FORTUNES ALIGNED

As the National Grocers Association celebrates its 25th anniversary, it has proved to be a favorable force for the independent sector. In promoting fair play on the competitive field, many independents and wholesale distributors serving the sector find themselves stronger today than ever before. While issues like death taxes, maintaining a level playing field and the rising costs of doing business

As the National Grocers Association celebrates its 25th anniversary, it has proved to be a favorable force for the independent sector. In promoting fair play on the competitive field, many independents — and wholesale distributors serving the sector — find themselves stronger today than ever before. While issues like death taxes, maintaining a level playing field and the rising costs of doing business will always remain a constant battle, NGA plans to be there to fight those battles and be a strong advocate and voice for the independent. In this special report, SN looks back at what NGA has accomplished, and assesses the health of today's independents as many of them concentrate on distinguishing themselves through unique niches, new formats, service, investment in store growth, technology, employees and community involvement.