750 Main Street, Rockland, ME 04841
General Manager: Kevin Gadsby
Founded in: 1980
Organic Sales: More than 50% of total store sales are organic.
Annual Sales: Less than $2.5 million a year
Board member Byron Greatorex contacts manufacturers of all products sold in the store to request a statement that their products are GMO-free. If manufacturers cannot provide a statement, their products are removed. Exceptions may be made for local and small producers.
Product Removal Process
The co-op asks manufacturers who cannot verify that their products are GMO-free to use GMO-free ingredients and, whenever possible, to substitute organic ingredients. Products are discontinued if the manufacturer doesn't respond. The co-op prioritizes local and organic foods and will work with local suppliers to attain GMO-free status.
The co-op labels conditionally accepted products that may contain GMOs. The co-op is a Non-GMO Project Participating Retailer. Customers are notified of products that may contain GMOs via shelf signage, website/facebook postings and/or access to folders documenting manufacturers' foods that may contain GMOs.