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Some closing news from the 2012 National Grocers Association (NGA) Show, which just concluded in Las Vegas...

• According to NGA, “The annual four-day event was the largest in the trade association's history, with more than 2,400 independent grocers, wholesaler and industry partners attending. The NGA Show featured nearly 35,000 square feet of exhibit floor space, a 25 percent increase. More than 200 exhibitors participated in the EXPO, a 10 percent increase from the previous year.”

• The Women Grocers of America (WGA) named Barbara Thomas, Director of Training of K-VAT Food Stores, Inc./Food City of Grundy, VA, as the 2012 Woman of the Year. The WGA Woman of the Year award recognizes an industry woman whose leadership has contributed to the success of her company.  

• Also announced at the conclusion of the NGA Show was the winner of the annual Food Industry University Coalition Student Case Competition hosted by the Asparagus Club. Louisiana State University (LSU) won first place, winning $8,000 in cash and scholarship prizes. Arizona State University (ASU) came in second place, winning $1,000. Seven universities competed in the competition, which provides students attending the NGA Show the opportunity to analyze a real world contemporary retail business challenge. Working in teams, students worked collaboratively to examine, present and then respond to questions posed by a panel of judges.
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