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Independent Grocers are Critical to Overcoming SNAP Healthy Food Access Hurdles

By Molly Pfaffenroth, NGA Senior Director of Government Relations The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) recently released a study on the barriers to healthy eating experienced by participants in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). The barriers cited in the “Barriers that Constrain the Adequacy of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Allotments” report include factors such as high costs for healthy foods, unavailability of transportation to the grocery store and lack of knowledge about…
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NGA Spends June Focused on the Economy, DIR Reform, and Raising Awareness about Foundation Initiatives

NGA Releases Economic Impact Study Highlighting Independent Grocers’ Pivotal Role in Growing the Economy  A recent study conducted for NGA by John Dunham & Associates reinforced how independent grocers create positive impacts across the country via jobs, wages, and taxes. The study found independent grocers are responsible for more than 1.1 million jobs that earn wages of nearly $3.3 million.   To view key takeaways from…
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Independents Spend First Half of 2021 Giving Back

By Eric Payne, NGA Manager of Communications Over the last year, independent grocers have served their communities tirelessly during the COVID-19 pandemic, dealing with increased demand for products while keeping customers and employees safe. This is nothing new, as local, family-owned, independent grocers are known for their strong connection to the community.   They are also known…
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NGAF TA Center at the NGA Show: An Opportunity to Connect and Learn

By Pat Jones, Project Assistant One of the most difficult aspects of implementing a SNAP produce incentive program in a grocery store is establishing the necessary connections between three separate entities: grantees, retailers and technology solution providers. Simply put, grantees have the funding, retailers have the stores and the customers, and the technology companies have…
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Independent Grocery Pharmacies Need DIR Fee Reform Now

By Robert Yeakel, Director of Government Relations Independent supermarkets operate over 3,000 pharmacies across the country. In many small towns and rural areas, the grocery store pharmacy is the only healthcare provider in the community. In recent years, two disturbing trends have been accelerating: Medicare Part D beneficiaries are paying higher out-of-pocket costs, and independent…
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What the Economy Has In Store For Grocers: Webinar Key Takeaways

Jim Dudlicek, NGA Director of Communications and External Affairs Grocers’ sales soared during the pandemic, when restaurants closed and consumers ate more meals at home. Now, as restrictions are being lifted, food prices are soaring – CPI experienced its greatest jump since 2008. And when food prices rise, it’s from grocers that most consumers get…
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Nutrition Incentives: A Win-Win for Northgate Gonzalez Markets

By Pat Jones, Project Assistant Northgate Gonzalez Markets is a family-owned independent grocery chain that has been operating in four California counties (Los Angeles, San Diego, Orange and Riverside) for 41 years and currently operates 41 locations. Their stores primarily serve Hispanic and moderate to low-income communities. The family firmly believes that nutrition education and…
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NGA Urges Congress to Prioritize Job Growth Amid Labor Shortage and Tax Threats

Following a series of disappointing jobs reports and several tax hikes being mulled on Capitol Hill, the National Grocers Association joined several efforts to urge the Biden Administration to address the labor shortage and pursue policies that promote, not harm, job growth. Economists had expected hiring to ramp up this year as pandemic-related restrictions are…
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NGA Joins Coalition to Oppose Job-Killing Tax Proposals

By Robert Yeakel, NGA Director of Government Relations Yesterday, The National Grocers Association joined over 30 trade associations in announcing the launch of a new coalition to oppose the Biden Administration’s tax increase proposals. America’s Job Creators for a Strong Recovery is a coalition of associations representing individual and family-owned businesses and corporations that oppose…
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What Grocers Need to Know About the COVID Vaccine: Webinar Key Takeaways

Jim Dudlicek, NGA Director of Communications and External Affairs Grocery workers were among the frontline workers named as priority recipients of the COVID-19 vaccine in many parts of the country. With vaccine rollouts proceeding and shots now widely available, have all your associates been vaccinated? Do they have questions about the vaccine? Are they still…
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Congressional Store Tours: An Opportunity to Showcase Independent Community Grocers as the Cornerstones of America

By Molly Pfaffenroth, Senior Director of Government Relations, National Grocers Association The National Grocers Association (NGA) this week launched its new branding identity — complete with a fresh logo, messaging, color scheme and tag line — the first update since NGA’s founding in 1982. NGA represents independent community grocers in every congressional district across the…
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Nutrition Incentives: What You Need to Know

By Tim O’Connor, Project Consultant, NGAF TA Center Nutrition incentives: Have you seen them in your community? Have you heard about them? If you haven’t, you will. Nutrition incentives are here and are growing. They come with lots of names: GusNIP, SNAP incentives, produce prescription programs, fruit and vegetable programs, and Food-As-Medicine. They are sponsored…
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New Logo and Image Enhance Independents’ Mission for the Future

By Greg Ferrara, NGA President and CEO The National Grocers Association is the singular voice for the true entrepreneurs of the food industry –independent community grocers and wholesalers who model business leadership and a strong commitment to civic life while providing their neighbors quality goods and nourishing foods.  As we look to the future, NGA aims to convey…
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Sponsored Blog: Grocers Can Continue to Grow in the Post-Pandemic Environment

By Dom Coleman, Senior Director, Strategy, T-Mobile No one knows better than you how grocery shopping changed over the last year. How long this change will last and how quickly things will revert, if ever, is anyone’s guess, and grocers need to be prepared to evolve to capture consumers in an increasingly competitive environment. Last…
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HFC Phase Down: What You Need to Know About the EPA’s New Refrigerant Rule

Background: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has proposed a rule to phase down the production and import of a refrigerant known as hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) by 85 percent over a 16-year period. The proposed rule stems from legislation passed by a bipartisan majority on Capitol Hill and signed by former President Donald Trump last December.…
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The Independent’s Playbook: Give Them More In Store

By Jim Dudlicek, NGA Director of Communications and External Affairs One of the biggest retail stories to come out of the pandemic is the turbo boost in the growth and consumer acceptance of online grocery shopping. Within a matter of weeks, the quest for safety as the coronavirus ravaged the countryside drove shoppers to embrace…
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Daisy Pimentel: A Grocery Leader Making a Difference in the South Bronx

By Pat Jones-NGAF TA Center Project Assistant Daisy Pimentel, co-owner and operator of two Fine Fare Supermarkets in the South Bronx with her husband Frank, has made it a priority to be involved with community members as much as possible and provide much needed services and programs.  So, when Daisy learned about nutrition incentives, she…
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Biden’s Speech to Congress: Progressive Goals, Centrist Rhetoric

By Robert Yeakel, NGA Director of Government Relations Last night, President Biden gave his first speech to a joint session of Congress. At almost the 100-day mark of his administration, Biden’s address highlighted not only the accomplishments of his first months in office, but also signaled the agenda that lay ahead.   From getting Americans back to work to making sure…
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Supermarket Industry Lobbies for Key Policies During Annual “Day in Washington” Fly-In

More than 230 supermarket retailers and wholesalers from 143 companies and food industry state association executives from across the nation connected virtually this week with Members of Congress during the annual “Day in Washington” supermarket industry fly-in. Members of the National Grocers Association (NGA) and the Food Industry Association (FMI) participated in more than 220 meetings with Members of Congress and legislative staff to advocate for…
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