COOPERATIVES: Bigger Business

More than 1,000 representatives of the 2,500,000 U.S. citizens who fervently be lieve consumers should own and operate their own retail stores and production facilities met last week in Chicago. They were the "cooperatives," celebrating their 100th year with their largest congress, and planning vigorous expansion, in both domestic and export markets, of their $3.2 billion business volume.

Last year 10,450 producer cooperatives (mostly growers and dairymen) marketed $2.5 billion worth of products for their farmer members. Their city cousins retailed only $750 million of goods. To help the urban groups,...

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