitions at each checkout line as well as signage posted throughout.
|03/30/20||Spectrum 1 News
WI stores issue warning to shoppers across the state
Margaret Mittelstadt from Outpost in Wauwatosa says, “when people come to the grocery store it's a normal thing to do right? So we’re just encouraging people don’t leave their guard down when they come to store, be aware there is a pandemic and we need to continue social distancing.”
Outpost Urges Customers to Adopt Safe Shopping Behaviors
It’s official: COVID-19 has thrown a wrench in the mix for every business and person. Outpost Natural Foods is staying open to provide organic, local, fair trade food to those in the community, but they can’t do that if they are putting their employees and customers at risk.
“People yearn to be normal and do things they’re comfortable with during this time,” says Margaret Mittelstadt, Director of Community Relations for Outpost Natural Foods Cooperative. “People feel familiar with grocery stores, but they need to remember to keep their guard up. Most people get it, but there are a few that don’t understand or forget.
|03/27/20||Fox 6 News - WITI Milwaukee
"Try and plan it out:' CDC offers tips to be safe from COVID-19 when you shop
The CDC recommends going grocery shopping no more than twice a week amid the coronavirus pandemic -- and not at peak times. Stores are already implementing their own safety policies. But there are things you can do once you get home.
"When people come into the store, we're asking them to maintain social distancing -- six feet at the registers and in the aisles -- and we're instructing our staff to do the same as well," said Margaret Mittelstadt, Outpost Director of Community Relations.
|03/27/20||Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Milwaukee-area grocery stores install plastic shields at checkouts
Grocery stores across Wisconsin and the U.S. this week have been installing protective plastic shields at checkouts to help prevent cashiers and shoppers from possibly spreading COVID-19.
|03/26/20||WISN News - Channel 12 Milwaukee
Grocery store chain warns people to be safe or it may close
Outpost Natural Foods said it is worried about the health of employees and customers.
"When you're coming shopping, practice social distancing. We all are playing our part in this," said Margaret Mittelstadt of Outpost Natural Foods.
Stores are taking drastic steps to try to slow the spread of the coronavirus.
Mittelstadt said the crux of the issue was keeping staff members and customers safe.
WI Grocery Stores Remain Open, But Economists Warn Of Pain For Economy
The biggest financial help from the federal government during the COVID-19 pandemic passed the U.S. Senate Wednesday night. A House vote on the $2 trillion coronavirus stimulus package may come Friday. President Trump is promising to sign the measure that his administration helped craft.
But Wisconsin and national economists say the financial and unemployment crunch will still likely get worse before it gets better.
Stop touching that: Guidelines for safer grocery shopping
Our world has changed. And, with the "Safer at Home" order in effect, they are likely to change even more. We are being forced to rethink, reevaluate and reconsider practices that we've grown to take for granted. That includes grocery shopping.
Area grocers are doing everything they can to keep you safe, including suspending self-service food bars, bulk bins and bakery areas and increasing the frequency of cleaning in high touch areas throughout the stores.
|03/25/20||Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Coronavirus updates from around WI on Wednesday, March 25, 2020
Updates on coronavirus and how it's affecting life in Wisconsin from reporters from the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and the USA Today Network-Wisconsin.
Outpost Celebrates Half a Century
2020 marks the 50th anniversary of the founding of what evolved into Outpost Natural Foods, a member-based cooperative that has proven instrumental in helping Milwaukee develop into a true “foodie” town. Well before the city came to host a myriad of “farm-to-table” restaurants, Outpost Natural Foods was introducing Milwaukeeans to the tastes of fresh, organic produce. After 50 years, it is hard to imagine the city’s food culture without them.
|02/5/20||WUWM Lake Effect
Top 2020 Food Trends: Brussels Sprouts, Pea Protein And Oats
As we embark on this next decade, let's reflect the major events of the last 10 years. One topic that's always on people’s minds is food — and food trends. Whether you're reevaluating your relationship with food or are determined to try the latest diets, one thing we can count on is a grocery store to fill our changing food needs.
Audrey Nowakowski talks with Outpost GM, Pam Mehnert, and Director of Brand and Store Development, Lisa Malmarowski, on food trends, sustainability and the road forward for the co-op.
|01/30/20||CBS58 - WDJT Milwaukee
Don't stuff yourself with chips n dip on Super Bowl Sunday, go deep with veggies
It’ll be a super party for many of us on Sunday, Feb. 2 as we watch the big game. It’s even estimated some 20 million people will attend a gathering with friends and family to see the sports spectacle on TV. Of course plenty of us will consume chips and dip, and cold beers but there are other healthier options. The folks at Outpost Natural Foods concocted recipes for healthy game-day appetizers and beverages.
|01/14/20||Fox 6 Wake Up!
Move over kale, there's a new green in town!
Move over kale -- there's a new green in town! Fox 6 reporter Brian Kramp spent the morning at Outpost Natural Foods in Mequon with some food trends for 2020.
|01/14/20||Fox 6 Real MKE
Food trends: They include flexitarian diets, meat alternatives, magic mushrooms
Fox 6 reporter Brian Kramp spends the morning at Outpost in Mequon learning about new food trends for 2020.
|01/13/20||Spectrum 1 News
Outpost Natural Foods Shares 2020 Grocery Trends
For those who take frequent trips to the grocery store, you may see some new things popping up on the shelves.
A new year, calls for a fresh start, which is why Margaret Mittelstadt, director of community relations for Outpost Natural Foods is sharing what you may see trending this year.
Hippie Wayne Fosters Future Foodie Entrepreneurs
Wojciechowski started selling pickles and jams at farmers markets in the northeast Wisconsin region in 2010. Soon, he was on the shelves at small local businesses such as Planeview Travel Plaza and Market Boutique on Main, in Oshkosh, and Eaton’s Fresh Pizza, in Fond du Lac, Wis. Through Trust Local Food Distribution, his products found their way to the shelves at Outpost Natural Foods. But don’t look anywhere else. “When you get really big, it becomes a job. I’m retired!” he says. “I want to enjoy what I’m doing and not have to get up at 2 a.m. to get 20 tasks done.”
|12/18/19||CBS58 - WDJT Milwaukee
Serving up some healthier foods for your holiday feast with Outpost
The big holiday is a week away, and it's said Americans will eat more than seven thousand calories on Christmas Day. This is more than triple the daily intake, according to the Department of Agriculture. The experts say there are ways to fight this, especially by portion control.
Outpost Natural Foods to Relocate HQ, Warehouse
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Feast your eyes on the best MKE businesses to prep your Thanksgiving
As friends and family prepare to gather, head to one of Milwaukee's best grocery stores to stock up on supplies before it's too late.
1. Outpost Natural Foods
Drewry Farms Maple Products Taps Into Generations of Knowledge
For years, maple sugar farmers had typically harvested sap for personal use or to exchange or sell with other nearby farmers. Drewry-Zimmerman says her generation has taken it to the commercial level because she’s observed a renewed interest in local and artisan foods. “I saw the trend coming 10 years ago, so I thought we needed to take it to the next level,” she explains. “We got away from buckets and implemented new technology, and we’ve extended pipelines. We did it gradually over a four-year period. Modernizing gave us the ability to expand without taking on a lot of debt.”
Find Drewry Farms Maple Syrup at Outpost.
|07/29/19||Bay View Compass
Outpost to eliminate store's single-use plastic packaging
Outpost Natural Food Cooperative announced that it is committed to eliminating petroleum-based plastic co-op packaging and consumables by 2022. That commitment applies to a broad range of single-use packaging used in its meat department, deli, salad bar, grab and go, and plastic bags dispensed in its produce and bulk departments.
“We are actively looking at all of our single-use petroleum-based co-op packaging options,” said Margaret Mittelstadt, Outpost’s community relations director.
The co-op banned single-use plastic shopping bags a number of years ago, and while it still provides paper bags at check-out, Outpost encourages customers to bring their own cloth shopping bags and also sells cloth bags printed with the co-op name.
|07/23/19||Neighborhood News Service
Program teaches Milwaukee's next generation of gardeners
Teens Grow Greens is a nonprofit organization that grows plants, herbs, vegetables and the futures of Milwaukee teens. High school students learn leaderships skills, financial responsibility and the importance of growing their own healthy food during a nine-month paid internship.
A partnership with Outpost Natural Foods, the MyPlant program opened June 22 and hopes to reach younger kids to connect them with gardening and healthy food.
