Tax reform, estate tax, sales tax, & other tax-related issues.
Employee/employer relations, National Labor Relations Board, Department of Labor.
Affordable Care Act
SNAP, WIC, food safety & more.
Nutrition labeling, Country of Origin labeling, Meat Department labeling.
Resources on coupons, food recalls, PCI/Data Security & more.
*Find out more about NGA’s:
Campaign to Preserve Competition, Consumer Choice, and a Democratic Workplace
*Get Involved with NGA’s Grassroots Advocacy Efforts
Take Action on Important Industry Issues
Original research, consumer trends, and benchmarking reports related to the independent grocer.
Providing online learning resources for independent grocers with more than 85 industry-specific online courses.
Keeping you up-to-date on important industry topics.
Providing the opportunity for targeted groups to problem solve, idea swap, and help non-competing industry partners.
Serving the industry through sharing information, education, and research to NGA members and the industry.
Advancing a collaborative agenda of industry focused academics and research.
NGA provides the latest education and research to help independent retailers increase profits and grow their operations. Here members will find the information and resources needed to make timely and accurate business decisions in today’s marketplace.
Historically, our nation's colleges and universities have prepared students for productive careers in the retail food industry, and have provided industry executives with continuing education programs to enrich their skills and leadership. They have also conducted research aimed at bringing knowledge and perspective to the food industry. In 2004, with guidance and support from the National Grocers Association, the Food Industry University Coalition was formed when representatives from 9 food and retailing industry university programs met. Today, the FIUC includes members from 13 university programs who meeting semi-annually to advance a collaborative agenda of industry focused academics and research. Its mission is to leverage the combined wealth of its member's intellectual capital, strategic perspective and third party status to provide thought leadership for the food industry in dealing with its most challenging issues. Roles of the Food Industry University Coalition include:
Creating a forum where academic professionals involved in food industry programs can exchange ideas.
Maintaining/Promoting academic standards.
Advancing the collective intellectual capital of group.
Promoting individual academic/research programs of member institutions to the food/retail industry.
Promoting and advancing career opportunities for students of member institutions.
Providing continuing education programs to the food/retail industry to advance disciplinary competency levels and cross industry competitiveness.
Contributing to the industry knowledgebase and depth of academic disciplines related to the food supply chain.
Partnering with the National Grocers Association in their initiatives, programs and strategic direction.
Membership in the Food Industry University Coalition is limited to programs of accredited academic institutions conducting research on topics related to the food/retail industry on an ongoing basis, and carries the following expectations for participation:
At least on person from each program attend meetings regularly (at least annually).
Collaboration on academic/research to advance coalition strategic initiatives.
Providing opportunities to students for contact with/involvement in industry.
Anyone interested in more information on the Food Industry University Coalition can contact Wes Harrision of Louisiana State University.
University of Alabama
Arizona State University
California Polytechnic State University
Illinois State University
Louisiana State University
Michigan State University
Western Michigan University
University of Minnesota
Oklahoma State University
Portland State University
St. Joseph's University
University of Southern California
Texas Tech University
The Case Study Competition furthers the professional development of students from participating university food and retail programs.
The 2013 Case Study Competition provides student teams with the opportunity to creatively address a real-world issue currently impacting the industry. The competition, generously sponsored by the Asparagus Club, awards up to $4,000 for winning teams of four students who successfully address this year's case study question:
Chief Super Market, Inc. (Defiance, Ohio), a twelve-store independent grocer, "...exists to delight customers with great food and experiences." The company would like the students to use their imaginations to determine what the company should do to fulfill that mission and grow market share.
In their presentations, students analyzed Chief’s position in the market and provided recommendations and suggestions.
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