GREAT BARRINGTON — Troy Bond has been named general manager of Berkshire Food Co-op by the store's board of directors and will be tasked with managing the newly expanded cooperative grocery store. Bond, who has been involved in the natural food industry for 21 years, was hired following an eight-month nationwide search.Bond started his career in natural foods by opening The Market in his hometown of Cedar Falls, Ia. in 1998. The Market was the first retailer in that area dedicated to selling natural foods since the 1970s. Prior to opening The Market, Bond was certified to teach integral yoga, and served as the stress management specialist with the Ornish Program, an experimental program to reverse heart disease at Mercy Hospital and the Iowa Heart Center in Des Moines. After selling The Market, Bond served as store leader at Whole Foods Market. He has also served as a consultant for natural foods and specialty food service start-ups, a category manager, and a new store opening director.
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