The National Grocers Association and Clarion Events have announced the full lineup of special events that will be part of the 2023 NGA Show, to be held Feb. 26-28 at Caesars Forum Convention Center in Las Vegas.
This year’s lineup comes complete with experience-enhancing events alongside returning favorites, designed to spark creativity, foster networking and showcase the innovation happening in independent grocery industry.
In addition to a full schedule of education, a large exhibit hall and food offerings on the show floor, the three-day event lineup includes:
Snack and See: Creative Choice Campaigns – Sponsored by Kellogg and Unilever. NGA will review the winning entries from the 2023 Creative Choice Awards. The competition honors the best marketing and merchandising campaigns in the grocery industry.
Opening Social – Join the industry as it kicks off The NGA Show. Retailers, wholesalers, speakers, media, guests and exhibitors will meet and reconnect with colleagues.
Keynote Address – Sponsored by KraftHeinz. Attendees will hear from Erik Weihenmayer who, having lost his vision at age 14, became the first blind person in history to reach the summit of Mount Everest in 2001. He will share his message about harnessing the power of adversity as fuel for greatness.
WGA Networking Reception – Open to all women attendees, this is an opportunity for female leaders to connect, establish new relationships and share experiences.
Booth Crawl Happy Hour – Stop by designated booths on the show floor for beer, wine and snacks to end a day of education, discovery and connections.
Best Bagger Competition – Sponsored by PepsiCo, the annual showdown features a head-to-head, bracket-style competition of the best grocery baggers from across the country competing for the title, bragging rights and a $10,000 grand prize. This event, located right off the exhibit floor, will feature the return of emcee Akbar Gbajabiamila, former professional football player, commentator and co-host of the American Ninja Warrior television series.
IGA Awards Ceremony – By invitation. The Independent Grocers Alliance will honor the best of the best at their dinner and awards, which will include member awards ranging from IGA Retailer of the Year from the U.S. and global countries to Red Oval partner and wholesaler awards.
Closing Celebration – Sponsored by Wakefern. Attendees can visit The Linq Promenade after the conclusion of the Student Case Study Competition. Join NGA this year at Brooklyn Bowl for food, drinks, live performances and bowling to conclude the association’s event.
The NGA Show is sponsored by the National Grocers Association and produced by Clarion Events Inc. Full details about the education program, exhibits, special events, networking and registration can be found at thengashow.com.