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

Associated Food Stores Banners Donates More Than $100K To Make-A-Wish Utah

Associated Foods stores

Associated Food Stores banners has recently raised over $100k for Make-A-Wish Utah. The money will go towards granting the wishes of 20 Utah children with life-threatening medical conditions. Macey’s, Lin’s, Dan’s, Dick’s Market and Fresh Market all participated in the fundraiser, which allowed customers to contribute funds during check-out. 

“It’s inspiring to see this many community grocery stores participate in a statewide campaign to help grant wishes to local children,” said Make-A-Wish Utah CEO Jared Perry. “This annual fundraiser is successful because of the generosity of store employees and guests. Wishes could not be granted without the support of amazing individuals and organizations. Associated Retail Operations and their guests are true community partners.” To read more, click HERE

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