Who We Are

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.

NGA Mission

To ensure independent, community-focused retailers and wholesalers the opportunity to succeed and better serve the consumer through its policies, advocacy, programs and services.

NGA Philosophy

To promote diversity in the marketplace through a vibrant independent sector, and thereby increase consumer choice in price, variety, quality, service and value.

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What is an Independent Supermarket?

An independent supermarket is a privately owned or controlled food retail company operating a variety of formats. Most independent operators are serviced by wholesale distributors, while others may be partially or fully self-distributing. Some independents are publicly traded, but with controlling shares held by the family and others are employee owned. Independents are the true “entrepreneurs” of the grocery industry and dedicated to their customers, associates, and communities.

The Economic Impact of the Independent Supermarket Industry

The independent supermarket channel is an important part of America's economy. According to the NGA Economic Impact Study, independent supermarket operators are accountable for close to one percent of the nation's overall economy and responsible for generating $131 billion in sales, 944,000 jobs, $30 billion in wages, and $27 billion in taxes.

Economic Impact Research

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This groundbreaking research provides a clear picture of the key role independent grocers play at the national, state, and congressional district level.

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NGA Foundation


The Foundation provides independent supermarket operators with tools to develop more effective recruiting programs, enhance retention efforts, and bolster professional and leadership development opportunities for employees. 

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Featured Event


Day In Washington
Supermarket Industry Fly-In

May 2 - 4, 2017
Liaison Capitol Hill Hotel
Washington, D.C.

In person meetings with your legislators provide an unparalleled opportunity to educate and inform lawmakers, and are one of the best ways to ensure a strong and collective voice of the supermarket industry is heard. The Day in Washington Supermarket Industry Fly-in is an important opportunity for supermarket operators to directly engage with their lawmakers and share the industry’s position on how federal policies directly impact their businesses. The annual event is collectively hosted by the Food Industry Association Executives, the Food Marketing Institute, and the National Grocers Association each year.

To learn how you can get involved in this event, visit www.grocersdayinwashington.com.

Grocers in the Community

Brookshire Grocery Co. Attempts To Break World Record


On February 24, Brookshire Grocery Co. attempted to break a world record by building the world's largest canned food pyramid. The pyramid, composed of 36,000 cans, was constructed over a period of four days by community volunteers. The cans will be donated to the East Texas Food Bank (ETFB), and will provide 30,000 meals to people in need.

“Breaking this world record has been such a fun and exciting experience, but most importantly, it’s allowed us to help create awareness about the problem of food insecurity in our local communities,” said BGC Chairman and CEO Brad Brookshire.

To learn more, click HERE.

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