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.

NGA Foundation



  The NGA Foundation is the 501(c)3 nonprofit arm of NGA which provides independent retailers with the 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


Executive Leadership Development Program (ELDP)

June 3-7, 2018
Ithaca, NY

Implementing organizational and cultural changes in order to execute new strategies are imperative skills for effective leaders. The NGA Executive Leadership Development Program is designed to develop and prepare leaders to face business challenges in the 21st century marketplace. 

The conference is a high-impact learning opportunity encompassing intense, interactive instruction presented by a mix of respected academic and industry leaders.

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Grocers in the Community

KTA Express Opens in Kealakekua

KTA Express Opens in Kealakekua

“We at KTA are honored to be able to open our newest location on the site of the former Kamigaki Market, which was an iconic family run business,” said Barry Taniguchi, CEO and chairman of KTA Super Stores. “We are happy to expand our presence and be a part of the community.”

KTA Super Stores was established in 1916 as K. Taniguchi Shoten by Koichi and Taniyo Taniguchi in Waiakea, Hawaii. For more than 100 years, KTA Super Stores has been committed to its founders’ mission of working hard to fulfill the food, household and health care needs of Hawaiians.

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