Special Programs

Best Bagger

Bagging has been an important step for many supermarket employees who have pursued long and rewarding careers in the grocery industry. The National Grocers Association Best Bagger Championship features retailers with infectious company pride and an enthusiastic commitment to customer service.

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Creative Choice Awards

The Creative Choice Awards program has recognized the best of the best in marketing and merchandising campaigns and events among retailer companies since 1989. A panel of industry expert judges select 16 category winners (categories shown below) to be featured at the NGA Show. This highly visual and entertaining presentation features marketing and merchandising innovation that led to significant sales or traffic increase. One merchandising and one marketing entry receive the coveted ‘Best of Show’ designation based on results from online open voting.

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Independents Day of Giving

Independent grocers and wholesalers from across the country join together for a special time of giving to help feed America’s hungry. Independent grocers work hard every day to support their communities but we are designating a specific day and month of the year to highlight this work, maximize the industry's impact, and show our nationwide commitment to this cause.  

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The Women Grocers of America (WGA) is the sole organization representing female grocers and other women affiliated with the independent food industry. WGA specifically serves as NGA’s career development network for active female professionals as well as students interested in pursuing independent retail grocery careers. 

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Asparagus Club

The Asparagus Club is comprised of a highly motivated group of industry leaders to include retailers, wholesalers, manufacturers, and state association executives. Members ensure the future health of the independent grocery retailers and associated organizations by offering scholarship opportunities to students preparing for careers within the industry.  

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