About Us

What is the French Broad Food Coop? We are a community-owned co-operative — a business owned by the people who work and shop here; a place where everyone makes a difference. From our days as a buying club of friends and families in 1975 to the bustling downtown storefront we have today, the Co-op has been a center for the community and a leader in healthful and natural living.

The French Broad Food Co-op is about a lot of things, but first and foremost it’s about you. You own it! You shape it! You make it grow! We appreciate your commitment to us from the bottom of our hearts!


We are dedicated to serving our owners and the WNC community by providing high quality natural foods and personal care products through a mutually beneficial exchange.

1. We support consumption of healthful and organic foods, grown or produced locally with ecological and social responsibility.

2. We encourage informed choice and consumer empowerment, with and emphasis on on education and customer assistance.

3. We are committed to use profits to strengthen and improve the Co-op community and to provide a livable wage to our employees.

4. We pledge to maintain a pleasant environment that fosters goodwill, cooperation and participation.


Global Ends Policy:

To be a transformative force in our community and in our work, and to serve as a model of a sustainable business alternative that nurtures social and economic well-being in an environmentally sensitive manner.

Maximized availability of healthful and organic foods and non­food products grown, manufactured, or produced locally with ecological and social responsibility for the community.

An empowered and informed community with access to education and customer assistance.

Financial Health:
A financially viable, transparent, ethical cooperative with equity growth, patronage refund, and community investment.

Staff Environment:
A respectful, responsive, and safe work environment in which a fairly compensated management, bargaining unit, and worker owner team has a strong sense of ownership in the success of the co­op.

Within cooperative values, an ever­widening circle of community members with healthier and more environmentally restorative lives.



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