Innovative Ideas

The Grocery of Tomorrow:  Food Trends to Prepare for Today

Education Partner: Specialty Food Association
The specialty food market is disrupting traditional retail channels and creating new opportunities for success for independent grocers. Phil Kafarakis, president of the Specialty Food Association, will present research and trend data on specialty food and its potential. Learn about in-market and external factors driving specialty foods’ growth, and the product-quality distinctions to look for in the growing specialty space. Kafarakis will focus on categories poised to take off tomorrow and the innovations and trends propelling sales today. 

Innovative Store Design

Small neighborhood markets, expanded fresh foods, upgraded niche and specialty food departments and an undeniable connection to the local market are key features of the most successful new formats developed by independent grocers.  Review trends in lighting, décor, flooring, technology and energy efficiency and discover the newest creative features that retailers are using in new stores and remodels.  Find out how the physical store is evolving to better meet consumers expectations for an easy and interesting shopping trip.

International Insights (Latin)

According to Nielsen Research, Latino/Hispanic customers are expected to account for over half of the U.S.’s population growth by 2020 with over $1.7 trillion in total buying power. Is your company prepared? Hear best practices from a panel of retailers on how to best merchandise and sell products to this growing and influential group of consumers.

How to Discover – and Sell – the Next Hot Product

Education Partner: Specialty Food Association
Each year, thousands of food and beverage products compete across 40 categories to win the distinctive sofi award, presented by the Specialty Food Association. Learn the secrets behind these award-winning products – and get insider info on how grocers can discover, source, and merchandise innovative and game-changing products for their own stores.  

International Insights (Europe)

New store formats aren’t the only thing coming from Europe that you should be paying attention to. Learn about new products and merchandising strategies. Join us for a panel discussion with our neighbors across the pond to hear about new products and merchandising innovation that can help attract new customers and increase basket size.

With over 40 specialized educational workshops led by retailers for retailers and more than 350 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.