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Last updated on February 20th, 2024 at 09:07 am

Shelby Publishing is accepting nominations for its second annual Exceptional Independents Awards program, which honors the role independent grocers play in the industry.

These grocers “grow local and regional economies by creating jobs and generating taxes while providing unique offerings and supporting their community partners,” said Greg Ferrara, president and CEO of the National Grocers Association.

“Additionally, independent grocers contribute to the health and wellbeing of their communities, especially in areas lacking other sources of fresh food. By providing consumers with a diverse range of choices in terms of quality, variety, service and value, independent grocers empower individuals to make informed decisions that are right for their families.”

According to Ferrara, exceptional independent grocers don’t just sell, “they engage, educate and inspire.” They are aware of the unique needs of their communities, as evidenced by their product assortment and level of service.

“Recognizing those independent grocers that are truly exceptional designates them as best in class to their peers in the industry and raises awareness among consumers about what it really means to be an independent grocer, not just selling groceries but being a real community resource,” Ferrara said.

Nominations for the Exceptional Independents Awards are open to independent and regional grocers.

“Independents are the backbone of our industry, and this new awards program is an opportunity to recognize them for their contributions,” said Stephanie Reid, president of Shelby Publishing.

“Independents are a vital part of their communities and lead the way in caring for their customers. Our Exceptional Independents Awards will shine a light on these businesses that continue to help feed our communities.”

Coverage of the award winners will be featured in the March 2024 editions of The Shelby Report ­– Midwest, Southeast, Southwest, West and Northeast. Awards winners also will be featured on theshelbyreport.com.

Entries must detail why the nominee is qualified for this recognition. Qualifications could be related to independents’ investment in their stores or companies, commitment to supporting neighborhood charities and community involvement, and investment in their employees’ training and advancement.

Nominations are free; there is no charge/fee to nominate. The deadline to submit entries is Feb. 2. The criteria include:

  • All independent and regional U.S. grocers.
  • Information provided in the nomination form will be used in part for the narrative of the print and online stories.
  • Limit up to six nominations per company.
  • All nominees will be vetted by Shelby Publishing’s editorial staff and advisory board.
  • Form must be completed in full to be considered.
  • All nominations must be submitted through an official online entry form, which may be found here.

For more information on the program, email Stephanie Reid.

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About the author

Greg Ferrara

President and CEO of NGA

Greg Ferrara is the President and CEO of NGA. The National Grocers Association is the trade association representing the U.S. independent community supermarket industry. NGA members include retail and wholesale grocers located in every congressional district across the country, as well as state grocers’ associations, manufacturers and service suppliers.

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