Amidst the yo-yo we're all experiencing, your Co-op is here to keep you steady. Stop in for something delicious – no matter the temp or how you're feeling – and we'll add good cheer to your day. Every time you come in, you make our day, and we'll strive to make yours. Love, Your Co-op
Your Inclusive Co-op
"In response to the current national political environment, New Pi affirms our commitment to human rights, respect, diversity, and Cooperative Principle #7: Concern for Community. We've posted this statement of inclusivity at all our locations." – New Pi General Manager Matt Hartz
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We've Got the Goods for a Good St. Paddy's
New Pi's famous house-corned Corned Beef with 100% grass fed beef! Irish Cream & Chocolate Guinness Cupcakes! Swirled Rye Bread! Cottage Pie! Irish beers & cheeses! We've got it all – and all on sale too >
Pi Day is nearly here! In celebration, your favorite Pi (we hope!), New Pi, will be baking 314 pies on 3/14/17. They'll be a great deal – mark your calendar to stop by to snag one while they last!
Why the Co-op's Different:
We have no vested corporate interests.
Our interests are your interests. Truly, we exist for and because of YOU – you, Co-op owners, are our ONLY owners. Any profits improve our stores and our community. The President of the Co-op Board owns just as much of the Co-op as any Co-op owner – there is only one size of a share in the Co-op, and everyone can only own one share. We are democracy in action. Your purchases at the Co-op and your decision to purchase an owner share are what keep our doors open.
International Women’s Day is March 8
And your Co-op is celebrating by highlighting some of the many great companies we work with that are owned by women, empower women, and supported by your purchases at the Co-op. Stop in to find more, and here's a start:
Zaza’s Pastas Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Julie Parisi handcrafts her flavorful pastas (delicious simply with butter or good olive oil) in small batches, cutting her ravioli by hand. “I started making pasta when I was young next to my grandmother – we made pasta every Sunday for our family.”
You won’t find pasta made with better ingredients, including local, organic flour from Early Morning Harvest, grown and milled here in Iowa, giving even her dried pastas the flavor and texture of fresh pasta.
Galassi Pasta Sauces Coralville, Iowa – Certified 100% Woman-Owned!
Enjoying a family tradition of “Soul Food Sunday” – cooking for family and friends – for years, friends encouraged sisters Lisa & Anne Galassi to start bottling their Italian grandmother’s recipe! They started at farmers’ markets and grew from there, working to “make the taste of homemade a reality for busy families” – never offering a sauce they wouldn’t be proud to serve their own families for dinner. Galassi partners with Bring Change 2 Mind to fight the stigma of mental illness.
Rare Bird Soap Shop Kalona, Iowa
Founder Wende Fugate hand-makes her small-batch vegan soaps, skincare, and home products with organic and local ingredients whenever possible. They’re free from sulfates, parabens, and preservatives, and instead made with natural ingredients and pure essential oils to pamper your body and your senses.
Sweet Raw Joy Cedar Rapids, Iowa – only available at New Pi
Laurie Moritz believes everyone deserves to enjoy the sweet side of life. She makes raw, vegan, wheat free (yet extremely rich and delicious, even for those not following those diets!) desserts from scratch in New Pi’s kitchen with organic, plant-based ingredients like nuts, dates, cacao butter, and fresh fruits. Free of wheat, dairy, high-fructose corn syrup, processed sugar, and soy. She’s just introduced her new stone-ground, raw Mystic-Chocolates too!
Alaffia Fair Trade Olympia, Washington – working with producers in West Africa
Every Alaffia purchase empowers mothers and West African communities. They’re committed to fostering gender equality, and measure their success not simply by proﬁt, but by empowerment. That’s not lip service – their empowerment projects include maternal health services, FGM (Female Genital Mutilation) eradication, eyeglass donation, education projects, and reforestation. Since 2003 they’ve opened 10 schools, planted 57,575 trees, provided school supplies to 32,842 children, and maternal healthcare to 4,432 women – plus much more >
"Cooperatives are a reminder... that it is possible to pursue both economic viability and social responsibility."
