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Universal Cooperatives, Inc. is an interregional farm
supply cooperative providing manufacturing, distribution
and purchasing services for it's members in the United States, Canada
and Europe. Universal is owned by 14 regional agricultural
cooperatives who collectively represent more than $30 billion in
sales, over $11 billion in assets, provide support to over 8,000
retail outlets and over two million co-op customers worldwide.
Collectively, our distribution system includes 110 regional feed
mills, 26 warehouses, 7 research farms, and over 900 field
representatives. As the source-point for many of the products
distributed through this network, Universal is able to offer
manufacturers the benefits of one-point purchasing and single-source
distribution. And for the regional co-ops we serve, we negotiate fair
pricing by pooling their purchasing power, assure maintenance of quality
control, and arrange efficient distribution.
As a cooperative, Universal returns any "profits" to its
members in the form of patronage refunds. The cooperative members pay
similar refunds to member cooperatives, which pass their "profits"
back to the people who own and use this cooperative network.
By using the products and services of their local co-op, customers
become owners simply by being customers.
People are sometimes surprised to learn that the CO-OP "brand name"
is one the oldest trademarks in the U.S. It's found on lubricants, farm chemicals, animal health products, twine and many other
products. The CO-OP brand is an assurance of quality and value for people
throughout North America. CO-OP is the brand they own.
Universal is headquartered in Eagan, Minnesota with production/distribution
facilities in Idaho, Kentucky, Minnesota, Ohio, Brazil and France.