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September 19, 2022  |  Erik Weihenmayer to Keynote the 2023 NGA Show

Erik Weihenmayer to Keynote the 2023 NGA Show

World-class blind adventurer brings his story of passion and fulfillment to independent grocery conference, Feb. 26-28, 2023, in Las Vegas

Washington, D.C. – The National Grocers Association (NGA), the trade association representing the independent supermarket industry, welcomes world-class blind adventurer Erik Weihenmayer as the keynote speaker for the 2023 NGA Show, to be held Feb. 26-28, 2023, at the Caesars Forum Convention Center in Las Vegas.

The opening keynote session is sponsored by The Kraft Heinz Company, a long-time supporter of NGA and the independent supermarket industry.

Weihenmayer brings audiences a powerful message about harnessing the power of adversity as fuel for greatness, emphasizing the importance of building a strong “Rope Team” and illuminating how to develop a “No Barriers Mindset.”

“Erik Weihenmayer’s life story is a stunning example of perseverance, commitment to one’s goals and a passion for life,” said NGA President and CEO Greg Ferrara. “Erik demonstrates that nothing is impossible, and we’re certain he will inspire our members to pursue ideas and innovations that they may have thought were beyond their grasp. We look forward to Erik setting the tone for a dynamic and inspirational 2023 NGA Show.”

Despite losing his vision at age 14, Weihenmayer is an accomplished climber, paraglider, skier and kayaker who never allows blindness to interfere with his passion for pursuing an exhilarating and fulfilling life.

In 2001, Weihenmayer became the first blind person in history to reach the summit of Mount Everest. In 2008, he completed his quest to climb the Seven Summits—the highest mountain on each continent. In 2003, he competed in Primal Quest, among the toughest adventure races in the world – 457 miles, nine days, 60,000 feet of elevation gain and no time-outs – and his team was one of 42 to cross the finish line out of the 80 that started.

In 2006, Weihenmayer created the Adventure Team Challenge, a first-of-its-kind adventure race in which teams of disabled and non-disabled athletes compete; his team won five years in a row. In 2014, he and blinded Navy veteran Lonnie Bedwell kayaked the entire 277-miles of the Grand Canyon on the Colorado River, considered one of the most formidable whitewater venues in the world.

Weihenmayer is the author of “Touch the Top of the World,” which has been published in 12 languages. The book was made into an A&E movie and released on DVD by Sony. His second book, “The Adversity Advantage: Turning Everyday Struggles Into Everyday Greatness,” shares hard-earned lessons and practical advice for using adversity as fuel for growth and innovation. His latest book, “No Barriers: A Blind Man's Journey to Kayak the Grand Canyon,” released in February 2017, is an adventure story that illuminates how we move forward in our lives toward growth and purpose, despite the barriers that get in our way.

Weihenmayer’s adventures have earned him dozens of awards, including an ESPY, Nike’s Casey Martin Award and the Helen Keller Lifetime Achievement Award. He is also a frequent television guest who has appeared on programs including NBC’s “Today Show,” “Good Morning America” and “The Tonight Show.” He was featured on the cover of Time magazine, among others, and has also carried torches for both the Summer and Winter Olympic Games.

“Farther Than the Eye Can See,” the documentary of Weihenmayer’s Everest ascent, is ranked by Men’s Journal as one of the top 20 adventure films of all time. The film won first prize at 21 international film festivals and was nominated for two Emmy awards.

In 2005, Weihenmayer co-founded No Barriers USA, a nonprofit organization that helps people of diverse abilities develop a No Barriers Mindset – to attack challenges head on, solve problems, build winning teams and serve others.

Weihenmayer’s talks resonate with diverse audiences from graduating college students to large sales teams to CEOs of Fortune 500 companies. He has shared speaking platforms with luminaries such as Secretary of State Colin Powell, President Bill Clinton and Prime Minister Tony Blair.

The NGA Show has been where independent grocers gather for more than 30 years, connecting supermarket retailers and wholesalers, food manufacturers, and service providers worldwide to share innovative solutions and best practices that support and strengthen the independent supermarket channel. The NGA Show is produced and managed by Clarion Events as part of the Food & Beverage Group in partnership with the National Grocers Association (NGA). For more information and to register, visit www.theNGAshow.com.

Clarion Events (US.ClarionEvents.com) operates over 180 events in 50 countries from 15 offices in the UK, the US, South Africa, Brazil, Germany, Singapore, UAE, Indonesia, Hong Kong, and the Netherlands. Clarion can trace its roots back to 1947 and takes great pride in being one of the oldest independent event organizers in the UK. The firm has recently developed an international portfolio of brands. It is interested in several global vertical industries, including energy, security, defense, hospitality, electronics, technology, fashion, retail, gaming, and marketing. The teams at Clarion create uniquely effective and stimulating environments that can serve as a platform to build businesses, enhance customer relationships and accelerate product awareness. us.clarionevents.com.

About NGA

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 about 1.2 percent of the nation's overall economy. It generates more than $250 billion in sales, 1.1 million jobs, $39 billion in wages, and $36 billion in taxes. NGA members include retail and wholesale grocers, state grocers associations, manufacturers, and service suppliers. For more information about NGA, visit www.nationalgrocers.org.

March 2, 2022  |  The NGA Show Concludes Successful Event in Las Vegas

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NGA Contact: Jim Dudlicek

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The NGA Show Concludes Successful Event in Las Vegas

More than 2,700 grocery leaders, professionals in attendance over 3 days of events

LAS VEGAS – The National Grocers Association and Clarion Events today announced the successful conclusion of The NGA Show, which delivered a nearly 20% increase in attendance from grocery retail industry professionals to the Caesars Forum Convention Center in Las Vegas for networking, product sourcing, and education.

The in-person show brought together independent retailers, wholesalers, food retail industry executives, food/CPG manufacturers, and service providers from all over the United States for the three-day event, Feb. 27-March 1. The 39th edition of the annual trade show and conference is produced by the National Grocers Association and Clarion Events.

“What an exciting three days! We thank our exhibitors, sponsors, speakers, attendees, media partners, supporting organizations, and partners who helped to make the 2022 NGA Show a huge success. We’ve already received such positive feedback on the content in the education sessions, the top-level thought leaders from across the industry who shared insightful ideas, and the opportunity to source new products all delivered solutions and ideas on how grocers can grow their business and better serve their communities,” said Cruz Alvarado, event director of The NGA Show for Clarion Events.

“The NGA Show, co-located with the IGA Rally and Indoor Ag-Con, delivered a trifecta of education, best practices, and actionable insights designed to help independent grocery operators propel their businesses into a future of growth and continued opportunity,” said Greg Ferrara, NGA president, and CEO. “With strong retailer and wholesaler attendance, we intend to build upon the momentum of a successful show and the occasion of NGA’s 40th anniversary this year as we work toward an even more exciting conference back here in Las Vegas in 2023.”

Highlights of the show included:

  • The exhibit hall, featuring more than 200 exhibitors, where retailers and wholesalers discovered products and services covering the entire spectrum from store design to innovative food products, and everything in between. This year’s expo floor also featured the World of Latino Cuisine pavilion, which ran a full schedule of culinary demonstrations presented by world-renowned chefs. Retailers were given a front-row seat to the latest products and information on how to successfully sell to Hispanic customers, 60 million consumers, and growing.
  • The opening keynote address was presented by former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who discussed the country’s economic and political landscape, and its potential impact on independent community grocery operators.
  • Attendees mixed and mingled at several networking events including the kickoff Opening Reception, the Best Bagger Championship and After Party, Creative Choice Awards breakfast, and the Closing Celebration.

With this year’s theme, “Where Grocers Look to the Future,” retailers and wholesalers kicked off their NGA Show experience with exclusive new programming: “Innovation Through the Eyes of the Independent Grocer.”

The education program expanded to offer 50-plus sessions with more than 100 subject matter experts who spoke on a variety of relevant topics including store design, international commerce, omnichannel, artificial intelligence, inflation, data analytics, workforce development, e-commerce, demand forecasting, category trends, Hispanic marketing, food safety, succession planning, front-end technology, labor costs, digital communications, green energy, and ransomware.

Several awards were presented, including:

  • The Peter J. Larkin Community Service Award, to Cub Foods, for the efforts of its pharmacy operations to deliver COVID vaccines throughout their home state of Minnesota.
  • The Thomas K. Zaucha Entrepreneurial Excellence Award, to Michael Needler Jr., president and CEO of Fresh Encounter Inc.
  • WGA Woman of the Year Award, to Suzanne Schmitz, a Save A Lot owner in Western New York.
  • Best Bagger Champion, with a grand prize of $10,000, was awarded to Alexa Sobsey from Nugget Markets in California.
  • Creative Choice Awards, winners listed here: https://www.nationalgrocers.org/creativechoice/winners/ and in these videos: Marketing winners / Merchandising winners

More information about each day of The NGA Show can be found at https://www.thengashow.com/show-press-releases.

The 2023 NGA Show will take place Feb. 26–28, 2023, at the Caesars Forum Convention Center in Las Vegas.

For information and details, please visit www.thengashow.com.

The NGA Show has been the place where independent grocers gather for more than 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 Events as part of the Food & Beverage Group in partnership with the National Grocers Association (NGA). For more information and to register, visit www.theNGAshow.com.

Clarion Events (US.ClarionEvents.com) produces 37 events across 13 sectors of both trade and consumer events. Clarion Events, 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 four Tradeshow 200 events into the U.S. portfolio and supercharging the already rapid growth. Clarion Events has offices in Trumbull, Conn.; Kennesaw, Ga.; Boca Raton, Fla.; Tacoma, Wash., and Fairlawn, N.J. www.US.ClarionEvents.com.

About NGA

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 community grocery sector is accountable for about 1.2 percent of the nation's overall economy and is responsible for generating more than $250 billion in sales, 1.1 million jobs, $39 billion in wages and $36 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 www.nationalgrocers.org.

March 1, 2022  |  Suzanne Schmitz Named WGA Woman of the Year

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March 1, 2022

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Suzanne Schmitz Named WGA Woman of the Year

Save A Lot owner recognized at The NGA Show

suzanne schmitz named wga woman of the yearFrom left to right: Greg Ferrara, NGA President and CEO; Stephanie Reid, President and Publisher - The Shelby Report; Suzanne Schmitz, Save A Lot; and Kristin Popp, WGA President 

Las Vegas, NV –  Women Grocers of America (WGA) today presented the WGA Woman of the Year Award to Suzanne Schmitz, a Save A Lot owner in Western New York.

