The National Grocers Association (NGA) presented its Champion of Independent Grocers Award to Wisconsin Congressman Reid Ribble, in recognition of his efforts to support the independent supermarket industry.
“Congressman Ribble has been a leader we can count on to understand the direct impact legislation and regulations have on the supermarket industry, our members' store operations and employees. We applaud him for his support of policies that allow independent grocers to grow their businesses and better serve their communities,” said NGA President and CEO Peter Larkin.
Wisconsin Grocers Association President and CEO Brandon Scholz commended Ribbles’ long commitment to the state’s independent grocery industry. “Supermarket owners and operators across the state appreciate the work he does in Congress to help our businesses grow, serve their customers and remain successful. The Congressman consistently makes time to visit with grocers in their stores to better understand how government regulations and taxes make running a store so challenging,” he added.
In Ribble’s 8th Congressional District in Wisconsin, independent grocers supply 3,000 jobs and pay more than $90 million in wages. Nationwide, the independent supermarket sector accounts for nearly 1 percent of the nation’s overall economy and generates $131 billion in sales while providing nearly 1 million jobs and $30 billion in wages.