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    Royal Buying Group Honors Vendors of the Year

    Eight companies and contacts were honored with the award. 

    LISLE, Ill. -- Royal Buying Group Inc. (RBG) honored eight companies with 2012 Vendor of the Year awards, presented at the 2013 Independent C-Store Expo on Feb. 28.

    The awards were presented to eight companies and contacts from RBG's chain of independently operated convenience stores, college bookstores, truck stop/travel plazas and independently operated pharmacy, tobacco and liquor store locations.

    The recipients were:

    Beverage Category
    George Graziano, Anheuser-Busch Inc.

    Candy Category
    John Gabelman, American Licorice Co.

    General Merchandise Category
    Jim Blosser, Convenience Valet

    Equipment Category
    Justin Tolle, AllOver Media

    Foodservice Category
    Stephen Douglas, Boyd's Coffee Co.

    Snacks Category
    Emily Hanrahan, General Mills Inc.

    Tobacco Category
    Crystal Greer, Altria Group Inc.

    Distributor Category
    Scott Merrill, S. Abraham & Sons Inc.

    Lisle, Ill.-based RBG provides a host of services to convenience stores including negotiating with regional and national suppliers for sales and marketing programs, providing category management and customer service support.

    As previously reported by CSNews Online, Royal Buying Group Inc. (RBG) appeared in the June issue of Crain's Chicago Business after finishing sixth on the newspaper's "Fast 50" list.

    RBG represents more than 6,500 locations nationwide.

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