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Vermont Grocers' Association
148 State Street
Montpelier, Vermont 05602
802-839-1928 (office)
802-839-1927 (fax)

Membership

Membership in Vermont Grocers' Association is an investment in the future strength of your business and the Vermont Food Industry. Your involvement and participation put you in the good company of others in the industry, combining forces to reach common goals.
Click here for a copy of the VGA membership brochure.

How to join

Retail Membership

(Download PDF application)
Open to all retailers of food products and beverages. Current members include supermarkets, food coops, beverage stores, convenience stores, general and country stores, as well as drug stores that sell food products. Annual dues for retail members start at $100. (increases are based on initial store volume and number of locations in Vermont)

Apply online
or PDF Application

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Associate Membership 

(Download PDF application)
Open to manufacturers, wholesalers, brokers, service providers and others connected with the food industry. Annual dues for associate members is $275 (reduced rate of $195 for those firms with less than $500,000 in sales).

Apply online
or PDF Application

 

Easily pay your Membership Dues Online

New to our web site, you can now easily pay your membership dues ONLINE with our secure automated system.

For more information and/or an application to join the Vermont Grocers' Association, please contact our organization's office. You can also get more information via email with questions about various VGA Membership Benefit Programs.

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Services Provided to Members

Legislative Representation

Full-time VGA representation promotes your best interests to state government and our elected officials in Washington. VGA makes sure representatives hear "our side" of any issues relative to legislation being considered that concerns the Food Industry of Vermont.

Advertising Discounts for VT Life & VT Magazine

Association members now receive special advertising rates in two of Vermont's premier magazines.

Credit-Debit Card Processing

VGA members have access to one of the industry's most competitively priced processing services for your customer credit and debit card transactions.

Payroll Processing

PayData is a Vermont company offering a easy and economical payroll service to VGA member companies. Services include payroll checks, tax filings, reports, new hire reporting and more. PayData offers VGA members a discount on their regular fees .

Insurance

Beginning in 2014, small businesses under 50 employees can purchase their health insurance through Vermont Health Connect. If you would like to use the services of a broker, please try The Richards Group/Thomas Insurance at 1-800-639-5130 or email. Be sure to mention you are a member of the Vermont Grocers' Association when enrolling in the plan. Richards Group/Thomas Insurance is VGA's preferred broker for group health insurance offerings.

BlueCross BlueShield of Vermont


Delta Dental Insurance Program
VGA has teamed up with Northeast Delta Dental to offer three competitively priced dental plans. All are offered on a voluntary basis and do not have minimum enrollments.
2014 Plan Options & Rates
Life, Disability and Dental information


Business Insurance Program
Vt. Grocers' Association is pleased to endorse a comprehensive business lines program through Acadia Insurnace. Participating members can earn dividends when the group meets targeted loss ratios. It is available from agents statewide or through Noyle Johnson Agency, 800-639-6602.

Acadia Insurance

Coupon Redemption

This VGA service allows retailers to obtain reimbursement for manufacturers coupons by submitting them to our affiliate, Grocers Coupon Service without the necessity of sorting.

Newsletter

VGA's publication "The Grocery Slip" keeps members abreast of regulatory and legislative issues as well as news about the food industry. Retail members may use the classified ad section at no charge.

Phone Savings

The association has a discounted phone program for your long distance calls through BCN Telecom. For more information, please call the association office, 1-800-842-8503.

Education and Training

VGA brings professional seminars and workshops to Vermont each year on topics like merchandising, theft control, employee relations and more - "meeting the needs of both retail and associate members." In addition, we offer free loan of selected DVD training videos to members. For a complete list, click here.

Online Training

The association also offers a full array of online courses through Learn Something, including loss prevention, food safety, combat meth, business skills, computer courses and more.

VGA Annual Directory

The annual yearbooks, published each spring, lists all retail and associate members, includes buying information on suppliers serving Vermont and important regulatory information, serving as a valuable reference guide. Copies are complimentary to all VGA members.

Convention and Expo

Vermont's largest food industry event is VGA's Annual Convention & Merchandising Exp. The program, held each fall, includes exhibits, educational seminars, contests, entertainment and more. A great networking opportunity for all members.

Credit Union

The Green Mountain Credit Union is open to all members, their employees and immediate families. Each deposit account is federally insured by NCUA up to $100,000. Offering savings and loan options, checking, direct deposit, money orders and payroll deduction programs.

Scholarships

Each year, VGA awards scholarships to help members' employees and/or their children further their education.

Other Services

VGA offers a number of other programs and services, including answers to your questions. The association is constantly evaluating new programs to better serve its members!

Many More Benefits Await You as a Member!