Looking Forward
off Broad St. @ Caudill St.
 Monday - Saturday
8:30am - 7:30pm
Sunday 10am - 5pm
San Luis Obispo's Neighborhood Market & Member Owned Co-Op
January 5, 2017
In This Newsletter:
Reflections of 2016

2016 brought some challenges and some great successes for SLO Natural Foods Co-op.
We started the year with record breaking sales but with new competition, our sales are down 10% from 2015. We recognize that operating in a marketplace of increased competition is the new normal, so we look forward to strategies that will help us reduce prices and offer more benefits to our Member-Owners.

Our acceptance to the National Co+op Grocers (NCG) was a huge accomplishment this last year. NCG is a cooperative of food co-ops and in the next few months, we will begin to add NCG programs to improve our competitiveness. With these programs, such as Co-op Basics and Co-op Deals, we will be able to offer lower prices on both regular and sale items.

At our Special Members’ Meeting on December 13th, Member-Owners voted to add a patronage refund to our Co-op Bylaws. In profitable years this will allow our Board of Directors to refund a portion of profit from sales to Member-Owners, while retaining some capital for future improvements.

We have come a long way in the last few years. The support of our Member-Owners and customers, our fabulous team members, and our Board of Directors have all helped us accomplish this. As we move into 2017, our Board of Directors and staff will continue to look for ways to improve our store and your shopping experience. As always, we appreciate your comments and requests in our efforts to better serve you, and with your continued support, we look forward to another great year.

Our Best Wishes for a Happy 2017!

Gwen Schmidt
General Manager of SLO Natural Foods Co-op
Product Updates
REBBL PROTEIN DRINKS are powered by 16 grams of plant protein made from a blend of sunflower, pea, and pumpkin seeds, and enlivened by maca, ashwagandha, and reishi. These drinks are organic, vegan, non-dairy, and non-GMO. Carol has them on sale for a short introductory period, so let her know what you think! In Vanilla Spice and Dark Chocolate.

TOFU SHOP is a leader in clean sourcing and ethical practices. The Cornucopia Institute assigned them an 'Outstanding' score for their Fair Trade practices; TOFU SHOP buys only 100% organic soybeans, has them tested for GMOs, and they are a leader in waste reduction. We carry several products in our refrigerated section: TOFU (water pack & vacuum pack), TOFU SAUSAGE, TOFU BBQ BITES, as well as their incredible spreads. These products are organic, vegan, and non-GMO.

COME GET YOUR COOKIES is a locally owned world class gourmet cookie company out of Oceano, California. Owners Robin Preheim and Scott Beer have unique cookie recipes such as "Hot Flash," a delicious blend of maple, bacon, and Tabasco! Other flavors include Peach Mango, Lemon, Pina Colada, Dreamsicle, Strawberry Basil, and Honey Ginger.


EVOLUTION HIMALAYAN CRYSTAL SALT LAMPS are available in different shapes and sizes, including spheres, tear drops, and as crystal rock. Himalayan crystal salt is mineral-rich, containing 84 minerals and trace elements. The increasing popularity of Himalayan salt lamps is due to thier ionizing properties, thought to cleanse the air of impurities.
Good Cents:
The Jan-Feb Beneficiary Is...
The votes are tallied and we're pleased to announce that Co-op shoppers who round up their purchases will be supporting The Land Conservancy of San Luis Obispo County this January and February with our Good Cents program.
The Land Conservancy works to protect and enhance lands having important scenic, agricultural, habitat and cultural values for the benefit of people and wildlife.

Thanks to you, our Co-op family, for nominating, voting for, and supporting our friends and neighbors by rounding up your purchases here at the Co-op.

Co-op Board Meetings: Member-Owners are Invited
We encourage Co-op Member-Owners to attend the monthly Co-op Board Meetings, now being held on the third Thursday of the month. Each meeting opens with a public comment period so please arrive a few minutes early if you wish to speak. Meetings begin at 5:30 PM and are now being held at the SLO County Builders Exchange (address below). 

We hope you will come and get to know your Board and learn about your Co-op's doings and plans for the future. This is a great way to be informed, share your ideas, and get involved.

Next Board Meeting:
Thursday, January 19th at 5:30 PM
SLO County Builders Exhange
153 Cross Street, Suite 130, SLO (map here)

Questions or comments? Please contact us
Upcoming Events
SLO County Restaurant Month, Mon, Jan 2 – Tue, Jan 31
Special prix-fixe menus at participating restaurants.
Annual Pruning Meeting. Bring hand pruners for hands-on learning
at the CRFG Demo Orchard, Cal Poly SLO.
Free clinics with Dan Lassanske at Farm Supply's SLO store.
5:30pm at the SLO County Builders Exchange,
153 Cross St, Suite 130, SLO (map here).
Members are encouraged to attend; there is a public comment period
at the beginning of each meeting.
Winter Pruning, Sat, Jan 21
Part of the FREE Advice to Grow By (ATGB) series,
presented by SLO Master Gardeners.
HopeDance Events, January 1-31
Films, discussions, gatherings.
Featured entrepreneurs: Karli from Best Ever Salsa (Paso),
Chris from Tiber Canyon Olive Oil (Arroyo Grande), and
Alisha from Rock Front Ranch Jujubes (Santa Maria).
6p to 8p at the SLO Guild, 2880 Broad St, SLO.

SLO Natural Foods Co-op's

Sat, Feb 25th, 11am to 3pm

Vendor fair, free samples, raffles, special discounts,
and blood drive with United Blood Services.

Don't miss it! Rain or shine!

Thanks for reading and being a Co-Op Member.
Your support of the store supports local sustainably grown food, farmers, and non-GMO standards.
If you've any questions or comments about the newsletter,
SLO Natural Foods, 2494 Victoria Ave. San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
www.SLONaturalFoods.coop       805-544-7928