Alabama State Senator Receives NGA’s Spirit of America Award

July 27, 2021

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 Alabama’s 16th Senate district, received the award July 26 during the Alabama Grocers Association’s 2021 Annual Convention in Destin, Fla.

“Senator Waggoner has worked tirelessly for the grocery industry and business community in Alabama.  This award represents his unwavering support of pro-business legislation that allows our members to continue to grow and prosper,” said Ellie Taylor, president of the Alabama Grocers Association. “It is also in appreciation of his active and effective participation in the ‘Buy Alabama’s Best’ Campaign and as an advocate for products made, manufactured, produced or headquartered in our great state.”

Greg Ferrara, NGA president and CEO, praised Waggoner for his leadership in protecting and supporting the business community. “Senator Waggoner has fostered the principles of free enterprise as a strong and effective advocate for independent grocers and the food distribution industry,” Ferrara said.

Established in 1982, the NGA Spirit of America Award honors key industry and community leaders in the areas of community service and government relations on behalf of the independent supermarket industry. NGA has proudly presented this award to distinguished individuals who serve the grocery industry and the public interest, including Presidents George H.W. Bush and Gerald Ford.

About AGA

The Alabama Grocers Association is a state trade association representing the grocery retail industry since 1990. With more than 135 retail members operating over 850 stores statewide, as well as over 225 manufacturers, brokers, wholesalers and other members, the AGA is the voice of the industry in the state of Alabama. The food retail industry in Alabama provides over 70,000 jobs with over $2.2 billion in annual wages paid. Grocers pay over $1.2 billion in state taxes and have a total economic impact on the state’s economy of over $12 billion. For more information, go to

About NGA

Washington, D.C.-based NGA is the national trade association representing the retail and wholesale community grocers that comprise the independent sector of the food distribution industry. An independent retailer is a privately owned or controlled food retail company operating a variety of formats. The independent grocery sector is accountable for about 1.2 percent of the nation’s overall economy and is responsible for generating more than $250 billion in sales, 1.1 million jobs, $39 billion in wages and $36 billion in taxes. NGA members include retail and wholesale grocers located in every congressional district across the country, as well as state grocers’ associations, manufacturers and service suppliers. For more information about NGA, visit