The 2019 NGA Show, which will be held Feb. 24-27 at the San Diego Convention Center in San Diego, California, will feature seven specialty pavilions. According to the National Grocers Association (NGA), this feature of the expanded show floor will provide attendees opportunities to make connections with exhibitors and learn about the latest developments in the grocery industry with a specific focus on meat, produce, specialty foods, coffee, technology, seasonal merchandise and Latino cuisine.
“We thank our returning partners, the North American Meat Institute, the Produce Marketing Association, the Center for Advancing Retail & Technology, and the World of Latino Cuisine, as well as our new partners, the Specialty Food Association, Coffee Fest and the Halloween & Costume Association, all of which will bring a new breadth and depth of products onto the show floor,” said Peter Larkin, NGA president and CEO. “During the 2019 event, over 400 companies will display the most innovative and exciting new products in the market for the 3,500 industry professionals who visit the Show floor.”
The Center for Advancing Retail & Technology (CART) pavilion will feature companies that will give attendees tools and products to help improve their businesses. CART aims to advance retail by “connecting the industry to innovation.” Retailers, wholesalers and brands utilize CART to find, research and connect with solutions appropriate for their businesses.
New to The NGA Show this year, the Coffee Fest Market Place will feature coffee, tea and specialty beverage companies that will provide attendees with the latest products in the industry.
The new Halloween & Costume Association (HCA) pavilion will provide attendees with access to seasonal merchandise solutions for the grocery industry. HCA represents businesses involved in the manufacture, importation or distribution of Halloween products including costumes, decor, novelty items and party supplies.
The North American Meat Institute (NAMI) pavilion will feature what NGA says are the most innovative and advanced companies in the meat industry to showcase their products and solutions. NAMI is a national trade association representing companies that process 95 percent of red meat and 70 percent of turkey products in the U.S. and their suppliers throughout America.
The Produce Marketing Association (PMA) pavilion will feature companies providing solutions and products that will help grocers best handle produce. The PMA is a trade organization representing companies from every segment of the global fresh produce and floral supply chain.
Specialty Food Association (SFA) is new to The NGA Show floor this year, and its pavilion will showcase the SOFI award winners. The SFA is a membership-based trade association founded in 1952. It represents 3,500-plus specialty food businesses.
The World of Latino Cuisine pavilion will offer attendees access to frozen foods, groceries, organic products, dairy, beverages and non-food products from the Caribbean and many Latin American countries.
The show also will feature more than 60 educational workshops and sessions, more than 400 companies on the Expo Floor, and several special events, including the National Best Bagger Championship, the NGA Creative Choice Awards, the NGA Student Case Study Competition and more.