NGA holds successful Fall Leadership Meetings; appoints IGA Inc.’s John Ross and SpartanNash’s Larry Pierce to its board

NGA holds successful Fall Leadership Meetings; appoints IGA Inc.’s John Ross and SpartanNash’s Larry Pierce to its board

CHICAGO, Ill., 2017-Oct-23 — /EPR Retail News/ — The National Grocers Association (NGA), the trade association representing the independent supermarket industry, today announced over 300 senior level meetings between retailers and wholesalers with manufacturers and service suppliers took place during the Trading Partner Business Sessions at the NGA Fall Leadership Meetings.

The Trading Partner Business Sessions connected independent food retailers with trading partners in the consumer packaged goods, distribution, financial operations, and service providers space to discuss mutual business opportunities, strategies, and goals.

“This one-of-a-kind opportunity between key players in the independent supermarket industry is crucial to strengthening business relationships and fostering deeper industry collaboration,” said Peter J. Larkin, president and CEO of NGA. “We thank our long-time industry partners at First Data and FMS for helping us provide independent supermarket operators with this important networking opportunity.”

NGA’s Board of Directors also voted unanimously to appoint John Ross, president and CEO at IGA Inc., and Larry Pierce, executive vice president of merchandising and marketing at SpartanNash, to fill vacancies on its Board of Directors during the event. Ross was appointed to an ex-officio seat, replacing IGA, Inc. chairman and former president and CEO Mark Batenic. Pierce will fill an unexpired term of Derek Jones, a former SpartanNash executive vice president.

“Both Larry and John have a great deal of experience and are widely recognized as leaders in the food retail industry,” said Larkin. “We’re pleased to welcome them to the Board at such a crucial time for independent grocers as we develop future strategies to advance the independent supermarket industry.”

John Ross was named president and CEO of IGA, Inc., the world’s largest independent supermarket network with nearly 5,000 IGA supermarkets in more than 30 countries worldwide, representing $36 billion per year in sales. Previously, Ross was president of Inmar promotion Network, headed the Emerging Media Lab for global agency holding company Interpublic Group, founded IPG’s Shopper Sciences, and spent 11 years with Home Depot in various marketing roles.

Larry Pierce was named executive vice president of merchandising and marketing for SpartanNash in July 2014, a position he held on an interim basis since August 2013. Previously, Pierce was the vice president of center store merchandising for six years. He joined the company in 2008 after serving in a variety of positions with Coca-Cola Enterprises, including vice president of sales for the supermarket’s mass and convenience channels.

The Fall Leadership Meetings, sponsored by First Data (NYSE: FDC) and FMS Solutions Holding, LLC, were held in conjunction with the NACS Show, one of the 40 largest trade shows in the United States, in Chicago, Ill. between October 17-20.


Additional Media Resources:

  • For pictures of the event, click HERE.
  • For a headshot of Larry Pierce, click HERE.
  • For a headshot of John Ross, click HERE.

SOURCE: National Grocers Association


SpartanNash to transition to selling 100 percent cage-free eggs by 2025

Company has offered cage-free eggs for more than ten years

Byron Center, MI, 2016-Apr-14 — /EPR Retail News/ —SpartanNash (Nasdaq: SPTN) announced today that it plans to transition to selling 100 percent cage-free eggs at its 160 grocery retail stores by 2025 or sooner based on available supply, affordability and customer demand. Cage-free eggs include eggs labeled with any of the following: cage free, free range, USDA or Quality Assurance International Certified Organic, or pasture raised. Currently, SpartanNash offers cage-free eggs in all of its 160 retail stores under the Full CircleTM, Green Meadows or Eggland’s Best brands. The company has been selling certified organic eggs which are cage-free for more than ten years.

“SpartanNash recognizesthat farming practices evolve based on new information, technologies, agricultural advancements and consumer preferences,” notes Larry Pierce, EVP, Merchandising and Marketing. “Consequently, we rely on industry, agricultural and veterinary experts to stay abreast of scientific developments. Such experts have told us that it will take years to modify facilities to ensure an adequate supply of safe, sustainable cage-free eggs. For this reason, our buyers are working closely with our suppliers to ensure we have access to a number of cage-free egg brands for our retail store customers.”

About SpartanNash

SpartanNash (SPTN) is a Fortune 400 company and the leading food distributor serving U.S. military commissaries in the world. The Company’s core businesses include distributing grocery products to military commissaries and exchanges and independent and corporate-owned retail stores located in 47 states and the District of Columbia, Europe, Cuba, Puerto Rico, Bahrain and Egypt. SpartanNash currently operates 160 supermarkets, primarily under the banners of Family Fare Supermarkets, Family Fresh Markets, D&W Fresh Markets, and Sun Mart.

Meredith Gremel, Vice President, Corporate Affairs & Communications