Swipes Fees Hurt Retailers and Consumers

Texas is known for its friendliness, delicious food, honesty, and of course, that everything is bigger and better in the Lone Star State. The grocery industry is no different. Grocers invest in the communities they serve, ensuring quality and affordable food is readily available, while competing openly in a large industry every day to create […]


In the Cart: February 2017 Compilation

Here’s a compilation of some of the biggest stories affecting grocers for February 2017. New Rules from TX Department of State Health Services on Food Handlers Texas Food Establishment Rules adopted this past year (September 2016) have several new requirements for retail establishments. One of those areas of rule change is in article 228.33  (click […]

Food Deserts talk at Rice

Food Deserts: A National Concern

Recently TRA’s Joe Williams spoke to students of Rice University about a very important topic: Food Deserts. Joe’s been working with grocers across the nation for decades and has seen the impact a proper grocery store can have on a community. He also knows what can happen when fresh, healthy food isn’t readily available. We’ve […]


In the Cart: January 2017 Compilation

Menu Labeling Update NGA (National Grocers Association (NGA) reports in their January Newsletter that there is discussion of proposed new legislation to change current regulatory requirements for the FDA’s Menu Labeling regulation which is set to become effective May 5, 2017. Members of the House and Senate are expected to reintroduce legislation in the coming […]


Visa Changes Debit Routing Rules for EMV Deployments

The National Grocers Association (NGA), along with other merchant organizations and payment systems stakeholders, raised concerns this year to both the Federal Reserve Board of Governors and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) over Visa’s actions that were deployed as part of EMV migration upgrades. As you may recall, retailers began seeing new screens shown on […]


Obama Administration Announces Major Investments in Preventing Child Hunger

Ensuring all low-income children have year-round access to the food they need to learn and grow. The President’s FY2017 Budget will invest $12 billion over ten years to reduce child hunger during the summer through a permanent Summer Electronic Benefits Transfer for Children (Summer EBT) program to provide supplemental food benefits during the summer months for all […]


TRA Member Target to Open “Flexible Format” store near UT Campus

AUSTIN – Target announced Thursday it will open its first “flexible-format” location in Texas near the University of Texas-Austin. The Minneapolis-based company said the 22,000-square-foot store will be at the southeast corner of 21st Street and Guadalupe Street, within the Dobie Twenty21 building. The move is part of Target’s plan to open stores in densely […]


Texas WIC Program Training and SNAP Update

Effective November 1, 2016, policy WV: 08.0 – WIC Vendor Training is being updated to reflect our new interactive style of educating vendors.    As part of the policy update, it is a now a requirement for authorized WIC Vendors to complete the WIC Vendor Online Training on a annual basis.  Please be advised, all of the […]