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 is 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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The 2016 NGA Show

February 28 - March 2, 2016
The Mirage Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas

With 30+ specialized educational workshops led by retailers for retailers and 375+ companies on our EXPO floor showcasing innovative and game-changing products and solutions, The NGA Show provides countless opportunities to learn from your peers and other industry thought leaders. Bring your whole team to The NGA Show and bring home ideas that will drive profitable growth for your company.

Save the Date for Future NGA Shows!

February 12 – 15, 2017
The Mirage Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas

February 11 – 14, 2018
The Mirage Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas

Grocers in the Community

Newport-Ave_MarketNewport Avenue Market announced on Monday, December 21,  that their annual "Food for February" fundraiser has already raised $25k in proceeds towards the Family Kitchen of  Bend, a food kitchen in Bend, Oregon. The month-long campaign allows customers to donate any dollar amount they'd like, with Newport Avenue Market matching 100% of that amount. Congratulations to Newport Avenue Market on yet another year of great success! To stay updated with the "Food for February" campaign, visit their Facebook page HERE


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