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Elizabeth Crocker Named NGA Research and Education Foundation Executive Director

Arlington, VA – The National Grocers Association (NGA), the national trade association representing the independent supermarket industry, today announced the appointment of Elizabeth Crocker as Vice President and Executive Director for the NGA Research and Education Foundation (NGA Foundation). “On behalf of NGA, we are thrilled to be expanding the NGA Foundation under the leadership of…
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NGA Bolsters Member Services and Government Relations Teams

Arlington, VA – The National Grocers Association (NGA), the national trade association representing the independent supermarket industry, today announced the addition of two new staff members to its member services and government relations departments. Corinne Routhier has been named NGA Vice President of Business Development and Member Services. In her new role for NGA, Routhier will…
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NGA Applauds Federal Reserve Move to Protect Competition in the Debit Card Market

Calls on Visa to Eliminate Any Operating Rule that Violates Federal Law Arlington, VA – The National Grocers Association (NGA) applauded the Federal Reserve for taking steps to protect competition in the debit card marketplace and called on Visa to quickly remove any operating rule that violates federal law. Earlier this month, the Federal Reserve…
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Independent Grocer Testifies Before House Agriculture Committee on SNAP Program

Balls Food Store’s Mike Beal Shares Success Story with Double Up Food Bucks Program Arlington, VA – Mike Beal, Chief Operating Officer of Balls Food Stores, located in Kansas City, KS today testified on behalf of the National Grocers Association (NGA) before the U.S. House of Representatives Agriculture Committee in a hearing titled “The Past,…
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NGA Announces New Appointments to Board of Directors

Arlington, VA – The National Grocers Association (NGA) today announced the appointment of David Ochs, Senior Vice President Sales, East of KeHE Distributors, LLC and Jeff Strack, President and CEO of Strack & Van Til, LLC, to fill recent vacancies on its Board of Directors. Additionally, the organization named Mike Stigers, Executive Vice President and…
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NGA Honors U.S. Senator Susan Collins with Champion of Independent Grocers Award

Arlington, VA – The National Grocers Association (NGA) presented U.S. Senator Susan Collins of Maine with its Champion of Independent Grocers Award in recognition of her efforts to advance pro-growth policies and enact legislation that supports the independent supermarket industry.  The award was presented in conjunction with the Maine Grocers and Food Producers Association’s “Maine…
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NGA Announces Expansion of The NGA Show

San Diego selected to be the future home to annual conference in 2019 and 2020 ARLINGTON, VA – Today, the National Grocers Association (NGA) announced that the 2019 NGA Show will be held in San Diego, California on February 24 – 27, 2019 and February 23 – 26, 2020. This move in location is directly…
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EMV Transition Still Presents Challenges and Confusion

Arlington, VA – The National Grocers Association (NGA) today sent a letter to the House Small Business Committee with an update on the payment system transition from magnetic stripe electronic payments to EMV (Europay, MasterCard and Visa) chip cards, also known as the EMV transition, within the independent supermarket industry. The transition to the EMV…
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NGA Holds Annual Congressional Best Bagger Showdown

Arlington, VA — The National Grocers Association (NGA) held its fifth annual Congressional Best Bagger Showdown yesterday at the Library of Congress, located on Capitol Hill. NGA’s 2016 Best Bagger National Champion, Candice Lastimado of Metropolitan Markets, located in Seattle, WA, competed against Congressman Dan Newhouse (WA-04). Candice was able to fend off a good effort…
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NGA: Repeal of Debit Card Swipe Fee Reform Will Hurt Independent Grocers

ARLINGTON, VA – The National Grocers Association (NGA) today issued the following statement in response to a House Financial Services Committee markup of the Financial CHOICE Act of 2016 (H.R. 5983), a bill that repeals debit card swipe fee reform, also known as the Durbin Amendment that was passed in the 2010 as a part of the…
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Independent Grocers Rally to Protect Debit Card Swipe Fee Reform

ARLINGTON, VA – Today, more than 400 merchants from across the country sent a letter to Members of Congress urging them to protect debit card swipe fee reform, also known as the Durbin Amendment that was included in the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010.  Nearly half of the signatories were independent grocers…
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Former Speaker of the House John Boehner to Keynote 2017 NGA Show

ARLINGTON, VA – The National Grocers Association (NGA) announced today that former Speaker of the United States House of Representatives John Boehner will deliver the opening keynote address, sponsored by The Kraft Heinz Company, during the 2017 NGA Show held February 12 – 15 at the Mirage Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. A former…
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2016 Independent Grocers Financial Survey Released

ARLINGTON, VA – FMS and the National Grocers Association (NGA) have released the results of the 2016 Independent Grocers Financial Survey, covering fiscal year 2015. This joint study polled independent supermarket operators in 38 states and four Canadian provinces on their financial performance and business strategies, and provides an in-depth look at the economic, political, and…
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NGA Statement on President Obama Signing of National Biotech Disclosure Law

Arlington, VA – Peter J. Larkin, president and CEO of the National Grocers Association (NGA) issued today the following statement applauding President Obama for signing into law a biotechnology labeling bill that creates a national labeling standard for food products made with genetically engineered (GE) ingredients and genetically modified organisms (GMOs). Larkin said: “We appreciate…
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National Grocers Association Announces Co-location of Fall Programs

Event Brings Education and Best Practices from Across the Industry to Independent Grocers ARLINGTON, VA – The National Grocers Association (NGA) today announced the co-location of two educational programs exclusively designed for independent supermarket operators. NGA’s Financial Management and Technology Conference will meet in conjunction with Trading Partner Business Sessions Program this October 4 – 7…
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NGA Commends House for Passage of GMO Disclosure Labeling Bill

ARLINGTON, VA – The National Grocers Association (NGA) today applauded the U.S. House of Representatives for the passage of biotechnology labeling legislation, which ensures a uniform, national labeling standard for food products made with genetically engineered (GE) ingredients and genetically modified organisms (GMOs). The bill passed the House with a bipartisan vote of 306-117. The bill…
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NGA Praises Senate Passage of National GMO Disclosure Legislation

Arlington, VA – The National Grocers Association (NGA) today issued the following statement from President and CEO Peter J. Larkin on the Senate passage of a bipartisan bill that creates a national labeling standard for foods made with genetically engineered (GE) ingredients and genetically modified organisms (GMOs). “On behalf of the independent supermarket industry, NGA…
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NGA Applauds Senate for Bipartisan Vote to Advance a National Food Labeling Solution

Arlington, VA – The National Grocers Association (NGA) today applauded the U.S. Senate for invoking cloture on S. 764, a bill that includes important reforms to biotechnology labeling by creating a national, uniform labeling standard for all foods made with genetically engineered (GE) ingredients and genetically modified organisms (GMOs). A vote on cloture is a…
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NGA Statement on Visa, MasterCard Antitrust Settlement Decision

ARLINGTON, VA – Peter J. Larkin, president and CEO of the National Grocers Association (NGA), released the following statement following the decision of the Second Circuit Court of Appeals in the antitrust case: In Re Payment Card Interchange Fee and Merchant Discount Antitrust Litigation. “While NGA is still reviewing today’s decision by the Second Circuit Court…
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NGA Statement on Roberts-Stabenow GMO Labeling Agreement

ARLINGTON, VA – The National Grocers Association (NGA) President and CEO Peter J. Larkin today issued the following statement regarding the agreement reached on labeling for food products containing genetically engineered (GE) ingredients offered by Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Pat Roberts (R-KS) and Ranking Member Debbie Stabenow (D-MI). Larkin said: “NGA appreciates the leadership and bipartisan…
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