The award, presented during The NGA Show at the Caesars Forum Convention Center in Las Vegas, is bestowed upon a female grocer that shows the true characteristics of a leader, possessing a passion for the independent grocery industry. The award is presented annually to strategic thinkers and standout representatives within their company that perseveres through any challenges that face them.

Schmitz began working with Save A Lot as a summer employee at age 16. She continued seasonal work while in college pursuing a business degree. After graduating, she operated one of her employer’s top-performing stores.

In 2010, Schmitz became a Save A Lot owner, going on to eventually own five Save A Lot stores across New York. She oversees operations, inventory management, and hours of operation for her stores. She manages a team of more than 70 employees, staying involved in the needs and intricacies of the stores to be successful.

“Suzanne Schmitz is an independent grocer who is committed to ensuring her stores run efficiently, providing fresh food and high-quality products for her customers. Her leadership style is an inspiration to women across the industry looking to succeed,” said Kristin Popp, president of WGA. “I congratulate Suzanne for receiving this award and look forward to working together for years to come as we continue to open doors within our industry to female leaders.”

About WGA

Operating under the NGA Foundation, the mission of Women Grocers of America is to inspire and empower women of the independent grocery industry through personal and professional development, cultivating connections, and highlighting accomplishments and achievements. More information is at https://www.nationalgrocers.org/foundation/women-grocers-of-america/.

About NGA Foundation

The NGA Foundation is the 501(c)3 nonprofit arm of the National Grocers Association. The Foundation provides independent retailers with tools to develop more effective recruiting programs, enhance retention efforts and bolster professional leadership development opportunities for employers. For more information, visit www.ngafoundation.org

About NGA

Washington, D.C.-based NGA is the national trade association representing the retail and wholesale community grocers that comprise the independent sector of the food distribution industry. An independent retailer is a privately owned or controlled food retail company operating in a variety of formats. The independent grocery sector is accountable for about 1.2 percent of the nation’s overall economy and is responsible for generating more than $250 billion in sales, 1.1 million jobs, $39 billion in wages, and $36 billion in taxes. NGA members include retail and wholesale grocers located in every congressional district across the country, as well as state grocers’ associations, manufacturers, and service suppliers. For more information about NGA, visit www.nationalgrocers.org.

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February 28, 2022  |  NGA Announces Election of New Board Members and Executive Committee

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February 28, 2022

Contact: NGA Communications Office
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NGA Announces Election of New Board Members and Executive Committee 

Las Vegas, NV –  The National Grocers Association (NGA), the trade association representing the independent grocery industry, announced during the annual convention, the NGA Show, its 2022 Board of Directors, and executive committee members.

Nine individuals, by recommendation of the NGA Board nominating committee and subsequent vote by the membership, and one appointed individual will serve with the re-elected board members.

The following new retailer members include: Richie Morgan, North State Grocery Inc.; Garrett Piklapp, Fareway Stores Inc.; and Paul Rowton, GES Inc./Edwards Food Giant.

Additionally, the board announced these new wholesaler members: Richard Chapman, G&C Food Distributors; Steve Henig, Wakefern Food Corp.; Jay Mitchell, Mitchell Grocery Corp.; Bob Obray, Associated Food Stores Inc.; and Ray Sprinkle, URM Stores Inc.; and these new manufacturer/supplier members: Joe Mueller, the Kellogg Company; and Casey Fannon, National Cooperative Bank.

NGA also announced the officers appointed to the 2022 executive committee. Those members include Chairman Ted Balistreri, Sendik’s Food Market; Vice Chairman Mike Stigers, Cub Foods/UNFI; Treasurer Richie Morgan, North State Grocery Inc.; Secretary David Smith, Associated Wholesale Grocers; and Immediate Past Chair Cheryl Sommer, Kaune’s Neighborhood Market.

Finally, the NGA board thanks the following outgoing board members for their service: Kristi Magnuson Nelson, Hugo’s Family Marketplace; Mike Violette, Associated Grocers of New England; Steve Heggelke, Bozzuto’s Inc.; Dave Conroy, Fiserv; and Stratton Sigler, Unilever.

“I’m grateful to our Board of Directors who have volunteered countless hours to serve our association, particularly as we continue to navigate challenges brought on by the pandemic and return to a new normal,” said Greg Ferrara, president and CEO of NGA. “As we kick off a year-long celebration of NGA’s 40th anniversary, I look forward to working with the Board of Directors to help the organization enhance resources for our members and strengthen the independent supermarket industry.”

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About NGA 

NGA is the national trade association representing the retail and wholesale community grocers that comprise the independent sector of the food distribution industry. An independent retailer is a privately owned or controlled food retail company operating in a variety of formats. The independent grocery sector is accountable for about 1.2 percent of the nation's overall economy and is responsible for generating more than $250 billion in sales, 1.1 million jobs, $39 billion in wages, and $36 billion in taxes. NGA members include retail and wholesale grocers located in every congressional district across the country, as well as state grocers’ associations, manufacturers, and service suppliers. For more information about NGA, visit www.nationalgrocers.org.  

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February 28, 2022  |  2022 NGA Show Welcomes Independent Grocers with a Look to the Future

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February 28, 2022

NGA Show Contact: Jim Dudlicek

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2022 NGA Show Welcomes Independent Grocers with a Look to the Future

Co-located Independent Grocers Alliance and Indoor Ag-Con deliver robust representation from retailers, wholesalers, and suppliers as expo floor opens today

Las Vegas, NVThe 2022 NGA Show, the premier tradeshow for the independent supermarket industry, opened Day 2 today, with an excitement and enthusiastic look to the future of retailing. Over the course of three days at the new Caesars Forum Convention Center, the event will feature more than 50 educational sessions and over 100 speakers discussing the most relevant topics facing food retailers.

With this year’s theme, “Where Retailers Look to the Future,” retailers and wholesalers kicked off their NGA Show experience Sunday with exclusive new programming: “The Shopping Experience of the Future – Evolving from Today to Tomorrow … Powered by the Consumer Heartbeat of Demand.”

“Retailers are operating in a marketplace where the shopping experience is evolving quickly based on the impact of society, technology, economics, environment and policy. This new content challenged retailers to look at how innovation can help them continually improve for today and build new capabilities they will need tomorrow,” said Greg Ferrara, NGA president and CEO.

David Henry of exhibitor Card Isle remarked, “It is important to take time away from your business to focus on your business, and The NGA Show is the perfect platform for that – from education to peer networking to product sourcing."

Thom Blischok, chairman and CEO of the Dialogic Group, kicked off the day with a breakfast session on “Navigating the New Norm of Retail: What Does 2022 Hold for Independent Grocers?”

Monday’s education session topics included inflation, data analytics, workforce development, e-commerce, demand forecasting, category trends, and Hispanic marketing. General session speakers included Stuckey’s Corp. CEO Stephanie Stuckey and IGA President and CEO John Ross.

With more than 200 exhibitors and sponsors, retailers and wholesalers discovered products on the expo floor covering the entire spectrum from store design to innovative food products, and everything in between.

This year’s event also featured the World of Latino Cuisine pavilion, which today ran a full schedule of culinary demonstrations on the show floor presented by world-renowned chefs. Retailers were given a front-row seat to the latest products and information on how to successfully sell to Hispanic customers, 60 million consumers and growing.

“The NGA Show has helped Card Isle confirm that our product is a fit for the needs of the independent grocer. The conversations we are having with retailers have been very productive and we are excited to continue developing the relationships that got their start on this tradeshow floor.”

The 2022 NGA Show continues with Exhibits and Education tomorrow, concluding on Tuesday, March 1.

About The NGA Show

For 40 years, The NGA Show has been the place where independent grocers gather, 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 Events as part of the Food & Beverage Group, in partnership with the National Grocers Association (NGA). For more information, visit www.theNGAshow.com.

About NGA

The National Grocers Association (NGA) is the national trade association representing the retail and wholesale community grocers that comprise the independent sector of the food distribution industry. An independent retailer is a privately owned or controlled food retail company operating in a variety of formats. The independent grocery sector is accountable for about 1.2 percent of the nation's overall economy and is responsible for generating more than $250 billion in sales, 1.1 million jobs, $39 billion in wages, and $36 billion in taxes. NGA members include retail and wholesale grocers located in every congressional district across the country, as well as state grocers’ associations, manufacturers, and service suppliers. For more information about NGA, visit www.nationalgrocers.org

About Clarion Events

Clarion Events (US.ClarionEvents.com) produces 37 events across 13 sectors of both trade and consumer events. Clarion Events, 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 four Tradeshow 200 events into the U.S. portfolio and supercharging the already rapid growth. Clarion Events has offices in Shelton, Conn.; Kennesaw, Ga.; Boca Raton, Fla.; Tacoma, Wash.; and Fairlawn, N.J.

February 27, 2022  |  2022 NGA Show Welcomes Back Independent Grocers for In-Person Event in Las Vegas

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February 27, 2022

Contact: NGA Communications Office

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2022 NGA Show Welcomes Back Independent Grocers for In-Person Event in Las Vegas

Former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie delivers opening keynote address amid strong attendance and innovative EXPO floor

Las Vegas, NV –  The 2022 NGA Show, the premier tradeshow for the independent supermarket industry, opened today, offering more than 50 educational sessions and 100 speakers discussing issues facing food retail during the three-day conference at the Caesars Forum Convention Center in Las Vegas, with strong retailer and wholesaler attendance.

“Our last show in September was about looking back and coming together to celebrate this industry after a pandemic that challenged our industry and nation like never before. This year’s show is about looking forward,” said Greg Ferrara, NGA president and CEO. “NGA is celebrating its 40th anniversary in 2022, and I can think of no better way to kick off a year of celebrating that milestone than coming together as an industry to collaborate, share best practices and insights, and explore the latest products and services to support the continued strong growth of our industry.”

The show kicked off today with “Innovation Through the Eyes of the Independent Grocer,” presented by the Tomorrow Group and featuring Neil Stern, CEO of Good Food Holdings LLC. This session launched a partnership between NGA and the Tomorrow Group that will present content throughout the year focused on total store innovation and helping NGA members transfer insights into real-time business development and growth.

