MATCH! for Retailers
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What is the MATCH! Program?

The MATCH! Program, is a unique program that takes place at the annual NGA Show each year in February. The appointment-setting program is a business marketplace for grocers, food retailers and supermarkets where authorized buyers and decision makers have the opportunity to meet with food and beverage suppliers, service providers, equipment companies and other food retail industry vendors. The program efficiently matches you to vendors carrying the products you are looking to source.  

Interested in participating in the MATCH! Program?

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1x1 Meeting Program Rationale

  • High travel cost to Show
  • Cost associated with Show badge which includes full access to 60+ educational sessions and workshops, 400 vendors on the Show floor and multiple networking events
  • In return for completing 8 appointments with exhibitors while at The NGA Show, we will cover free of charge to you the choice of one Free Full Conference Pass OR two free night’s hotel stay within our room block

Participating Buyers Include:

apg cash drawer


kost klip



mettler toledo

RPS-tomat commercial cleaning company



muggers marrow
shullsburg creamery


FMS logov3
new pig

the rose solution

i me mine digital

okanagan specialty fruits


How Does it Work?

  • The NGA Show will provide you access to an online portal
  • You can review your profile and make preference changes right in the web-based system
  • You can see who is exhibiting and use the sorting options to narrow down the list
  • Select suppliers you are interested in meeting for your one-on-one appointments
  • Meetings can start being requested approximately 4 weeks from the event
  • To qualify for the program, you must be a qualified authorized buyer and agree to complete 8 appointments with exhibitors within the MATCH! Program while at the Show

Industry solution providers pay a fee to get access to a highly-targeted buyer pool for pre-set meetings. Qualified retailers are screened by The NGA Show to ensure they are actively evaluating and making purchasing decisions for their organizations. The goal and result of the program is to bring buyers and sellers together to expedite and create efficiency for the process of doing business. Once on-site in San Diego, The NGA Show staff members will coordinate meetings with buyers and sellers.​​

Advantages & Benefits for Retail Buyers

  • Choice of one Free Full Conference Pass or two free night’s hotel stay within our room block
  • Access to an on-site MATCH! Lounge with meeting space, charging stations and refreshments daily
  • Program limited to 80 retailers with only one buyer per company
  • One-stop-opportunity: exposure to suppliers with pre-arranged meetings
  • Streamlined Show experience with a meeting schedule arranged through web-based matching software  
  • Guarantee that suppliers will keep appointments with decision makers
  • Efficiency over a three-day conference with highly targeted meetings
  • Educational and networking opportunities for staff and teams attending
  • For additional questions please email us at

With over 60 specialized educational workshops led by retailers for retailers and more than 400 companies on our EXPO floor showcasing innovative and game-changing products and solutions, The NGA Show provides countless opportunities to learn from your peers and other industry thought leaders. Bring your whole team to The NGA Show and bring home ideas that will drive profitable growth for your company.