Independent grocers now account for 33% of overall U.S. grocery sales, up from 25% nearly a decade ago, new research from the National Grocers Association shows.

Sales by the independent supermarket sector rose almost 94% to $253.61 billion in 2020 from $131 billion in 2012, the year of NGA’s last economic impact study. Over the same period, total U.S. grocery store sales climbed 47% from $524 billion to $772 billion, according to NielsenIQ/TDLink data cited in NGA’s latest research, conducted by John Dunham & Associates.