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NGA’s DC event focuses on fair competition

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May 21, 2024 Washington, D.C. – Today, the National Grocers Association (NGA) BB #:163424, the leading national trade association representing independent supermarket operators, began its highly anticipated annual Fly-In for Fair Competition in Washington, D.C.

This pivotal event mobilizes independent grocers to directly engage with members of Congress, addressing critical issues such as antitrust reform and enforcement, SNAP Choice enhancements, and the reform of credit card routing to reduce exorbitant swipe fees.

“The Fly-In for Fair Competition offers an unparalleled platform for independent grocers to directly influence policy decisions that significantly affect their daily operations,” stated Greg Ferrara, NGA President and CEO. “These essential discussions will set the strategic direction for the coming year, as the independent grocery sector tirelessly advocates for a fairer market landscape that ultimately benefits the diverse communities our members serve.”

The event kicked off this afternoon with Rep. Cliff Bentz (OR-02) speaking with attendees about a variety of topics important to independent grocers. Bentz is a key member of the House Judiciary Committee and Subcommittee on the Administrative State, Regulatory Reform, and Antitrust. Attendees then listened to a dynamic session featuring Congresswoman Laurel Lee (FL-15), a distinguished member of the House Judiciary Committee.

This will be followed by an insightful session led by Brad Fitch, Deputy Director of the Congressional Management Foundation, titled “How to Tune Your Pitch to Resonate with Any Member of Congress.”

Veteran Capitol Hill experts will join NGA’s Chief of Government Relations and Counsel Chris Jones, alongside NGA Vice President of Government Relations Stephanie Johnson, for a session on effective policy advocacy, aiming to arm attendees with the strategic insights and messaging techniques essential for driving legislative action and achieving tangible results.

Concluding today’s comprehensive agenda, attendees will hear from A.B. Stoddard, a respected columnist for The Bulwark and a contributor to SiriusXM’s POTUS channel. Stoddard will provide a nonpartisan analysis of the current political climate and upcoming elections, offering valuable context for the grocers’ advocacy efforts.

Tomorrow, nearly 120 independent grocers will head to Capitol Hill, poised to conduct over 100 high-stakes meetings with policymakers. These discussions will focus on the urgent need for robust antitrust enforcement to curb monopolistic practices, the expansion of SNAP Choice to improve food access for low-income families, and the critical reform of credit card swipe fees to alleviate financial burdens on small businesses.

“Our members are dedicated to serving their communities, and through these advocacy efforts, we aim to ensure that they operate on a level playing field,” Ferrara emphasized. “This Fly-In is a testament to our commitment to championing the issues that matter most to independent grocers and the consumers they serve.”

About NGA

NGA is the national trade association representing the retail and wholesale?community?grocers that comprise the independent sector of the food distribution industry. An independent retailer is a privately owned or controlled food retail company operating a variety of formats. The independent grocery sector is accountable for?about 1.2?percent of the nation’s overall economy and is responsible for generating?more than?$250?billion in sales,?1.1 million?jobs, $39?billion in wages and $36?billion in taxes. 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. For more information about NGA, visit?

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