NGA News

Leadership Development Skills Honed at NGA Foundation’s ELDP

 PepsiCo-supported program includes leadership   instruction and personal coaching Washington, D.C. –  The National Grocers Association Foundation (NGAF) has completed its 2022 Executive Leadership Development Program. Accomplished academics and industry leaders led interactive instruction and personalized coaching for attendees, providing a comprehensive learning opportunity that will accelerate the growth of leadership skills. In all, 31…
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Independent Grocers Advocate for a Level Playing Field During Fly-In for Fair Competition

NGA Members Hold Over 100 Meetings with Members of Congress, Calling for Enforcement of the Robinson-Patman Act to End Economic Discrimination in the Food Sector Washington, D.C. –  The National Grocers Association (NGA), the trade association representing the independent grocery industry, yesterday concluded a successful Fly-In for Fair Competition. Focused on leveling the playing field…
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NGA Member Retailer Lauds SNAP’s ‘Shining Example’ for Helping Local Communities

Balls Food Stores COO affirms importance of program for independent grocers to House agriculture subcommittee Washington, D.C. – Mike Beal, chief operating officer of Kansas City, Kan.-based Balls Food Stores, testified today in support of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) before the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Agriculture, on behalf of the National…
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Grocery Veteran, DE&I Trailblazer Wins NGA Foundation’s Diversity in Leadership Scholarship

PepsiCo endowment pays executive development program tuition for Brookshire Grocery’s Latasha Woodard Washington, D.C. – A 29-year employee and role model for diversity at Brookshire Grocery Co. has been selected to receive this year’s PepsiCo Diversity in Leadership Endowment scholarship from the National Grocers Association Foundation (NGAF). Latasha Woodard, a vice president and district manager…
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URM’s Ray Sprinkle and Mike McShane Receive NGA Spirit of America Award 

Award honors individuals working to preserve a free and independent  food distribution system Tacoma, WA – National Grocers Association (NGA) President and CEO Greg Ferrara recently presented NGA’s Spirit of America Award to Ray Sprinkle, president and CEO of URM Foods, and Mike McShane, URM’s VP of procurement and profit centers.  The award was presented…
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NGA Announces Chelsea Matzen as NGA Foundation Director and Josh Anderegg as NGAF TA Center Project Director

Washington, D.C. –  The National Grocers Association Foundation (NGA Foundation), 501(c)3 nonprofit arm of the National Grocers Association, today announced two new staff promotions. Chelsea Matzen will be assuming the role of director of the NGA Foundation, overseeing all department programs, including scholarships, industry promotion, leadership development, diversity and inclusion, and student programs. Additionally, Josh…
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Independent Grocer Testifies on Impact of Infant Formula Shortage

Provides opportunities to strengthen federal nutrition programs impacting children Washington, D.C. – On behalf of the National Grocers Association (NGA), an independent community grocer from rural Georgia shared his experience and the direct impact the national formula shortage is having on his community with a U.S. House committee hearing. Confusion and fear, alongside panic-buying and…
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NGA Enhances Member Advocacy Services with Several Key Hires

Additions Will Amplify NGA’s Voice in D.C. on Behalf of Independent Retailers and Wholesalers Washington, D.C. – The National Grocers Association (NGA), the trade association representing the independent supermarket industry, announced several new hires to bolster its advocacy efforts and member services.   Stephanie Johnson has joined NGA as vice president of government relations. Johnson…
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NGA Drives Education for Store Leaders Through Signature Event Series, Engage: Store Operations Summit

Immersive 2-day event provided attendees actionable insights focused on operations and merchandising Salt Lake City, Utah – The National Grocers Association (NGA) successfully concluded its Store Operations Summit yesterday at the Hilton Salt Lake City Center in Salt Lake City, Utah. Part of NGA’s signature event series, Engage: Store Operations Summit brought together store leaders…
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NGA Urges Merger Enforcement Agencies to Address Competitive Harm of Retail Power Buyers

In comments to enforcers, association emphasizes importance of scrutinizing grocery industry mergers that result in anti-competitive buyer powers Washington, D.C. — The National Grocers Association today submitted comments to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and the Department of Justice (DOJ) urging the agency to scrutinize harm to competition that results from enhancement of buyer-side market…
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Independent Grocers Laud Congress Members for Opposing Swipe Fee Increase

NGA CEO thanks Senate and House lawmakers for their outreach to Visa and Mastercard Washington, D.C. – National Grocers Association (NGA) President and CEO Greg Ferrara wrote a letter to U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL), U.S. Sen. Roger Marshall (R-KS), and U.S. Reps. Peter Welch (D-VT) and Beth Van Duyne (R-TX), thanking them…
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NGA Foundation Announces Two New Legacy Scholarships

New awards join family of scholarship opportunities; deadline to apply is April 15 The NGA Foundation has announced two new legacy scholarships available to college students pursuing a career in the grocery industry, bringing to 13 the number of scholastic awards offered by the foundation. The following new legacy scholarships are starting this year: Ronnie…
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43 Members of Congress Call on FTC to Address Economic Discrimination

Bipartisan letter requests Federal Trade Commission investigate and bring enforcement actions against discriminatory conduct that violates the antitrust laws Washington, D.C. – A bipartisan coalition from the U.S. House of Representatives sent a letter yesterday to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) requesting the agency investigate, and when appropriate bring enforcement actions against economic discriminatory action…
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Randy Arceneaux Receives NGA’s Spirit of America Award

Affiliated Foods president and CEO honored for his support  of the independent grocery industry Washington D.C. – The National Grocers Association (NGA), the trade association representing the independent grocery industry, has presented Randy Arceneaux with the prestigious Spirit of America Award, recognizing his commitment to community service and government relations on behalf of independent grocers.…
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David Smith Honored with NGA’s Great American Award

AWG president and CEO receives independent grocery’s most distinguished award for government relations Kansas City, Kan. – The National Grocers Association (NGA), the trade association representing the independent supermarket industry, is pleased to recognize David Smith with the Clarence G. Adamy Great American Award, NGA’s highest award for government relations. Smith, president and CEO of…
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Cal Poly San Luis Obispo Wins Student Case Study Competition

Student team takes top honors at 2022 NGA Show in Las Vegas  Las Vegas, NV – The National Grocers Association (NGA) has announced California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo as the winner of the 2022 Student Case Study Competition.  The annual competition featured teams competing in person at the 2022 NGA Show, held this…
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The NGA Show Concludes Successful Event in Las Vegas

​More than 2,700 grocery leaders, professionals in attendance over 3 days of events LAS VEGAS – The National Grocers Association and Clarion Events today announced the successful conclusion of The NGA Show, which delivered a nearly 20% increase in attendance from grocery retail industry professionals to the Caesars Forum Convention Center in Las Vegas for…
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Alexa Sobsey Wins Best Bagger Championship

Las Vegas, NV – The National Grocers Association (NGA), the trade association representing the independent grocery industry, announced Alexa Sobsey as the 2022 Best Bagger Champion. The contest, sponsored by PepsiCo, was held on the second day of The NGA Show, which brings together independent retailers and wholesalers, food retail industry executives, food/CPG manufacturers and service…
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Suzanne Schmitz Named WGA Woman of the Year

Save A Lot owner recognized at The NGA Show Las Vegas, NV –  Women Grocers of America (WGA) on Monday presented the WGA Woman of the Year Award to Suzanne Schmitz, a Save A Lot owner in Western New York. The award, presented during The NGA Show at the Caesars Forum Convention Center in Las Vegas, Feb.…
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