Special Events

Grocers Care Charity Event

Sunday, February 12, 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

Join NGA and IGA as we team up with the Kraft Heinz Micronutrient Campaign and Stop Hunger Now for the Grocers Care Charity event, a volunteer initiative that will enable you to take part in the fight to end world hunger and malnutrition by packaging hunger relief meals for developing communities in need. Working together, we will have the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of approximately 800 million people around the word who are plagued by disease and illness because they don't enough to eat. 

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Student Case Study Competitions

  • First Round:  Sunday, February 12, 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
  • Second Round:  Monday, February 13, 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
  • Final Round: Reaching Millennial Consumers:  NGA Student Case Study Competition Tuesday, February 14, 3:15 pm – 4:30 pm

The Case Study Competition provides students teams with the opportunity to creatively address a real-world issue currently impacting the industry, The competition, generous sponsored by the Asparagus Club, awards up to $4,000 for winning teams of four students who success address this year’s case study question.  Students were asked to provide recommendations to Harp’s Food Markets (Bentonville, AR) regarding their efforts to reach millennial consumers.  NGA Show attendees are welcome to attend the competition.

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WGA 5k Fun Run/Walk

Monday, February 13, 6:00 am - 7:00 am

A non-competitive, friendly walk/run, runner and walkers of all levels are welcome and encouraged to participate! The majority of proceeds benefit the Women Grocers of America, which funds scholarships for students pursing careers in the independent supermarket industry.

Unable to make it to the 2017 NGA Show? No problem! You can still participate in the 2017 WGA 5k Fun Run/Walk without putting on your running shoes. Click HERE to purchase a silent runner registration and support the 2017 Mary Macey Scholarship fund, which awards academic scholarships to students pursuing careers in the independent grocery industry. Click HERE to learn more about WGA or contact Kristine Bender with questions.

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Best Bagger Championship

Monday, February 13, 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

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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.

Cheer on your state's best bagger! Baggers from across the country will vie for the championship title and a $10,000 cash prize. 

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Participating in your state's Best Bagger contest? Use the hashtags, #BestBagger and #NGAShow17, to share with the world your best bagging skills. We hope to see you in Vegas!

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The After Party with Kevin Coupe & Michael Sansolo

Monday, February 13, 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

We’re carrying the excitement of Best Bagger over to The After Party. Join industry insiders, Kevin Coupe of Morning News Beat and Michael Sansolo, and rub elbows with fellow industry executives.

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Creative Choice Awards: NEW CATEGORIES!

Tuesday, February 14, 7:00 am - 8:15 am

Submit your entries today! Contest features NEW categories! TWO WINNERS will be recognized in each category: one 1 – 15 store operator, and one 15 + store operator. For more information and to submit your entry, visit www.ngacreativechoice.com. The deadline for entries is Friday, December 16, 2016. Please contact Kristine Bender at kbender@nationalgrocers.org with any questions or concerns.

2017 Marketing Categories

Connections through Social Media and Digital Marketing
Connections through TV Radio
Connections through Print
Integrated Marketing Campaign
Grand Opening or Remodel

2017 Merchandising Categories

Single Manufacturer Event
Store Event
Public Service of Charitable Cause Event
Center Store/GM/HBC
Perimeter Departments (includes Dairy/Deli/Bakery/Floral/Frozen)

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The Chairman's Closing Celebration: The Ultimate Vegas Experience

Tuesday, February 14, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Get the ultimate Vegas experience under one roof. Join the NGA Chairman of the Board to mix and mingle with your industry peers and leaders at this new closing celebration. Don’t miss an incredible evening of music featuring Michael Johnson with The A-List and jaw-dropping performances by iL CiRCo.

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Collaboration & Innovation Lounge

Sunday, February 12, 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Monday, February 13, 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Tuesday, February 14, 7:00 AM - 11:00 AM

The Collaboration & Innovation Lounge is available to NGA member retailers, wholesalers and sponsoring suppliers and exhibitors.  Whether it’s a planned or impromptu meeting amongst trading partners, an opportunity to catch with industry peers or simply check email and get some work done at the Show, NGA’s Collaboration & Innovation Lounge provides an open venue to meet your needs.

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With over 40 specialized educational workshops led by retailers for retailers and more than 325 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.