Teens Grow Greens is seeing a generational gap in those who garden and grow their own food, Claire Muza, growing director, said. Many of the customers that come through are grandparents, while interns often don’t have prior gardening experience. She said through the MyPlant program, Teens Grow Greens wants to rebuild the connection between kids and the ease of growing food.
Teens Grow Greens Partners With Outpost to Launch MyPlant For Kids
On Saturday mornings until mid-July, parents can bring their children to Weber’s Greenhouse at 4215 N. Green Bay Avenue where they pot a plant of their own to take home. Outpost Natural Foods is supporting the MyPlant program with a grant, operational support, and supplies.
Interns from Teens Grow Greens will lead children through the production process, first decorating a terra cotta pot, planting a seedling with soil and compost, watering their new plant, then enjoying a healthy vegetable-based snack to show the full life cycle of how food gets to their plate. The activity is free and open to the public.
Outpost Tosa Undergoes 1.2 Million Dollar Remodel & Expansion
"Outpost Natural Foods Cooperative in Wauwatosa is getting a big deal refresh"
"Outpost Natural Foods Co-op to remodel Wauwatosa store"
"Outpost Natural Foods in Wauwatosa Undergoes 1.2 Million Dollar Remodel & Expansion"
"Outpost Natural Foods in Wauwatosa begins work on $1.2M expansion & remodel"
|05/24/19||TMJ4 The Morning Blend
Webers Greenhouse - Growing More Than Plants
Teens Grow Greens is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit where teens “learn, grow, and go.” During a nine-month paid internship, teens develop life skills through hands-on experience. Joining us to discuss this unique experience are Executive Director Charlie Uihlein and Agriculture Apprentice Abdull Musa. Learn about all they are doing to grow the leaders of tomorrow.
Outpost is proud to be supporting Teens Grow Greens in 2019 through their new My Plant program!
Sharing a Home to Foster Community, Environmental Responsibility
Cohousing was a European idea that has reached the U.S. By sharing a living space with other, similar-minded people, an increasing number of Americans (often seniors) find a renewed enjoyment in their daily routine. Milwaukee Area Cohousing is a group dedicated to spreading this trend to the Milwaukee community. Allyn Steffen—member of Milwaukee Area Cohousing and outspoken supporter of the practice—spoke to Off the Cuff.
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MyPlant by Teens Grow Greens
Bring the kids down to Weber's Greenhouse, powered by Teens Grow Greens! The MyPlant program runs every Saturday morning from 9am-Noon through mid-July.
MyPlant provides a hands-on experience for kids that shows the full life cycle of how food gets to their plate, while giving them their own seedling to take home and grow. Kids follow a variety of stations, mentored by interns from Teens Grow Greens, where they get a seedling, plant it in their own terra cotta pot with a mixture of soil and compost, water it, and give it a name! Kids will also receive a healthy snack courtesy of Outpost Natural Foods.
Thank You Outpost Foods and Milwaukee Brewers
A statement from MKE Alderman Cavalier Johnson: Yesterday, April 22 was Earth Day 2019, and I issued a statement declaring that our care for and conservation of our physical environment must be a top priority and goal. I pledged to do all I can to make lasting changes in my life and my community to help ensure that the air we breathe, the water we drink, and the land that sustains us will be better for our children and the generations that follow us.
I was happy to learn that other local organizations are also stepping up to the plate with their commitment to ending the use of certain plastics in their business plans.
EARTH DAY CHALLENGE: OUTPOST NATURAL FOODS PLEDGES TO PURGE PETROLEUM-BASED PLAS
Outpost Natural Foods recently announced its commitment to eliminate petroleum-based plastic co-op packaging and consumables by 2022, and has organized a comprehensive internal committee to tackle the wide-ranging issue.
The co-op has tasked itself with this challenging goal as the environmental problems associated with single-use plastic continue to ratchet up, both locally and globally. Outpost has already taken the first steps to reducing single-use plastic.
Beyond grocery bags: Outpost blazes trails, pledging to purge plastic by 2022
In anticipation of Earth Day, which takes place on Monday, April 22, Outpost Natural Foods has announced a bold commitment: to eliminate petroleum-based plastic co-op packaging and consumables by 2022.
In recent years, consumers have looked to grocers to lead the way in solving the issues related to single-use plastics. And their requests have been fueled by ever-increasing images of petroleum-based plastic waste run amok in both urban and natural environments. These items litter oceans and beaches, fowl waterways and cause injuries to wildlife.
Outpost Natural Foods Adds Minty Cannabidiol Cookie to Hemp Offerings
As a pioneer of natural foods and holistic living in the Milwaukee area, it makes sense that Outpost Natural Foods co-op would take cannabidiol (CBD) offerings to the next level and produce their own house-made, CBD-infused cookies. Extracted from the hemp plant and free from the psychoactive effects of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), CBD has—mostly through word-of-mouth—grown to become a popular natural alternative to traditional medicine for anxiety, sleep issues, as well as muscle and joint pain.
FoodCrush Podcast: Are food co-ops still relevant in 2019?
"Food co-ops were at the helm of the organic food revolution. They've been leaders in local and sustainable sourcing, transparent labeling and bringing healthful food to the fore. And yet, some people still don't understand what a co-op really is, or why they're increasingly relevant in an age when grocery stores are in an ever-evolving state of change.
"So we took the plunge and consulted with a cooperative veteran, General Manager Pam Mehnert of Outpost Natural Foods Cooperative, to chat co-ops: what they are, why they're relevant ... and, most importantly, why they're cool."
Best of Milwaukee 2018 Winners: Retail Food & Drink
Let's give it up for Outpost - winner of two categories:
- Grocery - Natural Foods
- Organic Produce
And runner up for
- Fish Market
- Grocery - All purpose
|11/16/18||Fox 6 Now
Volunteers help organize donations to Hunger Task Force
It's not wrapped in paper, and you won't find it under the tree. But one Thanksgiving meal will make a lasting impact on Milwaukee area families.
"It's a wonderful gift," said Margaret Mittlestadt of Outpost Natural Foods.
On Friday, Hunger Task Force volunteers filled 800 boxes filled with turkey, stuffing and other Thanksgiving treats.
Gluten-Free Bakery Moving to City
Susie Roberts’ passion for baking organic and gluten-free foods began when her grandson Aiden was diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder at the age of 2. “I started experimenting with gluten-free foods and it really did make a difference in his learning,” Roberts said.
Today, Roberts’ grandson is 9 years old, and attends a mainstream school.
Roberts bought KalyANa Organics in February 2016 to bring baked goods to others whose lives may be improved by the healthy treats.
Roberts was the winner of the third annual Rev-Up MKE, a “Shark Tank”-style competition recently held at the Eagles Club. Finalists competed for a $10,000 prize from WaterStone Bank and mentorship through the 707 Hub at Marquette University, as well as $25,000 in in-kind services, including small business consulting and architectural help. Near West Side Partners also will help her search for a storefront in the neighborhood.
Fein Bros partners with restaurants to raise money for Puerto Rico
Puerto Rico made headlines last September when Hurricane Irma swept through the island, closely followed by Hurricane Maria, leaving death and devastation in their wake. Despite myriad efforts, the recovery process for many areas has been slow and laborious.
But a number of local businesses are coming together to raise money to assist those efforts.
|10/5/18||WI Jewish Chronicle
Zymbiotics takes local products kosher
First Fox Point resident Jeff Ziebelman started up a health-conscious condiments business, then he got his Jeff’s Zauerkraut and Jeffs’s Vegan Zimchi into some major supermarkets. Now, he’s taking it kosher.
He’s chosen to take most of his line kosher for two reasons. The first came to him as he was out promoting his product in stores. “Part of it is, as a Jew, it was a bit of a shame to me that people came up and walked by a product that I feel is good for them and they can’t have it,” he said. He reports he’s heard multiple times, “I wish it was kosher.”
Find Zymbiotics at your neighborhood Outpost.
Rev Up MKE Picks Winning Entrepreneurs
For the third year, the local non-profit Near West Side Partners held its annual Rev Up MKE event, bringing together a group of entrepreneurs and business innovators to pitch their ideas for the chance to win a grant to help develop their idea. It was held at The Rave/Eagles club, where finalists in the competition each took their turn on stage, presented their business ideas to a panel of judges and audience, and answered questions about how their respective businesses could succeed and benefit the community.
Susie Roberts . . . enthusiastically presented her ideas of moving her baking company, KalyANa Organics, to Milwaukee from Dousmen. Her gluten-free baked goods and mixes are currently sold in Woodman’s stores as well as at Outpost Natural Foods in town, but her goal is to bring the operation itself into the city. She noted a significant increase in company profits — 34 percent — in the past year and anticipates a continued increase in revenue through social media advertising and by expanding sales through Amazon and ultimately Whole Foods.
