Buyer Team

Co-op Staff Contact Information

OUR Team

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(530) 891-1713 x 121

Cho's bio soon to come...

Brenden Price

center store Specialist
(530) 891-1713 x127

Brenden came to Chico Natural Foods Cooperative in Spring of 2013 and began working as a cashier. He continued to work diligently with an eye towards joining the grocery department and became Bulk Grocery Buyer in the late summer of 2013. While working the Bulk department he was later given the Bread and Frozen department. When the opportunity arose he jumped at the chance to be the Perishable and Specialty buyer where he delights in bringing to CNFC patrons the joys of cheese, sauerkrauts, yogurts, kombuchas, Chico Chai, Beber Almond Milk among many others. He has a 9 year old daughter that he adores, does photographic work on the side and he enjoys listening to LPs, going to movies at the Pageant Theater and playing baseball. 


Uriel Viramontes

Center Store Assistant Manager
(530) 891-1713 x120

Uri was born and raised in Hamilton city. He started at the Co-op as a grocery stocker, and was quickly promoted to Bulk buyer, then switched to Perishable buyer to seek the challenge of ordering perishable products. Soon after, the position of assistant manager came up, and he pounced on the opportunity.

Uriel gets excited about bringing new products into the store for owners to enjoy.In his free time, he likes to watch sports and play video games with his bros.  He also enjoys playing with Legos and Ninja Turtles with his daughter, as well as the occasional tea party or picnic.

Kevin Durkin

Produce specialist
(530) 891-1713 x128

Kevin first started working in the natural food industry in 1983 at Follow Your Heart Market (creators of Vegenaise) in Canoga Park, CA.  At the end of '83, Kevin moved to Cleveland, Ohio, where he was a member-owner of the Cleveland Food Co-op.  He joined CNFC in 1986 and from time to time served as a working-member while being employed at several local farms in both Butte and Tehama Counties.

In December of 2004, Kevin was hired at the Co-op in the grocery department before switching to Produce in the spring of 2005.

In addition to his produce skills, Kevin (aka Kozmic Kev) is also a well-known astrologer!  He writes a weekly horoscope for The Synthesis, hosts a radio program (Bohemian Express) on KZFR every Wednesday morning, and has a regularly updated YouTube channel (Kozmic Kev's Astrology), as well as being broadcast on several local cable channels. 

Tyler Hawkins

Produce specialist
(530) 891-1713 x 135

Tyler's experience with produce began in his hometown of Fall River Mills, CA.  Working at a local grocer, he would occaisonally cover stocking shifts for their produce department.  He also worked on his grandfather's mint and strawberry farm.  Tyler says that growing up he was the only one of his brothers who enjoyed working in the garden with his mom.

Tyler was hired as a produce stocker at CNFC in November 2012.  In October of 2011, he was promoted to Local Produce Buyer, a position created to focus on strengthening our ties local producers and increasing our inventory with their products.

In addition to local produce, Tyler is passionate about music, both live and recorded.  He currently works at Cafe Coda as Lead Sound Engineer and Stage Manager along with running his own company, Endless Audio, which is a mobile recording business.  Tyler has degrees in Recording Arts, Music Business, and Music.  "I also play the drum-set like the drummer from $ade meets Animal from the Muppets."

Delisa Freistadt

Kitchen Production Supervisor
(530) 891-1713

Delisa (or Delovely Delisa, as she is known around town) has been working in the CNFC Kitchen since 2003.  She's famous around here for her uber-tasty lemon bars, banana bread, and her love of the color blue.  In 2011, Delisa was the Co-op's first chef to visit Hooker Oak Elementary School to teach kids about cooking.  For those classes she was awarded "Excellence in Partnership" by Let's Move, Chico!

KiTchen specialist

(530) 891-1713

Bio coming soon.