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.

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 20 category winners 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.


Today’s retail shoppers are looking to their local grocery store for guidance when it comes to planning easy, affordable and nutritious meals for their household. With NGA’s Live. Balanced. program, grocers will be provided with the resources and tools to position your store as the trusted source for meal planning needs.

Women Grocers of America (WGA)

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.

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 and student programs to students preparing for careers within the industry.