Grand Avenue Club plans to open resale boutique
Milwaukee nonprofit organization Grand Avenue Club plans to open a resale boutique in downtown Milwaukee.
Called Water Street Boutique, the store is planned for a 1,500-square-foot space at 610 N. Water St., located next to Grand Avenue Club’s downtown headquarters, according to plans submitted to the city.
The store would sell upscale donated items, including clothing, jewelry, housewares and original art, while also providing pre-employment training opportunities for people living with mental illness. The organization plans to open the store later this year, pending approval from the city.
Currently, members work in various administrative, sales, grocery store and daycare positions at businesses in the Milwaukee area, including Troubadour Bakery, Outpost Natural Foods, Foley & Lardner, Pick ‘N Save, Renaissance Child Development Center, colour palate, CVS, Milwaukee County Department of Housing and Lutheran Social Services, among others.
|08/4/18||Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
World Peace celebration brings hope, help to Milwaukee
Nearly two years after violence erupted in the aftermath of a police shooting in the Sherman Park neighborhood, community leaders continued their work for peace Saturday in the park.
The Milwaukee Police Department, civic groups, social service agencies and churches at the “World Peace Celebration” helped people with everything from finding jobs to getting free school supplies and backpacks.
The weekend celebration featured employers and agencies such as Walgreen’s, Stainless Foundry, Outpost Natural Foods, The Joseph Project, Ross Innovative Employment Solutions and Reconnect Staffing.
East Troy Honey's Locally Sourced Sweet Stuff
When Susan and William Palmer of East Troy Honey researched why their fruit trees failed to produce much fruit, they found there was a lack of bees—nature’s best pollinators. They started with one hive, and the Palmers soon noticed a difference as the bees did their jobs pollinating the trees, which yielded an abundance of apples.
Since many farmers have switched to soybean and corn crops—plants that Susan said do nothing to encourage bee populations—there’s now a lack of floral pollinators. Genetically modified crops, and crops sprayed with pesticides, are also leading to bee deaths.
The Palmers attend the annual Harvest Fair at Wisconsin State Fair Park to talk to people about bees and honey. Their honey can be found at Outpost Natural Foods...
|07/2/18||Bay View Compass
She's Unpaved Parking Lots, Planted a Paradise
How would Mother Nature do it? That is a question that Outpost Natural Foods employee and gardener Christine Goldsworthy often asks herself when considering garden design for three of Outpost’s four locations.
Goldsworthy, an employee at Outpost’s State Street location for 25 years, has been designing, planting, and maintaining the gardens at the stores, beginning with the State Street store in Wauwatosa, for close to 18 years. After her garden design was completed there, Outpost asked her to come up with a plan for the Capitol Drive location, and then for the Bay View store after it opened in 2005. She occasionally gardens at Outpost’s Mequon store, but due to its large rain garden and edible landscape, a landscape architect is primarily in charge of garden design and maintenance there.
Shoppers heading into the Bay View Outpost, 2826 S. Kinnickinnic Ave., see eye-catching yellow and purple irises and milkweed standing tall near hostas, purple Veronica, columbine, and dainty yellow creeping buttercup. Prairie fire and white crabapple trees shade lady’s mantle, salvia, and primrose.
ZYN Harnesses Wellness Properties of Curcumin
Curcumin, a substance in the turmeric root, is becoming popular in the United States as more research becomes available about its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. But brothers Qasim and Asim Khan, who grew up consuming turmeric, are familiar with this gift from nature’s medicine cabinet and want to make it accessible to today’s consumers. Through SUR Natural Health Brands, LLC, Qasim’s and Asim’s Milwaukee-based business, they launched ZYN curcumin-infused beverages.
Qasim said ZYN has been well received at Outpost Natural Foods, where they first launched the product this past November. It’s now available at more than 150 locations ... Although ZYN is doing well on the market, Qasim said it’s just the first of their products. “Our vision is more than just a curcumin beverage,” he said. “Our mission as a company is to bring ancient wisdom from around the world to the modern consumer.”
|06/18/18||New Hope Network
Local retailers focus on diversity, inclusion
Diversity has become an increasingly important issue in natural and organic retailing, as operators seek to create inclusive environments that are welcoming both to workers and to customers.
Rob Metzinger, director of human resources at Outpost Natural Foods Co-op in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, takes a rigorous approach to diversity and inclusion that involves ongoing training for workers and the evaluation of metrics to gauge the company’s performance around diversity. He said co-ops have come a long way in their efforts around diversity and inclusion, but also still have work to do.
Having a diverse workforce helps attract a diverse customer base and also helps fulfill the company’s mission around support of the local community, said Metzinger, who belongs to a professional diversity and inclusion group through the local chapter of the Society for Human Resource Management. It also helps create an enriching environment for staff and reduces turnover, he said.
|06/14/18||Milwaukee Business Journal
Growing design and fabrication firm 360 Degrees supports top Milwaukee biz
The workshop is a feast of old-fashioned craftsmanship: the smell of sawdust, the lightshow of sparks showering off metal and the sound of blades biting through wood.
The nondescript building on Milwaukee’s northwest side is where wooden boards and steel beams become the tables and bar tops on which Milwaukee’s celebrated restaurants serve their food and cocktails. It also is where 360 Degrees, founded by Brian Polster and Rob Binter, design and create the spaces where Milwaukee’s cultural scene continues to grow.
“It obviously means more business for us, but it means what we’re doing for the community is successful,” Polster said of Milwaukee’s expanding cultural scene.
Gitto Farm 'n Kitchen's Tortillas
Gitto has been making tortillas since 2011. They introduced them at Madison farmers markets, but Gitto also sought exposure in Milwaukee. He approached Anne Vedder, a buyer for Outpost Natural Foods, with his idea to get the tortillas into the store. Having a reputation as a launch pad for local artisan food entrepreneurs, Outpost helped Gitto with product aspects like labels and compiling nutritional information. “If Outpost is the teacher, we’re the teacher’s pet. They helped us out so much,” Gitto said of the co-op.
|05/11/18||Milwaukee Community Journal
Promise Zone Bike Ride - Rain or shine!
Alderman Ashanti Hamilton is excited to partner with Alderman Khalif J. Rainey, Northwest Side Community Development Corporation (NWSCDC), Black Girls Do Bike, Red Bike & Green, the Wisconsin Bike Federation, Bublr Bikes, Uniting Garden Homes Inc., DreamBikes, the Corridor (BID #37), and Outpost Natural Foods for a neighborhood bike ride open to all residents of Milwaukee on Saturday, May 12 from 10 a.m. to noonat Garden Homes Park, 2600 W. Atkinson Ave.
|05/8/18||Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Jazz up family taco night with exotic jackfruit, a vegetarian option
This vegetarian recipe uses jackfruit to add heft and texture to the taco that has a similar feel to meat. It has been around for ages (and actually is the national fruit of Bangladesh) but has been gaining more popularity stateside. It is a large (sometimes up to 80 pounds) watermelon-like fruit that has a “meaty” texture and, when not quite ripe, can be shredded.
Jackfruit is rich in fiber and a B-complex group of vitamins and is a good source of vitamin C, potassium, magnesium, manganese and iron, according to nutrition-and-you.com.
|04/27/18||WISN Channel 12 News
Food Poisoning Outbreak Linked to Romaine Lettuce - Outpost offers alternatives!
Food poisoning outbreak linked to romaine lettuce originating from Yuma, AZ, spreads to Wisconsin. Outpost Natural Foods' Zach Gorman offer shoppers alternative brands from California and Minnesota!
|04/27/18||Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Lettuce-borne E. coli illnesses reported in Wisconsin
Wisconsin is now on the list of states hit by a romaine lettuce E. coli illness outbreak, with one case reported here, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Friday.
Outpost said in a statement on Facebook that its romaine lettuce and salad mixes containing romaine lettuce are grown in California and are not part of the recall.
|04/12/18||Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
14 Things to do on Milwaukee Day 2018
With April 14 falling on a Saturday this year, Milwaukee Day 2018 could be the biggest one yet.
The Milwaukee Day website has compiled a list of more than 20 events and deals marking the occasion, and more could be announced in the final hours. But here are 14 highlights for your Milwaukee Day festivities.
7. Sample the local goods
Outpost Natural Foods has several reasons to celebrate, with Milwaukee Day, its birthday this week, and Earth Day coming Sunday, April 22....
