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Outpost In the News

August

08/21/14    WI Clean Cities
Outpost recognized for its WI Smart Fleet initiatives

"Wisconsin Clean Cities is excited to offer fleets the opportunity to participate in the WSF program," said Lorrie Lisek, WCC Executive Director. "We look forward to continuing our partnership with fleets throughout Wisconsin and assisting them in the implementation of alternative fuels and technologies, bringing us one step closer to reducing our nation's dependence on petroleum-based fuels and cleaner air for everyone."  READ MORE

June

06/4/14    Shepherd Express
Outpost Natural Foods Adds A New Store

The Outpost has always been a bastion of healthy, green living long before it was trendy. Once staffed by volunteers and lofty dreams, the Outpost has grown a lot since its humble 1970s origin as a simple food co-op. Today the Outpost brand has evolved into two cafés and a thriving chain of four stores, including a new venue in Mequon (7590 W. Mequon Road). The Outpost’s popularity has been fueled by its ability to remain true to its ideals of “wholesome living” and sustainability. This commitment, while demonstrated throughout Outpost’s growth, has never been more obvious than at the new Mequon store, which opened May 12. Click HERE for more on this story from ExpressMilwaukee.com.

 

 

May

05/12/14    Ozaukee Magazine
Marketplace Monday: Outpost in Mequon

Local, organic, community, sustainable and cooperative may seem like the latest buzz words, but Outpost has been embracing all of those concepts since their start in 1970 on East Kane Street in Milwaukee.  Now, 44 years, three stores, two cafes, and over 18,000 owners later, they’re bringing it to Oz.

[GREAT PICTURES btw!]

 

April

04/30/14    Fox 6 | WITI
Outpost moving into new community

Outpost Natural Foods Cooperative will open its fourth store on May 12th in Mequon. The store on Mequon Road will include a stone hearth pizza oven, local beer, fruit and nut orchards, gardens, a charging station for hybrid vehicles and an outdoor pavilion. The store will create about 80 jobs.

CLICK HERE for more on this story via the Milwaukee Business Journal.

 

March

03/19/14    Real Milwaukee | Fox 6 | WITI
Make a healthy burger with ingredients from Outpost

Outpost's nutritionist, Judy Mayer, helps Chip make a better burger - using ground turkey!

January

01/7/14    WI Smart Fleet Press Release
Outpost one of 29 businesses in initial WI Smart Fleet

The Wisconsin State Energy Office (SEO) and Wisconsin Clean Cities (WCC) announced the official launch of the Wisconsin Smart Fleet program and website, www.wismartfleet.org, Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2014.

The Wisconsin Smart Fleet program provides fleets with a planning tool and outlines different options to help Wisconsin fleets meet their internal economic goals while reducing their carbon footprint. The Wisconsin Smart Fleet program is initially inducting fleets with three or more vehicles.

 

December

12/17/13    Business Journal of Milwaukee
Outpost extends stock sale after raising a quarter of its goal

Outpost Natural Foods Cooperative has extended its deadline to buy private stock to April 30 after raising about a quarter of its goal, general manager Pam Mehnert said.

The Milwaukee-based cooperative is selling the stock to help finance its fourth store in Mequon. It hopes to raise $750,000, but it has only raised about $190,000 so far, she said. Read more.

November

11/14/13    Local First Milwaukee
LFM encourages consumers to pledge and shop local

Local First Milwaukee, an independent business alliance, is urging consumers to “Shift Your Shopping this Holiday - Pledge to Shop Local”. The pledge asks consumers to shift at least 10% more of their shopping from chains to local independent businesses. The group hopes to spread awareness of the benefits of supporting local retailers, artisans, and restaurants. "Making the shift to local is one of the fastest ways to build strong local economies, create jobs, and a build more vibrant community,” said Nancy Quinn, Managing Director of Local First MIlwaukee.

Outpost is a proud member and founding organization of Local First Milwaukee.

August

08/19/13    Business Journal of Milwaukee
Serving up pay raises at Outpost Natural Foods

Milwaukee-based Outpost is giving raises to its current unionized employees, about 80 percent of its staff, of 70 cents an hour on average starting Aug. 25, according to a news release issued Monday. Starting wages will increase $1 an hour.

 

08/19/13    Small Business Times
Outpost to boost wages for employees

Moving forward with its 2022 Vision plan, Outpost Natural Foods Co-op today released phase-one of its forward-looking strategy with a new overall increased wage structure for union employees.

The change will increase all existing union employee's wages by an average of 70 cents per hour, and new starting wages will increase $1 per hour for all classifications over the previous wage structure.

 

July

07/24/13    Huff Post: Food Informants
A Week In The Life Of Jay Gilbertson & Ken Seguine, Hay River Pumpkin Seed Oil

3:00pm: Outpost Natural Foods Capitol Drive location. We had set up a demo (sampling) for our pumpkin seed oil. It is fun to meet people, we always sell product for our retailers and get to introduce the American public to this treat. Common in Austria, where they are the world’s largest producers and consumers, we are proud to sell, “America’s first pumpkin seed oil™”. Generally it is most people’s first taste of the rich, nutty and unique flavor.

