SPINS and NCG Announce Newly Expanded 10-Year Partnership

SCHAUMBURG, IL April, 2015 – SPINS and the National Co+op Grocers (NCG) are in it for the long haul. The two companies have worked together since 2007 to optimize support of NCG’s retail food co-ops and their 1.3 million consumer-owners, and have just announced an expanded ten-year partnership representative of their mutual commitment to these dedicated stakeholders within the natural products industry.

SPINS, the leading information and service provider for the Natural & Specialty Products Industry, and NCG, one of the premier natural products retailer groups in the country, will further strengthen their long-standing relationship over the next ten years as they continue to collaboratively develop new services to support the success of retail food co-ops.

SPINS will collaborate with and support NCG’s initiatives to develop innovative brands to ensure food co-op shoppers have early access to exciting new products. SPINS is aligned with NCG’s passion to develop incubator brands and will partner with NCG to provide data and insights to help emerging brands that resonate with co-op shoppers’ values to jumpstart their growth.

NCG is a business services cooperative owned by more than 140 retail food co-ops working together to serve more people in more communities across the US. With sales topping $1.7 billion, NCG helps independent food co-ops aggregate resources to achieve many of the advantages of a chain–such as collective buying, access to business services and information sharing–while preserving local autonomy.

“NCG represents a diverse group of independent co-op retailers that work together to maximize their success, develop new solutions and make smarter decisions to better meet their shoppers’ needs,” says CEO Tony Olson. “Collaboration within our industry is key. SPINS is thrilled to strengthen our relationship with NCG so that together we can further enable co-ops not only to succeed within their own communities – but also to propel the industry forward.”


At SPINS (www.spins.com), we believe there’s more than meets the eye to data. As the leading provider of retail consumer insights, analytics and consulting for the Natural, Organic and Specialty Products Industry, we strive to transform raw data into intelligent and actionable business solutions. Our mission is to maximize the value of information for growing the natural products industry. We carry out our mission by providing information, insight and a common language for the industry with which to understand and analyze consumer, retail and broad marketplace dynamics.

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About NCG

National Co+op Grocers (NCG), founded in 1999, is a business services cooperative for retail food co-ops in the United States. NCG helps unify food co-ops in order to optimize operational and marketing resources, strengthen purchasing power, and ultimately offer more value to natural food co-op owners and shoppers everywhere. NCG’s 143 member and associate co-ops operate more than 190 storefronts in 38 states with combined annual sales over $1.7 billion. NCG is a winner of the dotCoop Global Awards for Cooperative Excellence and a Certified B Corporation. Find a map of NCG member and associate co-ops. To learn more about co-ops, visit www.strongertogether.coop.