NGA News

Women Grocers of America Presents Woman of the Year Award to Pam Coy

Owner of Wisconsin’s Viking Village Foods honored at The NGA Show in Las Vegas Las Vegas, NV – Women Grocers of America (WGA) presented the Woman of the Year award to Pam Coy, owner of Viking Village Foods in Baraboo and Reedsburg, Wis., today during the 2021 NGA Show at the Paris Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas.  “Pam’s leadership at Viking Village Foods…
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Creative Choice Awards Winners Recognized at The NGA Show

Breakfast session highlights best marketing and merchandising programs  Las Vegas, NV–  The National Grocers Association (NGA), the trade association representing the independent supermarket industry, along with sponsoring partners The Kellogg Company and Unilever, celebrated the winners of their annual Creative Choice Awards today at the 2021 NGA Show at the Paris Hotel and Casino in…
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NGA Honors Industry Leaders with Prestigious Awards During Executive Conference

Niemann Foods’ Gerry Kettler, Kimberly-Clark’s Dennis Belcastro Recognized Las Vegas, NV – The National Grocers Association (NGA), the trade association representing the independent supermarket industry, presented Gerry Kettler, director of consumer affairs at Niemann Foods, with the Thomas F. Wenning Pinnacle PAC Award.   The award, established in 2014, honors Thomas Wenning, NGA’s former executive vice president and general counsel, for his 40 years of service to NGA and the independent supermarket industry.   Additionally, Dennis Belcastro,…
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Independent Grocers Honored with Peter J. Larkin Community Service Award

Industry recognized during opening session of The NGA Show; nominations now open for recipient to be honored at the 2022 show Las Vegas, NV – The National Grocers Association (NGA) recognized the entire independent community grocery industry by collectively presenting them with this year’s Peter J. Larkin Community Service Award during today’s Opening Session of the 2021 NGA Show at the Paris Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas.  “Considering the herculean efforts displayed by the…
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Hy-Vee’s Ben Miller Wins 2021 NGA Best Bagger Championship

Las Vegas, NV–  Ben Miller from Iowa grocery retailer Hy-Vee defeated nine other grocery baggers in the Best Bagger Championship, sponsored by PepsiCo, tonight during The NGA Show at the Paris Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. This is the 35th year that NGA hosted the Best Bagger Championship, which brings together the best grocery baggers…
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NGA Opens Executive Conference with Strategic Focus on the Future

Las Vegas, NV – The National Grocers Association (NGA), the trade association representing the independent supermarket industry, today opened its 2021 Executive Conference, an exclusive, members-only event designed for CEOs and their leadership teams to break down big-picture ideas, best practices and growth strategies.  “Grocery leaders will walk away from NGA’s Executive Conference with actionable insights to help…
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The National Grocers Association Foundation Technical Assistance Center Partners with Grocer to Promote Nutrition Incentives

Three Guys from Brooklyn touts positive experience with program to enhance community Washington, D.C. – The National Grocers Association Foundation Technical Assistance Center (NGAF TA Center) has partnered with Three Guys from Brooklyn, an independent grocery store in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, N.Y., to create testimonial and informational videos highlighting the store’s positive experience with administering…
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Akbar Gbajabiamila to Emcee Best Bagger Championship at 2021 NGA Show

Washington, D.C. – The National Grocers Association (NGA) announced today that Akbar Gbajabiamila will emcee the Best Bagger Championship, sponsored by PepsiCo, on Sept. 20 during the 2021 NGA Show at the Paris Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. This is the third time Gbajabiamila will emcee the event.   “NGA is excited to once again have…
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Buche Foods to Accept Online SNAP Payments for Grocery Purchases

Wagner, S.D. – Buche Foods supermarkets will become the first independent grocery stores in South Dakota to accept Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP) payments for online grocery purchases starting Sept. 13. “Buche Foods is proud to be a leader in offering this convenience to SNAP customers in South Dakota,” said RF Buche, president of the GF…
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NGA Applauds Hours of Service Waiver Extension for Grocery Truckers