– Former United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon
Women in Leadership
We asked some of the women in leadership at New Pi: Why is it important to have women in leadership positions? And why is it important to support women-owned and women-led businesses?
“Women represent half the population but only a fraction of our leaders. But, studies show that companies with women in leadership outperform their peer companies. Diversity of every kind benefits the bottom line because it leads to broader ideas and different approaches. Putting your money into a woman-owned business is a way to speak up loudly for your values if you value gender equality.” – Caitlin Slessor, New Pi Board President – New Pi has had 3 female Board Presidents in a row; a woman-led Board for almost a decade!
“It is important for a co-op to reflect its community since the purpose of a cooperative is to provide for the desires and needs of the community it serves. As we live in a community that is 50% women, and serve shoppers that are a larger percentage of women than men (though men are gaining), it is vital that our leadership reflect this balance.
It is important to support women owned and women led business because of the unfortunate fact that in the ‘system,’ women are still paid less than their male counterparts and their basic health care needs are under attack. Supporting brave women entrepreneurs is like taking part in a revolution – women abandoning an unfair system and creating their own path. Not to mention, women are elementally creators – it’s in our DNA – so the products they come up with tend to kick ass.” – Linda Fritz-Murphy, New Pi Purchasing Manager
“Diversity in leadership breeds innovation. Our world is changing rapidly and qualities to lead us through these changes include relationship building, empathy, collaboration, and a focus on the greater good. These are strengths that tend to be female. And the obvious reason it is beneficial to have women in leadership roles is to provide equal representation for 100% of our population.” – Jenifer Angerer, New Pi Marketing Manager
“Women in leadership positions bring a sense of balance and equality in the work place. It's important to support women-owned businesses because these women are role models for future generations.” – Madeleine Martin, New Pi Iowa City Customer Service Lead
"By supporting women-owned businesses, you are showing a woman that she is equal, that no matter what she may have been told in her life, she is deserving. We are supporting the fact that we may be wives, daughters, mothers, or sisters, [and] we are also leaders." – Chelsea Lob, New Pi Cedar Rapids Specialties Team Lead
"I am proud to be a leader in the Co-op community so I can be a positive influence on policies, promote diversity, and mentor the next generation of leaders. And people are still shocked when they hear I can drive a forklift." – Erin McCuskey, New Pi Coralville Customer Service Lead
Order Local, Organic Starter Plants!
Certified Organic Starter Plants – Oak Hill Acres, Atalissa, Iowa
It’ll be growing season before you know it, so the time is ripe to sow the seeds of your garden plan! Give our local farmers in Atalissa a leg-up by letting them know what to plant in advance, and we'll give you a boost with 10% off online pre-orders placed through our website through April. 15.
Guinness Chocolate Pudding
"What’s our favorite way to celebrate any holiday? Oh, that’s simple. Eat. Something delicious. With St. Patrick’s Day and a Guinness-loving friend in mind..." Get cooking>
Edible Outdoors is a community of people dedicated to learning about foraging, hunting, and fishing in the active classroom of the outdoors, exploring the true nature of what our land can provide in a respectful and sustainable way. Their mission is to connect people to people, land, and our resources in a way that benefits nature. Their 1st class this year: Hunting & Cooking Wild Game >
Mar. 6 is Senior Monday!
Stock up, and mark your calendar for your Co-op owner discount days the rest of the year! Plus for ALL Co-op Owners: Every first Tuesday of the month (that'd be Mar. 7) – get 10% off supplements and body care products at your Co-op!
Named after an internal staff newsletter started in the mid-'80s by New Pi anchor Patti Zwick, today The Slice serves up all the delicious New Pi happenings packaged in a monthly newsletter conveniently delivered to your inbox.