Tapuat Kombucha Builds a Culture of Good Health
For ages, people have been making kombucha, a fermented, lightly carbonated black or green tea beverage. Information varies on exactly when and where kombucha originated, but today the drink is enjoying the spotlight as a refreshing probiotic health drink. Tapuat (pronounced tah-pw-aht) Brewing Co. in Sister Bay, Wis., has been making kombucha since 2008 had has enjoyed success as people seek healthy alternatives to soda and sugary drinks.
Outpost Natural Foods: Healthy People, Healthy Communities
For Outpost Natural Foods, supporting local, sustainable farmers and small food producers has been a core value since the co-op’s beginning in 1970. Today, Outpost has four store locations plus the Market Café at Aurora Sinai Hospital, and the Learning and Event Center at the Wellness Commons. Now over 22,000 owners strong, Outpost is a testament to society’s shift toward healthy food awareness. Lisa Malmarowski, director of brand and store development, shares how the co-op continues to be a leader in Milwaukee’s good food renaissance while meeting today’s tastes and busy lifestyles.
|02/5/18||Biz Times Milwaukee
Brothers launch health drink startup
A Shorewood-based startup established in March, SUR Natural Health Brands LLC, has released a new line of health drinks called ZYN.
The beverages contain curcumin and piperine, which founders Qasim and Asim Khan say have anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. Curcumin is found in turmeric and piperine helps the body absorb the ingredient, the company says.
ZYN drinks come in four flavors: lemon ginger, mango lychee, mixed berry and pomegranate cranberry. Made with all-natural ingredients, each drink has 20 calories, 4 grams of sugar and 200 milligrams of curcumin.
The beverages are sold in 16-ounce bottles on the company’s website and at...Outpost Natural Foods... The company also has plans to sell the drinks in corporate cafeterias and elsewhere in the Midwest.
|01/22/18||Biz Times Milwaukee
Gorilly Goods to expand production with addition of Supernola
Organic snack manufacturer Gorilly Goods is set to expand production at its headquarters in Jackson, in Washington County.
A Gorilly Goods fruit and nut cluster.
The company has agreed to be acquired by newly formed health-focused snack holding company Evolve Brands LLC. As part of the deal, expected to close in February for an undisclosed price, Evolve would also acquire Harrisburg, Pennsylvania-based Supernola and consolidate both companies’ operations in Jackson.
Gorilly Goods, launched by Stephen and Chris McDiarmid in 2012, makes a line of raw, on-the-go snacks that come in both savory and sweet flavors. Among the non-GMO ingredients are fruits, nuts, seeds and greens. The products are distributed in Wisconsin, Minnesota, Michigan, Iowa, Illinois, and in a few other stores nationally. Locally, they’re sold at Outpost Natural Foods, Sendik’s and Woodman’s stores.
Best of Milwaukee 2017 Winners: Retail Food & Drink
Outpost Natural Foods wins GROCERY—NATURAL FOODS / ORGANIC PRODUCE SECTION and is a runner up in multiple categories.
Milwaukee Record Presents Local Coverage
After months of planning, the night is almost upon us! Friday night, historic Turner Hall Ballroom will play host to Milwaukee Record’s fourth annual Local Coverage benefit concert. Over the course of the event’s short history, the show has grown into a larger venue with more acts taking their material to increasingly interesting places. We’ve written about the our favorite show of the year before, but if you’re still in the dark about it, here’s everything you need to know about Local Coverage 2018.
A different kind of cold brew
Waukesha native Johnny Ferrell was about to start a new venture – a coconut-based non-dairy creamer – when he decided to see what kind of preservation effect coconut oil might have on coffee beans.
He made a bit of a mess in his kitchen, but right away he knew he had landed on something incredible.
“The smell was just amazing,” he recalled Friday. “It had this underlying savory flavor, but with reduced bitterness.”
Flash forward a year and half later to today, and Ferrell is busily building a growing retail coffee business focused on a “paleo” cold brew coffee that uses a flavorless coconut oil to preserve the richness and freshness of the brew, and a growing line of cold brew coffees infused with the flavors of whiskey, cognac and tequila.
|12/27/17||Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Better Angels: With a joke and a song - Tosa's singing cashier
Business gets busy just before lunchtime at the Outpost Natural Foods store in Wauwatosa, where, in checkout lane two, the register is manned by the incomparable Les Ambrosh, former courier to Madonna, Carol Channing, Teri Garr, Weird Al Yankovic and Milli Vanilli.
|12/7/17||Biz Times Milwaukee
Green Vets WI plans to take over Growing Power’s closed headquarters
Growing Power, an urban agriculture nonprofit organization that has operated on Milwaukee’s north side for more than 20 years, has shuttered its doors amid financial issues, but a new organization plans to retain its mission and move into its headquarters on Silver Spring Drive. Plans are underway for Green Veterans, a nonprofit organization that recently launched a Wisconsin chapter, to purchase Growing Power’s facility at 5500 W. Silver Spring Dr., where it would open an urban farm school, co-op for small farmers and trauma resolution center.
|12/7/17||Fox 6 Real Milwaukee
Outpost Makers Market - A look at the natural items you can find
Real Milwaukee's Brian Kramp spent the morning at Outpost Natural Foods -- Wellness Commons for their weekly Outpost Makers Market. Buy direct from the vendor, stock up on locally made, artisan products from these great community businesses.
Case Study Series: Plugging Into Renewables
Outpost has focused a large portion of their climate change efforts on boosting access to and use of renewable power, including 1) supporting regional renewable energy infrastructure, 2) installing solar panel arrays, and 3) establishing Solar Solutions—a group buy program offered to Outpost customers which secures bulk-rate solar panel installations for their homes. Check out the summary of Outpost’s efforts to date below and read on to learn how they did it!
Outpost Natural Foods owners issuing call to action
In the wake of catastrophic hurricanes, one of the worst forest fire seasons in US history, and local concern about drought, Outpost Natural Foods is getting the word out about its commitment to the community and sustaining the food supply.
As it has for years, Outpost continues to find ways to reduce the co-op's carbon footprint and work with co-op owners and the community to do the same.
CBS58 news anchor Michele McCormack interviews Outpost sustainability manager, Jessy Servi Ortiz and Outpost director of community relations, Margaret Mittelstadt.
Milwaukee Talks Green
“The partnership works perfectly because we get to engage the community and broaden our reach by working together.” That’s Jessy Ortiz, Outpost’s Sustainability Manager talking about how she and Anastasia Kraft created Milwaukee Talks Green. Jessy and Ana started this group this past January because they wanted to inform our community about sustainability. The group meets roughly once a month to host events with guest speakers, tour local facilities, clean up rivers and more. “The whole idea of MKE Talks Green is to educate our community so people will know more and can make better decisions in their everyday life,” explains Ana Kraft.
A local love story: Afro Fusion Cuisine partnerships beget growth
It's been five years since Afro Fusion Cuisine launched its first products, a line of African and Jamaican seasoning blends. Since that time, the Wauwatosa-based company has expanded its offerings to include a variety of ready-to-use sauces (including South African Tropical Mango Chutney, Mama Deacon Jamaican Jerk Sauce, West African Peanut Sauce, Piri Piri Pepper Sauce and Yassa Caramelized Onion Sauce), as well as fresh sausages in flavors like Ethiopian Berbere, Jamaican Jerk, Nigerian Suya and Tunisian Merguez.
But owner Yollande Deacon doesn't take the credit for her success. In fact, she says the foundations for her growth have been built on loyal customers and solid local partnerships, including particularly successful collaborations with Hometown Sausage Kitchen and Outpost Natural Foods Cooperative.
Milwaukee Farmers Union Nurtures Urban Growers
With urban farming growing in popularity in Milwaukee, about a dozen commercial urban farmers have joined together to form the Milwaukee Farmers Union. Founded in 2014, the group is seeking ways to make urban farming more efficient, sustainable and profitable. This year, Groundwork Milwaukee became the lead stakeholder, with Outpost Natural Foods hosting and sponsoring the group.
“The purpose of the Milwaukee Farmers Union is to remove barriers for urban farmers and any small local farmer that wants support to help grow their business,” says Nick DeMarsh, food system developer at Groundwork Milwaukee.
|07/11/17||Milwaukee Journal Sentinel - You Asked For It
Outpost Natural Foods Orange Creamsicle Cupcakes
Dianna C., Wauwatosa, requested the recipe for an orange-flavored cupcake at Outpost Natural Foods Co-op.
