Supermarket Industry News Roundup: September 2, 2017

September 1, 2017

NGA Surprises ‘Mentor To Many’ With Spirit Of America Award
The National Grocers Association (NGA) surprised Joe Williams with the NGA Spirit of America Award on July 23 at the Texas Retailers Forum in Fort Worth. Williams is the former VP for regulatory and member services of the Texas Retailers Association (TRA). He currently serves as a consultant with the TRA’s Texas Food Council as well as the Texas Retailers Education Foundation (TREF). Learn more via The Shelby Report.

NGA Foundation Awards $73,000 In Scholarships To 16 Students
The National Grocers Association (NGA), the trade association representing the independent supermarket industry, awarded up to $73,000 in scholarship funding through the NGA Foundation to 16 students pursuing a career in the grocery industry for the 2017-2018 academic year. Learn more via Abasto.

FDA Promises Additional Menu-Labeling Guidance
Affirming his agency’s responsibility for “crafting predictable, uniform federal standards that will benefit the health of families across America by ensuring access to essential calorie and nutrition information on food and menu labels,” FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb said that “additional, practical guidance on the menu-labeling requirements” would be available by the end of the year. Learn more via Progressive Grocer.

Food Retailers Join to Aid Harvey Relief
The American Red Cross, the Salvation Army and many other organizations are working hard to help bring relief to victims of Hurricane Harvey, which Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has declared “one of the largest disasters America has ever faced.” Among the many involved in relief efforts, Texas food retailers have been working tirelessly and selflessly to help supply aid to those in need. Learn more via Progressive Grocer.

Kowalski’s Bagger Is Minnesota’s Best
The Minnesota Grocers Association (MGA) held its 29th annual statewide Best Bagger Contest Aug. 19 at the Mall of America. The first-place winner in the competition was Caleb Meyer of Kowalski’s Market, Oak Park Heights, winning $500 cash, a trophy and a trip to Las Vegas to represent Minnesota at the National Grocers Association Best Bagger Championship on Feb. 12. Learn more via The Shelby Report.

Supervalu Will Begin Offering Tech Services to Independent Grocers
Supervalu Inc., which has long offered distribution and other services to independent grocery stores, is beginning to market itself as a tech-services provider, too. Supermarket News reports on an early example of such technology deals by Eden Prairie-based Supervalu (NYSE: SVU), which will provide networking, connectivity and 24-hour tech support to Edina-based Jerry’s Enterprises Inc., a grocery chain that’s long done business as a Supervalu franchisee under the Cub Foods and other flags. Learn more via Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal.

Grocery Among Fastest-Growing Retail Segments: Report
According to a new report from global research and advisory firm IHL Group, U.S. retailers are opening 4,080 more stores in 2017 than they’re closing and plan to open an additional 5,500 next year. The report, “Debunking the Retail Apocalypse,” identified grocery retailers as among the three fastest-growing core retail segments, with 674 stores expected to open. Learn more via Progressive Grocer.

NGA’s Supermarket Industry News Roundup is a weekly summary of news articles that highlights conversation around the independent supermarket industry and consumer trends. The links included in the summary have content that is not controlled by NGA.