Student Case Study Competition


2021 Student Case Study

Congratulations to our 2021 Student Case Study Winners, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo (Cal Poly)!

You can view the full presentation, here. 

For Students

Student Case Study Competition

The NGA Foundation Student Case Study Competition strives to further the professional development of collegiate students pursuing degrees in food and retail programs and provides student teams the opportunity to creatively address a real-world issue currently impacting the industry. The competition, hosted by the NGA Foundation and generously funded by the Asparagus Club, awards up to $4,000 each to the winning team of students and their university.


Case study topic examples:

For Faculty

Are you a faculty member interested in bringing your students to The NGA Show? Send an inquiry to or click HERE to learn more about the Food Industry University Coalition.

Judging Panel

Food industry professionals are invited to volunteer as judges for each round of the competition to share their insights and advance schools on to the final round.  If you would like to share your insights and time with grocery industry students by serving as a judge please contact for more information.

For Retailers

Each year the NGA Foundation selects an independent retailer and a pressing industry issue to use as a subject for the Student Case Study Competition.  After months of research student teams from the NGA Foundation’s Food Industry University Coalition present their findings at The NGA Show to a panel of judges, the independent retailer featured as the subject of the competition, and NGA Show attendees.

Expectations of case study subjects:

  • Participate in a webinar providing details relevant to the case topic
  • Provide a budget amount for the project and any relevant financial information (optional)
  • Provide a consistent point of contact for NGA Foundation staff to ask questions
  • Attend the NGA Show and participate on the final round judging panel

Interested in having your company featured as a case study subject? Contact for more information.