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MINNESOTA AND WISCONSIN ENVIRONMENTAL INNOVATORS GET NEW, TOP AWARDS FROM TWIN CITIES NATURAL FOOD CO-OPS

MINNESOTA AND WISCONSIN ENVIRONMENTAL INNOVATORS GET NEW, TOP AWARDS
 FROM TWIN CITIES NATURAL FOOD CO-OPS
 MINNEAPOLIS, April 17 /PRNewswire/ -- The Twin Cities Natural Food Co-ops -- the pioneers in environmentally responsible food retailing -- today announced the first winners of their new Environmental Cooperation Awards. The four winners are businesses selected for their positive impact on the environment.
 "Every day has been Earth Day for more than 20 years at the Twin Cities food co-ops," said Gail Graham, manager of Seward Co-op, Minneapolis. "Today we are very happy to recognize others for their long-time commitment, impact and innovation in making environmental responsibility their business."
 The four winners are:
 -- For its distribution practices: North Farm Cooperative, Madison, Wis. North Farm Cooperative is recognized for its distribution of over 6,400 different natural and health food products, and its national distribution of locally produced organic cheeses.
 -- For environmentally responsible packaging: Clean Green Packaging of Minneapolis. They make starch-based foam industrial packaging material to use instead of plastic and polystyrene packaging.
 -- For food production: Dancing Winds Farm, Kenyon, Minn. They were selected for their production of high-quality, low-sodium goat milk cheeses using low-impact farming practices.
 -- For environmentally sound waste disposal: Knutson Services, Inc., Rosemount, Minn. This solid-waste recycler, collector and recovery company serves the seven-county metro area. It is recognized for being the first in Dakota County to voluntarily institute magazine recycling.
 "These winners demonstrate that you can build a good business on environmental principles," said Mary Courteau, manager of Mississippi Market, St. Paul. "The metro food co-ops based themselves on this concept 20 years ago, when this type of thinking was considered revolutionary. Today, more and more people are discovering that working to keep our environment healthy is good business. We applaud their efforts and welcome them into the fold."
 Co-op representatives will present the awards Sunday, April 26, 2 p.m., at the Twin Cities Natural Food Co-op booth during the Environment Expo '92, International Market Square, Minneapolis.
 The Twin Cities boasts the greatest concentration of food co-ops in the United States with 16 metro-area stores serving thousands of families. Two-thirds of sales are made to shoppers who are not member- owners of the co-ops. The approximately 9,000 member-owners help run their stores and share in year-end profits.
 Like most grocery stores, food co-ops offer a full range of products. The metro co-ops are growing because of their unique commitments to social responsibility, community involvement and environmentally sound products and packaging, such as minimal packaging, organically grown products, in-store recycling and in-store education services.
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 /CONTACT: Ann Woods of Twin Cities Natural Food Co-ops, 612-722-3030 or 612-553-1992/ CO: Twin Cities Natural Food Co-ops ST: Minneapolis IN: SU:


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