Former CIA and NSA Director General Michael Hayden to deliver the opening keynote at the 2018 NGA Show

Former CIA and NSA Director to Address Independent Supermarket Operators

ARLINGTON, VA, 2017-Sep-20 — /EPR Retail News/ — The National Grocers Association (NGA) today (Sep 19, 2017) announced that former director of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and the National Security Agency (NSA), General Michael Hayden, will deliver the opening keynote address, sponsored by The Kraft Heinz Company, during the 2018 NGA Show held February 11 – 14 at the Mirage Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada.

As director of the CIA and NSA, General Hayden was on the frontline of the war on terror and saw firsthand the challenges our nation faced during times of geopolitical strife. Hayden is a retired four-star general who was the country’s first principal deputy director of national intelligence and the highest-ranking military intelligence officer in the country.

Additionally, Hayden served as the head of two multi-billion dollar enterprises, and through this experience, he brings an interesting perspective on the challenges of managing complex organizations in times of stress and the need to develop effective internal and external communications.

Hayden is a sought-after speaker for his expertise on intelligence matters, geopolitics, and the ability to give an insider’s glimpse into the political, economic, and security issues facing the nation.

“We’re excited to welcome General Hayden as the keynote speaker for our opening session at The NGA Show and to have him share how issues across the globe have impacted independent grocers and the American economy,” said Peter J. Larkin, president and CEO of NGA. “With more than 40 years of public service, General Hayden will provide a unique insight on his experience leading the CIA and NSA during some of our country’s largest security threats. I’d like to thank The Kraft Heinz Company for their continued sponsorship of the NGA Show opening keynote.”

The Kraft Heinz Company has been a member and supporter of The NGA Show for 30 years.

In addition to revealing the 2018 keynote speaker, NGA also announced that online registration has now opened. The 2018 NGA Show will feature 40 specialty education workshops, over 350 companies on the EXPO Show floor, and anticipates more than 3,500 attendees for the eighth consecutive record-breaking opening.

For over 30 years, The NGA Show has been the place where independents gather, connecting grocery retailers and wholesalers, food manufacturers and service providers from around the world to share innovative solutions and best practices that support and strengthen the independent supermarket channel. Online registration for The NGA Show is now open and can be found at

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SNAC International announced as pavilion partner for the 2018 NGA Show

Trade association representing international snack industry to showcase 600 square foot pavilion of snack manufacturers and marketers

ARLINGTON, VA, 2017-Aug-09 — /EPR Retail News/ — The National Grocers Association, the trade association representing the independent supermarket industry, today (August 8, 2017) announced SNAC International, the trade association representing the snack industry, will be a pavilion partner for the first time at the 2018 NGA Show, held February 11-14 at the Mirage Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nev.

SNAC International will showcase a 600 square foot pavilion on the EXPO floor featuring manufacturers of a wide variety of snacks, including classic snack products as well as better-for-you options.  Products include potato chips, tortilla chips, puffed snacks, pretzels and popcorn to meat and fruit snacks, snack nuts and crackers.  Ingredients range from traditional potato and corn-based snacks to those made with pulses (chick peas, lentils), vegetables and ancient grains.

“With snacking now accounting for half of all eating occasions, we’re excited to provide the unique opportunity for independent retailers to explore a diverse set of exhibitors in this growing segment of the food industry,” said Peter J. Larkin, president and CEO of NGA. “The pavilion promises to help attendees stay ahead of the consumer trend curve by bringing new and exciting snack products to their store shelf.”

“With the snack category rapidly evolving, SNAC International members are seeking new opportunities to showcase their products in front of prospective consumers. The NGA Show is a perfect opportunity for our members, many of whom are smaller businesses, to share information about their products with members of the dynamic independent grocery sector,” said Elizabeth Avery, president & CEO, SNAC International.  “We are thrilled to offer the opportunity for our member companies to scale their presence by uniting under the Snack Pavilion at the NGA Show.”

The 2017 NGA Show opened with 3,400 registered attendees, making it the seventh consecutive year of record-breaking attendance levels. Last year’s sold-out EXPO floor included over 325 exhibitors in various categories such as produce, meat, technology, craft beers, general merchandise, ethnic food products, and health, wellness, and beauty product sectors. The overwhelming majority of attendees – 97 percent – felt the EXPO floor was important to their experience at The NGA Show, and 96 percent of retailers and wholesalers present visited the EXPO floor. For more information on The NGA Show, visit

About NGA
The National Grocers Association (NGA) is the national trade association representing the retail and wholesale grocers that comprise the independent sector of the food distribution industry. An independent retailer is a privately owned or controlled food retail company operating a variety of formats. The independent grocery sector is accountable for close to one percent of the nation’s overall economy and is responsible for generating $131 billion in sales, 944,000 jobs, $30 billion in wages, and $27 billion in taxes. NGA members include retail and wholesale grocers, state grocers associations, as well as manufacturers and service suppliers. For more information about NGA, visit

About SNAC International
Founded in 1937, SNAC International (formerly Snack Food Association) is the leading international trade association for the snack industry.  SNAC International represents over 400 companies worldwide, including snack industry suppliers, marketers and manufacturers in both the traditional and emerging snack categories. SNAC is committed to providing premier educational resources, connection opportunities, and advocacy for the ever-evolving snack industry. For more information about SNAC International, visit

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