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    Lucky Seven Win CSNews Wholesaler Excellence Awards

    S. Abraham & Sons takes top honor for overall excellence.

    By Linda Lisanti, Convenience Store News

    NATIONAL REPORT — For the fourth consecutive year, Convenience Store News for the Single Store Owner is honoring those convenience wholesalers that go above and beyond for their single-store owner customers. Seven companies are the recipients of this year's Wholesaler Excellence Awards.

    To determine the winners, Single Store Owner conducted a poll among its single-store subscribers, asking them to rate their wholesaler in five categories: inventory control, partnership relationship, planograming, product education and sales literature, and speed to market.

    A winner was determined in each category based on the ratings received:

    • Best Inventory Control: McLane Co. Inc.
    • Best Partnership Relationship With Retailers: H.T. Hackney Co.
    • Best Planograming for Profits: Amcon Distributing Co.
    • Best Product Education & Sales Literature: Farner-Bocken Co.
    • Best Speed to Market: Eby-Brown Co. LLC

    For the first time, Single Store Owner is also giving out two awards for excellence across all the categories this year. The inaugural winner for Overall Excellence is S. Abraham & Sons Inc., which received the top rating in four out of the five individual categories, and got the highest rating for overall excellence.

    The honorable mention for Overall Excellence goes to Cash-Wa Distributing, which received the second highest rating in all five individual categories.

    Look in the April issue of Convenience Store News for the Single Store Owner for individual profiles of this year’s award-winning wholesalers.

    By Linda Lisanti, Convenience Store News
    • About Linda Lisanti Linda Lisanti is editor-in-chief for EnsembleIQ's Convenience Store News and Convenience Store News for the Single Store Owner media brands. In this role, she is responsible for content development across all of CSNews' print and online properties, with a specialty in coverage of the foodservice category in convenience stores. Lisanti has more than 13 years of experience in the journalism field. After working as a reporter for several daily newspapers, she joined CSNews as a staff writer in August 2005 and held senior writer, senior editor and executive editor positions before becoming editor-in-chief in August 2014. Lisanti has a bachelor’s degree in communications/journalism from Rowan University.

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