She wrote: “Outpost has some of the best bakery around. Any chance I can get the recipe for their orange-flavored cupcakes? They are topped with orange-flavored buttercream.”
Leslie Peterson, director of food services for Outpost, sent the recipe, which is called Orange Creamsicle cupcakes. She wrote: “We rotate the cupcake flavors in and out. Any cupcake flavor (and we also do vegan and gluten-free cupcakes) can be ordered at any time, if a customer needs a dozen or more. We do rotate in flavors when customers ask for them.
Outpost Natural Foods Wins Sustainability Award
Outpost Natural Foods Co-op was named a Sustainability Star by National Co+op Grocers (NCG) for excellence in sustainability efforts. The award recognizes food co-ops that demonstrate outstanding leadership by making a positive impact on social, environmental and local economic issues.
Outpost Sustainability Manager Jessy Servi Ortiz heads up the co-op’s green initiatives. “Outpost exists so co-op owners have a healthy, diverse and sustainability community; doing the right thing for the environment and our community has been a part of our DNA since the 1970s.” In 2012 Outpost deepened the commitment by tracking metrics in 11 key areas across the business and just published a “highlight” report noting their key impacts since this reporting began.
50 Thinks to Eat in Milwaukee Before You Die
Celebrate 414 MKE Day with some of these local faves. And, by golly, see where Outpost is mentioned! Hurrah!
|03/14/17||Milwaukee Journal Sentinel - You Asked For It
Outpost Natural Foods Garlic Soup
Shirley Hoerig, Mequon, requested the recipe for a creamy spinach and garlic soup she had at Outpost Natural Foods, 7590 W. Mequon Road, Mequon.
Leslie Peterson, director of food services at Outpost Natural Foods Cooperative, which is headquartered at 205 W. Highland Ave., sent the recipe.
|12/12/16||Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Wisconsin companies honored as "Green Masters"
The greenest companies in Wisconsin this year are a varied mix, from large manufacturers and multinationals to small consulting firms and even a laser tag and game center on Milwaukee's south side.
Thirty-five companies have been honored as "Green Masters" by scoring in the top tier among Wisconsin companies participating in a green certification program.
Wisconsin companies honored as "Green Masters"
The greenest companies in Wisconsin this year are a varied mix, from large manufacturers and multinationals to small consulting firms and even a laser tag and game center on Milwaukee's south side.
Thirty-five companies have been honored as "Green Masters" by scoring in the top tier among Wisconsin companies participating in a green certification program.
The companies represent those scoring in the top 20% among the more than more than 160 companies that applied to the program, coordinated by the Wisconsin Sustainable Business Council.
|10/5/16||Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Learning center to replace Outpost North Ave. store
Outpost Natural Foods is closing its small pilot grocery store on Milwaukee's north side and replacing it with a learning center that will provide healthy food demonstrations and other activities.
The store, part of the Innovations and Wellness Commons development, 1615-1617 W. North Ave., will close at the end of business on Saturday, Outpost announced.
That space will become The Outpost Natural Foods Learning Center, which will open in November. The learning center will host health and wellness activities such as food demonstrations, yoga and tai chi.
Outpost Natural Foods launches "Milk Money" program
Outpost Natural Foods has launched Milk Money, a pay-it-forward program providing nutritious and wholesome milk to local families. Outpost shoppers can purchase a voucher for a gallon of milk at the check-out register at any local Outpost location. These vouchers are delivered to Hunger Task Force and distributed to local food pantries nearest to each Outpost store location.
|07/1/16||Milwaukee Jounal Sentinel
Fork. Spoon. Life.: The Juice Kitchen's JoAnne Sabir hopes to heal a neighborhoo
Driven by a desire to build better communities, JoAnne Sabir starts with health. For her, that begins in the Lindsay Heights neighborhood where she and her husband, Maanaan, have opened The Juice Kitchen at 1617 W. North Ave., inside the Wellness Commons development with Outpost and Walnut Way (the latter founded by her mother, Sharon Adams).
|02/24/16||News Graphic/GM Today
It's good being green
The Mequon Outpost Natural Foods Co-Op store has received a LEED Silver Certification in Building Design & Construction from the U.S. Building Council. The Mequon store, 7590 W. Mequon Road, opened in May 2014.
Mequon City Administrator William Jones recognized Outpost during the Feb. 9 Common Council meeting.
Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) is a building certification program that recognizes best-in-class building and strategies.
Outpost applied for 61 credits out of a possible 100 and received a final score of 51.
Outpost Natural Foods in Mequon earns 'green' certification
For Outpost Natural Foods in Mequon, a commitment to sustainability is built on a firm foundation — literally. The Lannon stone home that formerly occupied the store was repurposed in the construction of the co-op, which opened in May 2014.
Two years later, conservation efforts like those are being recognized, as the store was recently awarded Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver certification in Building Design and Construction from the United States Green Building Council.
Milwaukeeans donate $79,000 through Outpost Buy-A-Bag program
Thanks to the generosity of Milwaukeeans, a whopping $160,000 in grocery items from the Outpost Natural Foods 2015 Holiday Buy-A-Bag Program will be delivered this winter to Hunger Task Force.
|10/31/15||Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service
Residents, city officials celebrate Innovations and Wellness Commons opening
Walnut Way Conservation Corp. held a grand opening Friday for its Innovations and Wellness Commons, which brings four organizations to Lindsay Heights to promote healthy living. Nearly 100 residents attended the ribbon-cutting ceremony, which featured remarks by city officials, including Mayor Tom Barrett, and free samples. Later, Walnut Way workers led tours of the Commons, which houses Outpost Natural Foods, The Juice Kitchen, Fondy Food Center and Milwaukee Center for Independence.
|10/30/15||Fox 6 - WITI
Food hub on MKE's North Ave. dedicate to healthier community
MILWAUKEE -- The opening of a new store is the final cornerstone in a project devoted to a healthier community. And it's hoped the hub spurs economic growth as well.
On a block of North Avenue, nestled between 16th and 17th Streets, a food hub is sprouting.
"A community activity that changes our odds. It's important because it brings food and work and health and wellness to our community," said Sharon Adams, co-founder of Walnut Way Conservation.
Walnut Way Incubator Strives to Boost Business, Nurture Neighbors
A low-income neighborhood on Milwaukee's near north side turns a corner Friday. Residents and planners are celebrating the grand opening of the Innovation and Wellness Commons in Lindsay Heights.
Activists have implemented numerous improvements in the area in recent years. But the Commons is their first commercial venture.
New organic food market is welcome change to north side community
MILWAUKEE - The store is called Outpost, but a more appropriate name could be "Oasis."
Outpost Natural Foods recently opened its newest location at the corner of 16th St. and North Avenue (across from Jake's Deli). The store features organic produce and other natural foods, as well as vitamins and mineral supplements.
It's a far cry from the surrounding options of fast food and common grocery stores that stock shelves with processed foods and produce with pesticides.
"Can't always afford Whole Foods," neighbor Francesca Dawson tells TODAY'S TMJ4. "That's just like a luxury."
Outpost managers promise the prices will remain affordable and match all other Outpost locations across the area. The store will soon be capable of accepting EBT cards and WIC certificates.
|10/20/15||Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Outpost store, juice bar to be part of Walnut Way's North Avenue development
Walnut Way Conservation Corp. has long worked to improve the collective health of its central city neighborhood through projects such as planting community gardens, transforming a vacant lot into a small park and offering yoga classes.
Now, the nonprofit group is completing its first venture into commercial development: a small Outpost Natural Foods store, juice bar and commercial kitchen on Milwaukee's north side.
The new Outpost store anchors a renovated and expanded 6,000-square-foot, two-story building at 1615-1617 W. North Ave. That building is the first phase of Walnut Way's project, known as Innovation and Wellness Commons.
Outpost opens in the Innovation & Wellness Commons
Outpost Natural Foods Co-op opened its fifth store Wednesday in the new Innovation & Wellness Commons on North Avenue in Milwaukee.
Innovation & Wellness Commons, 1617 W. North Ave. is currently in phase one of development. Outpost is the fourth tenant. The Milwaukee Center for Independence and Fondy Food Center have already opened, the Juice Kitchen will open Oct. 30.
Innovations & Wellness Commons: Agents of Change
It’s a beautiful sunny day in July, and folks gather at the corner of North 14th Street and West North Avenue, all dressed up for the dedication of Sunshine Park, a small pocket park in the Walnut Way neighborhood. Hostas, shrubs and three plum trees have been planted, and a winding path and large rocks fit for sitting have been installed, creating a small retreat from the noisy traffic that whizzes by on North Avenue.
