One major change at this year’s show involved operating the exhibit floor Monday afternoon and Tuesday morning instead of only in the afternoons, as has been traditional. “We felt we could drive more traffic on the second day by moving the exhibit to the morning,” NGA President and CEO Peter Larkin explained. Video: Larkin Catalogs NGA’s Washington Wish List
Erskine Bowles (left) and Alan Simpson (center), co-chairmen of The National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform, discuss the nation’s fiscal issues with NGA CEO Peter Larkin after they gave the keynote address to open the NGA Show.
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Baggers compete in the Best Bagger Championship at the NGA Show. The winner was Andrew Borracchini of Metropolitan Markets at Admiral, Seattle.
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The Women Grocers of America sponsored a 5K Fun Run/Walk to raise money for the Mary Macey Scholarship Fund, which provides educational and professional opportunities for individuals in the food industry.
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Monday’s General Session addressed “Growth Opportunities for Independents: Four Major Trends,” and featured (from left) moderator Thom Blischok, and panelists Rich Niemann (Niemann's Foods), Grant LaMontage (Clorox), Eileen Thanner (Coke), Natan Tabak (Wakefern) and Tom Furphy (Consumer Equity Partners).
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One of the many workshop sessions was devoted to “Capitalizing on the Local Trends,” which included panelists (from left) Carl Day, owner of Day’s Markets; Mike Beal, VP and CFO of Hen House Four B Corp. and Price Chopper; and Mike Needler Jr., president of Fresh Encounters.
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NGA’s Joe Sheridan and Peter Larkin presented a plaque to Lisa Walsh, VP of strategic transformation and customer management, PepsiCo, in recognition of PepsiCo's long-standing support for NGA's Executive Leadership Development Program (ELDP) at Cornell University.
Video: ‘Important to Develop Future Leaders,’ says PepsiCo’s Walsh
The NGA’s prestigious Clarence G. Adamy Great American Award was presented to Kevin Doris, chairman and CEO Gerland's Markets, Houston. From left: Peter Larkin, Doris, Tom Wenning and Greg Ferrara.
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Australian group Human Nature paid tribute to the Motown sound as it entertained those gathered for the Chairman’s Gala Tuesday evening.
The NGA Show was held at The Mirage Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. NGA will return next Feb. 9-12 for the 2014 show.