National Grocers Association releases study results - WOWK 13 Charleston, Huntington WV News, Weather, Sports

National Grocers Association releases study results

Posted: Updated:
  • Local NewsLocal NewsMore>>

  • Sistersville Woman Crowned Mrs. West Virginia, Will Compete for National Title

    Sistersville Woman Crowned Mrs. West Virginia, Will Compete for National Title

    Tuesday, July 15 2014 4:17 AM EDT2014-07-15 08:17:38 GMT
    A Sistersville mother, wife, and soon-to-be teacher, holds another very impressive title as she gets ready to take on the competition on a national stage.Mrs. West Virginia, Melissa Smith, will compete for the title of "Mrs.United States," in September. Smith travels throughout the state right now helping to push her platform. "Right now, I'm very focused on improving literacy education. I'm going to be an elementary school teacher and I have been traveling throughout West Virginia reading to...
    A Sistersville mother, wife, and soon-to-be teacher, holds another very impressive title as she gets ready to take on the competition on a national stage.Mrs. West Virginia, Melissa Smith, will compete for the title of "Mrs.United States," in September. Smith travels throughout the state right now helping to push her platform. "Right now, I'm very focused on improving literacy education. I'm going to be an elementary school teacher and I have been traveling throughout West Virginia reading to...
  • Federal judge in Martinsburg, West Virginia, sends 10 to prison for violating probation

    Federal judge in Martinsburg, West Virginia, sends 10 to prison for violating probation

    Sunday, July 6 2014 11:00 AM EDT2014-07-06 15:00:12 GMT
    Nine Martinsburg, West Virginia, residents and another from Keyser were sentenced to federal prison for breaking the law while they were on supervised release or probation.
    Nine Martinsburg, West Virginia, residents and another from Keyser were sentenced to federal prison for breaking the law while they were on supervised release or probation.

The National Grocers Association was drumming up some attention this week on Capitol Hill.

The group released the results of a recent study, showing its numbers for sales, jobs, wages and taxes at the national, state and congressional district level.

Those results were presented at a press conference in the House Agriculture Committee Room April 23 on Capitol Hill.

NGA President and CEO Peter Larkin gave the presentation, citing a sales figure of $129.5 billion from almost 21,000 supermarkets in every congressional district. He said independent grocers employ 945,000 people, paying more than $30 billion in wages and $27 billion in taxes.

"We can take this information to Capitol Hill to show how large our voice is and why our opinions matter on relevant issues," Larkin said in a news release. "We will strive to continue growing our industry by benchmarking these numbers and further creating jobs to enhance our impact."

The industry is responsible for generating nearly 1 percent of the total U.S. economic output, according to the news release.

The full study is at nationalgrocers.org.

According to the study, West Virginia has about 162 independent grocers make $667,983,700 in sales, nearly 4,000 direct jobs and pay $105,321,384 in direct wages along with $80,609,600 in taxes.

Independent retail supermarkets and the wholesalers that supply them are mostly privately held, family owned entrepreneurial businesses, according to the study.