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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

Shoprite provides autism-friendly checkout lane

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A Shoprite store in Philadelphia making headlines by introducing its first autism-friendly checkout lane. The concept of a sensory-friendly check out lane was initiated when a customer, whose 5 year old daughter is on the autism spectrum, urged retailers to to create a lane more suited for individuals with special needs. Instead of the usual displays of candy and sugary foods, the new checkout lanes are stocked with toys, stress balls, and a variety of other sensory-friendly items.

Store director, Paul Kourtis, agrees that it's a step in the right direction for the retail community. "Even if you don’t have a child who is autistic, everybody knows a child who is. Anything to provide our customers with a safe and friendly shopping experience, I say let’s do it.” Click HERE to read more. 


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NGA Fall Leadership Meetings

October 4 - 7, 2016
Chicago, IL

New in 2016, the Financial Management and Technology Conference will be co-located with the Trading Partner Business Sessions Program this October 4 – 7 at the Palmer House Hilton in Chicago, IL. Designed for independent grocers by independent grocers, the NGA Fall Leadership Meetings will provide four days of educational programming, pre-scheduled trading partner meetings and networking opportunities all under one roof. 
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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

  • 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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  • Back to School Meal Makeovers

    Summer flew by and it's time to get back to the books! Whether prepping for preschool, grade school, high school, or college, a little planning goes a long way. With the right ingredients and equipment, you can make fast and easy take-away meals that are better for you and your family when you're on the go—whether it's for school, work or play! Here are three simple ways to make mealtime simpler during the school year.

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