Las Vegas, NV – The National Grocers Association (NGA), the trade association representing the independent grocery industry, has presented NGA board member Rick Brindle with its Industry Service Award in recognition of his years of service in the food industry toward better working relations and understanding between retailers, wholesalers and manufacturers.
“Rick has been a strong partner of independent grocers for many years, developing industry relations that have strengthened communities throughout the country,” said Greg Ferrara, NGA president and CEO. “I thank him for his commitment to independent grocers and wish him and [his wife] Dee the best as they enter a new chapter in their extraordinary lives.”
Brindle began his career in the grocery industry with Safeway before earning his bachelor’s degree in business administration, management and marketing in 1982. In 1996, he joined Nabisco, rising to become VP of global sales before joining Kraft Foods in 2001. In 2012, Brindle joined Mondelēz International Inc. as VP of industry development, North America.
“He’s been a servant leader, always present, always contributing, focused on making the industry that he loves, better,” Ferrara said.
The NGA Show has been where independent grocers gather for more than 30 years, connecting supermarket retailers and wholesalers, food manufacturers, and service providers worldwide to share innovative solutions and best practices that support and strengthen the independent supermarket channel. The NGA Show is produced and managed by Clarion Events as part of the Food & Beverage Group in partnership with the National Grocers Association (NGA). For more information and to register, visit www.theNGAshow.com.
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The National Grocers Association (NGA) is the national trade association representing the retail and wholesale community grocers that comprise the independent sector of the food distribution industry. An independent retailer is a privately owned or controlled food retail company operating in a variety of formats. The independent grocery sector is accountable for about 1.2 percent of the nation’s overall economy and is responsible for generating more than $250 billion in sales, 1.1 million jobs, $39 billion in wages, and $36 billion in taxes. NGA members include retail and wholesale grocers located in every congressional district across the country, as well as state grocers’ associations, manufacturers, and service suppliers. For more information about NGA, visit www.nationalgrocers.org.