UmsEgg is a regional and mostly organic grocery shop with a cooperative ownership structure and hybrid opening hours.
The new type of local grocery store in the centre of the rural community of Losenstein is a cooperative grocery shop run by its members. The aim is to test a community-based economy and an environmentally friendly approach to food. Short delivery routes, a high number of unpackaged foods, and the use of out-of-date or unsellable products are all part of the plan.
- Experimental character:
UmsEgg is the first hybrid shop in Austria, testing customer involvement in decision-making and a cooperative ownership structure with customers and suppliers as members.
- Challenges addressed:
Local availability of basic services, preservation of rural village and town centres and use of vacant buildings, regional food supply chains.
Funded by the Austrian Climate and Energy Fund in the LEADER region Kalkalpen National Park
From 2018 with no end date
For more information: https://ums-egg.at