 

07/23/13    Wauwatosa NOW
Shopping for health foods at Tosa's Outpost store

I'm sitting down to a dinner of free-range chicken enchiladas. They taste restaurant quality and I didn't even fill up on chips and salsa first.

 

The Mexican dish — made by Brookfield–based Cocina DeLeon — was part of my purchase during my first time shopping at Outpost Natural Foods. Outpost has been on my list of places I've planned to check out for a long time. An effort to eat healthier finally got me through the doors of the State Street store.

 

May

05/20/13    Business Journal of Milwaukee
Outpost Natural Foods plans July start, 80 jobs for Mequon store

Outpost Natural Foods Cooperative has closed on the purchase of a site in Mequon for its fourth store location, expected to create 80 jobs, and is aiming for a July start to construction.

05/20/13    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Mequon Outpost Natural Foods set to open by summer 2014

A new Outpost Natural Foods supermarket planned for Mequon is scheduled to open by summer 2014, after the Common Council this week approved city financing assistance for the project.

February

02/15/13    Milwaukee news media outlets
Outpost to open Market Cafe in Healthy Lifestyles Village in Brown Deer

Fox 6 Now North Side

http://northside.fox6now.com/news/business/170262-outpost-natural-foods-open-second-market-cafe-brown-deer
 

The Milwaukee Business Journal

http://www.bizjournals.com/milwaukee/news/2013/02/15/outpost-to-open-cafe-at-brown-deer-ymca.html

 

Small Business Times
http://www.biztimes.com/article/20120130/ENEWSLETTERS02/301309995/0/accounting

 

Fox 6 Now - Business Journal Report
http://fox6now.com/2013/02/15/business-journal-report-2-15-13/

January

01/25/13    Today's TMJ4/620 WTMJ Newsradio
Hiring Our Heroes

It's not easy to get a job these days, but the task can be especially difficult for veterans. That's why we've helped in an effort called ''Hiring Our Heroes.'' Learn more about the story behind the effort.

01/16/13    Mequon Now
Outpost Wins Zoning Change from Mequon Plan Commission

Mequon - Outpost Natural Foods is one step closer to moving into Mequon.

The Planning Commission on Monday voted to recommend zoning changes to the Common Council that will allow for the proposed grocery co-op to build on a lot at the northeast corner of Mequon and Wauwatosa roads.

November

11/16/12    Local First Milwaukee
Local First Milwaukee launches new website

Local First Milwaukee, a membership alliance committed to supporting local, independent businesses and organizations, recently launched a new website – www.localfirstmilwaukee.com – creating a hub of local retailers, restaurants, service providers and more.

Visitors to the site can be certain that all business and organizations listed are truly local, and if they choose to support them, more of their money will stay in the local economy. [A recent study showed] if Milwaukee consumers shift 10% of their shopping and dining from national chains to local businesses, they would create $311 million in new economic activity in our local economy. A summary of the study can be read here.

The economic study and new website were supported by a $20,000 grant to the organization from founding member Outpost Natural Foods. Byte Studios, a Local First member, designed and developed the site.

11/12/12    Business Journal
Outpost plans to open Mequon store

Outpost Natural Foods Cooperative plans to open its fourth store in late spring 2014, in Mequon, the company said Monday in a news release.

Outpost has secured nearly 2 acres at the northeast corner of Mequon Road and Wauwatosa Road for a 16,000-square-foot store, pending city approval, the release said.

June

06/19/12    Gourmet Retailer
Outpost Natural Foods Opens Cafe

Outpost Natural Foods opened a 225-square-foot Outpost Market Café last month. The kiosk is located in the main lobby at Aurora Sinai Medical Center in Milwaukee.

It is the first of its kind for the co-op, which has been serving the metro Milwaukee community since 1970.

Outpost’s Market Café offers a variety of signature made-from-scratch Outpost prepared food items including bakery, sandwiches, soups, salads and entrees. The kiosk also offers hot coffee and tea, juices, a limited selection of fresh and non-perishable staple grocery items like milk and dairy, eggs, produce, bread, bulk items, convenient center aisle foods and bagged coffee. As with Outpost’s three full-service grocery stores, many of these items will come from Wisconsin growers and producers.

May

05/22/12    BizTimes
Outpost opens cafe at Aurora Sinai

Outpost Natural Foods has opened a new Outpost Market Café at Aurora Sinai Medical Center in downtown Milwaukee.

The 225-square-foot Outpost kiosk is located in the main lobby of the hospital near patient registration. It is the first of its kind for the co-op, which has been serving the metro Milwaukee community since 1970.

05/22/12    jsonline.com
Outpost cafe-market opens in Aurora Sinai

Healthful foods in a health care setting: The Outpost Market Cafe opened Monday in the main lobby of Aurora Sinai Medical Center, 945 N. 12th St., a joint venture between the hospital and the Outpost Natural Foods grocery co-op.

