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    Kroger Transitions All Its C-store Business to McLane

    Distributor will service 787 stores across 18 states.

    TEMPLE, Texas — The Kroger Co. and McLane Co. Inc. have inked a service agreement for all of Kroger’s 787 convenience stores across 18 states.

    As part of the agreement, McLane will service the Cincinnati-based retailer’s c-stores under the banners Loaf ‘N Jug, Turkey Hill Minit Market, Tom Thumb, Kwik Shop and Quik Stop.

    "We look forward to our partnership with McLane and the company’s ability to support our continued focus on the products that matter most to our customers," said The Kroger Co. President of Convenience Stores Jeff Parker.

    Temple-based McLane Co. Inc. is one of the largest supply chain services providers, offering grocery and foodservice solutions for convenience stores, mass merchants, drugstores, and chain restaurants throughout the United States. It is a wholly owned unit of Berkshire Hathaway Inc.

    "Kroger continues to raise the bar in terms of product and foodservice offerings, convenient locations and customer satisfaction. We look forward to seeing explosive growth and success as the company capitalizes on the many customer-centric offerings that set McLane apart from the competition," commented Tony Frankenberger, president of McLane Grocery.

    He added, "Like Kroger, McLane continues to set itself apart from the rest of the industry and we are honored they have chosen to take advantage of our industry-leading cold chain network, expanded fresh foods program and award-winning category management expertise. We are proud to partner with such a strong leader within our industry and look forward to building the foundation for a long lasting and mutually successful relationship."

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