The 2015 NGA Show, which began Sunday at The Mirage Hotel & Casino, included more than 375 exhibitors on its expo floor and featured six pavilion partners: Produce Marketing Association, North American Meat Institute, Global Market Development Center, Center for Advancing Retail & Technology and, for the first time, the Retail Solutions Providers Association and the Brewers Association.
“The impressive number of independent retailer and wholesalers who attended this year’s NGA Show further demonstrates that the independent supermarket industry has real momentum. Show attendees are clearly committed to strengthening our industry by being on the forefront of the latest trends and technologies to meet and exceed their consumers’ expectations,” said NGA President and CEO Peter Larkin. “We met our goal of providing attendees with unsurpassed value, proving that the NGA Show is truly the place for independents to gather.”
Other show highlights included the national best bagger competition, sponsored by PepsiCo and emceed by Food Network star Duff Goldman. Additionally, the Creative Choice “Best of Show” Awards, sponsored by Kellogg’s and Unilever, were announced. The Best of Show Merchandising Award was presented to County Market of Quincy, Illinois, and the Best of Show Merchandising Award was presented to Coborn’s of St. Cloud, Minnesota.
Former CIA Director Leon Panetta was the event’s keynote speaker. (See a video here.)
At the chairman’s gala Tuesday evening, NGA’s Industry Service Award was presented to longtime food industry executive Steve Holdiman, recently retired from Mondelez International. In addition, the WGA Woman of the Year Award was presented to Barbara Weist, VP of communications and events for IGA. Following dinner, gala attendees were entertained by the band America.
Next year’s NGA Show will be held Feb. 28-March 2, 2016, at the Mirage in Las Vegas.
See 2015 NGA Show photos here.
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