Industry Collaboration

NGA's Industry Relations team provides support for independent supermarket operators on the latest trading partner issues while creating forums that lead to new opportunities with manufacturers, service suppliers and wholesalers that help independents grow their business.

To discuss how your company can become a more eNGAged associate member of NGA, please contact Corinne Routhier, Vice President, Business Development & Member Services, at or 571-777-9093. 

Advocating for a Stronger, Committed Industry

Understanding what is on the horizon is exceedingly important in protecting a strong, vibrant industry that offers opportunity for innovation. By monitoring trends and issues, NGA is proactive in identifying opportunities and minimizing potential challenges. We gather information and knowledge about these issues and, when appropriate, lead an effort with our key partners to address them. 

Trading Partner Business Sessions

The NGA Trading Partner Business Sessions (TPBS) program represents a key opportunity to connect independent retailers and wholesalers with manufacturers and service suppliers (“trading partners”) through pre-arranged senior level meetings designed to discuss mutual business opportunities, strategies and goals.

Joint Industry Collaboration Platforms

Facts Up Front

Facts Up Front, led by industry partners the Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) and the Food Marketing Institute (FMI), is a voluntary nutritional product labeling initiative that has created labels that display how many calories and how much saturated fat, sodium and sugar is in each serving. Some labels may also provide information about other good nutrients, such as fiber and calcium. To learn more, check out the interactive label HERE.

Frozen Food Roundtable

The Frozen Food Roundtable (FFRT), organized under the auspices of the American Frozen Food Institute (AFFI) has launched a national consumer facing campaign, "Frozen. How Fresh Stays Fresh." designed to change how consumers think and feel about frozen foods. As a critical part of this effort, The FFRT developed a retailers’ support portal to provide the tools, materials and messaging that will easily and effectively extend the campaign's television and digital advertising to consumers. For more information, visit HERE.

Joint Industry Coupon Committee

NGA, as a member of the Joint Industry Coupon Committee (JICC) has been working to address industry coupon guidelines with updated information on data standards, digital coupons and fraud and counterfeit coupon deterrence. In conjunction with the Coupon Information Corporation, NGA sends Fraudulent Coupon Alerts to members warning of new fraudulent and counterfeit coupons in the marketplace with information how to spot them before they are redeemed.

Partnership for Food Safety Education

The Partnership’s mission is to end illness and death from foodborne infection in the United States. The organization was formed in 1997 in response to an independent panel report which called for a national public-private partnership to educate the public about safe food handling and preparation and supports health educators and influencers by making their work more visible, collaborative, and effective. NGA is a member of the Partnership for Food Safety Education as a sponsoring partner. Click HERE to learn more.

Rapid Recall Express

Rapid Recall Express is a fillable standardized form that applies industry expertise and best practices to recall and withdrawal notifications. It’s free and available to all companies for use in the event of a product recall or withdrawal, making it easy to communicate directly to trading partners of your choosing. Plus, Rapid Recall Express follows GS1 Standards. These Standards provide unique identification of products and other associated information regarding these items, such as date codes and the reason for the recall. Find out more by visiting HERE.

Related Resources:  

Joint Industry Rapid Recall Express Implementation Communication 2.18.16
Rapid Recall Express Shipping Template 


SmartLabel™ is an innovative new program, created by manufacturers and retailers, that enables consumers to get additional details about a wide range of food, beverage, pet care, household and personal care products.  SmartLabel™ will change the way people shop and will help them get answers to questions they have on the products they purchase when they want that information. Learn more at

Related Resources:  

SmartLabel FAQ

SmartLabel Fact Sheet

Association Coalition for Transactional Data Security

The Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) is a set of requirements designed to ensure that ALL companies that process, store or transmit credit card information maintain a secure environment; essentially any merchant that has a Merchant ID (MID).

The Coalition for Data Security seeking to address PCI Compliance through legislative/administrative means, create technology roadmap for the industry to follow and develop an education center with coalition partners for the benefit of our members.

Industry Resources

PlanetRetail RNG

Through this partnership with The Coca-Cola Company, NGA independent retail and wholesale members have complimentary access to the following valuable assets provided by PlanetRetail RNG:

  • A global database of over 212,000 store photos in 2,600 photo galleries covering all retail channels. 

  • A weekly newsletter featuring latest news and analysis on the grocery industry and in-store trends.

  • A quarterly insights and trends webinar series

  • Access to Retail News and List Rankings Reports

For more information or to sign up, please click HERE

**NGA members: use the link above to log-in to your NGA member profile and click 'RNG Portal' located on the left menu.


To view the list of state associations, click HERE

Contact Information

Corinne Routhier, Vice President, Business Development & Member Services:
Marcene Jack, Coordinator, Membership, Business & Industry Development:

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