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House and Senate Committees Hold Hearings on Tax Reform

By Mike Gleeson Director, Government Affairs As the deadline for overhauling the tax code continues to get pushed back – now to the end of the year – lawmakers are attempting to build momentum for the proposal after returning from the July 4th congressional recess. The House Ways and Means Committee recently held their third…
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NGA Research Key Insight: Coborn’s Succeeds as E-Commerce Differentiator

How can an independent grocer win in an increasingly crowded e-commerce market? For St. Cloud, Minn .-based Coborn’s, the success formula includes boosting its e-commerce investment, differentiating from competitors, training delivery drivers to engage consumers, and even making friends with customers’ dogs. A recent NGA research piece underscored the importance of boosting e-commerce strategies. This…
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Let your Members of Congress Browse the Shelf this August Recess

By Taylor Drzewicki Coordinator, PAC and Grassroots Barbecues aren’t the only thing rolling out this summer – Members of Congress are also preparing to depart Washington for the August district work period to head back home and meet with constituents. With independent grocers across every congressional district throughout the country, this is a prime opportunity…
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White House Invites NGA to Discuss Priorities for Tax Reform

By Mike Gleeson Director, Government Relations On the campaign trail, President Trump promised he would do what hasn’t been done in over 30 years: overhaul the outdated tax code. His Administration appears to be following through on that promise and recently invited NGA to represent independent grocers before senior staff at the White House during…
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Restocking the Industry’s Rising Leaders

By Laura Strange NGA Vice President, Industry Relations, Communications, and Marketing ELDP 2017 Graduation Class No one knows better than independent grocers how a fiercely competitive environment can make the food retail industry challenging for even the best operator. Ensuring rising stars are prepared for the challenges that come along with managing in this new…
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The Value of Convenience – Why You Need to be at NGA’s Fall Leadership Meetings

Earlier this year, NGA announced that it would be aligning its Fall Leadership Meetings, with the NACS Show held in Chicago, IL, on Oct. 17-20. This exciting strategic partnership will bring together the leading small format and independent retailers to explore emerging trends in foodservice, consumer packaged goods, retailer motor fuels, consumer-facing technologies, and operating…
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Labor Secretary Acosta Begins Discussions on Workforce Training

By: Matt Foley Senior Manager, Government Relations Recently, NGA’s president and CEO, Peter J. Larkin, was invited to meet with Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta to hear about the importance of workforce training and discuss opportunities within the independent supermarket industry. Acosta is a former member of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) who authored more…
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Meal Kits: A Rising Trend for Consumers and Their Pets Alike

Companies like Blue Apron and Plated might be the biggest brand names for meal kits, but as their popularity continues to increase more food retailers are embracing the innovative product, including the independent supermarket industry. There’s a good reason, too. Meal Kits: A Rising Trend for Consumers and Their Pets Alike Nearly 19 million shoppers…
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Consumers are Firing Up for Independence Day with More Cookouts

More Americans are lighting up the grills to celebrate the Fourth of July and expected to spend $7.1 billion of food cookouts and picnics in 2017, up from $6.8 billion in 2016, according to a study recently released by Prosper Insight & Analytics on behalf of the National Retail Federation. Approximately 66 percent of those…
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Three Ways to Get Shoppers to Moo-ve Over to the Dairy Aisle

With June Dairy Month here, there’s no better time to reinforce that dairy is a delicious, nutritious, and affordable way for families to receive a calcium-rich diet. The most common – milk, cheese, and yogurt – are stable households products accounting for 68 percent of total dairy department sales. In fact, despite dairy products only…
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NGA Research Key Insight: Getting Social With Customers

Niemann Foods Gets Social With Customers Social media is an increasingly important engagement tool for independent grocers. That point is backed up by the innovative and successful efforts of independent retailer Niemann Foods — which outlined its approaches in an interview — and by the results of NGA research. An NGA report called “The Independent Consumer” illuminates…
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Independent Grocers Team up to Fight Hunger in Their Communities

Independent supermarkets and wholesalers across the country are joining NGA and the Retailer Owned Food Distributors & Associates (ROFDA) this year to help end hunger and raise awareness about the problem by participating in the first-ever “Independents Day of Giving.” The campaign is a special opportunity for the independent supermarket industry to do what it…
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How Congress’s Decision to Protect Swipe Fee Reform Impacts Independent Grocers

The independent supermarket industry and entire retail community recently scored a major victory after House Republican leadership announced lawmakers would no longer include a provision in the Financial CHOICE Act (H.R. 10) that would have repealed debit swipe fee reform. The legislation was introduced by Rep. Jeb Hensarling (R-TX), chair of the House Financial Services…
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SNAP Shot: White House Releases First Full Budget

              The White House recently released its Fiscal Year 2018 budget that would boost spending for the military and border security while cutting social safety net programs, including the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). The President’s budget request officially kicks off the formal process and lays out many of…
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NGA Research Key Insight: Driving a Winning Strategy in Prepared Foods

Green Valley Drives Winning Strategy in Prepared Foods Freshness is essential when it comes to prepared foods. That’s a guiding principle in the successful prepared foods business of Baltimore-based independent retailer Green Valley Marketplace, whose approach underscores findings of a recent National Grocers Association study. NGA produced a research piece that details shoppers’ needs and…
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More than 200 Supermarket Executives Rally on Capitol Hill

Two weeks ago, nearly 200 grocers from across the country descended on Capitol Hill for the annual Day in Washington, the supermarket industry’s annual fly-in cohosted by the National Grocers Association (NGA), Food Marketing Institute (FMI), and Food Industry Executive Association (FIAE). The lobby day included over 300 meetings with lawmakers to discuss the issues…
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Durbin Amendment Repeal Could Double Swipe Fees

Chairman of the House Financial Services Committee Jeb Hensarling (R-TX) is expected to officially introduce the so-called “Financial CHOICE Act” this week, undoing one of most important legislative victories independent grocers have had in the payments space in recent years. The bill includes a repeal provision for the Durbin Amendment, which lowered debit swipe fees,…
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Common-Sense is Key Ingredient for Menu Labeling Regs

In less than three weeks, a 400-page menu labeling rule is set to take effect, subjecting independent grocers to an onerous, one-size-fits all law that was originally intended to cover chain restaurants with standard menu items. This law, which was wrapped up within the Affordable Care Act, threatens to impose burdensome and costly regulations on…
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