For Further Information, Contact: 
NGA Contact: Laura Strange

Amy Riemer, Media Relations Representative
978-475-4441 (office) or 978-502-4895 (cell)


Exhibits Focus on Meat, Produce, Specialty Food, Technology, Coffee, Seasonal Merchandise and Latin Cuisine

SAN DIEGO, CA, November 20, 2018 The NGA Show, the premier tradeshow for independent grocers, will feature seven specialty pavilions providing attendees opportunities to make connections with exhibitors and learn about the latest developments in the grocery industry with a specific focus on meat, produce, specialty foods, coffee, technology, seasonal merchandise and Latino cuisine. The 2019 NGA Show will be held at the San Diego Convention Center, February 24-27. For more information on The NGA Show, visit

 “We thank our returning partners, the North American Meat Institute, the Produce Marketing Association, the Center for Advancing Retail & Technology, and the World of Latino Cuisine, as well as our new partners, the Specialty Food Association, Coffee Fest and the Halloween Industry Association, all of which will bring a new breadth and depth of products onto the Show floor,” said Peter Larkin, President and CEO of the National Grocers Association. “During the 2019 event, over 400 companies will display the most innovative and exciting new products in the market for the 3,500 industry professionals who visit the Show floor.”
The Center for Advancing Retail & Technology (CART) pavilion will feature companies that will give attendees valuable tools and products to help improve their businesses. CART advances retail by connecting the industry to innovation. Retailers, wholesalers and brands utilize CART to find, research and connect with solutions appropriate for their businesses. For more information about CART, click here

New to The NGA Show this year, the Coffee Fest Market Place will feature the best coffee, tea and specialty beverage companies that will provide attendees with the latest products in the industry. For more information about Coffee Fest, click here

The new Halloween & Costume Association (HCA) pavilion will provide attendees with access to the best seasonal merchandise solutions for the grocery industry. HCA represents businesses involved in the manufacture, importation or distribution of Halloween products including costumes, decor, novelty items and party supplies. For more information about HCA, click here

The North American Meat Institute (NAMI) pavilion will feature the most innovative and advanced companies in the meat industry to showcase their products and solutions. NAMI is a national trade association that represents companies that process 95 percent of red meat and 70 percent of turkey products in the US and their suppliers throughout America. For more information about NAMI, click here.

The Produce Marketing Association (PMA) pavilion will feature best-in-class companies providing solutions and products that will help grocers best handle produce. The PMA is a trade organization representing companies from every segment of the global fresh produce and floral supply chain. For more information about PMA, click here

Specialty Food Association (SFA) is new to The NGA Show floor this year and its pavilion will showcase the SOFI award winners which have been honoring the best in specialty food for 45+ years. The SFA is a membership-based trade association founded in 1952 and currently representing 3,500+ specialty food businesses. For more information about the SOFI awards, click here.

The World of Latino Cuisine pavilion will offer attendees access to frozen foods, groceries, organic products, dairy, beverages, and, in addition, non-food products from the Caribbean and many Latin American countries. For more information, click here.

The NGA Show will be held February 24-27, 2019 at the San Diego Convention Center in San Diego, CA, and will feature over 60 educational workshops and sessions, more than 400 companies on the EXPO Floor, and several special events, including the National Best Bagger Championship, the NGA Creative Choice Awards, the NGA Student Case Study Competition, and much more.  
The NGA Show has been the place where independent grocers gather for over 30 years, connecting supermarket retailers and wholesalers, food manufacturers and service providers from around the world to share innovative solutions and best practices that support and strengthen the independent supermarket channel. The NGA Show is produced and managed by Clarion UX as part of the Food & Beverage Portfolio in partnership with the National Grocers Association (NGA). For more information and to register, visit

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. An independent retailer is a privately owned or controlled food retail company operating a variety of formats. The independent grocery sector is accountable for close to one percent of the nation's overall economy and is responsible for generating $131 billion in sales, 944,000 jobs, $30 billion in wages, and $27 billion in taxes. NGA members include retail and wholesale grocers, state grocers’ associations, as well as manufacturers and service suppliers. For more information about NGA, visit

Clarion UX ( produces 37 events across 13 sectors of both trade and consumer events.  Clarion UX, which is the U.S. division of Clarion Events, UK, and backed by The Blackstone Group has become one of the fastest growing event companies in the U.S. with aggressive growth through both acquisition and launch.  Clarion acquired PennWell in early 2018, bringing 4 Tradeshow 200 events into the U.S. portfolio and super-charging the already rapid growth.  Clarion UX has offices in Trumbull, CT; Kennesaw, GA; Boca Raton, FL; Tacoma, WA, and Fairlawn, NJ. 

# # #