ANTITRUST SUBCOMMITTEE CHAIR REP. DAVID CICILLINE (RI-01) HIGHLIGHTS THE IMPORTANCE OF COMPETITION IN MEETING WITH INDEPENDENT GROCER

October 8, 2021

Rep. Cicilline visits Bob Fabiano and Dave’s Market in Smithfield, Rhode Island

SMITHFIELD, RI — National Grocers Association (NGA) member Dave’s Market of Smithfield, RI, yesterday received a visit from their representative, Rep. David Cicilline of Rhode Island’s First District. Rep. Cicilline also serves as Chair of the Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on Antitrust, Commercial and Administrative Law and has been an advocate for improving antitrust regulation across industries.

“Yesterday was a great opportunity to speak with Bob Fabiano and some of his customers that rely on his store to put food on their tables. It’s important that these independent locally-owned and operated stores continue to provide fresh produce, employ their neighbors and lift up the local economy for a long time,” said Rep. David Cicilline. “My subcommittee is actively examining the anti-competitive practices of chain grocery stores which make it harder for independent grocery stores like Dave’s Market to compete and stay in business.”

During the visit, Rep. Cicilline and Dave’s Market owner Bob Fabiano discussed how anticompetitive tactics by power buyers in the grocery marketplace have created an uneven playing field for store owners across the country. The congressman and Mr. Fabiano also discussed solutions to these problems such as increased oversight by the FTC and enforcement of the Robinson-Patman Act, a law originally created to prevent economic discrimination.

“We were excited to have a friend and advocate like Rep. David Cicilline in Dave’s Market. Dave’s Market is the perfect example of NGA’s membership, an independently owned grocery store that employs, serves, and supports its community,” said NGA Senior Vice President of Government Affairs and Counsel Chris Jones. “With his expertise and dedication to antitrust issues, we look forward to continuing to work with Rep. Cicilline on addressing economic discrimination that is hurting independent grocers in communities like Smithfield across the country.”

Jones testified at an open FTC hearing about the effects of economic discrimination on the grocery marketplace. NGA member and CEO of Associated Wholesale Grocers David Smith testified in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee on the need to enforce antitrust legislation on power buyers to level the playing field.

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About NGA

NGA is the national trade association representing the retail and wholesale grocers that comprise the independent sector of the food distribution industry. An independent community grocer is a privately owned or controlled food retail company operating a variety of formats. The independent grocery sector is accountable for more than 1 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, state grocers associations, as well as manufacturers and service suppliers. For more information about NGA, visit www.nationalgrocers.org.