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.

Staff Board of Directors 2017 Annual Report

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.

NGA Foundation

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  The NGA Foundation is the 501(c)3 nonprofit arm of NGA which provides independent retailers with the 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

NGA Show 2019

2019 NGA Show

February 24-27, 2018
San Diego, CA

Each year, The NGA Show brings together independent retailers and wholesalers, food retail industry executives, food/CPG manufacturers and service providers for unparalleled opportunities to learn, engage, share, network, and innovate. 

NGA is the only industry association devoted exclu­sively to the needs of independent grocers. Given today’s ever-changing marketplace and evolving advancements in innovation occurring in the food retail industry, The NGA Show is a must-attend event. 

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Grocers in the Community

Big Y Supermarkets Donate to 32 Breast Cancer Support Groups

Big Y Partner of Hope

Throughout the month of October Big Y Supermarkets donated to 32 local breast cancer support groups throughout Massachusetts and Connecticut through the "Partners of Hope" program.

Big Y donated a portion of the proceeds from both floral and produce departments as well as 5 cents for each Big Y, Top Care, Full Circle, Simply Done, Paws Happy Life, Pure Harmony, @Ease, Tippy Toes and Culinary Tours brand products (excluding random weight items) from October 4-10. The butcher shops also donated 10 cents from everypound of All Natural Angus Beef and Big Y Smart Chicken sold. In addition, Big Y pharmacy and wellness centers donated $5 for evey flu shot given.

“Breast cancer affects thousands of women and many men each year. We hope that this initiative will not only promote breast cancer awareness but also save lives through early detection and care,” said Big Y CEO Donald D’Amour.

(The Shelby Report)

 

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