Customer Question: I love your sea salt caramel Nutty Steph's bar! My mom wont buy it :(
Co-op Answer: Sea salt caramel is my favorite flavor, too! -Olivia, Grocery Buyer
Q: Ellenos greek yogurt passion fruit...can we carry?
A: Thank you for your input! I can't find any of our distributors who currently carry this product, but I have reached out to the business. It seems like they are a mostly west coast business at this time. -Olivia, Grocery Buyer
Q: Could you get Alvarado sprouted bread?
A: Thank you for your input! Unfortunately we are not looking at bringing in the Alvarado bread at this time, but we are planning on brining in a new, organic sprouted bread called Silver Hills. -Olivia, Grocery Buyer
Q: Guayaki Yerba Mate, Orange
A: Thank you fore your input! We are planning a reset of this drink cooler in the next two weeks and will consider adding this product at that time. -Olivia, Grocery Buyer
Q: Please carry Watermelon Wonder Kombucha!
A: Thank you for your input! We typically try to carry flavors that are the top sellers for the brand. However, it may do better in the summertime, so I will check the numbers again in May and consider it again at that time. -Olivia, Grocery Buyer
Q: Could you please bring back Native Forest organic mango in a can. Thank you.
A: Thank you for your input! This product sold well for us, but unfortunately it was discontinued by our distributor in October of 2016. -Olivia, Grocery Buyer
Q: Please remove the products Method from your shelves. They are toxic and do not disclose it in their label or website.
A: Thank you for your input! I have checked into these products and they all fit in with our current set of banned ingredients. If there are products that you feel are not safe or healthy, we highly recommend that you shop other products, which allows us to see that our customers are no longer purchasing these products. Currently, many of our customers want to buy the Method products. -Olivia, Grocery Buyer
Q: Could you stock Soem Tahina? It is single sourced and women owned, and of course, super delicious.
A: Thank you for your input! This product looks very interesting, but at this time, none of our distributors carry them. I have reached out directly to see if they will be working with distribution. -Olivia, Grocery Buyer
Q: Can you get organic TVP? The non-organic "may have", probably does, GMOs.
A: Thank you for your input! Currently, Bob's Red Mill only makes their traditional TVP and do not have an organic version (or at least our distributor only carries the non-organic). However, our bulk department does carry non-GMO TVP for sale. -Olivia, Grocery Buyer
Q: I live alone and can't use up anything in a large container before it turns bad. There used to be a small glass bottle of sunflower oil. Could you get it again or another brand in 8 oz or 16 oz bottles?
A: Thank you for your input! We do currently carry La Tourangelle sunflower oil in the 16 oz glass bottle. Unfortunately the company we sourced the 16 oz glass bottle from Full Sun went out of business. I will look into bringing in a new option from spectrum. -Olivia, Grocery Buyer
Q: Love the new flow. Glad to have wine towers gone. They were oppressive.
A: Glad you like it. Thanks. -Pat, Beverage Buyer
Q: Can you please carry Twisted Tea Half and Half?
A: Thanks for reaching out. This product has artificial ingredients we cannot carry due to our buying standards. -Pat, Beverage Buyer
Q: Wine in the sun. Not ideal.
A: Thanks for reaching out. I have spolen with facilities about this. We are going to do some research into a sun screen for the window. -Pat, Beverage Buyer
Q: What happened to the beer selection? Some of my favorites are now gone. I will be shopping elsewhere.
A: Thanks for reaching out. We dropped a lot of beer due to poor sales. Out of state beer just doesn't sell here. We have brought some back and some new ones, too. Hope to see you soon. -Pat, Beverage Buyer
Q: Please bring back more beer!
A: Thanks for reaching out. We still have a large selection of beer. Look across the beer cooler, all kinds of great beer. -Pat, Beverage Buyer
Q: What happened to the beer, wine and hard cider selection? It was a strong suit of the Co-op!
A: It is now across form the beer cooler. Unfortunately we couldn't keep the all due to poor sales but we still have a bunch. -Pat, Beverage Buyer
Q: What happened to the beer selection? Lagers and stouts?
A: Thanks for reaching out. It is back! Look across from beer cooler. -Pat, Beverage Buyer
Q: What happened to the beer selection? Hunger mountain used to be the best selection of beer locally and perhaps in the state. VT loves good beer - why replace with wine?
