Tallahassee, Florida (PressExposure) January 20, 2012 -- The United Nations (UN) has declared 2012 the "International Year of Cooperatives," and New Leaf Market is joining other cooperatives locally, nationwide and across the globe in marking the occasion.
Titled, "Cooperatives in Social Development," the UN's resolution recognizes the diversity of the cooperative movement around the world, and the economic and social contributions cooperatives make. This includes the many co-ops in the Tallahassee area.
"The United Nations is giving co-ops a global platform to tell our stories, and we are eager to share the many benefits of cooperative grocers," said Larrane Hartridge, General Manager. "This is a great opportunity for food co-ops to connect with each other, celebrate the dedication of our existing shoppers and owners, and help more people locally and across the country discover that food co-ops are about fresh, delicious foods and so much more.
"Many people may not realize how many cooperative businesses touch their lives on a regular basis and the difference cooperative businesses can make," Hartridge concluded. "We hope International Year of Cooperatives calls attention to the transformational role co-ops play in our economy and our lives. We're always incredibly proud to be a part of the cooperative community; even more so at this historic moment."
New Leaf Market will begin their celebration of the "International Year of Cooperatives" on Saturday January 21, 2012 by hosting a premiere party for the thirteen episode series of videos featuring co-ops from Vermont to California. This series of videos will be hosted by celebrity chef Kevin Gillespie. Gillespie, chef of the Woodfire Grill in Atlanta and Top Chef Finalist has been filmed travelling around the country, exploring farm fields and co-op grocery aisles to bring attention to the story behind these cooperatives, their passion for food and their connection to their local communities. This video series presents a great opportunity for food co-ops nationwide to shine the spotlight on the role co-ops and delicious food play in bringing communities together.
At the New Leaf Market premiere party, starting at 7:30 PM sharp, the deli seating area will transform into a theatre complete with popcorn and soda! Join the kick off of the International Year of the Co-op surrounded by fellow co-opers and stories of cooperative success. Or grab your favorite movie snacks and visit [http://www.strongertogether.coop/premiere] at 8 p.m. to take part in an online streaming.
Following the premiere, new videos will be released online every other Monday from February 6 through mid-June at http://www.strongertogether.coop. Stay tuned for IYC events throughout 2012.