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The National Grocers Association (NGA) is the national trade association representing the retail and wholesale grocers that comprise the independent sector of the food distribution industry. Also represented are affiliated associations, manufacturers, and service suppliers, as well as other entrepreneurial companies that support NGA's Mission and Philosophy.

Grocers in the Community

Metcalfe’s Market strives to reduce food waste

metcalfe's market

Metcalfe’s Market has rolled out the Stop Waste Together program, a partnered effort with Pinpoint Software which aims to reduce the estimated $165 billion worth of food wasted annually. The initiative encourages customers to save by purchasing specially marked, soon-to-expire items throughout the store. Metcalfe’s is the first grocer to introduce the program.

“Our goal is to work towards zero waste while providing the highest product integrity and shopping experience to our customers,” said Kevin Metcalfe, co-owner of Metcalfe’s. “This program will play an important role in our ongoing sustainability efforts.”

To learn more about Metcalfe's Market and their community initiatives, visit their Facebook page HERE

Featured Event


The 2017 NGA Show 

February 12 - 15, 2017
The Mirage Hotel & Casino
Las Vegas, NV

Over the course of three days, The NGA Show brings together independent retailers and wholesalers, food retail industry executives, food/CPG manufacturers and service providers for unparalleled opportunities to learn, engage, share, network, and innovate. Attendees have the opportunity to take part in over 35 education workshops to bring home ideas that are guaranteed to drive profitable growth to their company. 

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NGA Advocacy Center


The NGA Take Action portal provides a platform for each of the nearly one million workers represented by the independent retail and wholesale supermarket industry to make their voice heard and connect with elected officials and regulators. It takes less than one minute to contact your Members of Congress on issues of importance to the independent supermarket industry and make a difference!

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NGA Blog

  • Innovative Independents

    The supermarket business is not for the faint of heart. Low profit margins and constantly changing consumer preferences make it challenging even for the best operators. Uncertain economic conditions and an explosion of new store formats have caused many to speculate about the demise of the supermarket as we know it. Yet despite challenges and headwinds, the grocery store is not just alive and well – it’s kicking!

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  • EMV 1-year Anniversary

    As we transition from summer into fall, independent grocers continue to face challenges as they attempt to complete the transition to EMV (Europay, MasterCard, and Visa) chip readers at the point of sale (POS). October 1 marks the one-year anniversary of the liability shift that was forced upon retailers who were unable to meet the aggressive implementation timeline set in place by EMVCo.

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  • Independent Grocers Step Up When Their Community Needed Them Most

    The Great Flood of 2016 devastated more than 20 parishes in Louisiana, inundating thousands of houses, local businesses, churches, and more with putrid flood waters. While the flood waters washed away homes and memories, it also brought out the best in communities, including tremendous support from the independent grocer community. #GrocersCare

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