NGA News

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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NGA Applauds Senate Nutrition Legislation

Arlington, VA – Today, the National Grocers Association (NGA), the national trade association representing the independent supermarket industry, praised the U.S. Senate Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry Committee for its work on the Improving Child Nutrition Integrity and Access Act, a bill to reauthorize a number of nutrition programs for five years, including the Women, Infants…
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NGA Announces Staff Promotions

Arlington, VA – The National Grocers Association (NGA), the national trade association representing the independent supermarket industry, announced today the promotions of four of its staff. Greg Ferrara has been named Senior Vice President of Government Relations and Public Affairs. Ferrara will continue in his role overseeing the government relations and communications and marketing departments…
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NGA Launches Enhanced Website

The National Grocers Association (NGA) today launched a new, redeveloped website to better serve NGA members and educate consumers about the independent supermarket industry. “In today’s information age, people are going online on a daily basis, seeking information on a variety of issues, and NGA wants our website to be a destination that provides timely and…
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NGA Statement on End of the Year Federal Funding Legislation

Arlington, VA – The National Grocers Association (NGA), the national trade association representing the independent supermarket industry, applauded today the passage of combined tax relief and government funding legislation, which included many significant wins for the industry. “NGA applauds Congress for working together to pass bipartisan legislation that ensures the government is funded through Fiscal Year 2016…
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NGA Presents Great American Award to Lorelei Mottese

Arlington, VA – The National Grocers Association (NGA) is pleased to recognize Lorelei Mottese with NGA’s highest award for government relations, the Clarence G. Adamy Great American Award. The award was presented to Ms. Mottese by NGA President and CEO Peter J. Larkin and NGA Vice President of Public Affairs Greg Ferrara at Wakefern Food…
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NGA Applauds Senate Menu Labeling Legislation

Arlington, VA – The National Grocers Association (NGA) today commended U.S. Senators Roy Blunt (R-MO) and Angus King (I-ME) for the introduction of the Common Sense Nutrition Disclosure Act of 2015 (S. 2217), a bipartisan bill to address problems with the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) final rule regarding menu labeling at restaurants and similar retail food establishments.…
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NGA Announces Two New Board of Director Appointments

Arlington, VA – The National Grocers Association (NGA), is pleased to announce that the NGA Board of Directors has recently approved the appointment of the following individuals to fill two recent vacancies on its Board: Julie Bitter, Vice President of Customer Development, Unilever John T. Derderian, President, Allegiance Retail Services, LLC In her role at Unilever, Bitter…
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NGA VP of Public Affairs Recognized as Leading Association Lobbyist

Arlington, VA – Greg Ferrara, vice president of public affairs at the National Grocers Association (NGA) was recognized as one of Association TRENDS 2015 “”Leading Association Lobbyists”” for his successful advocacy efforts to protect the independent supermarket industry from onerous and costly federal regulations. “”Drawing on his experience from running his family’s supermarket, Greg has been…
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Seminar to Address Implicit Bias for Independent Grocers

Session aimed at creating a foundation for diversity and inclusion efforts Arlington, VA – The NGA Foundation, in partnership with the Washington Food Industry Association, will present an Implicit Bias Seminar on Thursday, Dec. 3, 2020, at 1pm EST. This seminar is designed to be an effective, interactive, comprehensive course that helps leaders, executive teams,…
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US Department of Agriculture selects Gretchen Swanson Center for Nutrition to lead WIC Online Ordering Initiative

  Joint Release with Gretchen Swanson Center For Nutrition US Department of Agriculture selects Gretchen Swanson Center for Nutrition to lead WIC Online Ordering Initiative Award part of effort to promote participant satisfaction and improve access to healthy foods for millions of WIC participants 16 NOVEMBER 2020  — The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food…
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Independent Grocers Urge Antitrust Policymakers to Level Playing Field

Washington, D.C. –  Two independent grocers testified today on behalf of the National Grocers Association (NGA) to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and the Department of Justice (DOJ) Antitrust Division on how anticompetitive tactics by dominant retailers in the grocery marketplace leads to unfair conditions for independent grocers. Tom Charley, co-owner of Charley Family Shop…
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Pharmacy Groups Say New Rebate Rule Does Not Do Enough to Support Patients

New rule fails to address pharmacy DIR fees to lower drug costs ALEXANDRIA, Va. (Nov. 24, 2020) – The country’s leading pharmacy groups issued the following statement on the Trump administration’s new final rule on prescription drug rebates: “While we want our patients to pay less for their prescription drugs, this rule does not accomplish…
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