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    CSNews Hosts Third Annual Forecast Council

    Retailers gather in New York to analyze trends for the coming year.

    NEW YORK--Some of the industry’s leading retailers assembled in the New York offices of Convenience Store News Wednesday for the third annual CSNews Industry Forecast Council meeting. The Forecast Council meets each year to review figures compiled by CSNews and its data partners on the state of the overall industry, as well as key categories.

    Working this year with Maureen Maguire, founder and president of ThinkResearch, the Industry Forecast for 2006 includes past-year and projected sales and volume data on motor fuels, cigarettes/OTP, beer/malt beverages, packaged beverages and confectionery. Other research partners include ACNielsen, TDLinx and McLane Co. Final results of the forecast will be published in our Jan. 16 issue.

    Retailers in attendance included Jeff Morris, president & CEO, Alon USA; Paul Casadont, merchandising COF manager, Chevron Corp.; Gary Braaten, retail consultant supervisor, CHS/Cenex; John Call, president & CEO, CF Capital Assets; Tony Bartys, vice president, retail operations, Valero Energy Corp.; Michael Grooms, comptroller, Delek/MAPCO Express; Mike Zielinski, president, Royal Buying Group; and Jeff Hassman, channel marketing manager, Sunoco Inc.

    Sponsors of the 2006 Industry Forecast Council meeting were Altadis U.S.A. and McLane Co. Inc.

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