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 formation, the AGA has now grown to over 350 member companies and over 90% of grocery retailers in the state of Alabama belong to our organization. The retailers represented in this group vary from large chains to one store independents. We also represent all others involved in the food industry including wholesalers, manufacturers, brokers, distributors and other service providers. The food retail industry in Alabama provides over 70,000 stable, reliable jobs with over $2.2 billion in annual wages paid. Grocers pay over $1.2 billion in state taxes and have a total economic impact on the state’s economy of over $12 billion dollars.
Since 1992, the AGA has been supporting the food industry by awarding over 1.2 million dollars 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 headquartered 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 three quarters of 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.
We are proud to be the voice of the grocery industry in the state of Alabama!
2019 Issue 1 Edition of Alabama Grocer Digital Magazine
Please find below the 2019 Issue 1 edition of Alabama Grocer Digital Magazine! This added member benefit is meant to be shared so feel free to forward this email to associates in your organization or store level teams! Team members who want to receive the magazine directly can sign up by sending their name, title, company and email address to email@example.com. If you enjoy the Alabama Grocer, please consider advertising in an upcoming issue. We can only continue this benefit, if it is supported by the members.
This edition features stories on: AGA Out and About; a Special Legislative Update; a Listing of Constitutional Officers; The Senate & House Committee Assignments; an NGA Washington Report: a message from the Chairman and the President; and several articles from writers across the nation.
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Alabama Grocers Association Holds Annual Convention
The Alabama Grocers Association recently held their 28th Annual Convention at the Sandestin Beach Resort in Destin, Florida. The Association brought members from all aspects of the grocery industry together to promote the growth and success of the food industry throughout the state of Alabama.
The convention kicked off with the Larry D. Eddleman, Sr. Golf Classic at the Baytowne Golf Club. First Place golf winners included Brent Buriff, Polk’s Meat; Johnny Collins and Manny Shoemaker of Dean Foods and Ben Parr.
The evening followed with a silent auction and casino party. A silent auction and raffle chaired by Julie Goolsby of Hershey Foods was held Monday night which raised more than $30,000 for the Alabama Grocers Education Foundation. This year the Alabama Grocers Education Foundation awarded 60 scholarships valued at more than $57,500, and to date has awarded more than 1.2 million dollars in total scholarships.
The business forum was held the following day and included Keynote Speaker, Speaker Mac McCutcheon, Alabama House of Representatives who gave a legislative overview.
Mr. Michael Sansolo, long-time senior vice president of the Food Marketing Institute and industry expert addressed how conventional brick and mortar stores can compete with virtual stores in the demanding food industry market.
Dr. Glenn Richey, Harbert Eminent Scholar in Supply Chain Management, Auburn University, discussed his team’s findings relative to alcohol beverage sales in our state.
Lastly, an Online Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Pilot Panel was given by Mr. Brandon Hardin, Food Assistance Division Director and Mr. Jimmy Wright, President, Wright’s Market, on the upcoming SNAP Pilot and the overall status of SNAP in Alabama.
Tuesday afternoon also included an exhibit hall with more than 74 booths with vendors from all aspects of the grocery industry. During the Exhibit Hall we held the Alabama’s Best Bagger Contest. Leah Claborn with Guntersville Foodland was the winner of the Bagging contest and will be going to the National Grocers Association Convention to compete on behalf of Alabama.
On Tuesday night, the Chairman’s Banquet was held with football legend Cornelius Bennett as celebrity entertainment.
Several Awards were given including the Spirit of Alabama Award, presented to Mr. Jimmy Wright, Wright’s Market, for his dedication and leadership as an advocate for the food industry and his active involvement in the pursuit to eliminate food deserts in the state of Alabama. New Board members were also installed.
About the Alabama Grocers Association: The Alabama Grocers Association is a state trade association representing the grocery retail industry since 1990. With more than 135 retail members operating nearly 1,000 stores nationwide, as well as over 225 manufacturers, brokers, wholesalers and other members, the AGA is the voice of the industry in the state of Alabama. The food retail industry in Alabama provides over 69,000 jobs with over $2.2 billion in annual wages paid. Grocers pay over $1.2 billion in state taxes and have a total economic impact on the state’s economy of over $12 billion dollars. For more information, go to www.alabamagrocers.org.