Washington, D.C. – The National Grocers Association (NGA) 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 November 30. FMSCA has provided hours-of-service flexibility for commercial drivers transporting certain categories of eligible items critical to the supply…
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NGA Welcomes Thrifty Food Plan Update, Boost to SNAP Benefits

Washington, D.C. – The National Grocers Association (NGA), the trade association representing the independent supermarket industry, supports the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) plans to permanently increase monthly Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits by 27% beginning Oct. 1, 2021. The increase follows language in the 2018 Farm Bill requiring the U.S. Department of Agriculture…
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New NGA Show Safety Protocols

NGA’s Board of Directors recently approved the following requirements that will be in effect for the 2021 NGA Show: Face coverings, currently mandated by Las Vegas government, will be required indoors for all participants and vendors. We will have ample face mask available for participants, but we encourage you to wear one that has your…
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NGA Supports Federal Reserve Rule Protecting Debit Routing for Grocers

Washington, D.C. –  The National Grocers Association (NGA) filed comments in support of a proposed rule by the Federal Reserve Board of Governors to allow for grocers to choose how to route debit card transactions when customers purchase online. The Federal Reserve announced in May that it would be clarifying its debit card rules to…
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NGA Statement on Senate Passage of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Package

The National Grocers Association (NGA) applauds passage of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act by the U.S. Senate with two provisions that support the independent community grocery industry. NGA commends senators for including a provision in the act calling for an Apprenticeship Program for Commercial Drivers Under 21 Operating Interstate. This provision establishes an apprenticeship…
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Forward-Looking Education Program Drives NGA Executive Conference

Market trends, sustainability and post-pandemic practices lead lineup at September conference in Las Vegas Washington, D.C. – Sustainability, market trends and operating in a post-pandemic marketplace are among the topics that will be explored in the education program lineup at the National Grocers Association’s (NGA) Executive Conference, Sept. 18-19, 2021, at the Paris Hotel and…
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Key Excerpts from President and CEO of Associated Wholesale Grocers on Economic Discrimination in the Grocery Marketplace

Washington, D.C. – On Wednesday, July 28, President and CEO of Associated Wholesale Grocers (AWG) and National Grocers Association (NGA) member, David Smith, testified in front of the full Senate Judiciary Committee on the effects of economic discrimination and anticompetitive tactics by power buyers on independent grocers across the country. The recording is available online…
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Jimmy Wright Honored with NGA’s Great American Award

Alabama retailer receives independent grocery’s most distinguished award for government relations; state senator also recognized for commitment to industry Destin, Fla. – The National Grocers Association (NGA), the trade association representing the independent supermarket industry, is pleased to recognize Jimmy Wright with the Clarence G. Adamy Great American Award, NGA’s highest award for government relations.…
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Jimmy Wright Honored with NGA’s Great American Award

Alabama retailer receives independent grocery’s most distinguished award for government relations Destin, Fla. – The National Grocers Association (NGA), the trade association representing the independent supermarket industry, is pleased to recognize Jimmy Wright with the Clarence G. Adamy Great American Award, NGA’s highest award for government relations. Wright, president of Wright’s Market in Opelika, Ala.,…
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Alabama State Senator Receives NGA’s Spirit of America Award

Sen. Jabo Waggoner honored for his support of the independent grocery industry Destin, Fla. –  The Alabama Grocers Association today presented Alabama State Sen. Jabo Waggoner with the prestigious National Grocers Association Spirit of America Award, recognizing his commitment to the independent grocery industry. Waggoner, a state legislator for more than four decades who represents…
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NGA Thomas K. Zaucha Entrepreneurial Excellence Award Presented to Cheryl Sommer

Owner of Kaune’s Neighborhood Market in New Mexico Receives Prestigious Award During Virtual Ceremony and Celebration Washington D.C. – The National Grocers Association (NGA) presented the Thomas K. Zaucha Entrepreneurial Excellence Award to Cheryl Sommer, owner, president and CEO of Kaune’s Neighborhood Market in Santa Fe, New Mexico.   Presented earlier today during a virtual ceremony hosted by Mondelēz International…
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