Who We Are

The National Grocers Association (NGA) is the national trade association representing the retail and wholesale grocers that comprise the independent sector of the food distribution industry. Also represented are affiliated associations, manufacturers, and service suppliers, as well as other entrepreneurial companies that support NGA's Mission and Philosophy.

NGA Mission

To ensure independent, community-focused retailers and wholesalers the opportunity to succeed and better serve the consumer through its policies, advocacy, programs and services.

NGA Philosophy

To promote diversity in the marketplace through a vibrant independent sector, and thereby increase consumer choice in price, variety, quality, service and value.

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What is an Independent Supermarket?

An independent supermarket is a privately owned or controlled food retail company operating a variety of formats. Most independent operators are serviced by wholesale distributors, while others may be partially or fully self-distributing. Some independents are publicly traded, but with controlling shares held by the family and others are employee owned. Independents are the true “entrepreneurs” of the grocery industry and dedicated to their customers, associates, and communities.

The Economic Impact of the Independent Supermarket Industry

The independent supermarket channel is an important part of America's economy. According to the NGA Economic Impact Study, independent supermarket operators are accountable for close to one percent of the nation's overall economy and responsible for generating $131 billion in sales, 944,000 jobs, $30 billion in wages, and $27 billion in taxes.

Economic Impact Research

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This groundbreaking research provides a clear picture of the key role independent grocers play at the national, state, and congressional district level.

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NGA Foundation


The Foundation provides independent supermarket operators with tools to develop more effective recruiting programs, enhance retention efforts, and bolster professional and leadership development opportunities for employees. 

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Featured Event


Fall Leadership Meetings

October 16 - 20, 2017
Palmer House Hilton
Chicago, IL

For the first time ever, NGA is aligning its Fall Leadership Meetings with the NACS Show.  In addition to directly engaging with decision makers and industry experts at the Fall Leadership Meetings, network with more than 20,000 attendees at the NACS Show, the premier event of the year for the convenience and fuel retailing industry.

To learn how you can get involved in this event, visit www.ngafall.com.

Grocers in the Community

Homeland Helps Feed 300 Hungry Children

As part of their commitment to "ensuring Oklahoma's children have enough to eat this school year", Homeland has donated $30,000 to the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma's Food for Kid's program. Homeland's donations will help the program feed 300 hungry children in 53 central and western Oklahoma counties for an entire school year.

Homeland has supported the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma for over thirty years, and in addition to cash and product donations, they also participate in the Retail Food Recovery Program, which allows them to collect and distribute perishable foods including deli meat, bakery items, and produce which can no longer be sold.

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