The mission of the Alabama Grocers Association is to promote and support the growth and success of the food industry in the state of Alabama through advocacy, education, public relations and networking.
The Alabama Grocers Association is a state trade association representing the retail food industry since 1990. Since our beginning, the AGA has grown to over 125 retail member companies, representing over 1,000 retail outlets, and over 225 manufacturers, brokers, wholesalers and other members. Our members range in size from large billion dollar companies to small independent operators. Over 90% of grocery food retailers in the state of Alabama belong to our Association.
What We Do
AGA lobbies on key bills and issues affecting the food industry at the federal, state and local levels. Many of these issues involve not only the retail food community, but also the business community as a whole. Issues such as minimum wage, healthcare, increased taxes and fees, patent trolls and food safety are important to the entire membership. Through our political action fund, SACK PAC, we ensure that pro-business candidates are elected to office and hear the concerns of the food industry at the local and state levels. AGA serves as a liaison with government agencies, monitoring and acting on regulatory matters that impact the food business. In addition, we serve as a resource to these agencies ensuring that member companies learn about laws and regulations impacting their businesses. AGA also offers a wealth of services and resources to members providing them the necessary tools to stay in compliance with state and federal laws to run their businesses more efficiently with programs like responsible vendor and food safety manager training.
Supporting Our Industry
Since 1992, the AGA has been supporting the food industry by awarding over $1,000,000 in scholarships through the Alabama Grocers Education Foundation to deserving part-time student employees and children of full-time employees of member AGA companies. We partner with the Alabama Department of Agriculture and Industries and the Alabama Food Manufacturers and Producers each year on the Buy Alabama’s Best program designed to promote products made, manufactured, produced or head-quartered in the state. We work with our retail members through Buy Alabama’s Best to raise funds for Children’s of Alabama and to date have raised over half a million dollars to find a cure for childhood cancer.
The Alabama Grocers Association is honored to be the only retail food focused Association in the state of Alabama. Through the dedication and commitment of our members, we work tirelessly daily on their behalf to enhance their businesses and partnerships.