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

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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

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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

Alex Lee Inc. introduces worksite wellness program

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Alex Lee Inc., parent company of supermarket chain, Lowes Foods, and wholesaler, Merchants Distributors LLC,  recently rolled out a worksite wellness program which aims to improve employees’ health and fitness. The program, Peerfit, enables users to connect with their social networks as well as the program’s existing community of fitness fans for motivation and accountability.

Alex Lee employees can personalize their fitness goals by choosing from a range of exercise classes at local studios that best fit their needs and schedules. The program will be launching to 3,000 full-time employees in Hickory, Wilmington and Winston-Salem, N.C., and Greenville, S.C., before expanding companywide by the end of the year. 

To read more, click HERE.

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