US organisations Retailer Owned Foods Distributors & Associates (ROFDA) and the National Grocers Association (NGA) have announced their merger agreement.

As part of the agreement, ROFDA will merge under NGA. The merger is expected to be completed on 1 January next year.

ROFDA, which was founded in 1962 as the Southeastern Food Cooperative Association, currently has eight cooperative wholesaler members and a supplier associate member.

ROFDA president and CEO Francis Cameron said: “We have valued the strong partnership we’ve had with NGA over the years and look forward to bringing together two great organisations into one.

“The supermarket industry is undergoing change at a rapid pace. Similarly, as organisations serving independent retailers, we too must shift and align areas of interest and streamline efficiencies.”

In 1982, the Association of Cooperative Food Distributors of American and the US National Association of Retail Grocers were combined to form NGA. The trade association represents the independent sector of the food industry.

The association currently represents more than 1,500 independent supermarket companies.

NGA president and CEO Greg Ferrara said: “NGA is pleased to welcome ROFDA into the NGA family. Our two organisations and missions have been closely aligned for decades and this is a natural next step.

“Cooperative wholesalers play an important role in serving the independent supermarket industry. NGA looks forward to working closely with ROFDA’s members and associates to preserve what has made ROFDA special, while supporting their share groups and programmes.”