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|06/8/15||Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Companies try to help their employees think about their health
This effort isn’t just happening at Helwig Carbon. There has been a city-wide movement of 44 local companies who added or evolved their health and wellness programs to their company culture and because of it, Milwaukee is now nationally recognized for a large number of businesses with wellness programs.
It all started three years ago, when a program called Well City Milwaukee – a campaign run by the YMCA and four other organizations - teamed up with 44 local businesses that collectively represent a workforce of 130,000 employees. Well City Milwaukee provided healthy practices guidelines for businesses. In exchange, it surveyed the employees to find out what their health needs and risks were and what activities they found interesting. Well City then set a very high bar for companies to meet a lot of expectations to be considered a top wellness program.
Interview: Jessy Servi, Outpost Natural Foods Co-op
Embedding sustainability into any organization is often easier said than done. But when the organization has been founded on principals that are in keeping with sustainability, it’s an easier conversation to have. The co-op model is a business structure that by its nature supports the long-term thinking that is key to sustainability. I was curious to know more about how it works and how it’s related to the triple bottom line.
|03/10/15||Small Business Times Milwaukee
State of the City address
"We are fortunate to have so many dedicated partners who believe in Milwaukee and in building strong, safe and healthy neighborhoods.
"One of these partners is Journey House. Last October, we sold Journey House a foreclosed six-unit property on S. 23rd Street. After rehabilitation, the building will provide housing for youth who are aging out of foster care. Journey House will invest more than $140,000 to make repairs. Funding for the renovation is being provided through a loan and grant from Milwaukee County.
"In January, I helped Sharon and Larry Adams of Walnut Way break ground on the Innovation and Wellness Commons at 16th and North. The first phase of the project will include the Milwaukee Center for Independence, a community business cooperative and a branch of Outpost Natural Foods."
Young Shorewood entrepreneur returns to Sustainability Summit
His original model is a modest globe-shaped container. “That is just called the normal air plant Green Earth Terrarium,” Cole says.
It led to new versions, including a hanging one that has three different kinds of moss with one air plant.
Last month, he branched out into succulents – plants that don’t require much watering. The 16-year-old says he’s responding to demand.
“Yeah, I’ve gotten a lot of requests for succulents because people want more of an actual planted, rooted terrarium, instead of just an air plant sitting on moss,” Cole says.
Cole has also started selling his terrariums to the Outpost Coop on Capitol Drive. He still can’t believe it.
|02/18/15||Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
From rock band T-shirts, couple fashion a growing business
Orchard Street supplies screen-printed shirts and other apparel to dozens of area restaurants, bars and other businesses, as well as nonprofit groups staging festivals and fundraising events.
"Local businesses love to support other local businesses," Julie Teska said. "So we get a lot of customers that way."
It also helps that Orchard Street Press does good work.
Other customers include Beans & Barley, Comet Cafe, La Perla and Outpost Natural Foods, along with Council for the Spanish Speaking, Urban Ecology Center and other community groups, and locally based bands such as Field Report and Altos.
|01/27/15||Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service
The Commons improves prognosis for Lindsay Heights revitalization
“I think it’s going to bring back a sense of pride,” West said when asked what the Commons will mean to the community. Personally, she is looking forward to better access to healthy food.
The groundbreaking marks an important milestone for the Lindsay Heights community. When complete, a major catalytic project identified in the 2008 Lindsay Heights Quality of Life Plan will be realized.
Greenpower Partnership Top 30 Retailers
The Top 30 Retail list represents the largest green power users among retail partners within the Green Power Partnership. The combined green power usage of these organizations amounts to more than 3.6 billion kilowatt-hours of green power annually, which is equivalent to avoiding the carbon dioxide emissions from the electricity use of more than 346,000 average American homes each year.
A sign of commercial revitalization in Milwaukee's Walnut Way neighborhood
"When businesses and social assets close, so did opportunity, jobs vanished and the social fiber of this neighborhood unraveled," she says. "Odds of finding work, owning a business diminished. However, the odds of owning a business are changing again."
The ambitious project has attracted public and private financial partners. Construction on phase one is slated to begin soon, and to be completed late in 2015.
Sharon Adams says its will create more than 20 jobs, and the building will contain a commercial kitchen for people who want to create products from neighborhood gardens and bee hives. Outpost Foods will also occupy a small space, along with a juice bar restaurant.
State provides funds for Innovation & Wellness Commons
The Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation awarded a $413,750 grant to the city of Milwaukee to help finance a redevelopment project called Innovations & Wellness Commons, which is being coordinated by the Walnut Way Conservation Group.
|01/22/15||Fox 6 Now
“Full of services and opportunity” in the central city: State-of-the-art wellnes
“It will go from blighted and abandoned, to beautiful sustainable features,” said Sharon Adams, Co-founder of Walnut Way Conservation Corp.
The project’s development is being led by Sharon Adams, and the folks with the Walnut Way Conservation Corp., a Milwaukee non-profit.
“Our partnering tenants are Outpost Natural Foods, The Juice Kitchen, Milwaukee Center for Independence is placing, designing — we’ll have a state-of-the-art commercial kitchen and Fondy Food Center,” said Adams.
Adams explains ultimately the different entities will rely upon each other to create a neighborhood which grows, sells and consumes its own healthy food while educating and encouraging residents to make positive moves.
“You have chosen a valuable place to live. You have chosen a place to live that is full of services and opportunity,” said Adams.
|01/22/15||CBS 58 News
Big redevelopment underway on Milwaukee's north side
Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett and Lt. Governor Rebecca Kleefisch stood together in Milwaukee's central city to announce a redevelopment. A new Innovation & Wellness Center is taking two lots, one vacant and another with a vacant building and creating a meeting spot. It'll include a spot where people can go buy fresh food from local retailers, while also helping local producers.
Phase one will include renovation of an existing building that's vacant. There will be an Outpost Natural Foods store, the Juice Kitchen, along with a commercial kitchen providing meals and training in food service.
|01/21/15||Milwaukee Business Journal
Outpost pop-up store in Lindsay Heights to open in summer
A vacant Lindsay Heights building being renovated into a pop-up store for Outpost Natural Foods, a start-up juice bar and job training is expected to open this summer under a project led by Walnut Way Conservation Corp. and Fix Development.
The project includes two phases, the second of which includes a construction of a roughly 10,000-square-foot building at West North Avenue and North 16th Street where Outpost would run a grocery, said Juli Kaufmann, president of Fix Development LLC of Milwaukee. The first phase will renovate an existing neighboring building for multiple food-related and nonprofit uses.
|01/15/15||WI DNR News
From Wisconsin waters to your plate: DNR announces fishing for dinner initiative
People who have never fished have the opportunity to learn basic fishing skills, find fishable waters near their home and prepare their catch for the dinner table, as part of the Fishing for Dinner Initiative. The Department of Natural Resources is cosponsoring a five session community education class with the Urban Ecology Center, UW-Extension, Hunger Task Force, Outpost Natural Foods and Sea Grant Institute.
|12/16/14||Milwaukee Business Journal
Outpost Natural Foods Co-op to open Lindsay Heights store in 2015
Outpost Natural Foods Cooperative will locate its first 'pop-up' store in Milwaukee's Lindsay Heights neighborhood, a space designed to help an underserved area access healthy foods.
The store will be located between North 16th and 17th streets on West North Avenue, at the new Innovation and Wellness Commons, the Milwaukee natural and organic grocery chain said in a press release.
Downtown Kitchen welcomes Holey Moley and a number of local partners
Downtown Kitchen, operated by The Bartolotta Restaurants, opened in the U.S. Bank Center in September. The space, which serves the 4500 tenants of the building, as well as the general public, offers a warm, urban environment to enjoy breakfast, lunch or grab-and-go snacks.
Breakfast and lunch items include a wide variety of items including sushi, salads, deli-style and artisan sandwiches and entrees, including world-inspired cuisine and pasta. A large salad bar offers customers the opportunity to build their own salads, or partake in four or five different hot soups.
Offerings from other local partners include Valentine Coffee, Hissho Sushi, Outpost Natural Foods, Rocket Baby Bakery, Indulgence Chocolate, Sprecher and Milwaukee Pretzel Company.
|12/9/14||Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
North side development would include Outpost store
Outpost Natural Foods Cooperative would be among the tenants in a new commercial development planned for Milwaukee's north side.
