The NGA Show closed earlier this week with 3,500 industry professionals in attendance for the three day event, which was held for the first time in San Diego.
The annual trade show and conference in its 36th year, brought together independent retailers and wholesalers, food retail industry executives, food/CPG manufacturers and service providers from all 50 states to learn, engage, share, network, and innovate.
This was the first time The NGA Show was produced and managed by Clarion UX as part of the Food & Beverage Portfolio in partnership with the National Grocers Association (NGA).
“We started this partnership with Clarion UX a year ago and couldn’t be prouder of all we accomplished together to produce an exciting and thought provoking trade show and conference in the great city of San Diego,” said Peter Larkin, President and CEO of NGA. “We thank our exhibitors, sponsors, speakers, attendees, media partners, supporting organizations and partners who helped to make the 2019 NGA Show a huge success. We’ve already received such positive feedback on the content in the education sessions and the top-level thought leaders from across the industry who shared insightful ideas on how grocers can grow their business and better serve their communities.”
Highlights of the NGA Show:
- The exhibit hall, which was 20% larger than the event in 2018, offered new products and innovations from nearly 400 exhibiting companies covering over 55,000 square feet. There were many new exhibitors who participated to make this the largest exhibit hall in The NGA Show history.
- New this year, was the MATCH! program, where Clarion UX staff arranged over 300 meetings between retailers and wholesalers with participating exhibitors and suppliers.
- The Opening Keynote Session featuring former White House Press Secretary Dana Perino and renowned political strategist Donna Brazile who offered their opinions on the Trump administration, the current state of Congress, and the 2020 election.
- The education program expanded to offer 60 sessions with over 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, foodservice, merchandising, and more.
- At the end of the show, the San Diego Rescue Mission picked 13,000 of pounds of food and beverage to help feed meals to the men, women and children in need in San Diego.
- Over 45% of the show floor has already been sold for The 2020 NGA Show which will be held February 23-26 back at the San Diego Convention Center.
Several awards were presented including:
- The Thomas K. Zaucha Entrepreneurial Excellence Award to Trygve (Trig) Solberg of T.A. Solberg Company, Inc. This award, named after NGA’s first President and CEO, is one of the most prestigious honors awarded to independent grocers.
- WGA Women of the Year Award to Jan Gee, President and CEO of the Washington Food Industry Association
- The Clarence G. Adamy Great American Award to Rudy Dory of Newport Avenue Market, in Bend, OR
- Iowa’s Dwayne Campbell of Hy-Vee defeated 22 other best bagger competitors from across the nation to claim the titleBest Bagger Champion and a grand prize of $10,000.
- Cecil K’s and Coborn’s earned top honors at the annual NGA Creative Choice Awards. Cecil K’s Hometown Market was presented with the Outstanding Marketer Award and Coborn’s took home the award for Outstanding Merchandiser.
- First place of the Student Case Study Competition went to St. Joseph’s University, Philadelphia, PA.
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 National Grocers Association (NGA) is the national trade association representing the retail and wholesale grocers that comprise the independent sector of the food distribution industry. An independent retailer is a privately owned or controlled food retail company operating a variety of formats.
The independent grocery sector is accountable for close to one percent of the nation’s overall economy and is responsible for generating $131 billion in sales, 944,000 jobs, $30 billion in wages, and $27 billion in taxes. NGA members include retail and wholesale grocers, state grocers’ associations, as well as manufacturers and service suppliers.