Can cooperative grocery stores compete with large investor-owned grocery chains? Consum, in Spain, shows it is possible to be a worker and consumer-owned grocery coop with strong sustainability practices AND be the largest grocery chain in the Spanish Mediterranean. Consum has more worker-owners in Spain than all of the worker owned cooperatives across every industry in the US combined, and it continues to grow. Let’s think about how to scale up the positive impact of cooperatives. NELC co-founder, Melissa Scanlan, interviewed Consum’s director of Corporate Social Responsibility for this story. For more about Scanlan’s cooperative research, read.