National Grocer

NGA's Blog covering all things independent supermarket

  • 10 Ways To Give Back and Get Involved with the NGA Foundation

    No matter your tenure or time available, there are lots of ways to help advance the mission of the NGA Foundation. Read below to learn more about how you can participate by donating your time, resources, or experience.

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  • Polishing off Your Thanksgiving Leftovers

    While Thanksgiving is a holiday to remind us to be grateful, especially for chance to gather as friends and family to break bread, it is also a time where we are confronted with more food than we can eat; resulting in an astonishing amount of food that is wasted. Not sure what to do with those leftovers? This is your chance to get creative as you transform leftovers into an exciting new meal.

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  • Making A Difference for the Next Generation of the Grocery Industry

    The NGA Foundation seeks to position the industry as an employer of choice for college students and is committed to supporting students planning careers with independent grocers. Since 1990 NGA and its affiliates have awarded over $1 million in scholarships providing the critical resources needed to invest in our future leaders. Learn more about one of this year’s scholarship recipients and how this scholarship is helping her to pursue her future career.

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  • Friendsgiving: A Positive for Grocers Throughout the Country

    While the Thanksgiving holiday has time honored-elements that are unlikely to change any time soon, new trends are introduced every few years that make slight changes to one of the most traditional celebrations.

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  • 6 Tips For Creating a Winning Creative Choice Awards Entry

    The NGA Creative Choice Awards are the perfect opportunity to showcase your store’s successes on a national stage and with one more month to submit entries, there’s no time like the present to start crafting your submissions.

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  • Lame Duck To-Do List for Grocers

    The mixed election results mean a mixed bag of opportunities and challenges for NGA in the days and months ahead. Before we look to the 116th Congress, there are a number of outstanding items on the to-do list that this Congress must address during the Lame Duck session.

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  • Take Me Out to The Marketing Game

    Retailers vying to differentiate in this hyper-competitive environment might benefit from taking marketing ideas from a different field — the baseball field.

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  • Changing Up What’s on Your Plate This Fall

    Traditionally speaking, Fall has been a time where comfort foods, such as meatloaf and mac and cheese, are staples on our tables. But American’s palates are expanding and as consumers gain access and greater exposure to more global products, interest in ethnic foods has increased among a range of races and cultures.

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  • Political Engagement and Grassroots: Why it is so important for independent grocers

    The right to petition the government was a bedrock principle of the Founding Fathers. Over many generations, political engagement, including grassroots advocacy has become a sophisticated activity for political parties, corporations, unions, nonprofits – just about anyone who is impacted by government.

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  • Hurricane Resources for Grocers Impacted by Hurricane Florence

    To help supermarkets in the path of the Hurricane Florence, NGA has compiled federal and state resources below, and will continue to update the information.

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  • Meet the Scholastic Stars Receiving NGA Scholarships to Further Their Education

    The NGA Foundation is again investing in some of the industry’s bright minds by providing up to $73,000 to help students earn their degrees.

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  • Innovation and Collaboration that Make an Impact

    Independent grocers wear multiple different hats. Staying ahead of the curve can mean many things, especially to independent supermarket operators, who have a unique set of challenges and opportunities in the food retail industry.

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  • Women Grocers of America – Making a Difference for the Future

    The statistics are alarming; women are leaving the grocery industry at a rate four times that of men; the turnover rate for women in first and mid-level managerial positions is 24%; the turnover for women in executive roles is 27%. Retention is a challenge and many factors are contributing to it. Leading the list of reasons women leave the grocery industry, is that there are fewer female role models at higher levels in their organizations to whom they can look for leadership development.

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  • Savor Summer’s Bounty

    Many kids across the U.S. are starting to head back to school and the days seem to be getting shorter, but there’s still plenty of time left in the summer season! Often featured on summer tables are a medley of bright and beautiful fresh produce, where a tomato or a pepper or a peach can emerge as the star of a dish.

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  • Communication, Education Helps to Drive Shopper Satisfaction

    Independent supermarket operators are raising their games within the fresh and local categories, but effectively communicating these efforts and educating their shoppers can be key to optimizing these points of differentiation.

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  • Farm Bill in the Homestretch

    It's the dog days of summer in Washington, D.C., and Congress is a step closer towards enacting one of its top agenda items, the 2018 Farm Bill. Before Congress left town for the Fourth of July recess, the Senate passed a Farm Bill by a vote of 86-11, and the House barely squeaked through a bill by a 213-211 vote. In the coming weeks, Congress will convene a Conference Committee to reconcile the differences between the two bills, in a manner we remember from School House Rock, but a rarity in the modern political climate.

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  • Flavor Your Fourth of July

    There is nothing quite like the smell of the grill heating up over the summer time! Typically speaking, that smell is accompanied by some type of gathering or event with friends and families.

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  • Schools Out for Summer

    School is out for summer and with homework no longer on the table, summer is the perfect time to set out and cook with your little ones. In addition to spending time with your child, there are many benefits to having your children learn how to cook.

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  • Independent Grocer Benchmark Survey Reveals Optimism for the Future

    With the explosion of new formats and competitors in the marketplace, alongside some continued food deflation, 2017 was a challenging year for independent supermarket operators. However, as the true entrepreneurs of the industry, independent grocers are responding in innovative ways to these challenges, and according to the latest NGA benchmark survey, the majority (71.7%) said they were optimistic that 2018 would be a better year for business.

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  • Next Steps and What to Expect for the 2018 Farm Bill

    This week, the Senate is poised to release its version of the 2018 Farm Bill. We anticipate that the Senate version will look vastly different from the House version as both Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Pat Roberts (R-KS) and Ranking Member Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) have acknowledge that it will make limited changes to the SNAP program.

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