CO-OP PCC Natural Markets

Founded in 1953 in Seattle as a food buying group, PCC Natural Markets posted 2006 sales of $103 million. That's small by conventional supermarket standards, but don't underestimate this smart, ethical and growing chain of eight stores. It's taken principled positions on complicated issues that matter to its members: The retailer recently decided to remove all products that contain artificial trans

Founded in 1953 in Seattle as a food buying group, PCC Natural Markets posted 2006 sales of $103 million. That's small by conventional supermarket standards, but don't underestimate this smart, ethical and growing chain of eight stores. It's taken principled positions on complicated issues that matter to its members: The retailer recently decided to remove all products that contain artificial trans fats, and has banned all dairy products containing rBGH, the artificial bovine growth hormone.

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