The California Independent Grocers Association said Tuesday it will merge with the California Grocers Association, effective May 1.


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CGA represents more than 80% of the state’s grocery industry, including 400 grocery chains and independents operating 6,000 stores and 200 supplier companies, while CIGA is comprised of 126 smaller, privately owned independent grocery store owners operating throughout Northern and Central California.

“The combination of these two associations will significantly strengthen the industry’s advocacy efforts at both the state and local levels while providing greater member services to an even more diverse group of retailers and suppliers,” said Ronald Fong, president and CEO of Sacramento-based CGA.

CGA said Jeff Snadow, president of CIGA, will join CGA’s executive team and will focus on CIGA’s for-profit California Coupon Redemption Co., along with programming tailored to independent retailers.

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