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La Montañita Co-op Food Market celebrating 40th year, hires new GM

Dennis-Portrait 40-year-logo finalLa Montañita Co-op, based in Albuquerque, NM, is celebrating its 40th year in business and announced the hiring of Dennis Hanley as general manager.  

Hanley, who brings 38 years of food industry experience working regionally, nationally and internationally, but with roots in a family meat business, said he is looking forward to working with La Manzanita’s exceptional team to bring cutting-edge ideas to life.Dennis-PortraitDennis Hanley

“For me to be able to join a co-op that is celebrating its 40th anniversary, with its decades of community service and development is a dream come true,” Hanley said in a press release. “I will work to take our community-building efforts even further in the coming decades.”

For 40 years, La Montañita Co-op has been and continues to be a leader in the local and organic food movement. During a time where many co-ops have closed their doors, La Montañita has expanded to six locations and a 17,000-square-foot distribution center in New Mexico.

Through this growth, La Montañita has increased access to healthy and local food and has benefited local farmers through getting more products to market at La Montañita stores, other grocery stores and restaurants in the Southwest.