Prairie Food Co-op Community Grocery

Erica Eliason Cutts

  • Hometown: Lombard
  • Owner #: 1613
  • Term: Elected 2022

"Natural foods industry professional with 25 years of experience in retail & sales. My journey began at a natural food co-op which sprouted my love of local & organic. Hoping to share this with PFC."

Why are you interested in serving on the Prairie Food Board of Directors?

I love Natural Food Co-ops! My first job in the natural food industry was stocking vitamins at The Outpost co-op in Milwaukee nearly 25 year ago. Supporting a thriving community market would be a wonderful way to give back to the community and to future generations of healthy eaters.

Employment: Please tell us about your past or present employment 

I currently work for Impact NS Sales, a natural food brokerage as a business manager. Prior to that I was a founding member of Fresh Thyme Markets and served as the Senior Category Manager over the Vitamin, Body Care and General Merchandise department.

Outside of my day to day career and raising my kids I have not had the opportunity to volunteer. Now that my children are older I now have the time to serve my community.

Which of the following areas do you have expertise?

What experience, education, and skills do you have that you feel will contribute to your effectiveness as a Prairie Food Director?

I have held many different positions in my career with a focus on retail from merchandising, procurement, assisting in over 130 new store set ups, day to day operational management, as well as contract and promotional negotiations. I have also worked for UNFI and currently work closely with KeHE and understand distributor agreements and relationships.

What are your personal goals for Prairie Food Co-op?

I want Prairie Food Co-op to be the best grocery store for local, organic, regenerative, non-GMO, and natural products in DuPage County! I am excited to see it closer to being funded and for opening day to become a reality.

What experience (if any) have you had with cooperatives, food or otherwise?

I had been an employee and member of the Outpost Co-op in Milwaukee from 1997-1999. When living in Honolulu we often shopped at Kokua Market, the sole co-op on Oahu at the time.

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