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james 09-29-2007 07:20 PM

Cheese Co-Op
I've been thinking about this for a while. What do you think of FB forming a Cheese Co-Op (in the true sense). We could purchase Italian cheese in bulk, divide it at the FB offices, and ship it out to the Co-Op members. The cost of the cheese to members would be the wholesale purchase price, plus your percentage of the handling cost. We would charge a membership fee to kick it off (something small) and in the event that the Co-Op had any money left over at the end of the fiscal year, we would return a share to Co-Op member.

My vision is to create a true purchasing Co-Op, in the traditional sense. Real membership.

Great cheeses can be hard to find, and when you do find them through the boutique suppliers, they are very expensive. I don't think FB will never be in a position to build a serious business selling cheeses, but I think we could be the hub for a fun co-op.

And then, there is great Balsamic Vinegar -- which is very difficult to find in the U.S.

What do you think?

asudavew 09-29-2007 07:37 PM

Re: Cheese Co-Op
Great idea James!

I live in a small town, and choices are limited.

By the way, I work for a co-op.
Sure is a great organization, I wished more of the world worked that way.

RTflorida 09-29-2007 09:44 PM

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James, count me in if you decide to start up this idea. I'm tired of spending $12-$16 per lb for imported cheese that is merely good in quality and sometimes no better than the generic US cheese at half the price


My wife just said to add the balsamic into the co-op as well

El Puaco 09-29-2007 09:55 PM

Re: Cheese Co-Op

I like the idea a lot. Keep us up on the details.

El Puaco 09-30-2007 06:45 PM

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Stopped in at Costco today and bought Parmigiano Reggiano Stravecchio for $9.99 per pound. ChefShop in Seattle does a special once a year when the Parm shipment arrives but I can't remember what the prices were. They were selling nice big slices. I like the idea of being in the club and getting the cool stuff at good prices. I hope your idea works, James.

rlf5 09-30-2007 06:51 PM

Re: Cheese Co-Op
Sounds great

Archena 10-01-2007 02:46 AM

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I'm not the kind of cheese aficionado you guys are (my tastes would make you all cringe - American, anyone?) but I'd be happy to chip in a membership to help you get started. A good co-op is a terrible thing to waste.

wlively 10-01-2007 04:39 AM

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You can count me in, the co-op is a great idea.

A big YES on the the balsamic as well. The source I had last year is gone and great moderate priced balsamic is almost impossible to find.

jwnorris 10-01-2007 09:17 AM

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Sounds like a no-brainer to me ... Parm & Bals. Count me in also.


jengineer 10-01-2007 12:41 PM

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Oh yeah - On our last trip to see CanuckJim I splurged and got some extremely sharp aged cheese. I think it was close to $50/pound. OMG. Wife hated it but Jim & I lapped it up. Nice crystals, beautiful piercing of the nostrils -excellent with a sharp red wine too.

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