We’ve recently completed the official product standards for our new consolidated co-op. Here’s a peek at our process of bringing you the best.
For over four decades, Linden Hills and the Wedge Community Co-op have been connecting people to local growers, suppliers, farmers and those who produce with health, sustainability, ethics and community in mind. We provide the highest quality products available while upholding the values and needs of our diverse community. Our experienced staff thoroughly reviews each and every product we put on our shelves to make healthy shopping easy. We are on top of current industry information and objective research to make the best decisions to enhance the lives of our customers, employees, and environment. We apply these standards to everything from a new local hot sauce or chocolate bar to the grass-fed beef we sell in our Meat & Seafood department.
We prioritize these qualities:
+ Locally grown or produced
+ Produced using practices that support sustainable agriculture
+ Humanely raised animal products that are sustainably sourced and free of growth hormones and antibiotics
+ Free of artificial preservatives, flavorings, coloring, hydrogenated oils and trans fats
+ Non-GMO products
+ Produced or distributed by cooperatively owned vendors
+ Produced by manufacturers that do not test on animals
+ Products requested by our owners to meet unique needs in the community
How we define ‘local’
Our Co-op defines local as the 5 state region of Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa, North Dakota and South Dakota. We take pride in our partnerships with hundreds of local businesses within these states, that allow us to maintain our high organic and natural product standards and best serve our owners and shoppers.
Support for Non-GMO
Our co-op is committed to providing our owners and community with high quality foods, sourced with integrity and committed to sustainability. Genetically modified organisms (GMOs) are prevalent in our nation’s food supply, and it is difficult for stores to completely remove these products for a number of reasons, including cost and affordability for shoppers at different income levels, and limited alternative options in certain product categories. While we are not GMO-free stores, we are committed to GMO education and transparency, actively supporting GMO labeling legislation, sourcing GMO-free products when possible and implementing these principles throughout all of our businesses.