A Big Thank You to Our Latest Group of 2018 Co-op Festival Partners!


NCBA CLUSA is excited to announce and thank our latest group of partners who will exhibit at or support the 2018 Co-op Festival on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. on October 6 and 7: Blue Hawk Co-op, Cabot Creamery Cooperative, CoBank, the Northwest Cooperative Development Center and The Veterinary Co-op.

Partnering with us once again to sponsor the Festival Passport is Cabot Creamery Cooperative. Scouts, kids and anyone who wants to learn about co-ops can earn their own “Co-ops for Community” patch by filling their passport with stamps from the other exhibitors. Learn more about our other high visibility opportunities.

Owned by 1,000 dairy farm families across New England and upstate New York, Cabot Creamery Cooperative manages four plants in three states. Widely known as makers of “The World’s Best Cheddar,” Cabot makes a full line of cheeses, Greek yogurt, sour cream, cottage cheese and butter. We’re excited to have Cabot Cheese back again this year!

Get to know our other new exhibitors:

  • Established in 2005, BLUE HAWK Cooperative maximizes the strength of independent HVAC/R (heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration) distributors across the U.S. Its 221 member-owners distribute a wide range of HVAC/R products to residential and commercial markets at more than 1,422 locations in 49 states.
  • CoBank is a national cooperative bank serving vital industries across rural America. The bank provides loans, leases, export financing and other financial services to agribusinesses and rural power, water and communications providers in all 50 states. As a member of the Farm Credit System, CoBank is also part of a nationwide network of banks and retail lending associations that support the borrowing needs of U.S. agriculture, rural infrastructure and rural communities.
  • The Northwest Cooperative Development Center is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization devoted to assisting new and existing cooperative businesses ranging from daycare centers to credit unions. Founded by cooperatives in 1979, the center has grown into the Northwest’s leading provider of services for co-op business development.
  • Started by four veterinarians in 2012, The Veterinary Cooperative works to keep independent animal hospitals across the U.S. profitable and competitive. With more than 2,000 members, The Veterinary Cooperative is America’s largest purchasing co-op in the veterinary industry. Stop by their exhibit at Festival to hang out with some cute, cuddly—and adoptable!—puppies and kittens from DC-area shelters.

We appreciate this new group of partners and we’re looking forward to welcoming you and your co-op to our lineup, too! As a festival partner or exhibitor, you have access to dozens of opportunities to amplify consumer messaging and audience engagement. Whether you’re a hardware store or a food co-op, a cheese brand or a bank, we’ll work with you to maximize your brand’s visibility and help tell a compelling story about cooperative impact.

Learn about all of our engagement levels in the 2018 Exhibitor Kit and be sure to fill out our exhibitor interest form at www.coopfestival.coom/exhibit. You can also sign up to volunteer or plan your visit at our festival website.

Missed the inaugural Co-op Festival? Watch the video or enjoy this photo album featuring some of our favorite moments!

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