In a joint statement provided to The Shelby Report on Jan. 14, Greg Ferrara, president and CEO of the National Grocers Association, and David Bullard, president and CEO of Piggly Wiggly Alabama Distributing Co. and chairman of Retailer Owned Food Distributors & Associates (ROFDA), announced that the two organizations’ merger that had been scheduled to take place Jan. 1, 2020, will not take place.
Their statement: “In light of a number of unexpected circumstances, NGA and ROFDA have decided to pause the planned acquisition of ROFDA by NGA. While our two organizations continue to share a strong and collaborative relationship, it’s clear now is not the time to proceed as originally planned.
“Our organizations will continue working closely on programs and initiatives that are beneficial and bring value to our members. In fact, ROFDA will be hosting a number of share groups and meetings in conjunction with the NGA Show held this February. Both of our organizations are committed to ensuring a vibrant independent supermarket industry, and we plan to continue our important work on behalf of our members while collaborating as we have for decades.”