Other sessions today focused on topics ranging from store design and international commerce to omnichannel and artificial intelligence. The exhibition hall opens Monday, Feb. 28. 

During the Opening Session, Ferrara recognized NGA’s 40th-anniversary taking place this year and delivered a message of looking forward. “We have heard from many of you about the challenges and pressures you continue to face, including wrinkles in the supply chain and an acute labor shortage, and how you have partnered with NGA to find support and solutions. But that has not stopped you from maintaining a vision for the future – always forward-looking – always planning how you can best support your teams, strengthen your businesses and enrich your communities,” he said. “Perhaps the most important part of your future is your people, which is why it’s so crucial to invest in them, to nurture them, to empower them as the next generation of leaders of our industry.”

The opening session also saw the passing of NGA’s board chairmanship from Cub Foods CEO Mike Stigers to Sendik’s Food Markets owner Ted Balistreri, who outlined NGA’s fight for antitrust reform to level the playing field and ensure existing law is enforced so power buyers follow the rules. 

The day closed with the Opening Keynote address – sponsored by The Kraft Heinz Company – by former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who discussed the country’s economic and political landscape, and its potential impact on independent community grocery operators.

The 2022 NGA Show continues through March 1.  

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The NGA Show has been the place where independent grocers gather for more than 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 Events as part of the Food & Beverage Group in partnership with the National Grocers Association (NGA). For more information and to register, visit www.theNGAshow.com.

About NGA 

NGA is the national trade association representing the retail and wholesale community grocers that comprise the independent sector of the food distribution industry. An independent retailer is a privately owned or controlled food retail company operating in a variety of formats. The independent grocery sector is accountable for about 1.2 percent of the nation's overall economy and is responsible for generating more than $250 billion in sales, 1.1 million jobs, $39 billion in wages, and $36 billion in taxes. NGA members include retail and wholesale grocers located in every congressional district across the country, as well as state grocers’ associations, manufacturers, and service suppliers. For more information about NGA, visit www.nationalgrocers.org.  

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January 30, 2022  |  All New Education Program Announced for 2022 NGA Show

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January 30, 2022

NGA Show Contact: Laura Strange

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ALL-NEW EDUCATION PROGRAM ANNOUNCED FOR 2022 NGA SHOW

Unique content added to showcase the store of the future and Independent Grocers Alliance thought leadership – bringing brand-new education offerings for 2022 event

Shelton, CT –The NGA Show – Feb. 27-March 1, 2022, in Las Vegas – will offer a brand-new education program with tracks focused on the most relevant needs of retail grocers – including consumer insights, digital transformation, e-commerce, fresh foods, innovation discovery, international perspective, merchandising, omnichannel marketing, operating for excellence, people development, shopper experience, and technology.

“The NGA Show continues to be on the cutting edge, providing retailers and wholesalers with the knowledge and tools necessary to adapt and thrive in an industry that is always changing,” said Greg Ferrara, NGA president and CEO. “And this year, with our mission to help guide retailers into the future, we are pleased to bring a unique look at the store of the future with an entire afternoon of unique programming, presented by our partners at Retail Tomorrow. Regardless of the education path chosen – from the present to the future -- The NGA Show will provide all participants with a robust offering of tools to guide them, from immediately actionable updates to a blueprint for long-term change and growth.”

Sunday’s innovative offerings, “The Shopping Experience of the Future: Evolving From Today to Tomorrow - Powered by the Consumer Heartbeat of Demand,” comprises 14 sessions, including:

  • Store Design, Experience, and Technology to Inspire the Shopper
  • Food Innovation – the Operator Perspective
  • The Accelerator Perspective: Incubating Innovation
  • Scanning the Horizon through AI
  • The Offshore Perspective: China and Europe
  • Start with the Consumer and Work Backwards
  • Using Data and Analytics to Drive Consumer Intimacy
  • Digital Value Creation

Our co-location with the Independent Grocers Alliance brings additional educational offerings, designed for and open to all independents, regardless of whether they are IGA retailers. Sessions include:

  • Save Money and Increase Sales with the Right Media Mix
  • Revitalize Your Competitive Strategy with Marketplace Analysis.
  • Optimizing Center Store Sales
  • How the Greening of Grocery Can Increase Sales and Save You Money
  • Ransomware: The Biggest Threat to Your Business
  • Groceries and Hardware – A Winning Combination

The full three-day conference program, in excess of 50 workshops and sessions, provides valuable insight on industry trends, emerging issues and best practices. The extensive and diverse program, designed for all team members, includes:

  • Navigating the New Norm of Retail – What Does 2022 Hold for Independent Grocers?
  • Fresh Ideas to Boost Sales in Produce
  • Independent Insights – Aggregating Industry Sales and Category Data
  • Marketing to Hispanic Shoppers
  • Navigating The Digital Continuum
  • Why Retailers Need to Plan for Tomorrow’s Trends
  • Evolution of the Meat Case -- Tracking Shopper Trends
  • Families, Farmers and Future Growth: How Reasor's Uses Recipes to Accelerate Digital Opportunity
  • Fresh Innovations to Reduce Shrink
  • Recruiting a Changing Workforce
  • The Innovation Conversation / The Big Picture

Full details on specific seminars, workshops, and speakers can be found on The NGA Show website at https://events.clarionevents.com/NGA2022/Public/Sessions.aspx?View=Sessions_summary&ID=78913

The event is sponsored by the National Grocers Association and produced by Clarion Events Inc. Registration is open at www.thengashow.com.

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For more than 30 years, The NGA Show has been the place where independent grocers gather, 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 Events as part of the Food & Beverage Group, in partnership with the National Grocers Association (NGA). For more information and to register, visit www.theNGAshow.com.

Clarion Events (US.ClarionEvents.com) produces 37 events across 13 sectors of both trade and consumer events. Clarion Events, 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 four Tradeshow 200 events into the U.S. portfolio and supercharging the already rapid growth. Clarion Events has offices in Shelton, Conn.; Kennesaw, Ga.; Boca Raton, Fla.; Tacoma, Wash.; and Fairlawn, N.J.

The National Grocers Association (NGA) is the national trade association representing the retail and wholesale community grocers that comprise the independent sector of the food distribution industry. An independent retailer is a privately owned or controlled food retail company operating in a variety of formats. The independent grocery sector is accountable for about 1.2 percent of the nation's overall economy and is responsible for generating more than $250 billion in sales, 1.1 million jobs, $39 billion in wages, and $36 billion in taxes. NGA members include retail and wholesale grocers located in every congressional district across the country, as well as state grocers’ associations, manufacturers, and service suppliers. For more information about NGA, visit www.nationalgrocers.org.

January 11, 2022  |  Former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie to Keynote 2022 NGA Show

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January 11, 2022

Contact: NGA Communications Office

202-938-2584

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Former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie to Keynote 2022 NGA Show

GOP leader and commentator to provide insights on the impact of politics on the grocery industry

Washington, D.C. – Former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie will be the opening keynote speaker at the 2022 NGA Show, scheduled for Feb. 27- March 1 at the Caesars Forum Convention Center in Las Vegas. The keynote speaker is sponsored by The Kraft Heinz Company.

The 55th governor of New Jersey from 2010 to 2018 and former U.S. Attorney for the District of New Jersey, Christie is a senior legal and political commentator for ABC News, the managing member of the Christie Law Firm and Christie 55 Solutions LLC, and the author of “Let Me Finish,” a no-holds-barred account of his rise to power, and “Republican Rescue: Saving the Party from Truth Deniers, Conspiracy Theorists and the Dangerous Policies of Joe Biden."

Christie spent his two terms in office emphasizing fiscal responsibility; pension, health benefits, education reform; and the opioid crisis gripping New Jersey and the nation. He also devised the state’s groundbreaking response to Superstorm Sandy, leading the rebuilding of the state’s housing, infrastructure, and public schools, and setting a bipartisan example for storm recovery.

“With his trademark charisma and candor, Governor Christie will provide NGA Show attendees an in-depth understanding of what is happening in the nation’s capital and what it means for our industry,” said Greg Ferrara, NGA president and CEO. “He highlights that achievable solutions and unrelenting leadership will help move us forward and help solve the most pressing issues in Washington. Thanks again to Kraft Heinz for their ongoing support of the NGA Show and the keynote speaker.”

Christie served as chairman of the Trump Presidential Transition Committee and was appointed chairman of the President’s Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis.

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The NGA Show has been the place where independent grocers gather for more than 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 Events as part of the Food & Beverage Group in partnership with the National Grocers Association (NGA). For more information and to register, visit www.theNGAshow.com.

About Clarion Events

Clarion Events (US.ClarionEvents.com) produces 37 events across 13 sectors of both trade and consumer events. Clarion Events, 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 four Tradeshow 200 events into the U.S. portfolio and supercharging the already rapid growth. Clarion Events has offices in Trumbull, Conn.; Kennesaw, Ga.; Boca Raton, Fla.; Tacoma, Wash., and Fairlawn, N.J. www.US.ClarionEvents.com.

About NGA

NGA is the national trade association representing the retail and wholesale community grocers that comprise the independent sector of the food distribution industry. An independent retailer is a privately owned or controlled food retail company operating in a variety of formats. The independent grocery sector is accountable for about 1.2 percent of the nation's overall economy and is responsible for generating more than $250 billion in sales, 1.1 million jobs, $39 billion in wages, and $36 billion in taxes. NGA members include retail and wholesale grocers located in every congressional district across the country, as well as state grocers’ associations, manufacturers, and service suppliers. For more information about NGA, visit www.nationalgrocers.org.

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December 8, 2021  |  Clarion Events Food & Beverage Group Announces Line Up of Exciting In-Person Trade Shows and Conferences for 2022

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Clarion Events Food & Beverage Group Announces Line Up of Exciting In-Person Trade Shows and Conferences for 2022

SHELTON, CT, December 8, 2021 – In 2022 all Clarion Events Food & Beverage Group trade shows and conferences will be held in person, bringing back together thousands of food service, hospitality specialty beverage, retail, and grocery industry professionals with leading suppliers at eight events across the United States.  The trade shows and conferences are built on three pillars, providing our industry professionals with the tools, education, and products needed to help them succeed.

