The National Grocers Association (N.G.A.) 2012 N.G.A. Show in Las Vegas met important milestones and fulfilling its promise as the place to be “Where Independents Gather” to discuss Real Issues with Real Grocers and forge Real Solutions.
The annual four-day event was the largest in the trade association’s history, with more than 2,400 independent grocers, wholesaler and industry partners attending. The N.G.A. Show featured nearly 35,000 square feet of exhibit floor space, a 25 percent increase. More than 200 exhibitors participated in the EXPO, a 10 percent increase from the previous year.
The N.G.A. Show also expanded industry partnerships and opportunities for independent grocers to increase collaboration. For the first-time ever, N.G.A. co-located the show with IGA’s Global Rally, created a produce pavilion with the Produce Marketing Association and created a Center for Collaboration with the Grocery Manufacturers of America. These additions, among other N.G.A. Show features were designed to bring greater value to N.G.A. members and attendees.
“Our goal for this year’s show was to strengthen the value proposition for attendees by expanding the trade show and increasing opportunities for more industry collaboration,” says Peter Larkin, President and CEO of the N.G.A. “As a result we experienced record attendance and increased participation, which could not have happened without the support of our sponsors, partners and independent grocers who gave their time and resources to make this show a success.”