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If you’re new to co-ops, it’s important to know that Cooperative Businesses come in different varieties:
- Consumer-owned Cooperatives are owned by their customers. Many natural food co-ops, housing cooperatives, credit unions, and retail stores (like REI) are organized this way.
- Producer-owned Cooperatives are usually agriculture based businesses, owned by the farmers which supply raw materials to the Co-op. Many familiar brands are organized this way, such as Cabot Creamery and Ocean Spray.
- Worker-owned Cooperatives are owned by their employees
- Hybrid Cooperatives have combined membership categories. They maybe be owned by both the workers and consumers, for example, with board members representing each group.