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


The 2017 NGA Show 

February 12 - 15, 2017
The Mirage Hotel & Casino
Las Vegas, NV

Over the course of three days, The NGA Show brings together independent retailers and wholesalers, food retail industry executives, food/CPG manufacturers and service providers for unparalleled opportunities to learn, engage, share, network, and innovate. Attendees have the opportunity to take part in over 35 education workshops to bring home ideas that are guaranteed to drive profitable growth to their company. 

Learn more at www.theNGAShow.com.

Grocers in the Community

Calandro's celebrates 75 years by giving back to its community


Baton Rouge retailer, Calandro's Supermarket, celebrated it's 75th anniversary on Sunday, October 23 by hosting a block party to benefit the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank. The party featured over 50 food, drink vendors, a silent auction, as well as live music. 

"We are super excited to celebrate 75 years on the same corner in the middle of Baton Rouge's Mid-City," said Blaise Calandro III. "We have so many friends and relationships we've forged in and around Baton Rouge during that time, and we wanted to bring together all of those partners in the community, along with all of our incredible customers, to celebrate with us. One of those partners we reached out to was the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank." 

To learn more about Calandro's Supermarket and their community initiatives, visit their Facebook page HERE

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