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Students Standout Awards

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Students Standout Awards


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(2025 information coming soon!)

Program Summary

College student judges traverse the expo floor, posing questions about the products and services featured at the NGA Show. Exhibitors have the chance to demonstrate how their offerings make a significant impact on the grocery industry by simplifying tasks, fostering growth and creating efficiencies. After canvasing the options, students meet to discuss nominations across 5 categories. Eventually, they will present an award to the most deserving exhibitor on stage at the Thought Leadership Theater and include a quick pitch on why the exhibitor was selected.  

This program allows college students networking opportunities with company leaders while also providing exhibitors a golden opportunity to have their products and services endorsed by an emerging customer base – Gen Z.  

More than sixty students from the eleven participating colleges and universities will visit and review exhibitor booths that fall into five categories:  

  • Center Store 

  • Fresh, Health & Wellness, Pharmacy 

  • Operational Services 

  • Sustainability in Store Design 

  • Technology 

Exhibitors are encouraged to welcome and engage students to highlight their innovative products and services. Be prepared to answer the student’s questions regarding the role they play in the marketplace.  

Location & Time

Tuesday, March 12
1:15 PM
SPINS Thought Leadership Theater

Awards will be presented by the students onstage to exhibitors. All NGA Show attendees are invited to the ceremony to hear the perspectives of the emerging generation.