SAN DIEGO, CA, January 23, 2019 – The National Grocers Association is looking forward to hosting the 2019 NGA Show next month in San Diego for the first time. San Diego is one of the nation’s most vibrant urban cities and the convention center is at the heart of all the action. This annual trade show and conference brings together independent retailers and wholesalers, food retail industry executives, food/CPG manufacturers and service providers for unparalleled opportunities to learn, engage, share, network, and innovate. The trade show and conference will be held at the San Diego Convention Center, the region’s premier gathering place, from February 24-27. For more information on The NGA Show, visit www.thengashow.com.
“We look forward to welcoming independent retailers and wholesalers to Southern California, which boasts $44 billion in annual grocery sales, making it the largest U.S. grocery market by far,” said Courtney Muller, Show Director of The NGA Show and Chief Corporate Development & Strategy Officer of Clarion UX. “Attendees will have the opportunity to meet with over 400 exhibiting companies, occupying a total of 57,000 square feet, and see the latest developments in the grocery industry with access to seven pavilions with a specific focus on meat, produce, coffee, technology, seasonal merchandise and ethnic and specialty foods.”
During The NGA Show 2019, attendees will see thousands of new products, attend over 60 educational sessions, participate in several exciting special events and hear from world-renowned speakers. The education program will focus on the big-picture trends impacting independent retailers including competition from niche retail formats; the growth of online shopping; embracing prepared foods; the impact of technology and big data and store checkout strategies.
The event will also feature several special events, including a keynote presentation by renowned political strategist, Donna Brazile and former White House Press Secretary, Dana Perino; seven specialty pavilions in the exhibit hall with a specific focus on meat, produce, specialty foods, coffee, technology, seasonal merchandise and ethnic cuisine; The Center for Advancing Retail & Technology (CART) special three-and-a-half-hour iRetail event; the National Best Bagger Championship; the NGA Creative Choice Awards; the NGA Student Case Study Competition, and much more.
The NGA Show has been the place where independent grocers gather for over 30 years, connecting supermarket retailers and wholesalers, food manufacturers and service providers from around the world to share innovative solutions and best practices that support and strengthen the independent supermarket channel. The NGA Show is produced and managed by Clarion UX as part of the Food & Beverage Portfolio in partnership with the National Grocers Association (NGA). For more information and to register, visit 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 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, visitwww.nationalgrocers.org.
Clarion UX (www.clarionux.com) produces 37 events across 13 sectors of both trade and consumer events. Clarion UX, which is the U.S. division of Clarion Events, UK, and backed by The Blackstone Group has become one of the fastest growing event companies in the U.S. with aggressive growth through both acquisition and launch. Clarion acquired PennWell in early 2018, bringing 4 Tradeshow 200 events into the U.S. portfolio and super-charging the already rapid growth. Clarion UX has offices in Trumbull, CT; Kennesaw, GA; Boca Raton, FL; Tacoma, WA, and Fairlawn, NJ.www.clarionux.com
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NGA Contact: Laura Strange
Amy Riemer, Media Relations Representative
978-475-4441 (office) or 978-502-4895 (cell)