NGA News

NGA Statement on Federal Action to Avert Rail Shutdown

Today, NGA offered support for Congressional action that would avoid a shutdown of the U.S. freight rail system ahead of the expiration of the cooling off period between labor negotiations set to occur on December 8. “From farm to fork, it takes a community of stakeholders working together along America’s supply chain to ensure that…
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NGA Member and Third-Generation Independent Grocer Testifies in Senate Judiciary Committee Hearing Examining Kroger-Albertsons Merger

Washington, D.C. – NGA member and CEO of Fresh Encounter Inc., Michael Needler Jr., a third-generation independent grocer who operates nearly 100 grocery stores in Ohio, Indiana, Kentucky, and Florida, testified before the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Competition Policy, Antitrust, and Consumer Rights on the effect of enhanced consolidation and buyer power in the marketplace. In…
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Dierbergs Markets to Participate in NGA Foundation’s Student Case Study Competition 

College students develop strategies for real-life retail challenges in annual contest Washington, D.C. – The NGA Foundation, the 501(c)3 nonprofit arm of the National Grocers Association, is pleased to announce that Missouri-based Dierbergs Markets will be the participating retailer in the 2023 Student Case Study Competition. Hosted annually by the NGA Foundation, the Student Case…
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NGA Urges for Modernization of WIC Food Package to Provide Flexibility for Independent Grocers and Families

Washington, DC – Today, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) issued a proposed rule to revise food package within the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC). The last review of WIC food packages occurred in 2009.   The National Grocers Association (NGA), the national trade association representing the independent supermarket industry, issued…
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NGA: FDA’s New Traceability Rule Will Disproportionately Impact Smaller Grocers

Washington, D.C. – The National Grocers Association (NGA), the national trade association representing the independent supermarket industry, responded to the final ruling on the proposed U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) rule, “Requirements for Additional Traceability Records for Certain Foods.” The rule aims to establish additional traceability recordkeeping requirements for persons who manufacture, process, pack or…
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NGA Strengthens Advocacy Team with New Hires

John Richard and Ryan Cagney to work on policy and political affairs; Eric Payne promoted on communications team Washington, D.C. – The National Grocers Association (NGA), the trade association representing the independent supermarket industry, has hired John Richard as its senior manager of government relations and policy analysis, and Ryan Cagney as its manager of…
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ReposiTrak and National Grocers Association Team Up to Offer Free and Quick Set-Up for Food Traceability Network

Joining the ReposiTrak Traceability Network® enables independent retailers and their suppliers to be prepared for looming FDA food traceability requirements ReposiTrak, a major provider of supply chain, food safety and supplier management technology solutions, is waiving the $2,000 setup fee for food suppliers connecting to the ReposiTrak Traceability Network®. The Network, which is the focus of…
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NGA Concludes its Executive Conference and Public Policy Summit

3-day gathering delivers high-level business and regulatory insights for independent grocery leaders Washington D.C. – More than 200 independent grocery executives came away from the National Grocers Association’s (NGA) 3-day Executive Conference and Public Policy Summit with new insights and understanding about the economic and political impacts on the current business market. The summit, designed…
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Karen and Kim Eskew Honored with NGA’s Pinnacle PAC Award

Award honors grocers who help advance the role and presence of independent grocers in government affairs Washington, D.C. – The National Grocers Association (NGA) has honored Karen and Kim Eskew of Harps Food Stores with NGA’s prestigious Thomas F. Wenning Pinnacle PAC Award. The award, presented during NGA’s Executive Conference & Public Policy Summit, recognizes…
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Industry Veteran Mike Ridenour Receives NGA Industry Service Award

Washington, D.C. – The National Grocers Association (NGA) presented former Kraft Heinz Co. Head of Industry Relations and Sale Operations Michael Ridenour with NGA’s Industry Service Award. Presented today during NGA’s Executive Conference & Public Policy Summit, the award is bestowed upon an individual or company whose years of service in the food industry have contributed to…
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NGA Presents Zulema Wiscovitch with Spirit of America Award

Washington, D.C. –  The National Grocers Association (NGA) presented the Spirit of America Award to Zulema Wiscovitch, co-CEO of Associated Supermarket Group (ASG), a company that supplies and provides retail solutions to one of the largest groups of independently owned and operated supermarkets in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic region. Wiscovitch received the award today during…
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NGA Executive Conference and Public Policy Summit Opens in Washington, D.C.

Washington, D.C. –  The National Grocers Association (NGA), the trade association representing the independent supermarket industry, today opened its 2022 NGA Executive Conference and Public Policy Summit with more than 200 grocery executives from retailer, wholesaler and supplier companies in attendance. In addition to nearly 20 educational sessions with industry experts and analysts, Federal Trade Commission…
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Women Grocers of America to Hold Inaugural Executive Female Leaders Network Meeting

Participants will gather for a day and a half of interactive leadership development, analysis of industry trends and networking  Washington, D.C. – The Women Grocers of America (WGA) will hold its first convening of the new Executive Female Leaders Network (EXFL), a professional peer group that is designed for female executives in the independent grocery…
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NGA Statement on Kroger – Albertsons Merger Announcement

In response to an announcement of a merger between national grocery chains, Kroger and Albertsons, the National Grocers Association (NGA) today released the following statement: “A merger of the nation’s top two grocery chains should raise serious questions about a single supermarket giant gaining unprecedented dominance over the nation’s food supply chain,” said Greg Ferrara,…
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Main Street Business Coalition Endorses Bipartisan Bill Examining Anticompetitive Harms to Small Business 

Washington, D.C. – Two bipartisan members of the House Small Business Committee today introduced the Main Street Competes Act of 2022, which would expand the mission of the Small Business Administration to promote competitive markets, consumer choice and business ownership.  Introduced by U.S. Reps. Marie Newman (D-IL) and Claudia Tenney (R-NY), the bill would grant…
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NGA Outlines Commitments During White House Conference on Hunger, Nutrition and Health

Washington, D.C. –  The National Grocers Association (NGA), the trade association representing the independent supermarket industry, released important industry commitments it made in connection with the White House Conference on Hunger, Nutrition and Heath to address food insecurity in the nation. Specifically, over the next two years, NGA will assist with improving access to grocery stores across the country by working to increase…
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NGA Supports FTC Commissioner Bedoya’s Call for Antitrust Enforcement

Washington, D.C. – The National Grocers Association (NGA), the trade association representing the independent supermarket industry, applauded remarks made by Federal Trade Commissioner Alvaro Bedoya during a speech in Minneapolis today recommending that the agency resurrect the Robinson-Patman Act. The Robinson-Patman Act was passed in 1936 to protect small businesses from price discrimination in the…
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NGA Welcomes House Introduction of Credit Card Reform Legislation

Washington, D.C. – The National Grocers Association (NGA) welcomed the introduction in the House of Representatives of the Credit Card Competition Act by U.S. Reps. Peter Welch (D-VT) and Lance Gooden (R-TX). The House legislation – a companion to Senate legislation introduced by U.S. Sens. Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Roger Marshall (R-KS) – is aimed…
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NGA Foundation Announces 2022 Scholarship Recipients

18 students planning careers  in grocery receive grants to continue education Washington D.C. – The NGA Foundation, the 501(c)3 nonprofit arm of the National Grocers Association, has announced the recipients of its 2022 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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