Feb 12, 2013
LIVE FROM NGA: Glimpses from the Show Floor
Attendees from all facets of the food industry converged this week in Las Vegas for the National Grocers Association (NGA) 2013 Show, which featured a sold out exhibit floor and multiple high-interest educational workshops.
Having sold out in record time this year, the show floor features a wide variety of products and solutions for the independent grocer. In addition, through the co-location of the North American Meat Association (NAMA)'s MEATEXPO 13, attendees are able to see highlights from the suppliers of the meat industry. The Produce Marketing Association (PMA) is also once again hosting a Produce Pavilion on the EXPO Floor, expanded to include over 3,000 feet of produce vendors. The floor is open from 12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. on Monday and in a change for 2013, 8:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday, allowing attendees and exhibitors time to maximize their networking and relationship building.
Progressive Grocer editors are making the rounds at the show to catch up on the latest updates from retailers, suppliers and other notable association and industry leaders, a sampling of which appears in the photo gallery below.
These industry luminaries include (from left): Dave McConnell, president/CEO, GMDC; NGA chairman Joe Sheridan, president/COO of Wakefern Food Corp; NGA president/CEO Peter and Jody Larkin; and NGA EVP/COO Charlie Bray.
This fine foursome from Redner’s Warehouse Markets features (l-r): Trudy and Doug Emore and Redner’s president/CEO Dick and Elaine Redner.
Ten-store ShopRite owner Jeff Brown (c) is flanked by student members of Cornell’s Food Industry University Coalition Student case study competition, including (from left): Stephanie Ko, Emily D'Agostino, Josh Brown and Nathaniel Drake.
Welcoming NGA attendees to check out the latest trends, cutting-edge exterior and interior design options and total store differentiation solutions at the AP+I Design booth are (from left): president/CEO Juan Romero, Rita Scaia and John Scheffel.
PG’s roving reporters caught up with Frank Puleo, Nash Finch’s VP of non-perishables, on the NGA Show floor.
Members of the Cummins Allison team, including (l-r) Brad Nudell, Mary Goodrich, Jim Weaks and Josh Jameyson, discuss with show-goers how self-service coin counters can help retailers build foot traffic, increase loyalty and streamline their operations.
Journeying from McMenamin Family ShopRite in Philadelphia to the NGA Show are Rich McMenamin (l) and Dennis Murray.
This trio of NGA’s talented staff includes (from left): Lauren Hefner, director of communications, Greg Ferrara, director of government affairs and Matthew Ott, VP of membership and information technology.
Cummins’ Allison’s Josh Jameyson demonstrates how grocers can say good-bye to slow bank check scanners or adding machines with the JetScan iFX, which enables checks to be deposited electronically and easily in a fraction of the time.
Vivien Godfrey, CEO of the Milk Processor Education Program (MilkPEP), along with Lori Gerstley, spoke with retailers about capturing the breakfast-at-home segment with the MilkPEP’s multiyear campaigns.
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