The Nutrition and Education Committee’s Monthly 3-Question Survey

photo credit: Skip Dickstein/Times Union archive

July’s Survey Topic: What brings you to the Co-op?

Please click here to go to our survey!

Every month, the Nutrition and Education Committee (NEC) posts a survey in the Co-op Voice. We are so thankful that we have such a dedicated readership that reads and takes our survey every month. In this month’s survey, we would like to know who you are! Are you a Member-Owner? A Shareholder? A Staff member? How long have you been shopping at the Co-op? And what is it about the Co-op that keeps bringing you back. Please take our survey and tell us a little bit about yourself.

May’s Survey Results

Thank you so much for participating in our surveys! We really appreciate your feedback. Please click here to see the full results of May’s survey, in which we asked questions about the Nutritional Supplements in the Bulk Department that are located under the Powders and Mixes sign on the back wall and on the end cap at the back of the spice aisle. We asked if you use them, how familiar you are with them, what information you feel is most important to have on the label or in a pamphlet about them, and if you are satisfied with the present amount of information available.

We received many helpful answers. Most of our respondents were satisfied with the amount of information presently available on the products and in the brochures. But, the Bulk Department and the Marketing Department still plan to make improvements in that regard, to make sure everyone gets the information they need to make informed purchasing decisions.

The responses we received to our second question, regarding what information should be on labels versus what should be in pamphlets, confirms much of what we thought. More than half of our respondents agreed that the information on product labels should be limited to:

Origin (Locale)Cooking Instructions and Yields
Nutritional InformationHealth Concerns
Serving SizesStorage Tips
General Use Tips

And most responded that the information in pamphlets should include:

Nutritional InformationCooking Instruction and Yields
General Use TipsStorage Tips
Serving SizesProduct Recipes
Health BenefitsHealth Concerns
Origin (History)Ways to Use Products in Foods

Our last question was to gauge our respondents’ familiarity with the Nutritional Supplements in the Bulk Department that are located under the Powders and Mixes sign on the back wall and on the end cap at the back of the spice aisle. Once again, the responses we received confirmed our suspicions. Most respondents had very little knowledge about or were completely unfamiliar with the majority of these products. And several commented that, even though they use some of these products regularly, they had no idea that we carried them in the Bulk Department. The Manager there, Tom Gillespie, felt that this part of his department was the least understood and most underutilized by customers. Going by the answers from our respondents, he was right. In the near future, the Bulk Department hopes to create a pamphlet that provides our customers with valuable information about these supplements. Here is the first list of supplements slated to be featured in a pamphlet, along with a brief description of each one:

Organic Acai Powder
Vegan. Rich in Antioxidants, Healthy Fats, Amino Acids, Electrolytes, Plant Sterols, and B Vitamins.
Agar Agar PowderVegan. An Alternative to Gelatin, Makes a Clear Flavorless Gel, From Seaweed.
Ascorbic Acid w/ Bio-FlavinodsVegan. Rich in Vitamin C.
Organic Barley GrassVegan. Rich in Antioxidants, Vitamins A, B’s, C, Calcium, Iron, Potassium, and Chlorophyll.
Beet PowderVegan. Rich in Antioxidants, Vitamins, and Minerals. Commonly Used to Improve Oxygenation to the Brain and Muscles.
Organic ChlorellaVegan. Rich in Protein, Vitamins A, B1, B2, B3, B6, Iron, Magnesium, Zinc, Phosphorus, and Chlorophyll.
Gotu KolaVegan. Commonly Used to Improve Blood Circulation.
Green Phytofoods
Vegan. Rich in Antioxidants, Amino Acids, Chlorophyll, Enzymes, Plant Sterols, Vitamins, and Minerals.
Organic Hemp Protein PowderVegan. A Complete Protein, Rich in Healthy Fats, Easy to Digest.
MSM / Glucosamine Powder
Commonly Used for Cartilage and Joint Health to Reduce Pain and Inflammation.
Organic Gelatin
Rich in Amino Acids, Commonly Used for Cartilage and Joint Health, as Well as a Thickener or Gel.
Organic Maca PowderVegan. Rich in Amino Acids, Fiber, Healthy Fats, Protein, Vitamins, Minerals, and Vital Nutrients.
Pea Protein PowderVegan. Rich in Protein, Fiber, and Vitamins.
Organic Raw Rice Protein PowderVegan. Rich in Protein, Vitamins, and Minerals.
Soy Protein PowderVegan. Rich in Protein and Isoflavones.
Organic Spirulina PowderVegan. Rich in Antioxidants, Healthy Fats, Protein, Vitamins, and Minerals.
Organic Wheat Grass PowderVegan. Rich in Antioxidants, Amino Acids, Chlorophyll, Electrolytes, and Vitamins.

There were a couple of specific questions in the comments we’d like to address here as well. The Organic Gelatin is a porcine product from GoBio!. The website did not specify if it was pasture raised, but you could contact the manufacturer to find out. The Xanthan Gum is a non-GMO product from Now Foods. The website did not specify whether or not it was derived from corn but, again, you could contact the manufacturer. As for the serving suggestions for the Ascorbic Acid with Bio-Flavinoids and the MSM/Glucosamine Powder, please refer to the labels.

Thanks again for participating in our surveys!