Men and women put their hands up for the vote in the cooperative council.

Alcohol on the shelf? Yes or no?

This is where ballots for alcohol come in

Migros' ten regional cooperatives are deciding whether to hold ballots on the alcohol question among their 2.3 million members in 2022. Find out the latest results here.

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Should alcohol be on the Migros shelves or not? The 2.3 million members of the cooperative should settle this issue once and for all – this is the view of the administration of the Federation of Migros Cooperatives (FMC) and the Assembly of Delegates. The ball is now in the court of the ten regional cooperative councils. They will decide whether a ballot regarding the alcohol issue will take place in their economic area in 2022. This kind of direct and democratic co-determination is unique.

The cooperative council represents the interests of the cooperative members in the respective economic area before the administration and the management and has 30 to 65 members, depending on the cooperative. At least two-thirds of the members present must vote in favour. If this majority is not reached, there is no ballot in the respective cooperative and the ban on alcohol sales will remain unchanged there.

On the results of the 10 cooperatives:

Swiss map showing the economic areas of the different cooperatives.

MIGROS COOPERATIVE ZURICH

✓ Accepted (48 yes, 7 no, 1 abstention) ➔ ballot in spring of 2022

Economic area: Canton of Zurich (excluding the districts of Andelfingen, Hinwil, and Winterthur), Canton of Glarus, the See-Gaster district in the Canton of St. Gallen and the northern part of the Canton of Schwyz
Annual turnover:
CHF 2.642 billion (2020)
Cooperative council:
56 members present (two-thirds majority: 38)
Number of cooperative members:
334,878 (as of 22 November 2021)

AARE MIGROS COOPERATIVE

✓ Accepted (39 yes, 8 no, 1 abstention) ➔ ballot in spring of 2022

Economic area: cantons of Aargau, Bern (excluding the French-spreaking Bernese Jura) and Solothurn (excluding Schwarzbubenland)
Annual turnover:
CHF 3.390 billion (2020)
Number of cooperative members:
537,656 (as of 22 November 2021)

MIGROS COOPERATIVE GENEVA

✓ Accepted (34 yes, 7 no, 2 abstention) ➔ ballot in spring of 2022

Economic area: Canton of Geneva as well as part of the Nyon district in the Canton of Vaud.
Annual turnover:
CHF 1.098 billion (2020)
Cooperative council:
43 members present (two-thirds majority: 29)
Number of cooperative members: 132,710 (as of 22 November 2021)

MIGROS COOPERATIVE NEUCHÂTEL-FRIBOURG

✓ Accepted (29 yes, 3 no, 2 abstention) ➔ ballot in spring of 2022

Economic area: Cantons of Neuchâtel and Fribourg (excluding the region around Estavayer-le-Lac), the western part of the Bernese Jura in the canton of Berne, the district of Franches-Montagnes in the canton of Jura and the region around Avenches in the canton of Vaud
Annual turnover:
CHF 0.747 billion (2020)
Cooperative council:
34 members present (two-thirds majority: 23)
Number of cooperative members:
126,814 (as of 22 November 2021)

MIGROS COOPERATIVE VAUD

✓ Accepted (30 yes, 2 no, 1 abstention) ➔ ballot in spring of 2022

Economic area: Canton of Vaud (excluding the regions around Avences and Nyon) and, in the canton of Fribourg, the region around Estavayer-le-Lac
Annual turnover:
CHF 1.141 billion (2020)
Cooperative council:
33 members present (two-thirds majority: 23)
Number of cooperative members:
160,049 (as of 22 November 2021)

MIGROS COOPERATIVE VALAIS

✓ Accepted (21 yes, 2 no, 0 abstention) ➔ ballot in spring of 2022

Economic area: Canton of Valais
Annual turnover:
CHF 0.500 billion (2020)
Cooperative council:
23 members present (two-thirds majority: 16)
Number of cooperative members:
83,388 (as of 22 November 2021)

MIGROS COOPERATIVE LUCERNE

✓ Accepted (35 yes, 1 no, 0 abstention) ➔ ballot in spring of 2022

Economic area: Cantons of Lucerne, Nidwalden, Obwalden, Uri, Zug, Schwyz (southern part)
Annual turnover:
CHF 1.516 billion (2020)
Cooperative council:
36 members present (two-thirds majority: 24)
Number of cooperative members:
200,468 (as of 22 November 2021)

MIGROS COOPERATIVE EASTERN SWITZERLAND

✓ Accepted (51 yes, 4 no, 1 abstention) ➔ ballot in spring of 2022

Economic area: Cantons of Appenzell Ausserhoden, Appenzell Innerhoden, Grisons (excluding the Moesa region), Schaffhausen, St. Gallen (excluding the See-Gaster region), Thurgau, the districts of Andelfingen, Hinwil and Winterthur in the canton of Zurich, and the Principality of Lichtenstein
Annual turnover:
CHF 2.464 billion (2020)
Cooperative council:
56 members present (two-thirds majority: 38)
Number of cooperative members:
424,327 (as of 22 November 2021)

MIGROS COOPERATIVE TICINO

✓ Accepted (37 yes, 4 no, 0 abstention) ➔ ballot in spring of 2022

Economic area: Canton of Ticino, Moesa region in the Canton of Grisons
Annual turnover:
CHF 0.507 billion (2020)
Cooperative council:
41 members present (two-thirds majority: 28)
Number of cooperative members:
103,858 (as of 22 November 2021)

MIGROS COOPERATIVE BASEL

✓ Accepted (44 yes, 0 no, 8 abstention) ➔ ballot in spring of 2022

Economic area: Cantons of Basel Land and Basel City, the district of Delémont and Porrentruy in the canton of Bern and Schwarzbubenland in the canton of Solothurn
Annual turnover:
CHF 0.983 billion (2020)
Cooperative council:
52 members present (two-thirds majority: 35)
Number of cooperative members:
169,453 (as of 22 November 2021)