The 2020 NGA Show Preliminary Schedule Released

Trumbull, CT – The NGA Show, the premier tradeshow of the independent supermarket industry, has released the preliminary schedule for the 2020 NGA Show, held February 23 – 26 at the San Diego Convention Center, San Diego, CA.

Based on feedback from Show attendees, changes to the schedule for the 2020 event include earlier access to the EXPO floor starting at 9am on Tuesday, February 25 and additional time for education sessions, such as NGA Talks and workshops, immediately following Tuesday’s EXPO floor hours.

The 2020 NGA Show will feature over 60 educational workshops and sessions, more than 400 companies on the EXPO Floor, and several special events, including the National Best Bagger Championship, the NGA Creative Choice Awards, the NGA Student Case Study Competition, and much more. 

The NGA Show has been where independents gather for over 30 years, bringing together grocery retailers, wholesalers, service providers, and food manufacturers to share solutions and best practices that strengthen the industry. The NGA Show is produced and managed by Clarion Events as part of the Food & Beverage Group partnership with the National Grocers Association.

Below is a preliminary schedule for the 2020 NGA Show:       

Sunday, February 23

7:00 a.m. – 5:15 p.m.Show Registration and WGA 5k Fun Run/Walk Registration
1:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.Super Session: iRetail: Technology Innovation Reshaping the Grocery Industry
1:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.  Round One of the Student Case Study Competition
3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.NGA Talks/Workshops
5:00 p.m. – 6:45 p.m.Opening Keynote Session
6:45 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.Opening Reception

Monday, February 24

6:00 a.m. – 6:45 a.m.   WGA 5k Fun Run/Walk
6:30 a.m. – 5:15 p.m.NGA Show Registration
7:00 a.m. – 8:15 a.m. Super Breakfast Session
8:30 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.Workshop Sessions
11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. General Session
12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.EXPO Floor Open
1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.MATCH! Meetings
2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.  Round Two of the Student Case Study Competition
5:00 p.m. – 6:45 p.m.NGA Best Bagger Championship and After Party

Tuesday, February 25

7:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.     NGA Show Registration
7:30 a.m. – 8:45 a.m.Super Breakfast Session: Creative Choice Awards Presentation
9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.EXPO Floor Open
9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.MATCH! Meetings
1:00 p.m. – 2:25 p.m.  Final Round of the Student Case Study Competition
1:00 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.NGA Talks/Workshops
3:15 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.General Session
6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.Closing Celebration

Wednesday, February 26

9:00 a.m.  NGA Store Tours


The National Grocers Association (NGA) is the national trade association representing the retail and wholesale grocers that comprise the independent sector of the food distribution industry. An independent retailer is a privately owned or controlled food retail company operating a variety of formats. The independent grocery sector is accountable for close to one percent of the nation’s overall economy and is responsible for generating $131 billion in sales, 944,000 jobs, $30 billion in wages, and $27 billion in taxes. NGA members include retail and wholesale grocers, state grocers’ associations, as well as manufacturers and service suppliers. For more information about NGA, visit
Clarion UX ( produces 37 events across 13 sectors of both trade and consumer events.  Clarion UX, which is the U.S. division of Clarion Events, UK, and backed by The Blackstone Group has become one of the fastest growing event companies in the U.S. with aggressive growth through both acquisition and launch.  Clarion acquired PennWell in early 2018, bringing 4 Tradeshow 200 events into the U.S. portfolio and super-charging the already rapid growth.  Clarion UX has offices in Trumbull, CT; Kennesaw, GA; Boca Raton, FL; Tacoma, WA, and Fairlawn, NJ.