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


NGA Fall Leadership Meetings

October 4 – 7, 2016
Chicago, IL

New in 2016, the Financial Management and Technology Conference will be co-located with the Trading Partner Business Sessions Program this October 4 – 7 at the Palmer House Hilton in Chicago, IL. Designed for independent grocers by independent grocers, the NGA Fall Leadership Meetings will provide four days of educational programming, pre-scheduled trading partner meetings and networking opportunities all under one roof. 

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Grocers in the Community

Oak Point Fresh Market assists Louisiana flood victims

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Oak Point Fresh Market is playing a major part in Louisiana's flood relief. The two-store operator based out of Denham Springs, LA, has been donating essential items to the Live Oak United Methodist Church, where 425 flood victims have sought shelter. 

Rev. Mark Crosby, pastor of Live Oak United Methodist Church, says this isn't this first time that Oak Point Fresh Market has gone above and beyond to help those in need. “In the Buras community, whenever disaster came, they were always the unofficial Red Cross, if you will,” Crosby said. “They even helped the sheriff’s office. When (Hurricane) Katrina came, he stayed behind to make sure the sheriff’s department had what they needed. He’s that kind of guy.”

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