The project, known as Innovation and Wellness Commons, has two planned phases, with the first stage to convert a 5,500-square-foot, two-story building, with a planned 500-square-foot addition, at 1615-1617 W. North Ave. into a juice bar, commercial kitchen and a small Outpost store, said Sharon Adams, director of programs at Walnut Way Conservation Corp., which is leading the development.
|11/11/14||Co-op Stronger Together
Co-op addresses hunger for the holidays and beyond
It was 1999 and members of the Outpost Natural Market staff had been filling bags of food with holiday fare. “Buy A Bag” was a brand new program; shoppers at the Milwaukee co-op were invited to contribute $20, which the co-op would match and then use to put together bags filled with green beans, potatoes, apples, canned pumpkin and other items—the makings of holiday meals for families in need.
And then it snowed.
- See more at: http://strongertogether.coop/voices-from-the-field/co-op-addresses-hunger-for-the-holidays-and-beyond/#sthash.RMnq8ZIT.dpuf
InBiz Celebrates Community Spirit
Outpost wins first InBiz Green Guru award!
"The heart and soul of a local economy can be just as valuable as growth and profits. 'There are people who go into business, for example, to improve the local environment or help to revitalize a particular neighborhood,' Fortis continued. 'There are quirky independent businesses that give our city its character. That’s what we’re here to celebrate.'"
|11/3/14||Bay View Compass
Outpost donates $20,000
Outpost Natural Foods announced that it donated $20,000 to the City of Milwaukee Office of Sustainability’s “HOME GR/OWN Milwaukee” program. The money is earmarked for neighborhood initiatives that transform vacant or abandoned city lots and spark economic development and entrepreneurship that supports local, healthy food production. - See more at: http://bayviewcompass.com/outpost-donates-20000/#sthash.J53jqJEW.dpuf
A Natural Order - Feature Story
|10/15/14||Fox 6 Now
Promoting healthy eating: Outpost donates $20K to HOME GR/OWN Milwaukee program
Outpost Natural Foods, a consumer-owned co-op of over 20,500 individuals in the metro Milwaukee area, has granted the city of Milwaukee Office of Sustainability’s “HOME GR/OWN Milwaukee” with a check for $20,000 to be earmarked for neighborhood initiatives that transforms vacant or abandoned city lots and spark economic development and entrepreneurship around local, healthy food production.
|08/27/14||Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Eat local offers doable challenge with no ice
Not into the ice bucket challenge? There's another option.
This one comes with no potential for brain freeze, no required posting on Facebook, no rules, even. Just two weeks of consciously trying to focus your diet as close to home as possible.
This is the 7th year for Milwaukee's Eat Local Challenge, scheduled for Sept. 1 to 15. For two weeks, diners in southeastern Wisconsin are asked, at the basic level, to practice "mindful eating." READ MORE
|08/21/14||WI Clean Cities
Outpost recognized for its WI Smart Fleet initiatives
"Wisconsin Clean Cities is excited to offer fleets the opportunity to participate in the WSF program," said Lorrie Lisek, WCC Executive Director. "We look forward to continuing our partnership with fleets throughout Wisconsin and assisting them in the implementation of alternative fuels and technologies, bringing us one step closer to reducing our nation's dependence on petroleum-based fuels and cleaner air for everyone." READ MORE
|07/30/14||Green Retail Decisions
87 Retailers Make EPA Top Green Power Partnership List
The Green Power Partnership tracks companies that use electricity from clean and renewable sources. Kohl’s, Whole Foods Market, Walmart, Staples and Starbucks rank highest on the Top Retailer list ranked by the most annual green power usage in terms of total kilowatt hours. However, when measuring green power as a percentage of a retailer’s total electricity use, MOM’s Organic Market in Rockville, Md., ranks the highest with its green power totaling 215 percent of its total power use, followed by Whole Foods Market and The North Face at 107 percent, Staples at 106 percent and Kohl’s Department Stores at 105 percent.
In addition to MOM’s, Whole Foods, North Face, Staples and Kohl’s, five other retailers achieved Leadership Club designation with 100 percent of green power, including Frontier Natural Products Co-op, Metcalfe’s Markets, Outpost Natural Foods, REI and Wheatsville Food Co-op.
Outpost Natural Foods Adds A New Store
The Outpost has always been a bastion of healthy, green living long before it was trendy. Once staffed by volunteers and lofty dreams, the Outpost has grown a lot since its humble 1970s origin as a simple food co-op. Today the Outpost brand has evolved into two cafés and a thriving chain of four stores, including a new venue in Mequon (7590 W. Mequon Road). The Outpost’s popularity has been fueled by its ability to remain true to its ideals of “wholesome living” and sustainability. This commitment, while demonstrated throughout Outpost’s growth, has never been more obvious than at the new Mequon store, which opened May 12. Click HERE for more on this story from ExpressMilwaukee.com.
|05/13/14||WUWM - Lake Effect
Thought Outpost was green before? New store makes super strides in sustainabilit
In the loading dock, store receiver Ryan Miracle and manager Tom Knueppel are admiring their new, gigantic green baler. They’re too excited to be quite certain who picks up the baled cardboard boxes after their contents have been removed and displayed on the store’s shelves.
Inside the store, where everything seems to gleam, Luis Santiago is giving café tables another once over. He’s brand new to the Outpost team – and seems excited to join the kitchen staff.
“It’s a brand new job for me and I’ve never worked in a kitchen. This is my final day of training,” Santiago says.
Marketplace Monday: Outpost in Mequon
Local, organic, community, sustainable and cooperative may seem like the latest buzz words, but Outpost has been embracing all of those concepts since their start in 1970 on East Kane Street in Milwaukee. Now, 44 years, three stores, two cafes, and over 18,000 owners later, they’re bringing it to Oz.
[GREAT PICTURES btw!]
|04/30/14||Fox 6 | WITI
Outpost moving into new community
Outpost Natural Foods Cooperative will open its fourth store on May 12th in Mequon. The store on Mequon Road will include a stone hearth pizza oven, local beer, fruit and nut orchards, gardens, a charging station for hybrid vehicles and an outdoor pavilion. The store will create about 80 jobs.
CLICK HERE for more on this story via the Milwaukee Business Journal.
|03/19/14||Real Milwaukee | Fox 6 | WITI
Make a healthy burger with ingredients from Outpost
Outpost's nutritionist, Judy Mayer, helps Chip make a better burger - using ground turkey!
City Business: Outpost Natural Foods
Outpost Natural Foods will be 44 years old in April. It opened in 1970 when a small group of food lovers and idealists created the Kane Place Food Co-op, located near the corner of N. Humboldt Ave. and E .Kane Pl.. That original building is no longer there, and the co-op soon relocated to Riverwest, first in a facility on E. Clarke Street and later to Locust Street, eventually settling on the Outpost name.
|01/7/14||WI Smart Fleet Press Release
Outpost one of 29 businesses in initial WI Smart Fleet
The Wisconsin State Energy Office (SEO) and Wisconsin Clean Cities (WCC) announced the official launch of the Wisconsin Smart Fleet program and website, www.wismartfleet.org, Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2014.
The Wisconsin Smart Fleet program provides fleets with a planning tool and outlines different options to help Wisconsin fleets meet their internal economic goals while reducing their carbon footprint. The Wisconsin Smart Fleet program is initially inducting fleets with three or more vehicles.
|12/17/13||Business Journal of Milwaukee
Outpost extends stock sale after raising a quarter of its goal
Outpost Natural Foods Cooperative has extended its deadline to buy private stock to April 30 after raising about a quarter of its goal, general manager Pam Mehnert said.
The Milwaukee-based cooperative is selling the stock to help finance its fourth store in Mequon. It hopes to raise $750,000, but it has only raised about $190,000 so far, she said. Read more.
|11/14/13||Local First Milwaukee
LFM encourages consumers to pledge and shop local
Local First Milwaukee, an independent business alliance, is urging consumers to “Shift Your Shopping this Holiday - Pledge to Shop Local”. The pledge asks consumers to shift at least 10% more of their shopping from chains to local independent businesses. The group hopes to spread awareness of the benefits of supporting local retailers, artisans, and restaurants. "Making the shift to local is one of the fastest ways to build strong local economies, create jobs, and a build more vibrant community,” said Nancy Quinn, Managing Director of Local First MIlwaukee.
