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.

Staff Board of Directors 2017 Annual Report

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

2018 Independent Impact Summit

Independent Impact Summit at NGA Fall Leadership Meetings

October 24-26, 2018
Washington, D.C.

Join other thought leaders in the independent supermarket industry to discuss emerging issues and participate in B2B meetings during Trading Partners Live!

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Grocers in the Community

Wright's Market Works to Provide Affordable Healthy Options for SNAP Recipients Through Double Up Food Bucks Program

Wright's Market employee Katie Hall straightens and restocks packaged strawberries.
Photo by: Emily Enfinger, Opelika-Auburn News

“The goal with the FINI grant is to get more fresh foods, such as fresh fruits and vegetables, into the diet of SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) recipients,” said Jimmy Wright, President of Wright's Market. “We see it certainly as making a difference in their lives and their diet, and at the same time saving them some money and helping them with their budget."

"Our mission in our business is nourishing families and strengthening communities, so we’re always looking for opportunities to bring that mission to fruition, and this was certainly one that lined up with it.”


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