A: Thanks for reaching out. We did a temporary reset. Most of the beer is back now. Look across from the beer cooler. -Pat, Beverage Buyer
Q: Please put all the organic wines in one section together. It takes a lot of effort to find them and it should be easy since we should be supporting them.
A: All the wines are set to style. Within the styles are little green signs that read "organic" or "made with organic grapes". If you would like help findin some please just ask. We are here for you. -Pat, Beverage Buyer
Q: My favorite beer is gone :( Now I don't know where to buy Belgian beer in town?
A: Thanks for reaching out. We have a couple of Belgians out there, now. A lot of the locals are making Belgian styles, look for Chimay and Rockfort/ The rest just didn't sell/ -Pat, Beverage Buyer
Q: I am not appreciating the new wine set-up. I cant reach the top shelf and therefore have to track down someone to get a bottle for me. If I'm wanting to look at and read bottles on top shelf it could literally take 1/2 hours. Plus I think you'll find that removed from cheese shelf, it may cut down on wine sales. Also it is not at all attractive.
A: Thanks for reaching out. Yes, we are not done with the reset yet. Shelves will be lowered and easier to reach. Wine sale will do great over there. We are able to stock more product to the shelves, allowing for less racks and better sales. -Pat, Beverage Bu
Q: I'd like to see us carry the book "Medical Medium" by Anthony William. This health information is life changing and so spot on accurate! Answered my health questions I've had for years and years! He's helping so many.
A: Thanks for the suggestion. We will bring this in with our next book order. -Laura, Wellness Manager
Q: The raw hulled hempseeds are more expensive in bulk than in packaged form and when I brought it to the attention of the coop, the packaged version price went up. It doesn't make sense for the bulk price to be higher, but please don't raise the price of the packaged ones now that it has been brought to your attention!
A: Thank you for your concern regarding new hemp prices. Nutiva's organic shelled hempseeds are available in bulk for $17.49 per pound. Nutiva's packaged organic shelled hempseeds cost $14.99 for a 12 ounce bag which is $18.45 per pound (more expensive than bulk). The second packaged option is Manitoba's Hemp Hearts. This non-organic option is less expensive than the two organic options. This product sells for $8.49 for an 8 ounce bag which is $16.99 per pound. Please let me know if you would like to discuss this in greater detail. -Laura, Wellness Manager
Q: I can't believe that Co-op members have nothing better to do than complain about the video screens with useful info for members.
A: The co-op is a place where everyone has a voice to express complaints, suggestions, and appreciations. I am glad you find the information useful. Cheers. -Kari, General Manager
Q: Have been patiently waiting for you to move the TV blocking the window out to the parking lot. Hoping this happens soon. hard to see what is happening in the outside...buses, etc.
A: Thanks for your patience. We can now turn attention to this project and the next step is to paint the wall before we mount the monitor. Hopefully not too much longer. -Kari, General Manager
Q: We went to the Putney co-op and they had little shopping carts for kids. My son loved it and he was helpful! Maybe we could get a few? If nothing else, maybe some small hand baskets that are a good size for kids? It would be great to get him more involved in the process.
A: Thank you for the suggestion. We used to have junior-sized carts but found them to be a hazard since they were out of most customer's sight lines. I will have us look into basket options. -Kari, General Manager
Q: Thank you for holding the line against piped in music. Silence is rare. Let's preserve it.
A: You are welcome. I certainly understand why some folks want music. In my experience it's not a net benefit. -Kari, General Manager
Q: We love the new produce set-up!
A: So glad to hear that. We have now replaced all of the original refrigeration equipment. -Kari, General Manager
Q: Disposable straws and utensils are the worst! Your straws are made from plants and compostable?! Cool! But is that plastic-ware? I do not approve...let's eradicate disposable culture!
A: We agree, but folks still like to have them for their lunch. The Green Team is looking into better alternative, possibly a more affordable reusable option (sporks?). Thanks for caring! -Emma, Customer Service Rep
Q: The soap dispensers and paper towels are too high up in the customer bathrooms. They are not accessible for people in wheel chairs.
A: Thank you for bringing that to our attention. We are working to address that right away. -Mary, Facilities Manager