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Supermarket Industry News Roundup: September 29, 2017

Industry Cheers ‘Big Six’ Tax Reform Framework The unveiling of the tax reform framework created by the so-called “Big Six,” which proposes reductions to corporate and pass-through-business tax rates, has earned the initial approval of industry trade organizations. Learn more via Progressive Grocer. Food Industry Associations Praise Tax Reform Proposal  “We applaud House and Senate…
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Giving Independent Grocers a Bigger Voice in Washington

By Greg Ferrara Senior Vice President of Government Relations and Public Affairs One of the most important missions of the National Grocers Association (NGA) is to ensure the federal policies enacted help independent grocers continue to grow, employ workers in their communities, and better serve their shoppers. Our goal is to help members spend more…
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National Food Safety Education Month: Debunking Myths about Safe Food Refrigeration

By Howard Seltzer FDA Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition September is National Food Safety Education Month. The Partnership for Food Safety Education, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and Food and Drug Administration want consumers to know that some beliefs people have about keeping food safe in the refrigerator…
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Supermarket Industry News Roundup: September 22, 2017

  Fees for Using Credit Cards are out of Control and Need Reform When it comes to taking a bite out of consumers and small merchants, the big banks are a lot like “The Walking Dead.” They just keep coming. Every time you use a credit card, your bank swipes a fee of as much…
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5 Benefits NGA Members Receive You Might Not Know About

No one knows better than independent grocers how fiercely-competitive the supermarket industry is. To help store operators and their associates best serve their shoppers, NGA has developed numerous ways to train employees, be one step ahead of the competition, and ultimately stay ahead of the rapidly-changing consumer trend curve. Below are just a few of…
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How Going Green Has Paid Off for this Grocer

By Guy LaPerle Owner of LaPerle’s IGA in Colebrook, N.H. When you’re a business owner there’s nothing better than making a difference in the world, unless it’s making a difference and benefiting your business at the same time—which is exactly what I’ve seen as a pioneer of the green business movement. I’ve been gearing green…
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NGA Research Key Insight: Retailers Urged to Reinvigorate Frequent Shopper Efforts

Independent retailers are known for generating customer loyalty, but they should revisit frequent shopper programs to further boost loyalty efforts. That’s the view of a longtime shopper loyalty expert, Gary Hawkins, chief executive of CART (Center for Advancing Retail & Technology), who sees the need for retailers to recommit to loyalty programs. He offered perspectives…
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Members of Congress Tour Supermarkets During August Recess

While lawmakers may have adjourned for the August district work period, most remained busy visiting constituents in their districts and states, including independent supermarket operators. With independent grocers across every congressional district throughout the country, store tours play an important part of putting a face to the work grocers do every day and showing lawmakers…
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Hispanic Heritage Month Profile: Carlos Castro of Todos Supermarket

Between Sept. 15 to Oct. 15, Hispanic Heritage Month celebrates and highlights all the ways the Hispanic community strengthens American communities. To help honor this important time, we’re highlighting the story of Carlos Castro, owner of Woodbridge, Va.-based Todos Supermarket. Castro was 24 while working in a factory and living in poverty in San Salvador.…
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Supermarket Industry News Roundup: September 15, 2017

Phoenix Student Awarded Scholarship for Being a Rising Star in Grocery Industry The National Grocers Association, the trade association representing the independent supermarket industry, has awarded Phoenix student Denise Malkoon with the Asparagus Club Scholarship. Learn more via Paradise Valley Independent. Food City Student Employees Awarded Scholarships Two K-V-A-T Food City employees and current students…
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The NGA Show 2018 Registration Now Open

  Grocery retailers and wholesalers, food manufacturers, service providers, and others in the food retail industry can now register to join an estimated 3,500 of your grocery peers for The NGA Show in Las Vegas, Nev. this Feb. 11-14, 2018. In fact, this year’s Show is expected to open with record-breaking numbers for the eighth…
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Newport Avenue Market Invites Shoppers to “Meet the Ranchers” and it Pays Off Big

Last summer, Bend, Ore.-based Newport Avenue Market marked their 30-year partnership with Oregon Country Beef—a longstanding relationship built on a bedrock of loyalty and trust. In fact, the supermarket was the beef suppliers first customer way back in 1986 because of their commitment to high product quality, animal welfare, and environmental standards. Not just any…
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Resources for Grocers Impacted by Hurricane Irma

Hurricane Irma has brought life-threatening storm surges, rainfall, and wind hazards to Florida and portions of Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Alabama, and Tennessee. To help supermarkets in the path of the hurricane, NGA has compiled federal and state resources below, and will continue to update the information. In addition, consumers can find food safety…
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Food Safety Checklist for College Students

Preparing for college can be overwhelming. Between saying farewell to close friends and making sure you’ve packed your life away, it’s easy to overlook a few things during the big move. We know you have created a laundry list of essentials to bring along on this new journey. But there’s one thing you have more…
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Food Safety Tips for Areas Affected by Hurricane Irma

For residents in the path of Hurricane Irma, the threat of power outages and flooding can compromise the safety of stored food. The Category 4 hurricane has brought life-threatening storm surges, rainfall, and wind hazards to Florida and portions of Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Alabama, and Tennessee. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food…
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Supermarket Industry News Roundup: September 8, 2017

Indie Operator Tells Congress of Too Many Regs In testimony on behalf of the National Grocers Association (NGA), the trade organization representing the independent supermarket sector, Carlos Castro, president of Woodbridge, Va.-based Todos Supermarket, spoke of the overwhelming number of regulations that keep small businesses from growing. Learn more via Progressive Grocer. Raley’s Ups Label…
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Use These Resources for We Card Awareness Month this September

With We Card Awareness Month here, it’s a great time to train or re-train store associates and raise awareness about federal, state, and local regulations on tobacco, e-cigarettes, and vaping products. NGA sits on the board of directors for The We Card Program, Inc., a national non-profit organization whose important mission — which grocers support…
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An Introduction to the Appropriations and Budget Process

While President Trump and Congressional Republicans might be pursuing an aggressive legislative agenda, including a renewed focus on tax reform, there’s still the annual appropriations and budget processes that they must get through first. The Congressional Budget Act of 1974 outlines a standard framework to guide that process, but the federal government rarely follows that…
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