“From New York to Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Chicago, Seattle, and Florida we look forward to welcoming back our exhibitors, speakers, partners, and attendees for eight reinvented and reimagined trade shows offering special events, world-class education, and valuable networking opportunities,” said Rita Ugianskis, Vice President, Clarion Events Food & Beverage Group.  “Whether you’re an independent restaurant or café owner, grocer, food retailer, quick-serve restaurant operator, retailer, chef, caterer, baker, bar or nightclub operator, hospital, hotel, or commercial food service personnel we invite you to register to join us at one of the following events.”

 
Clarion Events (us.clarionevents.com) produces 37 events across 13 sectors of both trade and consumer events. Clarion Events acquired PennWell in early 2018, bringing 4 Tradeshow 200 events into the U.S. portfolio and super-charging the already rapid growth. Clarion Events has offices in Trumbull, CT; Kennesaw, GA; Boca Raton, FL; Tacoma, WA, and Fairlawn, NJ.

September 21, 2021  |  Side-by-Side NGA Executive Conference and The NGA Show Conclude Successful Events in Las Vegas

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Side-by-Side NGA Executive Conference and The NGA Show Conclude Successful Events in Las Vegas

More than 2,300 grocery leaders, and professionals in attendance over 4 days of events

LAS VEGAS – The National Grocers Association and Clarion Events today announced the successful conclusion of two in-person events, the NGA Executive Conference and The NGA Show. Held in the same location for the first time, the events brought more than 2,300 grocery retail industry professionals to Las Vegas for networking, product sourcing, and education. 

The NGA Executive Conference, designed for CEOs and their leadership teams to increase profitability and enhance business opportunities, took place Sept. 18-19 at the Paris Hotel & Casino. NGA presents this event, an invitation-only gathering of top grocery leaders designed to deliver actionable insights.

The two-day conference program featured networking events, enhanced educational sessions, and expanded opportunities for trading partners to connect. Education sessions include topics such as Five Trends Everyone Will Be Chasing Tomorrow; Counting Data Among Independents’ Strengths; Supermarket Sustainability: How to Resonate with Shoppers; How Grocers Can Be Cyber-Secure; Future Forecast: Competitive Outlook for 2021-25; Follow the Science: Health and Safety Best Practices for Shopper and Employee Confidence; The State of Snacking in the 2020s; E-Commerce After COVID: Where Online Grocery Is Going Next; and Grocers, How Did COVID-19 Change You?

“These key issues are crucial to understanding how to stay ahead of a rapidly changing dynamic marketplace where innovation will make or break a business. These learnings are the keys to success,” said Jonathan Downey, NGA senior vice president of industry relations.

Details about individual sessions can be found at https://www.nationalgrocers.org/executive-conference/.

The NGA Show brought together independent retailers, wholesalers, food retail industry executives, food/CPG manufacturers and service providers from nearly all 50 states for the three-day event, Sept. 19-21. The 38th edition of the annual trade show and conference is produced by the National Grocers Association and Clarion Events.

“We thank our exhibitors, sponsors, speakers, attendees, media partners, supporting organizations and partners who helped to make the 2021 NGA Show a huge success. You could feel the excitement as the industry came together in person again, and we’ve already received such positive feedback on providing the platform where grocers can learn to grow their business and service their communities,” said Courtney Muller, chief corporate development and strategy officer for Clarion Events.

“The combined experience of the Executive Conference and NGA Show delivered actionable insights to help their businesses embrace the opportunities available to the most aggressive innovators,” Ferrara said. “We’re excited about what our attendees will be taking home with them and we’ll continue to build on this as we return for the 2022 NGA Show in just a few months.”

Highlights of the show included:

  • The exhibit hall, which was sold out this year, offered new products and innovations from nearly 300 exhibiting companies, providing the opportunity to network and build relationships. Specialty areas made product sourcing easy, with pavilions featuring the North American Meat Institute (NAMI), The World of Latino Cuisine, The Technology Pavilion and Equipment, Design & Safety Pavilion, as well as the Thought Leadership Theater.
  • The opening keynote address was presented by Jeff Henderson, also known as Chef Jeff, an award-winning American chef, critically acclaimed New York Times best-selling author, philanthropist, and television personality. Henderson illuminated the audience with high-impact strategies to empower change and inspire fulfillment. 
  • Attendees mixed and mingled at several networking events including the kickoff Opening Reception, the Best Bagger Championship and After Party, Creative Choice Awards breakfast, and the Closing Celebration. 

The education program expanded to offer 50-plus sessions with more than 100 subject matter experts who spoke on a variety of important topics including people development, finances, focus on fresh, sustainable strategies, tech trends, operating for excellence, family business succession planning, e-commerce, omnichannel marketing, food service and merchandising.

A dynamic panel participated in the Super Breakfast Session titled “The Independent's Guide To Navigating Growth During Complex and Volatile Times –  Wargaming 2022.” This high-level look at the challenges facing independent retailers in 2022 focused on the forces of change destined to reshape the retail environment going forward. 

Several awards were presented, including:

  • The Peter J. Larkin Community Service Award, to the NGA member grocery retailer and wholesaler community, for their combined efforts to serve communities during the pandemic.
  • WGA Woman of the Year Award, to Pam Coy, owner of Viking Village Foods in Wisconsin.
  • NGA Industry Service Award, to Dennis Belcastro, vice president of industry affairs and customer development at Kimberly-Clark North America.
  • Thomas F. Wenning Pinnacle PAC Award, to Gerry Kettler, director of consumer affairs at Niemann Foods.
  • Best Bagger Champion, with a grand prize of $10,000, was awarded to Hy-Vee’s Ben Miller.
  • Creative Choice Awards, winners are listed here: https://www.nationalgrocers.org/creative-choice/winners/  

At the end of the show, Three Square, the Las Vegas Food Bank, picked up thousands of pounds of donated food products from exhibitors and sponsors.   

The education, networking, and product sourcing will continue with two upcoming in-person events: 

  • The NGA Show Southeast Summit, Dec. 1-3, 2021, at the Hyatt Regency Orlando. This event is a small group of hosted retail buyers providing the opportunity to participate in education and one-on-one vendor meetings. 
  • The 2022 NGA Show will take place Feb. 27–March 1, 2022, at the new Caesars Forum Convention Center. With a theme of “Fueling Growth and Looking to the Future,” the 2022 show will be co-located with the IGA Rally and Indoor AgCon (https://indoor.ag/).   

For information and details, please visit www.thengashow.com.

The NGA Show has been the place where independent grocers gather for more than 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 Events as part of the Food & Beverage Group in partnership with the National Grocers Association (NGA). For more information and to register, visit www.theNGAshow.com.

Clarion Events (US.ClarionEvents.com) produces 37 events across 13 sectors of both trade and consumer events. Clarion Events, 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 four Tradeshow 200 events into the U.S. portfolio and supercharging the already rapid growth. Clarion Events has offices in Trumbull, Conn.; Boca Raton, Fla.; Tacoma, Wash., and Fairlawn, N.J. www.US.ClarionEvents.com.

About NGA

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 in a variety of formats. The independent community grocery sector is accountable for about 1.2 percent of the nation's overall economy and is responsible for generating more than $250 billion in sales, 1.1 million jobs, $39 billion in wages, and $36 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 www.nationalgrocers.org.

September 20, 2021  |  The NGA Show’s Sold-Out Exhibit Floor Opened Today

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The NGA Show’s Sold-Out Exhibit Floor Opened Today
Providing Access to Products, Technology, and Solutions for Independent Retailers

Las Vegas, NV – The NGA Show, the premier tradeshow of the independent supermarket industry, completed a successful Day Two and opening of its exhibit hall today at the Paris Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas.

“We were excited to open the doors to a sold-out Exhibit Hall at this year’s event,” said Greg Ferrara, president and CEO of the National Grocers Association. “This product showcase is the premier gathering of vendors devoted to the community of independent retailers and wholesalers, providing the community with access to the latest products and services trending in the industry, allowing them to stay competitive and grow their bottom line.”

With more than 275 exhibitors and sponsors, products cover the entire spectrum from store design to grocery checkout and everything in between. In addition, specialty pavilions make navigating the show easy and efficient.

“We are in awe of this show! We had never expected this to be so great – from show traffic to word of mouth sending buyers our way – we’ve been having conversations and meeting new people all day” said exhibitor Pamela Ruiz of Columbia’s Best. “Such a great first day; we already have meetings scheduled!”

Pavilions at this year’s event include: 

The North American Meat Institute (NAMI) Pavilion features the most innovative and advanced companies in the meat industry showcasing their products and solutions.

The World of Latino Cuisine Pavilion offers attendees access to frozen foods, groceries, organic products, dairy, beverages, and non-food products from the Caribbean and many Latin American countries.

The Technology Pavilion provides retailers the opportunity to source technology solutions that can generate more revenue for their stores.

Equipment, Design & Safety Pavilion provides retailers the opportunity to source products and services from the current and emerging foodservice brands to ensure their foodservice operation is successful.  In addition, this area is a showcase for technology and companies that have assisted retail operations to adapt to the new COVID landscape. 

Beyond the product and service innovations, the NGA Exhibit Hall is also home to the Thought Leadership Theater, providing even more opportunities for learning takeaways for retailers and wholesalers through offerings of show education sessions taking place right on the show floor. 

Today’s education lineup included:  

Deep Dive with Dennis: TPRs – Not Your Mother’s Price Reductions, presented by Dennis Toney, Sales Director and Grocery Expert, Storewise

Toney took retailers through a deep dive into how to implement a TPR program that effectively increases store profits, keeps retailers competitive, and strategically plans for their store's future. 

Tomorrow’s education includes:

The Power of a “Smile”(y) – Continuous Real-time Feedback Collection and Applications, presented by Corey Conger, Sales Director, Midwest Region, HappyorNot

Conger will address new ways to increase customer satisfaction through improved wait times, correct service procedures, optimized staffing, and ultimately increased profits. 

The NGA Show has been the place where independent grocers gather for more than 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 Events as part of the Food & Beverage Group in partnership with the National Grocers Association (NGA). For more information and to register, visit www.theNGAshow.com.

Clarion Events (US.ClarionEvents.com) produces 37 events across 13 sectors of both trade and consumer events. Clarion Events, 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 four Tradeshow 200 events into the U.S. portfolio and supercharging the already rapid growth. Clarion Events has offices in Trumbull, Conn.; Kennesaw, Ga.; Boca Raton, Fla.; Tacoma, Wash., and Fairlawn, N.J. www.US.ClarionEvents.com.

