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NGA Disappointed CMS Ruling Leaves Out Pharmacy DIR Fee Reforms

Arlington, VA- Today, the National Grocers Association (NGA), the national trade association representing the independent supermarket industry, expressed its disappointment after a long-awaited drug pricing rule released yesterday evening by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) failed to include necessary reforms to pharmacy price concessions and the retroactive nature of direct and indirect…
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Food Retailers Advocate on Tax Reform and Payments with Lawmakers

Washington D.C. – Retail members from the Food Marketing Institute (FMI) and the National Grocers Association (NGA), which include supermarket retailers, wholesalers, and food industry state association executives, will participate in nearly 200 meetings with Members of Congress and their staff during “Day In Washington,” the annual supermarket industry fly-in. Grocers and food industry executives will…
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NGA Statement on U.S. Supreme Court Case That Examines Confidential Business Information

Arlington, VA – The National Grocers Association (NGA), the trade association representing the independent supermarket industry, today issued the following statement from NGA President and CEO Peter Larkin following the oral arguments in the U.S. Supreme Court case that examined whether store-level SNAP sales data is considered confidential and therefore protected from public dissemination. “Store-level…
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NGA Statement on White House’s Budget Proposal

Today, the National Grocers Association (NGA), the trade association representing the independent supermarket industry, issued the following statement from Greg Ferrara, NGA executive vice president in response to the White House’s FY 2020 Budget proposal: “Independent supermarkets are strong partners with the federal government in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) food delivery system, serving…
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NGA and ROFDA to Co-locate Fall Meetings

ARLINGTON, VA  – The National Grocers Association (NGA) and the Retailer Owned Foods Distributors & Associates (ROFDA) today announced the co-location of the organizations’ annual fall conferences. The joint event will take place November 7– 10 at the Sawgrass Marriott Golf Resort and Spa in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida. “As the industry continues to face…
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Saint Joseph’s University Winner of 2019 Student Case Study Competition

Arlington, VA- The National Grocers Association (NGA) announced Saint Joseph’s University as the winner of the 2019 Student Case Study Competition, held at The NGA Show in San Diego, CA. Western Michigan University was awarded with second place in the competition. More than 80 students from 13 leading universities with food industry programs competed this year,…
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National Grocers Association Awards “Outstanding Marketer” to Cecil K’s Hometown Market, “Outstanding Merchandiser” to Coborn’s

San Diego, CA- National Grocers Association (NGA) today revealed this year’s top winners of its Creative Choice Awards in the Marketing and Merchandising categories. The “Outstanding Marketer” and “Outstanding Merchandiser” titles are the highest award of the Creative Choice Awards contest. Outstanding Marketer was awarded to Cecil K’s Hometown Market, located in Holton, Kansas, for…
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NGA Recognizes Two Industry Leaders with Prestigious Awards

San Diego, CA– The National Grocers Association (NGA) recognized two industry leaders with top awards during the 2019 NGA Show. The Women Grocers of America (WGA) presented the Women of the Year Award to Jan Gee, president of the Washington Food Industry Association. She has dedicated over 30 years to being a voice of small…
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NGA Announces Inaugural Peter J. Larkin Award for Community Service

San Diego, CA  – The National Grocers Association announced at the Opening Keynote Session of The NGA Show the establishment of the Peter J. Larkin Award for Community Service in honor of Peter’s retirement at the end of 2019. This award will be presented annually to an independent retailer or wholesaler for his or her…
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National Grocers Association Crowns 2019 Best Bagger Champion

 The National Grocers Association (NGA) today announced Dwayne Campbell, of Hy-Vee, located in Iowa, defeated 23 other best baggers from across the country to claim a grand prize of $10,000. The Best Bagger Championship was sponsored by PepsiCo and emceed by Akbar Gbajabiamila, co-host of NBC’s American Ninja Warrior and author of Everyone Can Be…
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NGA Announces Akbar Gbajabiamila to Emcee Best Bagger Championship

Arlington, VA- Akbar Gbajabiamila, co-host of NBC’s America Ninja Warrior and author of Everyone Can Be A Ninja, will emcee the National Grocers Association (NGA) Best Bagger Championship, sponsored by PepsiCo, Inc. Now in its 33rd year, the event provides grocery baggers from across the country with the opportunity to compete for the 2019 Best…
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National Grocers Association Reveals Creative Choice Awards Category Winners

Arlington, VA.- Today, the National Grocers Association (NGA) revealed this year’s winners in its Creative Choice Awards contest, sponsored by Kellogg’s and Unilever. The year-long contest honors the best marketing and merchandising programs in the grocery industry that have positively impacted sales, had a unique benefit to the community, and raise the bar for creativity…
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National Grocers Association Calls for Review of Pharmacy DIR Fee Structure

Arlington, VA- The National Grocers Association (NGA), the national trade association representing the independent supermarket industry, filed comments on a proposed rule with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) on pharmacy Direct and Indirect Remuneration (DIR) fees that negatively impact the independent supermarket industry. “NGA commends the Administration and CMS for proposing regulations…
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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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NGA Hires Robert Yeakel as Director of Government Relations

Arlington, VA. – The National Grocers Association (NGA) today announced that Robert Yeakel has joined its government relations department as a director. In this role, Yeakel will manage payments and data security policy issues. “Robert’s experience on Capitol Hill will be a tremendous benefit to the NGA team as we continue to score legislative victories…
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Laura Strange Appointed Senior Vice President, Communications and External Affairs

Arlington, VA – The National Grocers Association (NGA) is pleased to announce that Laura Strange has been appointed to the position of Senior Vice President, Communications and External Affairs.  Laura previously served as Vice President, Industry Relations, Marketing, and Communications.  In this expanded role Laura will continue to oversee the industry relations, marketing and communications…
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NGA Praises Signing of Farm Bill that Includes Important Wins for Main Street Grocers

Arlington, VA –National Grocers Association (NGA) President and CEO Peter Larkin released the following statement after President Trump signed the 2018 Farm Bill: “Today, President Trump signed a Farm Bill into law that strengthens the SNAP public-private partnership between the federal government and independent supermarket operators and provides certainty throughout the country and provides certainty…
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NGA: Farm Bill Contains Important Victories for Independent Grocers

Arlington, VA – The National Grocers Association (NGA), the national trade association representing the independent supermarket industry, today released the following statement from Peter Larkin, NGA president and CEO, on the passage of the 2018 Farm Bill: “On behalf of the independent grocers across the nation, we applaud the final passage of the Farm Bill and…
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