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Why GBAC STAR Sanitation Certification is a Plus for Independents: Key Webinar Takeaways

By Jim Dudlicek, Director of Communications and External Affairs The National Grocers Association (NGA) is partnering with ISSA, the Worldwide Cleaning Industry Association and the Global Risk Advisory Council (GBAC), a division of ISSA, to bring a new, comprehensive cleaning, disinfection and infection prevention program to grocery retailers. The program, called the GBAC STAR, is…
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News Roundup: June 27, 2020

By Eric Payne, NGA Manager of Communications NGA Joins Several Organizations Announcing Best Practices for Signature -Free Access to Prescription Drugs This week, NGA joined FMI, NACDS, NCPA, and PCMA issued a joint statement outlining best practices for pharmacies and pharmacy benefit managers to follow for documenting signature-free delivery or pick-up of prescription drugs during…
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Meat Trending Toward New Highs for Summer Sales

By Jim Dudlicek, NGA Director, Communications and External Affairs Less traveling this summer due to the pandemic could mean higher overall meat sales for grocery retailers, but higher prices due to supply issues may stifle spending for traditional meat holidays like Father’s Day and the Fourth of July. Meat department sales have experienced fierce growth…
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The Independent’s Playbook: How to Serve a New Way of Eating

By Jim Dudlicek, Director of Communications and External Affairs It’s no secret that the pandemic has compelled consumers to change how they live their lives, and their relationship with food is near the top of the list. The closing of restaurants for dine-in service forced folks to eat at home more often, and even as…
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News Roundup: June 20, 2020

By Eric Payne, NGA Manager of Communications Progressive Grocer Top Women in Grocery Program Recognizes 2020 Honorees, Including 52 from NGA Member Companies Progressive Grocer’s Top Women in Grocery program has celebrates workplace diversity, highlighting grocers going above and beyond, devoting their time and talents to improving their communities and serving the industry. This year,…
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Coronavirus (COVID-19) and Independent Grocery

The National Grocers Association is actively monitoring the growing spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) both internationally and domestically, and the impacts it will have to the independent grocery industry. The U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has provided information to help with preparedness planning, and we write to you to make sure that…
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Throw Your Hands Up for Independents’ Women

By Maggie White, Director of the NGA Foundation Since 2007, Progressive Grocer’s Top Women in Grocery program has celebrated and advocated for workplace diversity at all levels of the grocery industry. TWIG honorees not only go over and above in their jobs, they devote their time and talents to improving their communities and serve as…
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Establishing “Healthy” Partnerships

By NGA Nutrition Consultant, Shari Steinbach, MS, RDN If you’re looking for a way to expand your wellness outreach and connect with credentialed health professionals you may have to look no farther than your community hospital, medical clinics and local health organizations. The mission of these groups will be focused on public wellness and your…
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News Roundup: June 13, 2020

By Eric Payne, NGA Manager of Communications National Grocers Association Foundation Chosen as Technical Assistance Partner  for USDA Produce Incentive Gap On Thursday, the NGA Foundation announced it has been selected to be a sub-awardee for a federal contract to provide Training and Technical Assistance to retailers implementing produce incentive and prescription projects. The NGA…
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STUDENT SUCCESS STORIES: ‘Share Your Passion and Purpose’

By Jenna DeLoria, Saint Joseph’s University, Class of 2020 I am a graduating senior studying food marketing at Saint Joseph’s University. I am writing to share my experience at the 2020 NGA Show, with feedback on what my generation is looking for, not only as grocery consumers but also in future employers. Walking the Floor:…
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Continue Upward Sales Trends During National Dairy Month

By Jim Dudlicek, NGA Director of Communications and External Affairs June 1 was World Milk Day, kicking off a 30-day celebration known since 1939 as National Dairy Month. It’s an opportunity for independent supermarkets to continue the momentum of increased dairy product sales that have grown since pandemic-related restrictions began nearly three months ago. From…
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The 2020 COVID Recession: Key Takeaways from the NGA Webinar

By Jim Dudlicek, Director of Communications and External Affairs How badly will the economy of your community be affected by COVID-19? Financial experts explained how a post-pandemic economy might look, depending on a number of factors that have yet to transpire. “The world is going to look very different from how it did in the…
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An open letter to our members and the retail industry

The novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak continues to profoundly disrupt our ways of life, and the retail industry is evolving at a rapid pace to adapt to the far-reaching impacts of the pandemic. The retail industry has heroically responded to the COVID-19 outbreak. Independent and national chain grocers, wholesalers, service companies and their employees are on…
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Communities Across the Country Thank Grocers During COVID-19 Pandemic

By Eric Payne, NGA Manager of Communications Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, grocers across the country are experiencing unprecedented demand, encountering shortages and challenges keeping themselves – and their customers – healthy. Grocery associates met this challenge with dedication and resilience, serving their customers on the frontlines. Over the past several months, NGA has highlighted…
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Making the Most of the Wine Boom

Help independent wineries take advantage of the COVID sales surge By Jim Dudlicek, NGA Director of Communications and External Affairs With most bars still closed due to the pandemic, grocers’ spirits are soaring – sales of spirits, that is. Beer and liquor, and especially wine, have been selling well as folks continue to shelter in…
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Recap: NGA Hosts Virtual Town Hall with Rep. GT Thompson (R-PA-15)

by Terence Huie, Manager, Grassroots and PAC Last Friday, NGA hosted a virtual town hall with Representative Glenn “GT” Thompson (R-PA-15) sponsored by the association’s Grocers PAC. NGA was pleased to welcome the Congressman for an opportunity to discuss a variety of issues with our members, including the AG CHAIN Act, the nation’s food supply chain,…
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News Roundup: May 29, 2020

By Eric Payne, NGA Manager of Communications NGA Announces Virtual Executive Conference in September Earlier this week, NGA announced it will host its annual leadership meeting virtually from 9/22-9/25. The decision was made in the interest of health concerns surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic. The new NGA Executive Conference will serve as NGA’s signature event going…
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Doing Business in the “New Normal” Post COVID-19: Key takeaways from the NGA webinar

By Jim Dudlicek, Director, Communications and External Affairs As the coronavirus pandemic wears on, some states are starting to ease restrictions, allowing businesses to reopen. As an essential business, supermarkets have remained open throughout the crisis, adapting operations on the fly to the dictates of social distancing and enhanced safety and sanitation procedures. Consumers are…
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NGA Blog: Opening Hearts and Minds- Mentoring program helps cultivate industry’s new leaders

Shellie Wood                                                                                                                                                                VP of Sales, KeHE Distributors I have had the pleasure of being a mentor for the student program for the past two years. I never imagined that this experience would be something I look so forward to each year. As a mentor, my role is one of support and guidance, as well as…
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