More than 70 grocery retailers and suppliers from throughout California descended on the state Capitol to lobby key industry bills during the 2014 CGA Grocers Day at the Capitol on Wednesday, March 26.
Unified Grocers, Inc.
C&S Wholesale Grocers
Fresh & Easy
El Super (Bodega Latina Corp.)
Food 4 Less Stockton/Rancho San Miguel Markets
North State Grocery, Inc.
Ralphs Grocery Co./Food 4 Less
Save Mart Supermarkets
Ice Cream Social
Nestle Dreyer’s Ice Cream
Roplast Industries Inc.
The annual one-day event featured more than 60 prescheduled meetings in the State Capitol between grocery representatives and legislators and staff.
“This was one of our most successful Grocers Day events,” said CGA President Ronald Fong. Rain and wind couldn’t keep attendees from visiting with their elected officials in what has become CGA’s marquee advocacy events.
Prior to their Capitol visits, attendees heard from State Sen. Alex Padilla, author of SB 270, the statewide single-use carryout bag ban legislation. Padilla commended those in attendance for engaging in advocating for the grocery industry.
Attendees also heard from political analyst Scott Lay, founder of AroundtheCapitol.com.
Attendees broke up into teams and given specific issues, along with support material, to share during their Capitol visits. Discussion topics included single-use plastic bags, nutritional labeling and WIC.
Following their afternoon visits, Grocer Day attendees returned to CGA headquarters for the Association’s annual President’s Reception, which allowed an additional opportunity to visit with elected officials.