About NGA

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 in a variety of formats. The independent grocery sector is accountable for about 1.2 percent of the nation's overall economy and is responsible for generating more than $250 billion in sales, 1.1 million jobs, $39 billion in wages, and $36 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 www.nationalgrocers.org.

September 19, 2021  |  2021 NGA Show Welcomes Back Independent Grocers for In-Person Event in Las Vegas

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2021 NGA Show Welcomes Back Independent Grocers for In-Person Event in Las Vegas

Celebrity chef Jeff Henderson delivers an inspiring opening keynote address amid strong attendance and a sold-out EXPO floor

Las Vegas, NV – The 2021 NGA Show, the premier tradeshow for the independent supermarket industry, opened today with a sold-out EXPO floor. Over the event’s three days, the NGA Show will feature nearly 50 educational sessions and more than 100 speakers discussing issues facing food retail during the three-day conference at the Paris Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas.

Enjoying strong retailer and wholesaler attendance, the in-person event opened with enhanced safety protocols for attendees, who are required to wear masks at all indoor events and present proof of vaccination or a recent negative COVID test to gain entry.

“After 18 of the most challenging months our industry has ever faced, we are honored and excited to be returning to Las Vegas with an in-person NGA Show to celebrate the hard work and dedication of our Supermarket Superheroes,” said Greg Ferrara, NGA president and CEO. “The NGA Show continues to be the marquis event for the supermarket industry to network and learn best practices. We’re already looking forward to returning to Las Vegas next spring to celebrate NGA’s 40th anniversary.”

The show kicked off today with a presentation from the Center for Advancing Retail & Technology (CART) titled “The Path to Retail 4.0: Get Ready or Get Left Behind,” which explored the ongoing disruption taking place in the industry and how retailers can foster a culture of innovation. Other sessions today focused on topics ranging from e-commerce, automation, and ransomware to sales trends, diversity, and crisis management.

During the Opening Session, Ferrara celebrated the industry for rising to the occasion during the pandemic. “Nothing about this past year and a half has been business as usual, and as we continue to navigate our ‘new normal,’ we have heard from many of you about the challenges and pressures you’ve faced during these unprecedented times, and how you have partnered with NGA to find support and solutions,” he said. “And despite the uncertainty, we know that our industry is looking to the future for ways that you can enrich your communities, strengthen your businesses, and support your associates.”

Additionally, Ferrara outlined NGA’s key initiatives, including a comprehensive rebranding for the association, including a new logo and tagline, “At the heart of the community”; a new economic impact study demonstrating independent grocery’s strength as an engine for economic growth locally and nationally, and enforcement of antitrust laws to create a level playing field for independent grocers. 

The day closed with the Opening Keynote address – sponsored by The Kraft Heinz Company – by celebrity chef and inspirational speaker Chef Jeff Henderson, whose personal story of redemption, self-transformation, and commitment to helping at-risk youth was an appropriate message for an industry that continues to serve its communities while being profoundly impacted by world events.

The 2021 NGA Show continues through Sept. 21.

The NGA Show has been the place where independent grocers gather for more than 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 Events as part of the Food & Beverage Group in partnership with the National Grocers Association (NGA). For more information and to register, visit www.theNGAshow.com.

About NGA

NGA is the national trade association representing the retail and wholesale community grocers that comprise the independent sector of the food distribution industry. An independent retailer is a privately owned or controlled food retail company operating in a variety of formats. The independent grocery sector is accountable for about 1.2 percent of the nation's overall economy and is responsible for generating more than $250 billion in sales, 1.1 million jobs, $39 billion in wages, and $36 billion in taxes. NGA members include retail and wholesale grocers located in every congressional district across the country, as well as state grocers’ associations, manufacturers, and service suppliers. For more information about NGA, visit www.nationalgrocers.org.

July 15, 2021  |  'Chef Jeff' Henderson to Keynote the 2021 NGA Show

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'Chef Jeff' Henderson to Keynote the 2021 NGA Show
Food Network star brings his story of redemption and success to the independent grocery conference,
Sept. 19-21 in Las Vegas

Washington, D.C. – The National Grocers Association (NGA), the trade association representing the independent supermarket industry, welcomes chef, author, and Food Network television personality Jeff Henderson, popularly known as Chef Jeff, as the keynote speaker for the 2021 NGA Show, to be held Sept. 19-21 at the Paris Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas.

The opening keynote session is sponsored by The Kraft Heinz Company, a long-time supporter of NGA and the independent supermarket industry.

Henderson is an award-winning American chef, critically acclaimed New York Times best-selling author, philanthropist, television personality, and highly sought-after leader in personal and professional development. He is known for illuminating audiences with high-impact strategies that empower change, inspire fulfillment and motivate people to pursue their dreams.

“Chef Jeff’s life story that took him from prison inmate to renowned executive chef and Food Network TV personality, and his passion for helping at-risk youth transform their lives, is the right message at a time in our nation when many of our youth face barriers to success,” said NGA President and CEO Greg Ferrara. “As our industry comes together for the 2021 NGA Show to celebrate the Supermarket Superheroes of the food industry, Chef Jeff’s powerful story will provide strong inspiration and maybe a different perspective to help us be better in our everyday lives.”

A California native, Henderson discovered a previously untapped passion for cooking while serving nearly 10 years in federal prison. Using his incarceration as a catalyst for self-transformation, he was released in 1996 and worked his way up from a dishwasher to a cook under the tutelage of Chef Robert Gadsby in Los Angeles. After working at the Coronado Island Marriott, Hotel Bel-Air, and L’Ermitage Beverly Hills, Henderson made history as the first African American Chef de Cuisine at Caesars Palace, where he was also named Las Vegas Chef of The Year and then executive chef at the renowned Café Bellagio.

In 2007, following an interview with Oprah Winfrey, Sony Pictures secured the rights to Henderson’s inspiring tale of redemption.

As an author, Henderson has written a best-selling memoir, Cooked; the cookbooks Chef Jeff Cooks and America I AM Pass It Down Cookbook, and a self-help book, If You Can See It, You Can Be It. His television projects include The Chef Jeff Project (www.thechefjeffproject.org), a Food Network docu-reality series that followed him as he mentored a group of disadvantaged young adults towards realizing their own unique dreams; cooking show Beat The Chefs on the Game Show Network; Family Style with Chef Jeff; and Flip My Food.

Henderson’s inspiring story of life transformation has been featured on Oprah's Life Class, Good Morning America, Today Show, ABC World News Tonight, CNN, and The Steve Harvey Show, and in major publications such as The New York Times, Newsweek, USA Today, People Magazine, The Washington Post and many others.​​​​​

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The NGA Show has been the place where independent grocers gather for more than 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 Events as part of the Food & Beverage Group in partnership with the National Grocers Association (NGA). For more information and to register, visit www.theNGAshow.com.

Clarion Events (US.ClarionEvents.com) produces 37 events across 13 sectors of both trade and consumer events. Clarion Events, 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 four Tradeshow 200 events into the U.S. portfolio and supercharging the already rapid growth. Clarion Events has offices in Trumbull, Conn.; Kennesaw, Ga.; Boca Raton, Fla.; Tacoma, Wash., and Fairlawn, N.J. www.US.ClarionEvents.com.

About NGA
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 in a variety of formats. The independent grocery sector is accountable for about 1.2 percent of the nation's overall economy and is responsible for generating more than $250 billion in sales, 1.1 million jobs, $39 billion in wages, and $36 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 www.nationalgrocers.org.

July 8, 2021  |  The NGA 2021 Exhibit Hall is SOLD OUT!

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July 8, 2021
NGA Show Contact: Laura Strange
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THE NGA SHOW 2021 EXHIBIT HALL IS SOLD OUT!
Sponsorship packages are available for those who missed out on booth availability.

Shelton, CT – The NGA Show announced today that the exhibit hall for the Fall 2021 event is sold out, and attendance is up with double-digit growth over last year. The event, taking place Sept. 19-21 at the Paris Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, will feature more than 245 exhibiting companies and sponsors across the full spectrum of product categories serving grocery retail. 

“The September event is shaping up to be one of our best events yet, as retailers and wholesalers are looking forward to gathering in person this year,” said Greg Ferrara, president and CEO of the National Grocers Association. “Even though the exhibit hall is sold out, sponsorship opportunities are still available for those vendors and suppliers who would like the opportunity to build relationships with our audience.”

“The fact that we sold out our exhibit booth space in our first live event since the pandemic is a testament to our community’s desire to gather, network, learn and innovate,” said Courtney Muller, chief corporate development and strategy officer with Clarion Events North America. “The Exhibit Hall at The NGA Show is a true extension of the education program, offering access to discover and evaluate products and services all under one roof.”

Registration for attendees remains open at www.thengashow.com and features the gold standard education program that retailers have come to expect from The NGA Show and a sold-out exhibit hall, along with several networking opportunities and special events all designed to drive best practice sharing. Advance rates are in effect through Aug. 10, 2021.

A few select sponsorship opportunities are still available for this once-a-year opportunity to reach the independent grocery retail community. Those companies interested in further highlighting their presence at the show may contact Sales Director Ed Gallo for more details. Also, as booth allocation/availability may shift up to show opening, companies still interested in participating in this year’s show may be placed on a waiting list or reserve space for the 2022 NGA Show taking place Feb. 27-March 1 at the new Caesar’s Forum Convention Center in Las Vegas. 

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The NGA Show has been the place where independent grocers gather for more than 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 Events as part of the Food & Beverage Group in partnership with the National Grocers Association (NGA). For more information and to register, visit www.theNGAshow.com.

Clarion Events (US.ClarionEvents.com) produces 37 events across 13 sectors of both trade and consumer events. Clarion Events, 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 four Tradeshow 200 events into the U.S. portfolio and supercharging the already rapid growth. Clarion Events has offices in Trumbull, Conn.; Kennesaw, Ga.; Boca Raton, Fla.; Tacoma, Wash., and Fairlawn, N.J. www.US.ClarionEvents.com.

