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NGA to Study Impact of Independents

ARLINGTON, Va. ā€” The National Grocers Association here said Wednesday it has contracted to conduct a national survey to quantify the economic impact of the independent grocery channel on the food distribution system and the U.S. economy.

The survey results are scheduled to be released during the opening session of the NGA Show in Las Vegas on Feb. 10, 2013.

NGA said the research will be conducted by John Dunham and Associates, a third-party research firm based in Brooklyn, N.Y., that will compile the data on a state-by-state basis, drilling down to specific congressional districts. It said the study will measure "every financial aspect of the independent grocery industry," including sales volume of retailers and their wholesalers; employment data (including the number of full- and part-time employees, plus salaries and benefits); the value of goods and services procured; federal, state and local taxes and fees paid; and the value of capital invested in stores, warehouses, equipment and real estate.

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According to Peter J. Larkin, NGA president, "Unfortunately we do not have accurate data that quantifies the size and scope of the independent channel ā€” information that is highly sought after by elected and regulatory officials, the media, consumer product companies and other potential suppliers of foods and services."

According to its website, John Dunham and Associates focuses on government relations, working to deliver easy-to-understand arguments "to keep our clients on the winning side of their issues" and specializing in economic and fiscal impact studies by legislative district or geographic area, including cost-benefit analysis, demographic and business analysis, industry pricing and volume studies and economic messaging.

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