• Organic • Non-Gmo Project Verified • Regenerative Agriculture • Biodynamic • B Corp • Fair Trade • Packaging – Compostable and/or Recyclable • Wellness Ingredient Transparency
INFRA works closely with our member community to achieve the highest level of participation in promotional programs possible for each retailer, while maintaining their meaningful differences. We also work with our vendor community, on behalf of our members, to ensure product standards are met, we are promoting product that is on trend, and leading industry developments.
INFRA PRODUCT STANDARDS
INFRA is a purchasing cooperative owned and governed by independent natural and organic food retailers of all sizes working together to leverage our voice in the natural and organic food space. We unite our members for the purpose of provid ing operational support, leveraging purchasing power, and engaging in shared marketing activities.
Who We Are
At INFRA we believe in good clean food for all with a focus on non-GMO and organic while understanding that sourcing locally is imperative for healthy, sustainable communities. We are committed to working with industry partners who align in values that translate in the supply chain from sourcing to product attributes at shelf. NGOs such as the Non-GMO Project, Friends of the Earth, and Climate Collaborative allow INFRA the opportunity to be on the leading edge of the real food movement, providing insight into our role within the food system and the positive impact our choices make on our climate and world.
INFRA provides a base set of standards to our supply chain, and INFRA member stores set their individual product standards based on the values and missions of their stores as well as the specific needs of their communities. our partnerships based on the attributes:
Working together is how we compete and differentiate ourselves in the marketplace and gives us a higher chance of success. The level of integrity and commitment of the retailers who are INFRA Members helps us shape a future together where we will be able to continue to bring high quality organic and local foods to our individual communities, because we have a shared vision and commitment. Our retail store fronts reflect the communities they serve and are so much more than grocery stores. They are community centers, education hubs, and local employers. They truly are the stewards of local economy, involved in advocacy, living wages, and philanthropic activities.
PATHWAY TO OWNERSHIP
Interested in joining INFRA? Please contact Danelle at (651) 888-4732 orAssociatedrydel@infretailers.com.Retailer
Membership in INFRA is ownership in INFRA. Membership carries the responsibility of investment in INFRA and brings governance rights.
In accordance with cooperative laws, the board of directors must approve all new members, which will occur on a quarterly basis.
An Associate Retailer is a non-ownership affiliation with INFRA. This means that there are no investment requirements and no ownership rights, such as voting; how ever, there are many other benefits and programs available to Associate Retailers.
First, submit an Associate Retailer application. The application is then reviewed to ensure the retailer meets the eligibility requirements for Associate Retailer status. If met, the application is submitted to the INFRA management team for approval. Upon approval, the retailer is notified and asked to submit a signed agreement, NDA, and $300 for quarterly fees. Once this information is received, the retailer is eligible to become an INFRA Associate Retailer!
Retailers are required to purchase one share of Class A Common Stock at par value of $500 to be a member owner. Member owners are required to pay annual dues based on prior year annual sales. Dues are a recurring expense for members and are invoiced in quarterly installments beginning the first quarter after membership in the cooperative has been approved.
Independent natural food retailers who are eligible for INFRA membership are invited to participate in INFRA as an Associate Retailer prior to becoming a member of the cooperative. By providing a pathway, the retailer and INFRA can determine if member ownership is a good fit. The INFRA team will support the Associate Retailer in becoming a member, and the timing will depend on our mutual com mitments to meet membership requirements. We will work together to determine those timelines.
The INFRA team will work closely with Associate Retailers to ensure that they are on a successful path to becoming a member owner. Once membership requirements have been met, a recommendation will be made to the board of directors. Upon board approval, the retailer is notified and asked to submit a signed Class A Membership Agreement and to purchase one $500 share of Class A Common Stock. Once the agreement is received and the Class A Common Stock has been purchased, the retailer is eligible to become a member owner of INFRA and receive member bene fits. INFRA is incorporated as a purchasing cooperative in the state of Minnesota.
Please see the chart under INFRA Programs & Benefits.
HOW TO APPLY
The annual fee for an Associate Retailer is $1,200/year to be paid $300 per quarter. The first $300 is due at the time of application acceptance.
Purchasing OperationalProgramsSupport INFRA Programs & Benefits INFRA is primarily a purchasing cooperative that “strengthens our members through collaboration to forge a sustainable future.” In addition to purchasing programs, INFRA supports our members through a variety of programs including education, peer sharing, marketing, operational best practices, and more. An extension of your staff is just a phone call away! The chart below identifies some of the programs and benefits provided to member owners. A complete orientation and guided tour will happen upon acceptance into the cooperative. ASSOCIATERETAILERS OWNERSMEMBERINFRA PROGRAMS/BENEFITS MarketingEvents Academy of Retail Training (ART)CategoryAnnualOperationalEDLPsMembers-Only-AreaSPINSSuppliesConferenceManagement Webinars Business NewECRSListservShareRetailMarketingCo-BrandsCoMetricsIntensivesSupplyINFRANationalMarketingServicesCampaignsCooperativeBankDealsAgreementsSharingSeriesWebinarsConsultingGroupsPlacementOffers +++++++++++++++++$××××××××++++++$$$$$ $ + + + + +×$ Services are included Services are not included Fee for service Key
VISION Leading the Movement. Driving the Industry. Feeding the Community. MISSION Strengthening our members through collaboration to forge a sustainable future 2022-2023 INFRA BOARD OF DIRECTORS John Pittari, Director New Morning Market, CT Owner Jason Bander, Director LifeThyme Natural Market/ Good 'N Natural, NY CEO/VP Operations Emily Kanter, Chair Cambridge Naturals, MA Second-Generation Co-Owner +CEO Summer Auerbach, Secretary Rainbow Blossom, KY & IN CEO Terry Brett, Director Kimberton Whole Foods, PA Owner Brian Kvistad, Director Blossom Grocery, WA Owner Laughing Water, Director Real Food Market + Deli, MT Owner Adam Stark, Director Debra’s Natural Gourmet, MA Owner Mylese Tucker, Director Nature’s Cupboard, IN Owner Sasha Galitzki, Treasurer New Moon Natural Foods, CA Strategy, Finance, & Marketing Manager John Wood, Vice Chair The Green Grocer Owner Operator Board of Directors
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