NGA is the national trade association representing the retail and wholesale community grocers that comprise the independent sector of the food distribution industry. An independent retailer is a privately owned or controlled food retail company operating in a variety of formats. The independent grocery sector is accountable for about 1.2 percent of the nation's overall economy and is responsible for generating more than $250 billion in sales, 1.1 million jobs, $39 billion in wages, and $36 billion in taxes. NGA members include retail and wholesale grocers located in every congressional district across the country, as well as state grocers’ associations, manufacturers, and service suppliers. For more information about NGA, visit www.nationalgrocers.org.​​​​

June 30, 2021  |  Special Events Herald Return of In-Person NGA Show

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Special Events Herald Return of In-Person NGA Show
Best Bagger Championship, Creative Choice Awards, and Women Grocers of America events are among the highlights of the conference, Sept. 19-21 in Las Vegas

Washington, D.C. – The National Grocers Association (NGA), the trade association representing the independent supermarket industry, announces a lineup of special events that will be part of the 2021 NGA Show, to be held Sept. 19-21 in person at the Paris Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas.

The NGA Show features several innovative and exciting special events that are included with full conference registration. The events, spanning from networking functions to competitions and awards, provide thousands of independent retailers and wholesalers, food retail industry executives, food/CPG manufacturers, and service providers with valuable opportunities to engage with their peers and showcase the innovation taking place in the industry.

The Best Bagger Championship, sponsored by PepsiCo Inc., features the top grocery baggers from around the country competing for the championship title, bragging rights, and a $10,000 grand prize.

Bagging has been an important step for many supermarket employees who have pursued long and rewarding careers in the grocery industry. NGA’s Best Bagger Championship features retailers with infectious company pride and an enthusiastic commitment to customer service. Even more importantly, it’s an opportunity to honor baggers who stepped up to provide essential services to their neighborhoods during one of the most challenging times in our country’s history. Cheer on your state's best bagger and celebrate with the winner at the after-party on Monday evening, Sept. 20.

The Creative Choice Awards, sponsored by The Kellogg Co. and Unilever, recognize the best marketing and merchandising programs in the grocery industry during the Super Breakfast session on Tuesday morning, Sept. 21.

Creative Choice Awards category winners feature a wide variety of marketing and merchandising campaigns spanning retailer sizes and formats. The competition honors the best marketing and merchandising programs in the grocery industry, and this year the pandemic compelled entrants to stretch the bounds of their creativity. Winners of the Creative Choice Awards gain respect throughout the industry and receive national recognition at The NGA Show.

In addition to the category winners, there are two special-recognition awards: the Supermarket Superheroes Award, sponsored by Kellogg’s, and the Excellence in Agility Award, sponsored by Unilever.
Winners of the Outstanding Marketer/Merchandiser title will receive complimentary registration to the 2022 NGA Show. More information about the awards can be found at https://www.nationalgrocers.org/creative-choice/.

The Opening Reception on Sunday, Sept. 19, offers NGA Show attendees the opportunity to get a jump start on growing their networks of industry peers and trading partners in a festive atmosphere with hors d'oeuvres and refreshments, to set the tone for a spirited week of collaboration and connection. The Closing Celebration on Tuesday, Sept. 21, allows attendees to mix and mingle with industry peers and leaders in an informal but highly productive setting.

Early risers can start their day off right with Wake Up with WGA, a morning workout hosted by the Women Grocers of America. This class, designed for all levels and taught by NGA’s own Senior Director of Government Relations Molly Pfaffenroth, is a great opportunity to meet the women of WGA and get your body moving before a day of learning and networking. Scheduled for 6 a.m. Monday, Sept. 20, location still being finalized.

WGA Roundtable Discussions, scheduled for 1:30-2:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 21, aim to cultivate connections between women in the independent grocery industry and create opportunities for personal and professional development. Members of WGA will host roundtables on a variety of topics, identifying solutions and new ideas surrounding workplace challenges.

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The NGA Show has been the place where independent grocers gather for more than 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 Events as part of the Food & Beverage Group in partnership with the National Grocers Association (NGA). For more information and to register, visit www.theNGAshow.com.

Clarion Events (US.ClarionEvents.com) produces 37 events across 13 sectors of both trade and consumer events. Clarion Events, 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 four Tradeshow 200 events into the U.S. portfolio and supercharging the already rapid growth. Clarion Events has offices in Trumbull, Conn.; Kennesaw, Ga.; Boca Raton, Fla.; Tacoma, Wash., and Fairlawn, N.J. www.US.ClarionEvents.com.

About NGA

NGA is the national trade association representing the retail and wholesale community grocers that comprise the independent sector of the food distribution industry. An independent retailer is a privately owned or controlled food retail company operating in a variety of formats. The independent grocery sector is accountable for about 1.2 percent of the nation's overall economy and is responsible for generating more than $250 billion in sales, 1.1 million jobs, $39 billion in wages, and $36 billion in taxes. NGA members include retail and wholesale grocers located in every congressional district across the country, as well as state grocers’ associations, manufacturers, and service suppliers. For more information about NGA, visit www.nationalgrocers.org

June 9, 2021  |  Nearly 50 Education Sessions Announced For 2021 NGA Show In Las Vegas

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 9, 2021
NGA Show Contact:  Laura Strange
(202) 938-2584
lstrange@nationalgrocers.org
 

NEARLY 50 EDUCATION SESSIONS ANNOUNCED FOR 2021 NGA SHOW IN LAS VEGAS
8 Tracks Focus on Critical Topics for Independent Retailers/Wholesalers

Shelton, CT – Thousands of grocery retail professionals will gather at the Paris Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas for the 2021 NGA Show, from Sunday, September 19, through Tuesday, September 21, 2021, and will have access to subject matter experts that are leading 48 educational sessions. The conference program will include eight tracks focused on eCommerce, People Development, Fresh Foods, Omnichannel Marketing, Merchandising, Technology, Operation, and Nutrition Incentives.

“The food retail industry is constantly changing, and we are pleased to be working with industry thought leaders who will deliver more than 40 timely information sessions offering grocery retailers and wholesalers insight on everything from tech innovations driving retail today to best-in-class store execution strategies,” said Greg Ferrara, president and CEO of the event sponsor, the National Grocers Association. “We know one of the top reasons industry professionals attend our event is to have access to our excellent faculty and this year they will focus on the most pressing issues and hottest topics impacting supermarket operations, and solutions that grocers can implement immediately.” 

2021 NGA Show Education Tracks include the following sessions:

  • e-Commerce Track will feature sessions on Click and Collect Best Practices, Auto-replenishment Programs, Last-Mile Delivery – Are Drones the Answer? and e-Commerce – What do Consumers Want? 
  • People Development Track will offer sessions on Creative Recruiting – Lessons Learned from the Pandemic, Diversity + Equity and Inclusion = Profits, and Retail on the Front Lines: Managing Through Disasters and Civil Unrest. 
  • Faculty in the Fresh Foods Track will present Prepared Foods – Capitalizing on the New Demand for Foods to Go, Produce 2022 – Maintaining Sales Growth, Meat Sales – Trends to Watch in 2022 and Driving Vendor Compliance for Bottom Line Savings. 
  • OmniChannel Marketing Track will include such topics as Digital Transformation, Next Generation Loyalty Programs, Using Artificial Intelligence (AI) for Personalized Marketing, and Reaching the Value Consumer. 
  • Merchandising Track will feature discussions on 2021 Consumer Shopping Trends, Non-Foods Merchandising Strategies, Competing with Value Formats, 15 Ideas for Growing Sales, and Sure-Fire Ways to Increase Traffic – In-Store Events. 
  • Speakers in the Technology Track will touch on Taking One-to-One Marketing to the Next Level, Robots – The Next Phase of Grocery Automation, and Securing an Omnichannel Presence.
  • Nutrition Incentive Track will bring best practices on Reading the Incentive Landscape, Incentive Success Stories – Retailer Benefits Panel and Incentive Ready – How to Implement Incentives In-Store. 

During the 2021 NGA show, attendees will have the opportunity to continue their learning outside the traditional conference setting. Attendees have the ability to gain insights, right from the expo floor, into new products and innovations for Center Store, Corporate Services, Financial Services, Fresh Products, Health and Wellness, Operational Services, Seasonal Merchandise, Store Design and Equipment, Technology Solutions and more. In addition, the Thought Leadership Theater will provide additional educational sessions, which are also conveniently located on the show floor.
The event is sponsored by the National Grocers Association and produced by Clarion Events Inc.  Registration is now open at www.thengashow.com

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For more than 30 years, The NGA Show has been the place where independent grocers gather, 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 Events as part of the Food & Beverage Group, in partnership with the National Grocers Association (NGA). For more information and to register, visit www.theNGAshow.com.  

Clarion Events (US.ClarionEvents.com) produces 37 events across 13 sectors of both trade and consumer events. Clarion Events, 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 four Tradeshow 200 events into the U.S. portfolio and supercharging the already rapid growth. Clarion Events has offices in Shelton, Conn.; Kennesaw, Ga.; Boca Raton, Fla.; Tacoma, Wash.; and Fairlawn, N.J.

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 in 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 www.nationalgrocers.org.

May 25, 2021  |  Registration Open For 2021 NGA Show In Las Vegas, September 19-21

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 25, 2021
NGA Show Contact:  Laura Strange
(202) 938-2584
lstrange@nationalgrocers.org

REGISTRATION OPEN FOR 2021 NGA SHOW IN LAS VEGAS, SEPTEMBER 19-21
Early bird rates in effect through June 1 provides savings

Shelton, CT – For three days this September, the Paris Hotel & Casino will be the place to be for thousands of independent grocery operators, suppliers, trading partners, and industry professionals as they attend the 2021 NGA Show, September 19-21, 2021, in Las Vegas. The event is sponsored by the National Grocers Association and produced by Clarion Events Inc. Registration is now open at www.thengashow.com

“This premier industry event, which brings together independent retailers, wholesalers, food industry executives, and service providers to learn, engage, share, and network, is a key resource for our constantly evolving marketplace,” said Greg Ferrara, NGA president and CEO. “The NGA Show is devoted to identifying the needs of independents and helping them navigate the food retail industry.  As we emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic, grocers will face new challenges and opportunities. At The NGA Show, we will provide them with the resources necessary to thrive.” 

During the 2021 NGA show, attendees will have the opportunity to uncover new products and innovations on the expo floor; learn from more than 60 educational workshops and sessions offering best practices and practical solutions; and network at special events including the Opening Reception, Creative Choice Awards, Best Bagger Championship and the Closing Party. 

