NGA Member News

Newsweek Recognizes SpartanNash For Employee Diversity

SpartanNash has been named one of America’s Greatest Workplaces for Diversity 2024 by Newsweek and Plant-A Insights Group for its commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging. The company received the award based on quantitative data from an employee survey as well as other qualitative scoring methods. “Creating an environment where every associate belongs and feels empowered to do their…
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The Shelby Report: ShopRite, Kellogg Donate $100K To Feeding America

ShopRite has partnered with the Kellogg Co. – now known as WK Kellogg Co and Kellanova – to donate $100,000 to 10 Feeding America network food banks in Northeast communities where the grocer has stores. The donations, which were collected at in-store events through the summer and fall, will allow food banks to buy nearly…
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The Shelby Report: Wakefern Welcomes Caudill As Chief Sales Officer

Darren Caudill, who joins Wakefern Food Corp. as chief sales officer this week, brings to the cooperative more than four decades of experience working in grocery wholesale and retail. In his new role, Caudill will lead center store, Own Brands and fresh and prepared foods departments, along with digital and innovation, marketing, merchandising and sales…
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The Shelby Report: KeHE’s New Distribution Center Welcomed In Miami

KeHE Distributors’s new 360,000-square-foot distribution center in Miami began operations in December, allowing for more product innovation and assortment benefiting its retail partners in the Southeast. Operating across five temperature zones, it features an air-conditioned dry warehouse space, freezer and cooler, as well as rooms for ice cream and flex/fresh. “We appreciate the local officials…
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The Shelby Report: AWG’s Smith Reflects On Storied 48-Year Career In Grocery

“It’s been a good ride.” Reflecting on his 48-year career in the grocery industry and upcoming retirement, David Smith, president and CEO of Kansas City-based Associated Wholesale Grocers, said it will be the people he will miss the most – co-workers, AWG member retailers and vendors.  Shelby Publishing is inducting Smith into its Food Industry Hall…
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Robért Fresh Market Makes a Great Gumbo in New Orleans

A (very smart) friend has been urging me for weeks to try the gumbo at the Robért Fresh Market location on Elysian Fields, saying it’s one of the best in the city. Who am I to refuse a recommendation like that? The gumbo comes in two options, seafood or chicken and sausage. I asked the guys at…
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Transforming Food Waste to Gains: A Conversation with Divert CEO Ryan Begin

Even more powerful than finding a solution to a problem is turning a problem into a solution. That’s essentially what Divert Inc. — a West Concord, Mass.-based impact technology company on a mission to convert wasted food into energy — is doing. The company provides an end-to-end solution that it says prevents waste by first maximizing the…
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Storewise Introduces PriceFind For Competitive Pricing Insights

Overland Park, Kansas-based Storewise has introduced PriceFind, a new competitive pricing tool delivering visibility to competitors’ pricing on hundreds of key value items. As a result of this new tool, independent grocers will know where their KVI prices stand amongst certain regional and national players local to them. Key benefits of the new PriceFind tool by Storewise include…
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The Shelby Report: Food City Named 2023 Southeast Retailer Of The Year

Food City, The Shelby Report of the Southeast’s 2023 Retailer of the Year, has grown exponentially over the years through acquisition and natural growth. The privately held, family-owned company began as an 800-square-foot Piggly Wiggly in Grundy, Virginia, according to Steven C. Smith, president and CEO.  Food City was also previously named The Shelby Report of the Southeast’s 2016 Retailer…
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Wakefern Appoints Mike Stigers as New President

Wakefern Food Corp.’s board of directors appointed industry veteran Mike Stigers as its new president, following Joe Sheridan’s retirement after 47 years with the cooperative. Wakefern, which had record sales of more than $18 billion in 2022, is the country’s largest retailer-owned cooperative with member companies that own and operate supermarkets under the ShopRite, Price…
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Community Involvement Is ‘Secret Sauce’ For Piggly Wiggly Midwest

Headquartered in Sheboygan, Wisconsin, Piggly Wiggly Midwest has been a regional institution since 1911. Founded as the Schultz Brothers Co. by brothers Herman, Arthur and Oscar Schultz, the company was a wholesale dealer dedicated to serving independent grocers.  In 1949, the brothers began operating Piggly Wiggly corporate retail stores, according to Mark McGowan, SVP of…
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Progressive Grocer: Isom IGA Reopens in Kentucky

Isom IGA grocery store in Isom, Ky., has reopened its doors after devastating floods shut it down last July. After nearly nine months of repairs, the store has planned several events to commemorate its return to the Letcher County community, including a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 9:00 a.m. on Wednesday, April 5. Independent Grocers Alliance (IGA) CEO…
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Food City to build new ‘state-of-the-art supermarket’ in Kentucky to replace existing store

Food City is planning to build a new supermarket in South Williamson, Kentucky, with an opening date this fall, the Abingdon, Virginia-based grocery retailer announced Friday. The 51,300-square-foot supermarket will be constructed on the same site using some of the existing building, which is located at 28093 Thompson Plaza. “We’re proud to have served the residents of Pike…
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NGA, RangeMe Team Up to Streamline Product Discovery for Indie Grocers

The National Grocers Association (NGA),the trade association representing the independent supermarket industry, has partnered with leading online product discovery platform RangeMe to help independent grocers efficiently discover innovative brands and products that are not widely distributed at national chains. RangeMe has launched a special collection of suppliers, called The NGA Collection of Emerging Brands, that…
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Rosie Keeps Focus On Independent Grocers As Part Of Instacart

Last year was an eventful one for the e-commerce company Rosie, as it was acquired by Instacart. Rosie founder Nick Nickitas termed the acquisition “a massive win for independent grocery.” “Rosie was built as an e-commerce solution for independent retailers, enabling grocers to give their loyal customers a fully custom-branded online experience,” he said. “Now…
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Big Y Offers Discounted Education Rates With Fisher College

Springfield, Massachusetts-based Big Y Foods has partnered with The Fisher College Graduate Professional Studies department. Through its corporate advantage program, Fisher College will offer online courses for Big Y Foods employees to provide them with new skills and knowledge. Fisher College will offer discounted tuition rates for Big Y Foods employees and their immediate family members and will work…
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SpartanNash takes part in Turkey-Syria earthquake relief efforts

Grocery distributor donates urgent supplies as hundreds of thousands lack shelter and basic needs SpartanNash is donating emergency supplies to survivors of massive earthquakes that struck Turkey and Syria earlier this week. The Grand Rapids, Michigan-based grocery wholesaler said it’s partnering with nonprofit Convoy of Hope to distribute bottled water and diapers in both countries,…
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Superior Grocers Names Wardwell As President, CEO

Richard Wardwell Santa Fe Springs, California-based Superior Grocers has named Richard Wardwell as president and CEO, effective Jan. 30. He will succeed company founder Mimi Song, who will be stepping down as CEO but will remain chairman. Wardwell has more than 40 years of grocery retail experience. He began his career as a courtesy clerk and rose through…
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