January

01/30/12    BizTimes
Outpost to open retail kiosk at Aurora Sinai

Milwaukee-based Outpost Natural Foods, one of the largest natural foods cooperatives in the United States, announces that it will open a new 225 square foot retail space in the lobby at Aurora Sinai Medical Center at 945 N. 12th St., Milwaukee.

November

11/24/11    Fox Point Bayside Patch.com
Small Businesses Hope for Busy Holiday Season

In southeastern Wisconsin, 192 small businesses are members of Local First Milwaukee, a coalition that promotes shopping local for the economic, environmental and social effects on a community.

“We’re not saying it’s wrong to buy things at a chain store. It just means so much more when you buy it locally,” Local First Milwaukee President Pam Mehnert said. “That money stays in Milwaukee and creates jobs here.”

11/15/11    OnMilwaukee.com
Outpost grants $55,000 to local organizations

Outpost Natural Foods recently granted $55,000 to local organizations, including a $30K grant to Walnut Way Conservation Corp.

11/13/11    OnMilwaukee.com
Regional products redefine "local" foods

Outpost Natural Foods started carrying Ray's Polish Fire just within the last two months.

In the middle of 2010, Outpost also started carrying Crapola granola. Crapola is a cranberry apple granola blend. A second flavor, called "Number Two," will be available at Outpost soon and Crapola's next flavor, which is purportedly top secret, is due out in summer 2012.

11/4/11    The Business Journal
Group promoting local firms rolls out new name, logo

The organization formerly known as Our Milwaukee believes a new name and logo will better reflect the group’s mission of promoting local, independent businesses in the Milwaukee area.

11/1/11    Natural Awakenings
Outpost Natural Foods - Community Owned and Community Supported

A lot was happening in our country - and in Milwaukee - in 1970. Specifically, it was a time of great unrest for our farms and our food. Big business was pushing out the family farmers, and the use of agricultural chemicals was becoming more common on our fields and in our food.

February

02/22/11    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Outpost manager Pam Mehnert enduring full year of no convenience food

For 12 months - 365 long days - the general manager of Outpost Natural Foods Co-op vowed to make everything (or nearly everything) she ate from scratch and chronicle her experiences in a blog of the same name.

02/9/11    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Outpost's sales, profits and memberships shoot up

"People are coming home."

That's how Outpost Board of Directors Treasurer Terry Rindt sums up a report on the coop's increase in sales in an interview with the Journal Sentinel's Doris Hajewski.

January

01/14/11    The Business Journal
Outpost plans remodel of Wauwatosa store

Outpost is planning a major remodel of its Wauwatosa store, a company official said today.

September

09/7/10    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Top-notch takeout

 Outpost's café offerings get the spotlight.
09/1/10    ExpressMilwaukee.com
Milwaukee's Eat Local Challenge

With a recalll of a half a billion factory produced salmonella-tainted eggs in the headlines, Milwaukee's Eat Local Challenge couldn't arrive at a better time.

August

08/31/10    JSOnline
Outpost magazine comes to an end


08/25/10    Fox6Now.com
Eat Local Milwaukee Challenge


08/25/10    WISN.com
Egg Recall Boosts Sales for Local Farmers


08/24/10    Natural Foods Merchandiser
Outpost Natural Foods Co-op keeps promotions fresh


08/20/10    Bay View Compass
Outpost Natural Foods says their eggs are not part of the Wright County recall


April

04/1/09    BayviewCompass.com
Outpost organic bulk pistachios are good to eat!

March

03/24/09    Fox6Now.com
Outpost featured for committment to local products

03/24/09    Fox6Now.com
Outpost provides produce for Wisconsin Humane Society's Wildlife Di

February

02/16/09    JSOnline
More green fills Outpost's till

October

10/9/08    JSOnline
Outpost is noted for its progressive sick leave policy

May

05/18/08    Credit Union Magazine
Taking a closer look at the partnership between Outpost and Brewery CU.

April

04/28/08    Milwaukee Biz Blog
Outpost has "Influential Authenticity"... cool!

December

12/7/07    WUWM's Lake Effect
GM Pam Mehnert, Outpost's and WUWM's Jane Hampden discuss Our Milwaukee


November

11/30/07    The Business Journal
Pam Mehnert, Outpost's general manager discusses Our Milwaukee


11/1/07    Vital Source
Tug of War: Milwaukee Merchants in the Pull to Keep it Local

August

08/29/07    Journal Sentinel Online
Midwest co-ops join in flood recovery efforts

08/29/07    WUWM's Lake Effect
GM Pam Mehnert talks about the flood relief fund sponsored by Midwest co-ops

April

04/7/07    Journal Sentinel Online
Local businesses band together

March

03/26/07    Journal Sentinel Online
Facing super-sized competition, local food co-op predic

November

11/23/06    WUWM's Lake Effect
A discussion of the changing face of Milwaukee's grocery market.

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