There are several options for registration – from retailers and wholesalers to allied professionals – and all will realize savings with early-bird rates in effect through June 1. In addition, this year for the first time ever, The NGA Show is offering a hybrid attendance option. For those retailers/wholesalers who still may be affected by corporate travel restrictions or for those organizations who wish to extend the benefits of the NGA education and product sourcing opportunities to a more robust number of team members, registration details can be found at www.thengashow.com

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For more than 30 years, The NGA Show has been the place where independent grocers gather, 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 Events as part of the Food & Beverage Group, in partnership with the National Grocers Association (NGA). For more information and to register, visit www.theNGAshow.com.  

Clarion Events (US.ClarionEvents.com) produces 37 events across 13 sectors of both trade and consumer events. Clarion Events, 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 four Tradeshow 200 events into the U.S. portfolio and supercharging the already rapid growth. Clarion Events has offices in Shelton, Conn.; Kennesaw, Ga.; Boca Raton, Fla.; Tacoma, Wash.; and Fairlawn, N.J.

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 in 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 www.nationalgrocers.org.​​​​​

February 8, 2021  |  The NGA Show Announces 2021 Program Offerings

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, February 8, 2021
NGA Show Media Contact: Laura Strange
(703) 516-8808 | communications@nationalgrocers.org

NGA Show Announces 2021 Program Offerings
Will Hold In-Person Conference and Expo on New Dates: September 19-21


Trumbull, CT - The NGA Show, produced and managed by Clarion Events Food & Beverage Group, announced today that it will be held, in-person, Sept. 19-21, 2021, at the recently renovated Paris Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas.

The decision to shift the event was based on updated vaccine rollout projections as well as the current reopening status in Nevada. The new dates and venue will provide attendees with a great Las Vegas experience, with exhibits and education sessions located steps from attendees’ hotel rooms.  

“If the past 11 months have taught us anything, it’s that we must remain flexible to be successful. The supermarket industry has demonstrated to the nation how to safely operate while serving local communities. The NGA Show looks forward to welcoming the industry to Las Vegas to celebrate the success and vitality of the industry while providing a platform for retailers and wholesalers to learn and also meet with suppliers and providers ready to support new industry growth. Demand has already exceeded our expectations and we anticipate having a sold-out 2021 NGA Show,” said Courtney Mueller, NGA show director.

“We are thrilled to be able to host the 2021 NGA Show in-person back in Las Vegas and bring the independent supermarket industry together during a time of tremendous industry growth and opportunity,” said Greg Ferrara, NGA president and CEO. “The safety of our attendees will continue to be our top priority. We are confident that, by employing best-in-class protocols and procedures, the 2021 NGA Show will be one of the best ever.”

Registration for the 2021 NGA Show will open in May. All attendees will be required to adhere to safety protocols and government regulations during the NGA Show event. More information on educational sessions, exhibits, and other networking events can be found at www.thengashow.com.

Clarion Events and NGA continue to work on new concepts to support the industry, both through original, world-class education that is practical and relevant for today’s food retailers and by bringing vendors together with retailers and wholesalers.

NGA will host its Executive Conference in conjunction with the NGA Show from Saturday, Sept. 18, through Sunday, Sept. 19, 2021, at the Paris Hotel and Casino. This invitation-only event is designed for CEOs and their leadership teams to connect with their trading partners to explore big-picture ideas and data from throughout the supply chain that will directly impact their businesses.

The NGA Show Extension: Virtual Edition, a new event scheduled to provide access to unique educational content and facilitate product introductions and 1-to-1 meetings, will be held online on Sept. 28 – 30, 2021.

The NGA Show Summit will follow on Dec. 1-3, 2021, in Orlando, Fla., as an intimate hosted buyer/vendor gathering that will provide the opportunity to discover customer trends and connect with new vendors in a small group setting.  

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The NGA Show has been the place where independent grocers gather for more than 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 Events as part of the Food & Beverage Group in partnership with the National Grocers Association (NGA). For more information and to register, visit www.theNGAshow.com.   

Clarion Events (US.ClarionEvents.com) produces 37 events across 13 sectors of both trade and consumer events. Clarion Events, 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 four Tradeshow 200 events into the U.S. portfolio and supercharging the already rapid growth. Clarion Events has offices in Trumbull, Conn.; Kennesaw, Ga.; Boca Raton, Fla.; Tacoma, Wash., and Fairlawn, N.J.

About NGA

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 in 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 www.nationalgrocers.org.

November 11, 2020  |  The NGA Show and Indoor Ag-Con to Co-locate Events in May 2021

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, November 11, 2020
NGA Show Media Contact: Laura Strange
(703) 516-8808 | communications@nationalgrocers.org
Indoor Ag Con Media Contact: Suzanne Pruitt
404.452.1884 | suzanne@indoor.ag

THE NGA SHOW and INDOOR AG-CON TO CO-LOCATE EVENTS IN MAY 2021
Las Vegas events will provide retailers with access to indoor farming resources

The NGA Show, the leading trade show and conference for independent grocers, and Indoor Ag-Con, the premier agriculture conference, and trade show for the indoor and vertical farming industry announced today that they will co-locate in 2021 for the first time. The combined event will be held May 16-18, 2021, at the new Caesars Forum Convention Center in Las Vegas. 

“The NGA Show, entering its 38th year, has established itself as the world’s premier educational and supplier resource serving the independent grocer community,” said Courtney Muller, chief corporate development and strategy officer with Clarion Events North America. “By co-locating with Indoor Ag-Con, we bring our attendees a new resource to meet consumer demand for transparent food sourcing, delivering just-picked produce year-round and, for those on the cutting edge, access to in-store growing operational resources. Ultimately, that means added value for all of our customers and the industries overall.” 

Indoor Ag-Con, launched in 2013, provides exhibitors and attendees with the latest technology and business strategies for growing crops in indoor systems, using hydroponic, aeroponic, and aquaponics techniques, bringing together growers, investors, chefs, produce buyers, academics, policymakers, industry suppliers and advocates. “Indoor farming is an important segment that’s been on the rise for several years,” said Brian Sullivan, co-owner, Indoor Ag-Con. “The great energy and audience The NGA Show has cultivated will be key to our combined success as we work together to better serve our industries. We look forward to welcoming The NGA Show visitors and exhibitors, and we can’t wait for a successful show.”

“This is an exciting opportunity and what’s bound to be a successful industry-first event that delivers much more value to our members, customers, partners, and the markets we serve,” added Greg Ferrara, president and CEO of the National Grocers Association. 

The NGA Show and Indoor Ag-Con visitors will have access to all exhibits, and discounts will be available for cross-over educational event attendance. 
For updated information on all of The NGA Show and Indoor Ag-Con events, and to stay connected and educated, visit the websites at www.thengashow.com and www.indoor.ag.

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The NGA Show has been the place where independent grocers gather for more than 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 Events as part of the Food & Beverage Group in partnership with the National Grocers Association (NGA). For more information and to register, visit www.theNGAshow.com.

Founded in 2013, Indoor Ag-Con has emerged as the premier trade event for vertical farming | indoor agriculture, the practice of growing crops in indoor systems, using hydroponic, aquaponic, and aeroponic techniques. Its events are crop-agnostic and touch all sectors of the business, covering produce, legal cannabis |hemp, alternate protein, and non-food crops. In December 2018, three event industry professionals – Nancy Hallberg, Kris Sieradzki, and Brian Sullivan – acquired Indoor Ag-Con LLC,  setting the stage for further expansion of the events globally. More information is at https://indoor.ag.

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 in 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 www.nationalgrocers.org.

Clarion Events (www.US.ClarionEvents.com) produces 37 events across 13 sectors of both trade and consumer events. Clarion Events, 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 four Tradeshow 200 events into the U.S. portfolio and supercharging the already rapid growth. Clarion Events has offices in Trumbull, Conn.; Kennesaw, Ga.; Boca Raton, Fla.; Tacoma, Wash., and Fairlawn, N.J. www.US.ClarionEvents.com.

October 21, 2020  |  The NGA Show Announces New Dates For In-Person Event in May

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, October 21, 2020
NGA Show Media Contact: Laura Strange
(703) 516-8808
communications@nationalgrocers.org

THE NGA SHOW ANNOUNCES NEW DATES FOR IN PERSON EVENT IN MAY
CLARION EVENTS & NATIONAL GROCERS ASSOCIATION RELEASE NEW DATES FOR THE ANNUAL CONFERENCE & TRADE SHOW, AND ADDITIONAL NGA SHOW EVENTS THROUGHOUT 2021

Trumbull, CT, October 21, 2020 – The National Grocers Association and Clarion Events Food & Beverage Group have announced today new dates for the annual conference and trade show, and have added two unique industry events for 2021. The new calendar of events includes: 

  • The NGA Show, originally scheduled for March 7-9, 2021, at the new Caesars Forum Convention Center in Las Vegas, has been rescheduled for May 16-18, 2021, for the same location. 
  • NGA Show Extension: Virtual Edition, a new event scheduled to provide access to unique educational content and facilitate product introductions and 1-to-1 meetings, will be held online on Tuesday, August 3, 2021
  • The NGA Show Summit, an intimate hosted buyer/vendor gathering, will take place December 1-3, 2021, in Orlando, Florida at the Hyatt Regency Orlando. 

“We are grateful to our members and the entire food industry who have been on the frontlines and have remained open during the pandemic. These retailers, wholesalers, and vendors each play a critical role in serving consumers, as well as in making The NGA Show the most important gathering for independent grocers,” said Greg Ferrara, president, and CEO of the National Grocers Association. “As such, after many conversations and meetings with the Show Planning Committee, based on their resounding feedback, we agree that it is in the best interest of all of our members to postpone the NGA Show to May.” 

“The NGA Show consistently brings the independent grocers together to learn, share innovation, and conduct business that will chart the future of independent food retail,” added Courtney Muller, chief corporate development and strategy officer for Clarion Events. “We look forward to gathering in person and celebrating the supermarket heroes, and are excited to bring new experiences, education, and innovation to attendees and exhibitors from across the country in an exciting new venue at Caesars Forum.” Industry leaders from across the U.S. are supporting the new dates.

“Postponing the show until May allows extra time to ensure we pull out all the stops in creating an event at which attendees can feel safe and secure,” said Wade Payne, director of retail operations for Alabama-based retailer Food Giant and Foodland. “Our front-line associates have been working hard for months to provide consumers with essential needs and continue to lead by example. I look forward to joining my colleagues to plan new ways to move our industry forward.”
Ray Sprinkle, president, and CEO of Spokane, Wash.-based food distributor URM Stores, echoed those sentiments, adding, “Building and nourishing relationships is one of the greatest strengthens of the independent grocery industry. The combination of live and virtual events will meet the enrichment needs of all levels of management for independent grocery operators.”