Outpost is a proud member and founding organization of Local First Milwaukee.
|08/19/13||Business Journal of Milwaukee
Serving up pay raises at Outpost Natural Foods
Milwaukee-based Outpost is giving raises to its current unionized employees, about 80 percent of its staff, of 70 cents an hour on average starting Aug. 25, according to a news release issued Monday. Starting wages will increase $1 an hour.
|08/19/13||Small Business Times
Outpost to boost wages for employees
Moving forward with its 2022 Vision plan, Outpost Natural Foods Co-op today released phase-one of its forward-looking strategy with a new overall increased wage structure for union employees.
The change will increase all existing union employee's wages by an average of 70 cents per hour, and new starting wages will increase $1 per hour for all classifications over the previous wage structure.
|07/24/13||Huff Post: Food Informants
A Week In The Life Of Jay Gilbertson & Ken Seguine, Hay River Pumpkin Seed Oil
3:00pm: Outpost Natural Foods Capitol Drive location. We had set up a demo (sampling) for our pumpkin seed oil. It is fun to meet people, we always sell product for our retailers and get to introduce the American public to this treat. Common in Austria, where they are the world’s largest producers and consumers, we are proud to sell, “America’s first pumpkin seed oil™”. Generally it is most people’s first taste of the rich, nutty and unique flavor.
Shopping for health foods at Tosa's Outpost store
I'm sitting down to a dinner of free-range chicken enchiladas. They taste restaurant quality and I didn't even fill up on chips and salsa first.
The Mexican dish — made by Brookfield–based Cocina DeLeon — was part of my purchase during my first time shopping at Outpost Natural Foods. Outpost has been on my list of places I've planned to check out for a long time. An effort to eat healthier finally got me through the doors of the State Street store.
|05/20/13||Business Journal of Milwaukee
Outpost Natural Foods plans July start, 80 jobs for Mequon store
Outpost Natural Foods Cooperative has closed on the purchase of a site in Mequon for its fourth store location, expected to create 80 jobs, and is aiming for a July start to construction.
|05/20/13||Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Mequon Outpost Natural Foods set to open by summer 2014
A new Outpost Natural Foods supermarket planned for Mequon is scheduled to open by summer 2014, after the Common Council this week approved city financing assistance for the project.
|02/15/13||Milwaukee news media outlets
Outpost to open Market Cafe in Healthy Lifestyles Village in Brown Deer
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|01/25/13||Today's TMJ4/620 WTMJ Newsradio
Hiring Our Heroes
It's not easy to get a job these days, but the task can be especially difficult for veterans. That's why we've helped in an effort called ''Hiring Our Heroes.'' Learn more about the story behind the effort.
Outpost Wins Zoning Change from Mequon Plan Commission
Mequon - Outpost Natural Foods is one step closer to moving into Mequon.
|11/16/12||Local First Milwaukee
Local First Milwaukee launches new website
Local First Milwaukee, a membership alliance committed to supporting local, independent businesses and organizations, recently launched a new website – www.localfirstmilwaukee.com – creating a hub of local retailers, restaurants, service providers and more.
Visitors to the site can be certain that all business and organizations listed are truly local, and if they choose to support them, more of their money will stay in the local economy. [A recent study showed] if Milwaukee consumers shift 10% of their shopping and dining from national chains to local businesses, they would create $311 million in new economic activity in our local economy. A summary of the study can be read here.
Outpost plans to open Mequon store
Outpost Natural Foods Cooperative plans to open its fourth store in late spring 2014, in Mequon, the company said Monday in a news release.
Outpost has secured nearly 2 acres at the northeast corner of Mequon Road and Wauwatosa Road for a 16,000-square-foot store, pending city approval, the release said.
Outpost Natural Foods Opens Cafe
It is the first of its kind for the co-op, which has been serving the metro Milwaukee community since 1970.
Outpost’s Market Café offers a variety of signature made-from-scratch Outpost prepared food items including bakery, sandwiches, soups, salads and entrees. The kiosk also offers hot coffee and tea, juices, a limited selection of fresh and non-perishable staple grocery items like milk and dairy, eggs, produce, bread, bulk items, convenient center aisle foods and bagged coffee. As with Outpost’s three full-service grocery stores, many of these items will come from Wisconsin growers and producers.
Outpost opens cafe at Aurora Sinai
Outpost Natural Foods has opened a new Outpost Market Café at Aurora Sinai Medical Center in downtown Milwaukee.
Outpost cafe-market opens in Aurora Sinai
Healthful foods in a health care setting: The Outpost Market Cafe opened Monday in the main lobby of Aurora Sinai Medical Center, 945 N. 12th St., a joint venture between the hospital and the Outpost Natural Foods grocery co-op.
Outpost to open retail kiosk at Aurora Sinai
Milwaukee-based 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 St., Milwaukee.
|11/24/11||Fox Point Bayside Patch.com
Small Businesses Hope for Busy Holiday Season
In southeastern Wisconsin, 192 small businesses are members of Local First Milwaukee, a coalition that promotes shopping local for the economic, environmental and social effects on a community.
“We’re not saying it’s wrong to buy things at a chain store. It just means so much more when you buy it locally,” Local First Milwaukee President Pam Mehnert said. “That money stays in Milwaukee and creates jobs here.”
Outpost grants $55,000 to local organizations
Outpost Natural Foods recently granted $55,000 to local organizations, including a $30K grant to Walnut Way Conservation Corp.
Regional products redefine "local" foods
Outpost Natural Foods started carrying Ray's Polish Fire just within the last two months.
In the middle of 2010, Outpost also started carrying Crapola granola. Crapola is a cranberry apple granola blend. A second flavor, called "Number Two," will be available at Outpost soon and Crapola's next flavor, which is purportedly top secret, is due out in summer 2012.
|11/4/11||The Business Journal
Group promoting local firms rolls out new name, logo
The organization formerly known as Our Milwaukee believes a new name and logo will better reflect the group’s mission of promoting local, independent businesses in the Milwaukee area.
Outpost Natural Foods - Community Owned and Community Supported
A lot was happening in our country - and in Milwaukee - in 1970. Specifically, it was a time of great unrest for our farms and our food. Big business was pushing out the family farmers, and the use of agricultural chemicals was becoming more common on our fields and in our food.
|02/22/11||Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Outpost manager Pam Mehnert enduring full year of no convenience food
For 12 months - 365 long days - the general manager of Outpost Natural Foods Co-op vowed to make everything (or nearly everything) she ate from scratch and chronicle her experiences in a blog of the same name.
|02/9/11||Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Outpost's sales, profits and memberships shoot up
"People are coming home."
That's how Outpost Board of Directors Treasurer Terry Rindt sums up a report on the coop's increase in sales in an interview with the Journal Sentinel's Doris Hajewski.
|01/14/11||The Business Journal
Outpost plans remodel of Wauwatosa store
Outpost is planning a major remodel of its Wauwatosa store, a company official said today.
|09/7/10||Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Outpost's café offerings get the spotlight.
Milwaukee's Eat Local Challenge
With a recall of a half a billion factory produced salmonella-tainted eggs in the headlines, Milwaukee's Eat Local Challenge couldn't arrive at a better time.
Outpost magazine comes to an end
Eat Local Milwaukee Challenge
Egg Recall Boosts Sales for Local Farmers
|08/24/10||Natural Foods Merchandiser
Outpost Natural Foods Co-op keeps promotions fresh
|08/20/10||Bay View Compass
Outpost Natural Foods says their eggs are not part of the Wright County recall
Outpost organic bulk pistachios are good to eat!
Outpost featured for commitment to local products
Outpost provides produce for Wisconsin Humane Society's Wildlife Di
More green fills Outpost's till
Outpost is noted for its progressive sick leave policy
|05/18/08||Credit Union Magazine
Taking a closer look at the partnership between Outpost and Brewery CU.
|04/28/08||Milwaukee Biz Blog
Outpost has "Influential Authenticity"... cool!
|12/7/07||WUWM's Lake Effect
GM Pam Mehnert, Outpost's and WUWM's Jane Hampden discuss Our Milwaukee
|11/30/07||The Business Journal
Pam Mehnert, Outpost's general manager discusses Our Milwaukee
Tug of War: Milwaukee Merchants in the Pull to Keep it Local
|08/29/07||Journal Sentinel Online
Midwest co-ops join in flood recovery efforts
|08/29/07||WUWM's Lake Effect
GM Pam Mehnert talks about the flood relief fund sponsored by Midwest co-ops
|04/7/07||Journal Sentinel Online
Local businesses band together
|03/26/07||Journal Sentinel Online
Facing super-sized competition, local food co-op predic
|11/23/06||WUWM's Lake Effect
A discussion of the changing face of Milwaukee's grocery market.