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Alabama Grocers Association Holds 31st Annual Convention

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Pictured are AGA President Ellie Taylor, Legislative Consultant Pat McWhorter, Sen. Jabo Waggoner, Rep. David Faulkner and Bo Taylor with Coca-Cola Bottling Co. United celebrating Waggoner's Spirit of America Award.

The Alabama Grocers Association recently held its 31st Annual Convention. The event took place at the Sandestin Beach Resort in Destin, Florida. The association brought members from all aspects of the grocery industry together to promote the growth and success of the food industry throughout the state.  

The Monday business forum included a Retail Survival Seminar by Norman Mayne, Dorothy Lane Markets; a Changes in Consumer Behavior Seminar with Michael Sansolo; a National Legislative Overview by Chris Jones from the National Grocers Association; and an Alabama Regulatory Panel Discussion which included the Alabama Department of Human Resources, Alabama Department of Public Health and Alabama Alcohol Beverage Control Board. 

A silent auction and raffle were held Monday night which raised more than $22,000 for the Alabama Grocers Education Foundation. This year, the Alabama Grocers Education Foundation awarded 37 scholarships valued at more than $37,500, and to date has awarded more than $1.3 million in total scholarships.

Awards given on Monday night included the National Grocers Association Spirit of America Award given to Sen. Jabo Waggoner, Alabama State Senate, District 16. Chris Jones from NGA also awarded Jimmy Wright of Wright’s Market with the Clarence G. Adamy Great American Award, the association’s highest award for government relations. Creativity Band, an Atlanta party band, was the entertainment for Monday night. 

The Tuesday Business Forum was held the following day and included a diversity seminar with Gianetta Jones from Coca-Cola Bottling Co. United Inc., a drone delivery seminar with Ed Fienga from Deuce Drone and an e-commerce seminar with Pat Hughes from e-Growcery.

Tuesday afternoon also included an exhibit hall with more than 60 booths with vendors from all aspects of the grocery industry. 

On Tuesday night, the Chairman’s Banquet was held with comedian James Gregory as the celebrity entertainment. Several awards were given including the Spirit of Alabama Award, presented to Greg Gregerson of Gregerson’s Foods for a lifetime of work in the grocery industry.

Rep. Gil Isbell and Waggoner presented their Joint Legislative Resolution for Supermarket Employee Day, honoring the hard work performed by employees in the grocery industry during the COVID-19 pandemic to ensure communities had a safe place to get food and supplies. On Feb. 21 of this year, Gov. Kay Ivey declared Feb. 22 as Supermarket Employee Day to recognize the grocery industry’s tireless dedication to their communities. New officers and directors were also installed.   

Click below for photos from the convention.

Alabama Grocers Association, 31st Annual Convention, Sandestin Golf & Beach Resort, Destin, Florida, July 25-27

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