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    CSNews 2016 Category Captains Contest Now Open

    Innovative c-store suppliers and wholesalers can enter in 20 categories.

    JERSEY CITY, N.J. — Convenience Store News is now accepting entries for its 2016 Category Captains awards program, which honors excellence in innovative, creative and profit-generating category management platforms.

    The 2016 contest includes 20 different product categories, from beverages, to candy and snacks, to foodservice items, and much more. 

    Convenience store industry suppliers and wholesalers that provide retailer customers with category leadership and innovation in any of the listed categories are eligible to enter. There is no entry fee.

    To enter, suppliers and wholesalers must go online and submit an overview synopsis of 800 words or less about their category leadership, a high-resolution company logo, and up to five supporting images of the products or lines offered. 

    Entries will be accepted through Tuesday, Dec. 15. They will be evaluated on factors such as:

    • How the supplier/wholesaler supported customers' needs and built sales overall in the category;
    • What new programs, technologies, business systems, merchandising schemes or promotional tactics were employed; and
    • What their retailer partners think of their category management platform.

    Visit www.csnews.com/categorycaptains to enter the 2016 CSNews Category Captains awards program. 

    Winners will be announced on CSNews.com in February and featured in print in the February Convenience Store News Guide to Category Management.

    Click here to see the 2015 Category Captains winners.

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