Join Us September 14-16, 2023!

The story of Saint Paul began on the shores and bluffs of the nation’s mightiest river. The Mississippi shaped everything: culture, community, commerce and more. Saint Paul is a world-class destination for cultural experiences. And with 100+ languages spoken, there’s a diverse mosaic of people, stories and celebrations. The Intercontinental St. Paul Riverfront is perched atop the bluffs of the Mississippi River and is in the heart of downtown, with walking distance to live theater, renowned museums, superb dining, specialty shopping and so much more.

What to Expect at Up & Coming 2023​

News and Updates

For the first time ever, we’re in a city that is home to multiple food co-ops. We’re excited to announce that we have FIVE local food co-op hosts for 2023: Eastside Food Co-op; Mississippi Market; Seward Community Co-op; Valley Natural Foods Cities and TCCP (Twin Cities Co-op Partners). 


For the third year, the National Black Food and Justice Alliance (NBFJA) and Up & Coming will be co-hosting a Black-led Day for Black startup food co-op organizers, with all content programmed by NBFJA. “We value this space as one for Black people and Black-led co-op workers. Attendance is limited to Black participants only,” shares Dr. Jasmine Jackson, Co-Executive Director of the NBFJA. “This is a crucial move towards honoring safety while our co-ops grow and resist systems of racism.”


We are excited to host Up & Coming 2023 in St. Paul, MN. When your organization sponsors  or exhibits at U&C, you have the opportunity to meet with hundreds of cooperators involved in creating a food co-op in their communities, create and increase awareness of your products and services and support the cooperative movement. 

Find out more in our Sponsorship Packet. Click here


Questions, ideas, concerns about the Up & Coming Food Conference, please contact Deb Trocha at

Our Local Hosts

Registration Opens
June 5th, 2023


225 S. East Street
Suite 252
Indianapolis, IN  46202

Phone 317-692-7707