The Dublin Food Co-operative is the longest running wholesale Co-operative in Ireland. The Co-op’s roots lie with a group of friends involved in a campaign to stop the Government building a Nuclear Power Station at Carnsore Point, Co. Wexford.
Our Roots & Evolution
Together in 1983, they formed a buying group to save money by bulk purchasing vegetarian wholefoods and other sustainable living products. Within a short time, this embryonic co-operative had moved toward trading weekly from a hired hall at St. Andrew’s Resource Centre on Pearse Street, which became home for more than two decades. Dublin Food Co-operative Society was formally registered in 1991 and was a pioneer of organic and local food long before the rise of farmers markets in Ireland.
We aim to provide our membership and persons outside of our membership with direct access to high-quality organic food sources, directly from our suppliers in Ireland, or buying other foods in bulk from Europe which reduces the amount of carbon used to import. One of our main aims is to provide a place of community for people to come together and learn more about food and health. Working cooperatively while following a set of ethical principles, people can become more conscious consumers e.g. buying locally where possible and reducing plastic use through some specific actions on how we shop, consume and engage with our food and waste.