NGA News

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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NGA President Testifies to Protect Confidentiality of Retailer SNAP Sales Data

ARLINGTON, VA – The National Grocers Association (NGA) President and CEO Peter Larkin testified in Sioux Falls, SD this week in Argus Leader Media vs United States Department of Agriculture as a witness for the USDA.  Mr. Larkin testified on behalf of USDA as a supermarket expert and representative of the independent supermarket industry.  NGA has…
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NGA Member Testifies Before House Agriculture Committee

ARLINGTON, VA – Jimmy Wright, owner of Wright’s Market in Opelika, Alabama, 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, Present, and Future of SNAP: The Retailer Perspective.” The hearing examined issues that retailers, both large and small, face while…
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NGA Presents Tom Woodmansee with NGA Association Leadership Award

Arlington, VA – Tom Woodmansee, former president of the North Dakota Grocers Association was presented the National Grocers Association (NGA) Association Leadership Award for his dedication and commitment to the independent supermarket industry. Until his recent retirement, Woodmansee led the North Dakota Grocers Association for 31 years. During his tenure with the association, Woodmansee has been…
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Food Retail Industry Convenes 250 Participants for “Day in Washington” Event

Grocers Ask Members of Congress to Consider Common Sense Solutions for Communicating with Shoppers   WASHINGTON, D.C. – More than 250 representatives of the nation’s food retailers and independent supermarket operators will rally on Capitol Hill this week at the supermarket industry’s annual meeting that affords grocers the opportunity to engage with their respective Members…
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NGA Launches New Strategic Growth Program

Arlington, VA –The National Grocers Association (NGA) today announced a new education program that will provide in-depth training to develop a strategic business plan that addresses multifaceted business issues faced by independent supermarket operators. The Sustainable Business Growth Strategies program, sponsored by Unilever, is designed to provide independent supermarket operators with the necessary tools and resources to…
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Jerry Garland Recognized with NGA Industry Service Award

Arlington, VA –The National Grocers Association (NGA) presented Jerry Garland, former president and CEO of Associated Wholesale Grocers (AWG) with its Industry Service Award during the AWG Annual Meeting on Saturday, March 19. Garland served as president and CEO of AWG from 2009 to 2015. Under his leadership, AWG grew into a $9 billion wholesale…
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NGA Statement on U.S. Senate Vote on National GMO Labeling Legislation

Arlington, VA – National Grocers Association (NGA) President and CEO Peter J. Larkin today issued the following statement upon the Senate’s failure to invoke cloture on a bill, offered by Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Pat Roberts (R-KS) that would provide for permanent federal preemption of state labeling laws of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) and foods made…
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National Grocers Association Previews Consumer Survey Results

Topline results show Independents perform highly in fresh and customer service areas Las Vegas, NV – The National Grocers Association (NGA) today released topline results from its consumer trends study, which for the first time segments independent supermarket shoppers from national chain shoppers. The survey was conducted on behalf of the National Grocers Association by…
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National Grocers Association Honors Top Industry Leaders

Las Vegas, NV – The National Grocers Association (NGA) recognized two industry leaders with top awards during the 2016 NGA Show. The following individuals were honored with the below industry awards: Thomas K. Zaucha Entrepreneurial Excellence Award was presented to Roger Lowe, Sr., President/Chairman of the Board, Lowe’s Markets. Lowe began his career in the grocery industry…
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NGA Supports Roberts’s Proposal to Establish Federal Uniform Labeling Standard

Arlington, VA – The National Grocers Association (NGA) today offered its support for a proposal, spearheaded by Chairman of the Senate Agriculture Committee Senator Pat Roberts (R-KS), that would establish a federal uniform labeling standard for foods made with genetically modified organisms (GMOs) and also for GMO-free foods. NGA President and CEO Peter J. Larkin released the following…
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NGA Praises House Passage of Common Sense Menu Labeling Legislation

Arlington, VA – The National Grocers Association (NGA) today commended the U.S. House of Representatives for the passage of the Common Sense Nutrition Disclosure Act of 2015 (H.R. 2017), a bipartisan bill that clarifies the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) final rule regarding menu labeling at restaurants and similar retail food establishments. The bill, sponsored…
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