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Are you Trending on Social Media? Submit your Campaign for a Creative Choice Award

With the 2020 NGA Show in sunny San Dieo quickly approaching, it’s time to start gearing up for the great events scheduled, including the Creative Choice Awards. The annual contest, presented by Kellogg’s and Unilever, recognizes the best marketing and merchandising programs in the grocery industry. One area in which supermarkets are strong marketers is…
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NGA Guest Blog: The Power of Frozen in Retail By AFFI President and CEO Alison Bodor

A recent report entitled The Power of Frozen by the American Frozen Food Institute (AFFI) and the Food Marketing Institute examines drivers for growth in frozen foods. The report features opportunities to help manufacturers and retailers further align innovative product offerings, merchandising, marketing and branding with how consumers, live, shop and cook. This comprehensive report…
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NGA Blog: A New Door Opens- Greg Ferrara, NGA President and CEO

Summer vacations have come to an end, children are off to school, and daily routines have become more rigid. Fall often serves as a reminder that change is around us, and here at the NGA change has been notable as Peter Larkin – only the second president and CEO of the organization – and mentor…
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Gear Up for Football Season with a Focus on Health and Wellness

With the NFL season only a few days away and college football already underway, shoppers will be stocking up on groceries for tailgating or watching a game at home. Fans are looking for quick, tasty, and healthy meals that will make their game day celebration a success. Here are some healthy recipes that can get…
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Meet the Scholastic Stars Receiving NGA Foundation Scholarships

The NGA Foundation has once again announced this year’s round of scholarships that will be awarded to various students throughout the country that either work or have an interest in the supermarket industry. Preparing today’s students for the challenges of tomorrow is essential to ensuring the supermarket industry continues to prosper. These students represent the…
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Supermarket Execs Discuss What Makes a Great Produce Manager

Following the United Fresh Retail Produce Manager Awards announcement this spring, industry magazine Produce Retailer reached out to five industry veterans on the question of what makes a great produce manager. Produce Retailer spoke with Rob Ybarra, director of produce and floral for St. Cloud, Minn.-based Coborn’s; Jeff Cady, director of produce and floral for…
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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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