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GMA and NGA Partner to Bring Center of Collaboration to the 2012 NGA Show

WASHINGTON, DC -- The National Grocers Association (NGA) and the Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) are teaming up to bring wholesalers and retailers together with manufacturers and suppliers as part of a new feature at the 2012 N.G.A. Show, the NGA/GMA Center of Collaboration.

The NGA/GMA Center of Collaboration will be located on the Show’s Expo floor, centered among more than 200 exhibitors and nearly 35,000 square feet of vendor space. The NGA Show, co-located together with the Independent Grocer Alliance (IGA) Global Rally, takes place February 12-15, 2012 at the Mirage Hotel and Convention Center in Las Vegas, Nevada.

“We are pleased to welcome GMA to the N.G.A. Show and partner together in creating a Center of Collaboration on the EXPO floor,” said Peter Larkin, N.G.A. president and CEO. “This will be an unparalleled opportunity for N.G.A members and GMA suppliers to come together and help encourage more collaboration and strengthen business relationships.”

The concept is to provide attendees with additional opportunities to network, enhance business relationships, share expertise and discuss issues important to their businesses.  GMA experts will be on hand to share ideas and encourage more cooperation and alliances among industry trading partners.  Areas of focus will include health, wellness, product safety and value chain optimization, among other discussion topics.

“Independent retail operators represent a key channel of trade for food, beverage and consumer product companies,” said Denny Belcastro, GMA executive vice president, industry affairs and collaboration.  “GMA is thrilled to partner with N.G.A. to strengthen ties between trading partners through the N.G.A./GMA Center of Collaboration.” 


The GMA collaboration is just one of several new features and industry partnerships that is enhancing the value proposition for attendees of this year’s N.G.A. Show.  As part of NGAs Member Value Proposition (MVP), the national trade association is transforming the way it delivers value to members on a wide spectrum of programs.  N.G.A. has launched several initiatives during the past year to strengthen member services, industry collaboration, available resources and government relations operations, among other priorities.


For more information about the N.G.A./GMA Center of Collaboration and events, business-to-business sessions and registration at The N.G.A. Show visit


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About GMA: 

Based in Washington, D.C., the Grocery Manufacturers Association is the voice of more than 300 leading food, beverage and consumer product companies that sustain and enhance the quality of life for hundreds of millions of people in the United States and around the globe.  Founded in 1908, GMA is an active, vocal advocate for its member companies and a trusted source of information about the industry and the products consumers rely on and enjoy every day.  The association and its member companies are committed to meeting the needs of consumers through product innovation, responsible business practices and effective public policy solutions developed through a genuine partnership with policymakers and other stakeholders.  In keeping with its founding principles, GMA helps its members produce safe products through a strong and ongoing commitment to scientific research, testing and evaluation and to providing consumers with the products, tools and information they need to achieve a healthy diet and an active lifestyle.  The food, beverage and consumer packaged goods industry in the United States generates sales of $2.1 trillion annually, employs 14 million workers and contributes $1 trillion in added value to the economy every year. For more information visit

About N.G.A.: 
N.G.A. 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. Most independent operators are serviced by wholesale distributors, while others may be partially or fully self-distributing. Some are publicly traded but with controlling shares held by the family and others are employee owned. Independents are the true "entrepreneurs" of the grocery industry and dedicated to their customers, associates, and communities. N.G.A. members include retail and wholesale grocers, state grocers associations, as well as manufacturers and service suppliers. For more information about N.G.A. and the independent sector of the industry, see the N.G.A. website: