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Retail Learning Institute  (RLI)

The Retail Learning Institute’s mission is to advance leadership and vocational learning to support the growth of people, workplaces and communities.

Since 1988 the Institute has been dedicated to provide learning resources for food retailers worldwide. As an educational organization, it serves more than 8,000 businesses with blended training programs that include 140+ industry-specific online courses in a Learning Management System (LMS.) The Institute program has become the learning platform of independents, regional chains, wholesalers, associations, and non-profits all over the world. It is available in Spanish, Portuguese and Mandarin.

To learn more about the Retail Learning Institute, visit their website.

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American Ladder Institute

ALI, the American Ladder Institute, is made up of members from the US and Canada who are ladder manufacturers and manufacturers of ladder components. It was founded in 1947 and is a Chicago-based nonprofit association dedicated to promoting safe ladder use. ALI is the ANSI approved developer of safety standards for the ladder industry.

The mission of the American Ladder Institute is to promote the safe use of our products as well as advance the common business interests of our members through a commitment to:

  • Development and dissemination of appropriate standards.
  • Education of the public as to the proper selection, care and safe use of ladders
  • Representation of the interests of its members
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Beef Checkoff

Through the Beef Checkoff’s partnership, the Institute offers four courses: Modern Consumer, Raising Beef, Nutrition and Health, and Beef Basics. These courses were created to increase knowledge to better serve and inform customers of the cuts, benefits and trends of beef.

For more information about the Beef Checkoff, visit their website.

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The Grocery Stewardship Certification (GSC) Program:

Since launching in 2012, the Grocery Stewardship Certification (GSC) has enrolled more than 800 grocery stores in the United States and Canada. While there are a number of programs that focus on high performance buildings, Manomet’s GSC program is the only certification program to expand into employee practices and procedures to engage all stores within a chain.  To learn more about the Grocery Stewardship Certification program, visit


Manomet is a nonprofit organization that believes that people can live and work in ways today that will enable our world to thrive and prosper tomorrow.  Manomet’s mission is to apply science and engage people to sustain our world. Through research and collaboration, Manomet builds science-based, cooperative solutions to environmental problems. Visit for more information.

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Midwest Dairy Association

Midwest Dairy Association works on behalf of dairy farmers to increase dairy sales, foster innovation and inspire consumer confidence in dairy products and practices.  Their Introduction to Dairy course is a one-hour interactive session and will help you increase dairy sales.  The course is designed for dairy department managers and clerks providing answers to questions your shoppers might have.  In addition, you’ll get an overview of the full dairy product life-cycle including: dairy farming today, milk safety and processing, dairy product facts and managing the dairy department.

To learn more about the Midwest Dairy Association, visit their website.

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National Grocers Association  (NGA)

The National Grocers Association (NGA) is to ensure independent, community-focused retailers and wholesalers the opportunity to succeed and better serve the consumer through its policies, advocacy, programs and services.

The NGA is the national trade association representing the retail and wholesale grocers that comprise the independent sector of the food distribution industry. Also represented are affiliated associations, manufacturers, and service suppliers, as well as other entrepreneurial companies that support NGA’s Mission and Philosophy.

To learn more about the National Grocers Association, visit their website.

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Potatoes USA

Potatoes USA is the nation’s potato marketing and research organization.  Based in Denver, Colorado, Potatoes USA represents more than 2,500 potato growers and handlers across the country. Potatoes USA was established in 1971 by a group of potato growers to promote the benefits of eating potatoes. Today, as the largest vegetable commodity board, Potatoes USA is proud to be recognized as an innovator in the produce industry.

Anchored by a strong foundation of market and consumer research and analysis, the Potatoes USA domestic and international potato marketing programs include:  advertising, nutrition science, public relations, retail, food-service marketing, and reputation management.  Whether the potato is grown for fresh, frozen, chip, dehydrated or seed use, Potatoes USA is dedicated to positioning potatoes as a nutrition powerhouse.

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