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    Year in Review: Top Supplier News of 2016

    AB InBev, SABMiller acquisition generated the most buzz this year.

    JERSEY CITY, N.J. — 2016 was a bustling year for the supplier side of the convenience channel. Not only did the retail side of the equation continue to see merger-and-acquisition activity, but the supplier side felt rumbles of its own.

    Among the biggest supplier buzz was the long-awaited closing of the Anheuser-Busch InBev and SABMiller plc merger. The acquisition was first announced in 2015 and went through a nearly year-long review process.

    The tobacco landscape was also taken for spin when British American Tobacco plc made an offer to acquire Reynolds American Inc. for $47 billion.  

    These are the top 10 supplier headlines of the year, as reported by CSNews Online:

    1. Anheuser-Busch InBev & SABMiller Complete Merger
    Growth opportunities lie in developing markets.

    2. BAT Makes $47B Bid for 100% RAI Ownership
    Deal would create a global tobacco and next-gen company. 

    3. Mondelēz Makes $23B Takeover Offer to Hershey
    Chocolate maker's board rejects the bid.

    4. Molson Coors' Acquisition of MillerCoors Is Done Deal
    Takes full ownership of former joint venture with SABMiller.

    5. Tobacco Cos. Follow Suit With Cigarette Price Increases
    RAI, ITG Brands and Liggett Vector take hikes.

    6. Convenience Wholesalers Stage a Comeback Performance
    Annual CSNews Top Wholesalers report highlights sales turnaround.

    7. Monster to Acquire American Fruits & Flavors
    The deal brings its primary flavor supplier, long-time business partner in-house. 

    8. Eby-Brown to Acquire Fellow Distributor Liberty USA
    The deal extends its reach into the Northeast.

    9. C-store Suppliers Begin to Embrace GMO Labeling
    Companies act in advance of Vermont's labeling standard implementation. 

    10. McLane Presents ‘Profit Playbook’ at National Trade Show
    Event focuses on efficiency and simplicity for its retailer partners.

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