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NGA Sells Out First-Ever Virtual Executive Conference

Welcomes two new members to its Board of Directors Arlington, VA – The National Grocers Association last week welcomed more than 425 attendees to its sold-out Executive Conference, NGA’s first-ever virtual education and networking event for c-suite retail grocery leaders, held Sept. 22-25, 2020. Designed for CEOs and their leadership teams to explore innovative ways…
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Expanding SNAP Online a Top Priority for Independent Grocers 

Consumers in need remain underserved as e-commerce expands amid pandemic Arlington, VA –  The National Grocers Association (NGA), the trade association representing the independent supermarket industry, is working with legislators and the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food and Nutrition Service (USDA FNS) to expand Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Online Purchasing to more independent grocers…
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NGA Foundation Reveals 2020 Scholarship Recipients

18 students planning careers in grocery receive grants to continue education Arlington, VA – The NGA Foundation, the 501(c)3 nonprofit arm of the National Grocers Association, has announced the recipients of its 2020 scholarship program. This year, 18 students planning careers with independent grocers received scholarships, provided by the generosity of our donors and affiliate…
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NGA Applauds Hours of Service Waiver Extension for Grocery Truckers

Arlington, VA – The National Grocers Association (NGA) today applauded the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s (FMCSA) extension of their Hours of Service emergency declaration, which was set to expire today, but is now extended through the end of the 2020 calendar year. Since March, FMSCA has provided hours of service flexibility for commercial drivers transporting…
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NGA Supports Regulating CBD as a Dietary Supplement

Independent grocers back legislation to ensure regulatory clarity Arlington, VA – The National Grocers Association (NGA), the trade association representing the independent supermarket industry, offered support for bipartisan legislation that would allow hemp-derived cannabidiol (CBD) to be regulated as dietary supplements. Introduced Sept. 4, the Hemp and Hemp-Derived CBD Consumer Protection and Market Stabilization Act…
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NGA Foundation, Cornell Launch Virtual eLeadership Series

Development program aimed at nurturing independent grocery’s rising stars Arlington, VA – The NGA Foundation and Cornell University will host Head Start, a five-day virtual leadership development program crafted to address the challenges of leading a retail business through the pandemic, October 19-23, 2020. Designed to complement NGA’s annual Executive Leadership Development Program (ELDP), the…
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NGA Accepting Creative Choice Award Entries

Contest recognizes the best marketing and merchandising programs Arlington, VA – The National Grocers Association (NGA), the trade association representing the independent supermarket industry, is now accepting entries for its annual Creative Choice Awards, a contest that recognizes the best marketing and merchandising programs of the past year. The contest, sponsored by Kellogg’s and Unilever,…
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FDA’s Frank Yiannas to Address at NGA Executive Conference

Albertsons’ Mayes to provide remarks on diversity at virtual event Sept. 22-25, 2020 Arlington, VA – The National Grocers Association (NGA), the trade association representing independent grocery operators and wholesalers, has announced that Frank Yiannas, deputy commissioner for food policy and response at the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA), will address the NGA’s Executive…
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NGA Applauds Inclusion of Grocery in Trucking Hours of Service Waiver Extension

Arlington, VA – The National Grocers Association (NGA) today applauded the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s (FMCSA) extension and modification of their Hours of Service emergency declaration. The updated waiver allows for commercial drivers transporting “food, paper products and other groceries for emergency restocking of distribution centers or stores” to be eligible for hours of service relief. The…
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2019 Performance Enabled Independent Grocer Success Amid Pandemic

Study Finds 2019 Investments in E-commerce, Store Development, Labor and Communities Were Crucial to Pandemic Response The 2020 edition of the Independent Grocers Financial Survey, a joint study between the National Grocers Association (NGA) and FMS Solutions, labels fiscal year 2019 as a solid year for independents. “Independent grocers started to see positive trends pre-pandemic,…
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NGA Reveals Education Lineup for Executive Conference

Industry thought leaders assemble for virtual event Sept. 22-25, 2020 Arlington, VA – The National Grocers Association (NGA), the trade association representing independent grocery operators and wholesalers, has unveiled its agenda of education sessions at its annual Executive Conference, to be held virtually for the first time Sept. 22-25, 2020. The lineup includes speakers from…
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‘Double Dollars’ Launch Demonstrates SNAP’s Value to Consumers and Independent Supermarkets

Arlington, VA ( July 30, 2020) – The National Grocers Association Foundation Technical Assistance Center (NGAF TAC) has completed coordination of the technical and program aspects of a Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) produce incentive implementation, known as “Kentucky Double Dollars,” between project partners Manchester IGA, Community Farm Alliance (CFA) and technology solution provider POS-Plus,…
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NGA Backs Legislation to Provide Tax Relief to Frontline Workers

The National Grocers Association (NGA) today applauded the introduction of the FRNT LINE Act, authored by Senator Joni Ernst (R-IA), this bill would provide payroll and income tax relief for essential workers, such as grocery industry associates, who have continued their work during the coronavirus pandemic.   “This pandemic has illustrated not only the resiliency of independent grocers, but also how critically important independent grocers are for America’s local communities and…
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NGA Outlines COVID Priorities to Congress

  Rewarding frontline workers, protecting grocers from liability, expanding Online SNAP access for independents, and fixing unemployment compensation are crucial to independent supermarkets Arlington, VA – The National Grocers Association (NGA), the trade association representing the independent supermarket industry, sent a letter yesterday to congressional leadership outlining the top priorities of independent grocers in the…
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NGA Honors AWG’s Stephanie Becker With Spirit of America Award

Arlington, VA – The National Grocers Association (NGA) today presented Stephanie Becker – chief legal officer at Associated Wholesale Grocers (AWG) – with the prestigious Spirit of America Award, recognizing her commitment to the independent supermarket industry. “Stephanie has been with AWG for 15 years, assisting independent retailers in securing store locations, financing expansions and…
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Political Analyst Nathan Gonzales to Keynote NGA Executive Conference

Arlington, VA –   Political analyst Nathan Gonzales will be the opening general session speaker for the National Grocers Association’s Executive Conference, to be held virtually Sept. 22-25, 2020. Gonzales is the editor and publisher of Inside Elections with Nathan L. Gonzales, which provides non-partisan analysis of campaigns for Senate, House, governor and president. Offering…
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NGA Applauds Legislation to Support Independent Grocers on SNAP Online Purchasing

Arlington, VA – The National Grocers Association (NGA), the trade association representing the independent supermarket industry, today applauded the introduction of legislation that would expand Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) online purchasing to independent grocers by reducing existing barriers preventing participation in the program. The Expanding SNAP Options Act (H.R. 7535), was introduced Thursday, July…
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NGA Supports Legislation to Expand Online SNAP to Independents

Arlington, VA – On Thursday, July 2, 2020, U.S. Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) introduced the Expanding SNAP Options Act of 2020, legislation that reduces barriers for independent grocers to participate in the SNAP Online Purchasing program. “NGA is pleased to support the Expanding SNAP Options Act of 2020. This legislation will…
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NGA and ISSA Announce Partnership to Bring Outbreak Prevention, Response and Recovery Accreditation Program to Independents

Arlington, VA – 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 the cleaning industry’s only outbreak prevention,…
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USMCA Secures Free Trade and Vital Imports for Independent Supermarkets

 Arlington, VA – The National Grocers Association, the trade association representing the independent supermarket industry, released the following statement from NGA Director of Government Relations Molly Pfaffenroth, once again voicing support for the United States -Mexico – Canada Agreement (USMCA), which went into effect yesterday. “USMCA is vital for independent retailers and wholesalers, allowing them…
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