Clarion Events and the National Grocers Association continue to work on new concepts to support the industry, both through original, world-class education that is practical and relevant for today’s food retailers and by bringing vendors together with retailers and wholesalers. That desire, and close contact with customers to uncover their needs, prompted the addition of two new concepts to support the industry: NGA Show Extension: Virtual Edition and The NGA Show Summit. 

The new NGA Show Extension: Virtual Edition has been added to the event lineup to provide retailers and wholesalers with access to new and timely educational content, coupled with an online platform for attendees and exhibitors to continue their show floor conversations, and invite additional team members to be part of the product discovery journey. 

And The NGA Show Summit will follow on December 1-3, 2021, in Orlando, Fla., as an invitation-only, hosted buyer event providing the opportunity to discover customer trends and connect with new vendors in a small group setting. 

For updated information on all of the NGA Show events, and to stay connected and educated, visit our website at www.thengashow.com.

The NGA Show has been the place where independent grocers gather for more than 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 Events as part of the Food & Beverage Group in partnership with the National Grocers Association (NGA). For more information and to register, visit www.theNGAshow.com.

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 in 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 www.nationalgrocers.org.

Clarion Events (www.US.ClarionEvents.com) produces 37 events across 13 sectors of both trade and consumer events. Clarion Events, 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 four Tradeshow 200 events into the U.S. portfolio and supercharging the already rapid growth. Clarion Events has offices in Trumbull, Conn.; Kennesaw, Ga.; Boca Raton, Fla.; Tacoma, Wash., and Fairlawn, N.J. www.US.ClarionEvents.com.

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February 24, 2020  |  NGA Holds Rewarding Volunteer Event in Partnership with MATTER at 2020 NGA Show

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, February 24, 2020
NGA Show Contact: Laura Strange
(703) 516-8808
lstrange@nationalgrocers.org

NGA HOLDS REWARDING VOLUNTEER EVENT IN PARTNERSHIP WITH MATTER AT 2020 NGA SHOW
San Diego Food Bank Distributing 1,000 YOU MATTER Snack Packs in Local Community

SAN DIEGO (February 24, 2020) – THE NGA SHOW yesterday announced the results of an impactful volunteer effort, in partnership with MATTER and sponsored by Cub Foods, to provide healthy snacks and nutrition education to those in need in the local San Diego area.

Immediately following the opening keynote session, volunteers packed more than 1,000 MATTERbox YOU MATTER Snack Packs, which the San Diego Food Bank plans to distribute locally. Filled with nutritious snacks and nutrition education, a MATTERbox snack pack acts as a “nutrition activator,” helping people take their first steps toward a healthier life. Also included with each MATTERbox snack pack is a goal card and an inspirational YOU MATTER note to the recipient, which were written by attendees of the NGA Show. Each snack pack assembled at the NGA Show included items generously donated by Okanagan Specialty Fruits, Mondelez International, Inc., and WOWBUTTER.

“It was rewarding for NGA members attending the show to participate in the MATTERbox packing event, whether by assembling MATTERboxes, writing out a YOU MATTER note of encouragement, sponsoring or donating a product or by cheering on those packing,” said NGA President and CEO Greg Ferrara. “Independent grocers are known for jumping in wherever the opportunity to present itself to help those in need so it was only appropriate to represent that at the 2020 NGA Show!”  
“We were delighted to partner with MATTER and Cub Foods to provide NGA Show attendees an opportunity to help those in need in the San Diego area. MATTER is helping to fuel positive change and strengthen communities. We are gratified that this event will make a difference in the local community,” said Courtney Muller, Chief Corporate Development & Strategy Officer, Clarion Events North America.

“We are very appreciative of the donation of the YOU MATTER Snack Packs from the 2020 NGA Show and MATTER,” said James A. Floros, President and CEO of the San Diego Food Bank. “This donation will allow us to reach even more people in the San Diego community with a nutritious snack pack and a message of hope.”

Quenton Marty, MATTER President, concluded, “At MATTER, as we strategically expand our impact around the nation, we look for innovative opportunities to bring partners together to make a difference in communities. This collaboration with NGA and Clarion Events North America provides a great illustration of how we can work collectively to combine purpose and industry, resulting in giving people a chance at a healthier life!”

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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 Events as part of the Food & Beverage Group in partnership with the National Grocers Association (NGA). For more information and to register, visit www.theNGAshow.com.

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 in 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 www.nationalgrocers.org.

Clarion Events (www.US.ClarionEvents.com) produces 37 events across 13 sectors of both trade and consumer events.  Clarion Events, 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 Events has offices in Trumbull, CT; Kennesaw, GA; Boca Raton, FL; Tacoma, WA, and Fairlawn, NJ. www.US.ClarionEvents.com

February 14, 2020  |  The NGA Show Announces 2021 dates at Caesars Forum for March 2021 Event

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, February 14, 2020
NGA Show Contact: Laura Strange
(703) 516-8808
lstrange@nationalgrocers.org

THE NGA SHOW MOVING TO CAESARS FORUM FOR MARCH 2021 EVENT
NEW STATE-OF-THE-ART FACILITY WILL FEATURE EXCITING ACCOMMODATIONS FOR EXPANDED EDUCATION, NEW PRODUCTS, AND NETWORKING DURING THE ANNUAL MEETING

TRUMBULL, CT  (February 14, 2020) – Clarion Events and the National Grocers Association today announced 2021 dates for its annual THE NGA SHOW – March 7-9, 2021 and will move to the new CAESARS FORUM Conference Center in Las Vegas starting with the 2021 edition. 

The first edition in the new space will welcome an expanded show floor delivering access to more new products and innovation, modernized meeting space for the 60+ education workshops and events, and exciting locations for networking.

“The incredible CAESARS FORUM venue opens up so many opportunities for The NGA Show,” explains Greg Ferrara, president and CEO of the National Grocers Association.  “In addition to much-needed space to enhance show offerings and convenient access to hotels and amenities, the stunning new venue provides the perfect backdrop for the innovations and caliber reflective of the independent grocer community.”

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As the newest addition to the Caesars Entertainment family, the 550,000-square-foot CAESARS FORUM conference center debuts at the center of the Las Vegas strip in 2020 with the two largest pillarless ballrooms in the world; flexible meeting space; direct access to 8,500 rooms at Harrah’s Las Vegas, The LINQ and Flamingo hotels; and the new FORUM Plaza multi-purpose outdoor space. Adjacent, The LINQ Promenade offers a wide variety of restaurants, shops, and entertainment.

Held at the Mirage Hotel & Casino for most of its 37-year history, and most recently the 2019 and 2020 events at the San Diego Convention Center, the move to Las Vegas’ newest state-of-the-art venue represents the next step in The NGA Show’s continued evolution and long-term strategy.

“Featuring the latest in technology and design, CAESARS FORUM definitely sets the stage for The NGA Show’s future,” adds Courtney Muller, Chief Corporate Development and Strategy Officer for Clarion Events.  “We are working to take the experience for all attendees and exhibitors to a whole new level that promises to delight them and attract new audiences, as well.”

The 2020 NGA Show will take place at the end of the month, February 23-26, at the San Diego Convention Center.  For details, or to register, please visit www.thengashow.com.

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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 Events as part of the Food & Beverage Group in partnership with the National Grocers Association (NGA). For more information and to register, visit www.theNGAshow.com.

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 in 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 www.nationalgrocers.org.

Clarion Events (www.US.ClarionEvents.com) produces 37 events across 13 sectors of both trade and consumer events.  Clarion Events, 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 Events has offices in Trumbull, CT; Kennesaw, GA; Boca Raton, FL; Tacoma, WA, and Fairlawn, NJ. www.US.ClarionEvents.com

January 8, 2020  |  NGA Show Releases Full Program for 2020 Event

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, January 8, 2020
NGA Show Contact: Laura Strange
(703) 516-8808
lstrange@nationalgrocers.org

NGA Show Releases Full Program for 2020 Event

Today, The NGA Show, the premier tradeshow for the independent supermarket industry, released its full program for the 2020 NGA Show which includes more than 60 educational sessions and more than 100 speakers covering issues facing the food retail industry. The 2020 NGA Show will take place from February 23- 26 at the San Diego Convention Center.

The conference will feature 11 workshop tracks offering an in-depth look into topics such as Omnichannel Marketing, Compliance, Future Stores, Focus on Fresh, Foodservice, Operating for Excellence, Strategies for Competing, E-Commerce, Center Store, People Development, and Tech Trends.

The 2020 NGA Show kicks off on Sunday with a presentation from the Center for Advancing Retail & Technology (CART) titled Independent Retail: What it takes to Thrive in the Age of ‘i’ that covers the top technology trends impacting retail in the future and how grocers can adapt these changes, positioning themselves for success. The day comes to an exciting conclusion with the opening keynote by Doris Kearns Goodwin, a world-renowned presidential historian, public speaker, and Pulitzer prize winner.

On Monday, NGA president and CEO, Greg Ferrara, will join up and coming industry leaders that will share their thoughts on how grocers can successfully adapt to a changing workforce, shifting shopper demographics, and the changing role of physical stores during a Super Breakfast Session titled Future Industry Leaders – Expectations, Insights, and Plans.

On Tuesday morning, outstanding marketing and merchandising will be recognized during the Creative Choice Awards sponsored by Kellogg’s and Unilever. Attendees will then hear from former SVP and Chief Marketing Officer at Chick-fil-A, Steven Robinson on how the company established its legendary culture at the new Tuesday Closing Session.

“The 2020 NGA Show provides attendees with the knowledge and skills necessary to adapt and thrive in an industry that is always changing,” said Greg Ferrara, NGA president and CEO. “From expert guidance on how to sell CBD in stores, to leveraging the power of plant-based foods to retention strategies, attendees will leave the Show with a perspective that captures the current issues and future trends that are vital to the success of grocers and wholesalers.”

View the full 2020 program here

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 Events as part of the Food & Beverage Group in partnership with the National Grocers Association (NGA). For more information and to register, visit www.theNGAshow.com.

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 in 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 www.nationalgrocers.org.

Clarion Events (www.ClarionUX.com) produces 37 events across 13 sectors of both trade and consumer events.  Clarion Events, 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, Tulsa, OK, and Fairlawn, NJ. www.ClarionUX.com