GBCFC Product Buying Guidelines


The latest update of major corporate ownership from February of 2014 and involvement in the organic food sector is now out. The chart graphically focuses on the organic brands with ties to the top 25 food processors in North America. Source: The Cornucopia Institute


The Great Basin Community Food Cooperative, The GBCFC, is dedicated to serving as an access point for nutritious, wholesome, socially just, environmentally sound, locally grown, locally produced, and delicious goods.  Our purpose is to promote our local food system and to serve as a sustainable cooperative model for access to wholesome food.  We wish to serve as full service grocery store providing produce, dairy, grocery, fresh and frozen meats & seafood, bulk foods, wellness items, beer & wine, prepared foods, and general merchandise.  We will always purchase from local farms, local businesses, and larger independent companies whose practices are socially just and environmentally sound whenever possible.  Our goal is to provide wholesome and nutritious food with affordable options while fairly paying farmers and producers and honoring the true cost of good food and its intrinsic values.   This requires our buyers to carefully balance their purchasing power to find the best products available for the most affordable prices for our members and customers.  Our goals also require that locally or regionally grown or produced product sales do not subsidize non local products and are sold at the lowest price possible while meeting department benchmarks as well as honoring requests of our local farmers and producers to the best of our ability.


We will do our best to provide nourishing and environmentally sound alternatives to foods and products that:


  • Contain GMOs (Genetically Modified Organisms) See our GMO Policy:  click here
  • Contain artificial preservatives, flavors, sweeteners, or colors
  • Contain synthetic hormones such as RBST and RBGH
  • Contain high fructose corn syrup
  • Contain monosodium glutamate (MSG)
  • Contain hydrogenated oils
  • Are produced with unfair, unsafe or inhumane labor practices
  • Use animal testing
  • Use hormones or preventative use of antibiotics




As we do our purchasing, preference will be given to products according to the following guidelines:


Processed, Packaged, & Bulk Food:  Local Organic > Local Sustainable> Regional Organic >Regional Sustainable> National Organic > National “All Natural”


Farmed Foods: Local Organic > Local Sustainable >Regional Organic>Regional Sustainable > National Organic >International Organic



Our product merchandising will attempt to represent the values of our cooperative as well as the strategies laid out in this document. Preference will be given to products that have one or more the following characteristics:


  • Produced locally according to the GBCFC’s definition of local; if more than one local product is available we will base our decisions on the product preference hierarchy as well as take into consideration:
    • length of time the producer has been supplying us,
    • quality of service, product, and pricing
    • the distance between the operation and the store.
    • Produced Regionally or within a 200 mile radius of our store
    • USDA Certified Organic;
    • Fair Trade Certified;
    • Produced with environmentally sustainable practices;
    • Produced by a company that is socially just

To view Department Specific Statements click here

To learn how we define locally and regionally grown/produced goods and more:  click here  You will also find information on the difference between hybrids, heirlooms, GMOs, as well as how “natural” and organic are defined by the USDA.

To view our Local Food Shed Map click here

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