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National Supermarket Association's XXIV Annual Gala

More Than 1500 In Attendance
Special Guest: Baseball Superstar Robinson Canó
José Luis Almonte is Awarded “Member of the Year”
Krasdale named “Company of the Year”


NEW YORK, NY (November 23, 2013)—Attended by luminaries from the food industry, its members, and important representatives of local and international business and political fields, the National Supermarket Association’s (NSA) gala was recently held at the renowned Grand Hyatt Hotel in New York. WABC-TV News Anchor David Novarro and Telemundo 47 Entertainment Anchor Odalys Molina served as Masters of Ceremonies for the evening.

During an emotional speech, the president of the NSA David Corona said “As I look back and reflect on many of the wonderful accomplishments that were reached during my tenure as president, I think it could be well defined by three simple words: Respect, Commitment and Vision. Those three basic words have been the fundamental pillars that have taken the NSA to the next level of economic and political influence where we are today.”

Major League Baseball superstar Robinson Canó thanked both the NSA for the privilege of attending the event, and Pepsi-Cola for their commitment to the Dominican community.  He also said: “More than pride, it is a pleasure to be among this group of Dominican leaders and see how we are increasing in numbers each day.”

The keynote speaker for the evening was the Secretary of State and Executive Director for the Export and Investment Center of the Dominican Republic Dr. Jean Alain Rodriguez, who represented the President of the Republic, the honorable Danilo Medina.  Dr. Rodriguez spoke about the importance of supermarkets that are members of the NSA as being key to the success of Dominican food exports to the United States.

The NSA presented Jose Luis Almonte with the “Member of the Year” award, and Krasdale with the “Company of the Year” award.  La Cena Fine Foods, who celebrated its 50th Anniversary, was recognized for this significant milestone, and La Mega 97.9FM for its number one position in the New York market ratings.  MillerCoors received an award for its outstanding support to the NSA.

In her message to the membership, the executive director of the NSA Zulema Wiscovitch highlighted the importance of keeping a healthy retail environment for the independent supermarkets and for its vendors.  She stressed that this could only have been achieved by advocating against laws that negatively impact the industry, keeping the members well informed, providing seminars and workshops on compliance and other critical issues, and ultimately maintaining a solid and cohesive group.


The NSA Celebrates an All Stars Trade Show

Local Independent Owners Unite for Better Prices

FLUSHING, NY (August 5, 2013) —The National Supermarket Association held its 4th annual International Sales & Trade Show where multiple products and services from companies big and small showcased their deals for independent supermarkets and bodegas.  The event took place at Citi Field, Home of the NY Mets, Thursday, Sept. 5, 2013.

Supermarket and bodega owners eagerly anticipated the “one day” deals offered at the show from participating vendors, including Admiration, Bimbo Bakeries, Carive Imports, CBA Industries, Continental Food & Beverage, Goya Foods, Icelandic Glacial Water, Joshen Paper, La Cena, Latin American Distributors, Latin Sales & Marketing, Mission Foods, Pepsi-Cola, Porky’s Products, Preferred Beverages, and Wise Snacks, just to name a few.

“We are very proud to say that this is ‘our’ trade show, and that same pride drives us to encourage our fellow members to participate and support the vendors that are exhibiting their products and services”, said Alex Guzman, chair of the NSA Trade Show Committee and supermarket owner.

The NSA International Sales & Trade Show offers a unique platform to reach hundreds of supermarkets owners from different banners under one roof.  An important feat, as independents are one of New York City’s strongest food retail channels.

“This is an excellent opportunity, for both vendors and retailers.  As vendors will showcase new and established products, and the retailers will get great deals for the their stores”, said David Corona, president of the NSA.

In addition to supermarket and bodega owners and managers, the show welcomes wholesaler and co-op representatives, brokers, manufacturers, suppliers, service providers, importers, merchandisers, advertising agencies, distributors, and trade association officials.  It is not open to the general public, only to individuals affiliated to the food industry.

This year the NSA partnered with City Harvest and donated the trade show’s excess food from participating vendors.  City Harvest delivered the food free of charge to community food programs throughout New York City.  To learn more about City Harvest visit cityharvest.org.


NSA Scholars beaming with joy after awards ceremony


JULY 18, 2013, NEW YORK, NY——The Scholarship Foundation of the NSA, Inc. awarded this evening more than $120,000 in scholarships to students from local neighborhoods in New York and other areas in the Northeast during an awards ceremony dinner.  Students with a GPA of 3.5 and higher received a $2,000 scholarship; the rest of the students received a scholarship of $1,000.

Supermarket owners that are NSA members distribute the applications in the communities served by their supermarkets; the students receiving the scholarships, mostly minorities, are chosen by the NSA Scholarship Selection Committee.  The scholars are selected based on academic achievements, educational potential and financial need.

“The NSA and its members have a strong moral commitment to re-invest thru education in the communities served by our member’s supermarkets.  The Scholarship Foundation is the heart of the NSA, and I feel especially proud to be part of it and assist these students achieve their academic and professional goals,” said David Corona, president of the NSA.

With the support of its sponsors, the Scholarship Foundation of the NSA has granted more than a million dollars in educational scholarships since it was incorporated in 1993. The presenting sponsor of this year’s scholarship awards ceremony is Frito Lay.  The recent NSA Golf Classic raised most of the funding for the scholarships distributed today; presenting sponsors were Anheuser-Busch, Inc., followed by Affinity Health Plan, Coca-Cola, Hispanic Indoor Media, Pepsi-Cola and Wise Snacks.  The event was also sponsored by Altria, Bimbo Bakeries, Bustelo, Cibao Meat, Delta Airlines, ESPN Deportes, Food Nation, Frito Lay, Goya Foods, Inca Kola, Kellogg’s, Key Food, Krasdale, Metropolitan Paper, MillerCoors, New York Yankees, Oak Beverages Inc., Porky Products, and Popular Community Bank.

“One of our main objectives is to empower our local communities thru education, and that is why we galvanize our vendor community in support of the Scholarship Foundation of the NSA. We believe education can transform a person’s life and that same person can have a positive impact and improve an entire community. The NSA serves as a catalyst between the vendors and the supermarket owners to raise the funds needed for the scholarships”, said Zulema Wiscovitch, executive director of the NSA.

Founded in 1989 by Hispanic entrepreneurs, the NSA is a trade association that represents the interest of independent supermarket owners in New York and other urban cities throughout the East coast and Florida.

The association has grown dramatically in the last two decades, and currently provides its members hands on representation in both the private and public sectors and advocates issues that impact the entire supermarket industry.  

Most members are of Hispanic descent, and their stores are predominantly located in minority neighborhoods.  Current membership represents approximately 400 supermarkets in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic region.

Initiated in 1993, the Scholarship Foundation of the NSA is a non-for-profit organization with a 5o1c3 status. The NSA Scholarship Foundation’s mission is to provide educational scholarships to needy students from neighborhoods served by our members’ supermarkets, and therefore increase the number of college graduates from those areas.

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