Niles Pie – Union City, CA

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Niles Pie is a 10-employee worker cooperative bakery in Union City, CA.  The owners explored adding partners to support a growing and prosperous company and found the greatest opportunity with the employees.  The transition is a way to strengthen the company and to create stable and enduring career opportunities. Industry: Food and Beverage Location: Union City, California Number […]

Breadhive – Buffalo, NY

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Location: Buffalo, New York Industry: Bakery, Food and Beverage Number of employees: 17 Became employee owned: 2014 Assistance from: Cooperation Buffalo From the company  http://www.breadhive.com/ Breadhive – Worker-owner stories (2017) Breadhive – Worker-owner stories (2016) Learn more Gusto – BreadHive buzzes with patrons, quality experience (2019) Buffalo Magazine – Buffalo Made: BreadHive’s West Side Sourdough […]

Pattycake Bakery – Columbus, OH

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Industry: Food and Beverage Location: Colombus, Ohio Number of employees: 15 Became employee owned: 2013 Assistance: Ohio Employee Ownership Center Learn more Project Equity – Pattycake Bakery Columbus CEO – Co-ops: Sharing for Success OEOC – Columbus area Pattycake Bakery becomes a Worker Cooperative   Employee Owned Small Businesses in Food and Beverage Employee Owned […]

Blue Scorcher Bakery – Astoria, OR

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Industry: Food and Beverage Location: Astoria, Oregon Number of employees: 30 Became employee owned: 2012 Assistance: Northwest Cooperative Development Center From the company www.bluescorcher.coop Learn more Eater – Want Better Working Conditions in Restaurants? Build a Co-op (2018) Successful self-governance for worker-cooperatives: Scorcher Bakery in Oregon (video) (2017) Coast Weekend – Celebrate 10 years of Blue Scorcher […]

Small World Food – Rochester, NY

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Industry: Food and Beverage Location: Rochester, New York Number of employees: 6 Became employee owned: 2011 From the company  https://www.smallworldfood.com/ Kickstarter – Growing Our Small World (2013) Learn more Campus Times – Small World in the shadows (2016) CU Insight – Rochester credit union gives co-ops a chance (2016) Spectrum News – Community Cohesion Focus […]

Arizmendi Bakery – Bay Area, CA

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Industry: Food and Beverage Location: Oakland, San Francisco, Emeryville, and San Rafael, California Number of employees: 100 Became employee owned: 1997 Assistance: Arizmendi Association of Cooperatives Learn more SF Weekly – Arizmendi Bakery’s Bread-Based, Worker-Owned Movement (2019) East Bay Express – Are Co-ops the Future of a Sustainable Restaurant Industry? (2017) Raconteur – Pulling together: […]

Positively Third Street Bakery – Duluth, MN

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Industry: Food and Beverage Location: Duluth, Minnesota Number of employees: 15 Became employee owned: 1982 Financing: Shared Capital Cooperative Learn more 3rdstbakery.com Lake Voice – Bakery brings positive vibes to Third Street (2019) The Statesman – Employees enjoy equality at 3rd Street Bakery (2011)   Video   Employee Owned Small Businesses in Minnesota Employee Owned Small Businesses […]

Alvarado Street Bakery – Petaluma, CA

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Industry: Food and Beverage Location: Petaluma, California Number of employees: 83 Became employee owned: 1981 Learn more https://www.alvaradostreetbakery.com/bread/coop Cooperative Business Journal – Baked In: How One Worker Co-op Innovates for Growth (2018) Edible – Friends in Knead at Alvarado Street Bakery (2015) Argus Courier – Baking up a new business model (2013) Patch – Alvarado Street […]

Cheese Board Collective – Berkeley, CA

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Industry: Food and Beverage Location: California Number of employees: 65 Became employee owned: 1971 From the company cheeseboardcollective.coop The Cheese Board – Collective Works (2003) Articles LEAP – Brand Stories — How Purpose Drives The Cheeseboard Collective (2019) Eater – Want Better Working Conditions in Restaurants? Build a Co-op (2018) Forbes – How A Modest Berkeley […]

Nature’s Bakery – Madison, WI

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Location: Madison, Wisconsin Industry: Bakery, Food and Beverage Number of employees: 10 Became employee owned: 1970  From the company https://naturesbakery.coop/ Learn more Wisconsin State Journal – Madison bread makers say bread is profitable, but Nature’s Bakery ends production after 50 years (2020) Madworc – Co-op Spotlight: Nature’s Bakery (2011) Wisconsin State Journal – Nature’s Bakery […]