For nearly 40 years, the National Grocers Association (NGA) has represented independent supermarket operators in every congressional district across the country, and the wholesalers that service them. Also represented are affiliated associations, manufacturers, and service suppliers as well as other entrepreneurial companies that support NGA’s Mission and Philosophy.
Today, the National Grocers Association remains the only trade association exclusively focused on representing the independent sector of the food industry.
National Grocers Association 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.
National Grocers Association Philosophy
To promote diversity in the marketplace through a vibrant independent sector, and thereby increase consumer choice in price, variety, quality, service and value.
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.
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.Learn More