NGA Blog

  • SNAP Shot: White House Releases First Full Budget

    The White House recently released its Fiscal Year 2018 budget that would boost spending for the military and border security while cutting social safety net programs, including the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).

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  • NGA Research Key Insight: Driving a Winning Strategy in Prepared Foods

    Freshness is essential when it comes to prepared foods. That’s a guiding principle in the successful prepared foods business of Baltimore-based independent retailer Green Valley Marketplace, whose approach underscores findings of a recent National Grocers Association study.

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  • More than 200 Supermarket Executives Rally on Capitol Hill

    Nearly 200 supermarket executives joined NGA, FMI, and FIAE on Capitol Hill to lobby for policies to help the grocery industry thrive.

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  • Durbin Amendment Repeal Could Double Swipe Fees

    Chairman of the House Financial Services Committee Jeb Hensarling (R-TX) is expected to officially introduce the so-called “Financial CHOICE Act” this week, undoing one of most important legislative victories independent grocers have had in the payments space in recent years.

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  • Common-Sense is Key Ingredient for Menu Labeling Regs

    In less than a month, a 400-page menu labeling rule is set to take effect, subjecting independent grocers to an onerous, one-size-fits all law that was originally intended to cover chain restaurants with standard menu items..

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  • Helping Consumers Put Their “Best Fork Forward” During National Nutrition Month and Beyond

    As we wrap up National Nutrition Month, an annual nutrition education and information campaign to help families make informed food choices, and develop healthy eating and physical activity routines, the month’s theme, “Put Your Best Fork Forward,” serves as an important reminder that every individual holds the tools to make healthier food choices.

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  • Wellness in the Workplace

    Employees of Alex Lee, Lowes Foods and Merchants Distributors will now be able to personalize their fitness experience by selecting from a variety of classes – from boot camp to yoga – at local studios that best fit their needs and schedules. The employer-sponsored classes will be offered through Peerfit, a digital platform designed to help companies create a culture of wellness.

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  • Grocers Optimism Shines Through at NGA Show

    As I participated in the education sessions and walked the EXPO floor, I was struck by a sense of optimism that prevailed among those present at this year's Show. This "can-do" spirit also shined through in the results of NGA's national grocery shoppers survey that was conducted by Nielsen on behalf of NGA.

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  • CART Reflections from The NGA Show

    The success of The NGA Show shows the resilience of independent retailers as they continue to push ahead. After having a few days to digest all the conversations held over the few days of the show, I have a couple thoughts to share.

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  • Best of the Best Baggers

    NGA is proud to recognize the importance of great customer service and superior bagging skills through our National Best Bagger Competition, sponsored by PepsiCo, and held annually as a part of The NGA Show in Las Vegas.

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  • The Only Show Created Exclusively for the Independent Grocer

    For over 30 years, The NGA Show has been the place where independents gather, connecting grocery retailers and wholesalers, food manufacturers and service providers from around the world to share innovative solutions and best practices that support and strengthen the independent supermarket channel.

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  • New Year, New Congress, New Administration

    This month saw the swearing in of a new President and a new Republican controlled 115th Congress. Given the control of all three branches of government, Congress has set an aggressive tone for 2017.

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  • A Growing Community: NGA's Year in Review

    If there were one word to describe this past year for NGA it would be growth. Our success throughout the past year tells a great story of a vibrant industry. In light of a challenging economic time and an extremely competitive marketplace, it’s a huge positive to see the independent supermarket community so driven to serve their customers and building their businesses.

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  • Top 10 Technology Predictions for 2017

    As we quickly approach the end of the year its time again to look forward to what 2017 will bring. Using its unique perspective into retail industry interest and new innovation rushing into the industry, CART brings us their thoughts on what to look for in the year ahead.

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  • Decoding DC: Part Two

    This time next week will be Election Day! With the elections just 5 days away, today's "Decoding DC" post brings you terms that are often thrown around during election season.

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  • Decoding DC: Part One

    Washington, DC has long been criticized of speaking its own language - this "Decoding DC" blog series, brought to you by the NGA Government Relations team, is here to help you cut through all the political jargon and get to the core of the issues that matter to you! We'll be providing definitions and insight into some of the most commonly used terms in DC. With Election Day just 10 days away, this week’s edition brings you terms that are often thrown around during election season.

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  • 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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  • Ready for some football? Tasty Tailgate and Other Crowd Pleasers

    Last night kicked off the NFL football season and college football is well underway! Whether you’re a huge fan, or just love getting the gang together, football season is a time to whip up tasty tailgate treats for friends and family. Here are just a few of the yummy recipes from independent supermarkets coast to coast.

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