Rodrigo tells me he loves shopping, which is lucky. He runs the network Eurocoop, which represents retail consumer cooperatives with thirty five thousand cooperative shops across Europe.
He is keen to encourage joint buying across the cooperative sector and there are some good examples, including Eroski in Spain with mutual partners in Germany and France, who are showing the way.
His suggestion, at our recent retail cooperative conference in Stratford, is that we start perhaps with one product and build from there. And what? He suggests pasta.
So you heard it here first. 2012 is the International Year of Co-operatives. 2013 could become the … International Year of Co-operative Spaghetti.