Arlington, VA – The National Grocers Association (NGA), the national trade association representing the independent supermarket industry, today released the following statement from Peter Larkin, NGA president and CEO, on the passage of the 2018 Farm Bill:
“On behalf of the independent grocers across the nation, we applaud the final passage of the Farm Bill and appreciate the work of the conference committee to producing a bill that strengthens the public-private partnership between the federal government and supermarket operators in the SNAP program. This legislation addresses important issues for independent grocers, including the protection against harmful processing fees and the increased investment in the Food Insecurity Nutrition Incentive (FINI) program. We were especially pleased to see the Farm Bill contain NGA offered language that would direct significantly more FINI funding to independent supermarkets. It’s been a long road to get here, but NGA and its members were engaged with Congress every step of the way to achieve our shared goals.
“Despite these positive inclusions in the Farm Bill, a top priority to protect store-level SNAP sales data was not included in the Farm Bill. We will work closely with Congress and industry stakeholders to identify viable solutions to ensure that confidential information that could be used to give competitors an unfair advantage, particularly over many small and medium size grocers, is protected from public disclosure.”