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CDC EPIC Spotlight on Hurricane Communication Resources

Supermarkets are on the front lines of emergency response both in preparation for an impending disaster such as a hurricane, and as one of the primary operations that must be up and running for a community to be able to recover after a disaster strikes. Federal, state, and local governmental entities have partnered with local…
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Guest Blog: Hosting my Senator for a Store Tour- Jeff Strack

As the President and CEO of Strack & Van Til, a family owned supermarket chain serving Northwest Indiana, I had the honor of hosting my newest U.S. Senator, Mike Braun, for a Congressional store tour in April. Having recently bought back the chain of grocery stores that my family helped found in 1959, I know…
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6 Member Benefits to Take Advantage of This Spring

With the ever-changing landscape of grocery, independents must be nimble to not only survive, but to thrive. To aid store operators and their associates to better navigate the challenges facing our industry, NGA and the NGA Foundation have worked to create numerous opportunities to help independents stay one step ahead of the competition. As you…
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Support your Main Street Grocer: Tell Congress to Fix the Glitch!

An issue dubbed as the “retail glitch” has been put back in the spotlight this month. The glitch resulted from a drafting error in the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act that caused the tax burden on a category of business investment called Qualified Improvement Property (QIP) to be increased. Because of this error, interior improvements…
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NGA Highlights Important Role Independents Have with SNAP-Ed Program

On Wednesday, March 20, Molly Pfaffenroth, NGA Director of Government Relations, advocated for independent grocers and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)-Education program to Congressional offices and the Administration. Joined by colleagues from The Food Trust, Feeding America, and Share Our Strength, Molly met with staff from Representative Dusty Johnson (R-SD), Ranking Member of the…
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NGA Urges USDA to Direct More FINI Resources to Grocery Stores

Yesterday, Chris Jones, NGA’s VP of Government Relations & Counsel testified in a listening session at the USDA focused on Research, Education, and Economics programs.  USDA hosted the listening session to give the public input on the Department’s work to implement the 2018 Farm Bill.     The 2018 Farm Bill invested significantly more resources into…
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NGA Participates in USDA SNAP Listening Session

Earlier this week Chris Jones, NGA’s Vice President of Government Relations & Counsel, participated in a listening session with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food and Nutrition Service (USDA FNS) on implementation of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) provisions in the 2018 Farm Bill. Chris provided verbal comments on several Farm Bill provisions impacting…
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Trends and Topics at the 2019 NGA Show

The NGA Show wrapped up its 2019 event in San Diego last week with a wide range of takeaways for attendees. Here are some insights from the sessions, workshops, and award presentations. Retaining Talent: The NGA Show included several workshops aimed at attracting millennials to the supermarket industry, and this topic was the focus of…
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State of the Union Address Features Calls to Actions that Impact Grocers

President Trump delivered his second State of the Union address last night, a speech that featured both divisive rhetoric and calls for bipartisan action and unity. In discussing his economic record and agenda, the President highlighted several areas of interest to the independent supermarket industry. The President started by boasting his economic policy successes noting…
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Post-Shutdown Update: SNAP Benefits Going Forward

By: Molly Pfaffenroth, NGA Director of Government Relations Last week, President Trump reached a deal with Congress to reopen and fund the federal government through February 15, 2019. This is a continuing resolution (CR), which is a type of appropriations bill that offers stopgap funding when a regular, annual appropriations bill is not passed. The…
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Join me to Build the Future of Our Industry

By: Cindy Sorensen, CEO, The Grocery Group   I’m a 35 year-career veteran of the grocery industry.  I started my career as a retail sales representative for Nestle Foods in 1983.   During the thirty-five years which followed, I held several positions of increasing responsibility on the vendor side of the industry.  Just like any career,…
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Government Shutdown: The Current State of Affairs

As we enter the 27th day of the partial government shutdown, there is still no end in sight. Both the Senate and the House adjourned last week making this the longest shutdown in U.S. history. This week, a bipartisan Senate effort to end the shutdown failed. Below is a brief overview the shutdown and its…
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Support the Future of the Independent Grocery Industry in San Diego

The NGA Show is almost upon us, and with over 60 education sessions, 8 special events and more than 400 exhibitors on the EXPO floor, we’re ready for an incredible first year gathering independents in San Diego, CA! As you set your meetings, prepare your schedule, and scout the sessions that best suit your needs,…
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Larkin: Why Independents Continue To Stand Out

This column originally ran in The Shelby Report   Food retail is transforming. Disruption is changing the landscape. However, that doesn’t mean everything changes. Retailers still need to engage customers and provide exceptional products and services. No one understands this better than independent supermarket operators. They go the extra mile to engage customers, especially as…
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Clearing up Dietary Confusion

With the holiday season coming to an end, many Americans will be making New Year’s resolutions. Frequently, resolutions take the form of a commitment to diet to lose weight and improve health. However, there is confusion among consumers about what dietary decisions need to be made to achieve their goals. Since 80% of New Year’s…
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10 Ways To Give Back and Get Involved with the NGA Foundation

#GivingTuesday is more than one day in November, it’s the perfect opportunity to support the next generation of the grocery industry. No matter your tenure or time available, there are lots of ways to help advance the mission of the NGA Foundation. –Donate financially to the NGA Foundation to help support programs for the next generation…
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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. According to the National Turkey Federation,…
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Making A Difference for the Next Generation of the Grocery Industry

 It is because of financial assistance from the NGA Foundation that I’m able to focus on this important educational programming and make an impact locally.   2017 NGA Foundation scholarship recipient Denise Malkoon is no stranger to the food industry. While studying psychology at Arizona State University, Malkoon helped her brother run PB Americano, a…
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Friendsgiving: A Positive for Grocers Throughout the Country

With Thanksgiving just two days away, grocers throughout the country are getting ready for increased customer traffic by stocking shelves and preparing employees to handle customer requests. While the 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…
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6 Tips For Creating a Winning Creative Choice Awards Entry

  Nov 16, 2018 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.  With hundreds of marketing campaigns and merchandising events submitted across ten categories, it’s imperative…
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