2015 NGA Show Closes With Record Attendance and Strong Momentum for 2016
The National Grocers Association (NGA) concluded its 2015 Show today with record breaking attendance for the fifth consecutive year and a sold out EXPO floor.
The 2015 NGA Show, which took place February 8-11 at the Mirage Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, also included over 375 exhibitors on its EXPO floor, and featured six pavilion partners: the Produce Marketing Association (PMA), the North American Meat Institute (NAMI), the Global Market Development Center (GMDC), the Center for Advancing Retail & Technology (CART), and for the first time, the Retail Solutions Providers Association (RSPA) and the Brewers Association.
"The impressive number of independent retailer and wholesalers who attended this year's NGA Show further demonstrates that the independent supermarket industry has real momentum. Show attendees are clearly committed to strengthening our industry by being on the forefront of the latest trends and technologies to meet and exceed their consumers' expectations," said NGA President and CEO Peter Larkin. "We met our goal of providing attendees with unsurpassed value, proving that The NGA Show is truly the place for independents to gather."
During the opening keynote session NGA Chairman of the Board, Rich Niemann, Jr. and NGA President and CEO, Peter Larkin, released a series of five videos showcasing how independent supermarkets differentiate and win in the marketplace. The videos, which focused on "community", "people", "fresh", "innovation", and " partnerships, can be viewed here.
Other show highlights included an exciting National Best Bagger Championship, sponsored by PepsiCo, and emceed by Food Network star, Duff Goldman. Additionally, Creative Choice, sponsored by Kellogg's and Unilever, Best of Show Merchandising Award, was presented to County Market, Quincy, IL and Best of Show Merchandising was presented to Coborn's, St. Cloud, MN.
At the Chairman's Gala on Tuesday evening, NGA's Industry Service Award was presented to longtime food industry executive, Steve Holdiman, recently retired from Mondelez International. In addition, the WGA Woman of the Year Award was presented to Barbara Weist, Vice President Communications and Events, IGA. After dinner, Gala attendees were entertained by the iconic band, America.
The 2016 NGA Show will take place from February 28 through March 2, 2016 in Las Vegas once again at the Mirage Hotel and Casino.