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Frontier's Co-op Cafe

The Co-op Cafe

A popular benefit enjoyed by Frontier® employees is our organic Co-op Cafe. While we have always offered employees onsite meals, a newly remodeled and relocated Cafe officially opened May 26 of this year. The beautiful new area welcomes about 80 employees daily to enjoy entrees made from our own products; locally grown produce, meat, eggs and dairy; and other natural ingredients -- which we define as cruelty-free products without preservatives, additives, or artificial colors.

Chef LizThe Co-op Cafe fare is more than 90% organic as well. We buy organic whenever possible but sometimes have to use all-natural meats (and jalapeno peppers -- one of the few vegetables we're unable to find organic in large enough quantities for the Cafe). Our cooks make our breads and other baked items -- like cinnamon rolls, cookies, pastries -- as well as desserts and a full selection of salads from scratch using organic ingredients. We also buy produce that's in season.

Frontier subsidizes the Cafe costs in order to keep prices low for employees (entrees are just $2.25 to $2.75). Hot meals are prepared each day, including breakfast items, as well as a vegetarian entree and meat entree at lunch each day. Some recent offerings: Grilled Veggie Wrap, Butternut Squash, Lasagna, Roasted Pork Loin with Steamed Corn, Huevos Rancheros. A hot soup is added to the menu every day during our cold Iowa winters.

About one-third of Norway employees use the Cafe on a regular basis, and almost everyone stops by for at least a snack or a drink during a typical day. The Cafe also supplies food to our onsite Childcare Center so our kids get the benefits of healthy organic food, too. And last, but not least, the Cafe is committed to sustainability, maximizing energy efficiency and seeking green alternatives to items like dishwashing detergent that are generally not environmentally friendly.

Our organic Co-op Cafe is a unique and much-appreciated benefit for all of us who work here -- and a clear statement of the values of our business.

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