The California Independent Grocers Association will merge into the larger California Grocers Association effective May 5.
Both nonprofit associations are based in Sacramento and date back more than 100 years. Officials characterized the move as one that will enable the state’s grocery industry to speak with one voice.
CGA has approximately 400 retail members operating more than 6,000 food stores in California and Nevada. Members include Raley’s, Safeway and Nugget Market. CGA also represents about 200 grocery supplier companies.
CIGA has long represented independent grocers, with a current roster of about 125. Its membership also includes convenience stores and grocery supply firms.
CGA said it will retain several CIGA signature programs, including its coupon redemption company, and CIGA President Jeff Snadow will join the CGA executive team.
Officials said CIGA will close its office near Cal Expo and move personnel into CGA’s headquarters near the Capitol in downtown Sacramento.
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