Meat lovers rejoice – June 12 is National Jerky Day, and we’re celebrating this carnivorous holiday with sizzling deals on Jack Link’s peg bags!
Everything You Need To Know About Kombucha
by Maggie Gioia | | May 18, 2023 | | Featured, Vendor Partners
In recent years, the food and beverage marketplace has experienced an increase in consumer demand for functional, better-for-you products. And with this a trend, a craze for kombucha has emerged.
NCD Heads to the Hill
by Maggie Gioia | | May 12, 2023 | | Events, Featured, Industry News
This week, National Convenience Distributors’ executive vice president of governmental affairs, Kyle Feldman, traveled to Washington D.C. for the Convenience Distribution Association’s annual Day on the Hill. The advocacy program brings various distributors together for policy briefings, educational speakers, networking and interactive meetings with members of Congress.
General Mills Launches Pillsbury Funfetti Popcorn
by Maggie Gioia | | May 11, 2023 | | Featured, Industry News, Vendor Partners
Last week, General Mills officially launched Pillsbury Funfetti Popcorn in the convenience segment. The release marks the third confectionary-inspired, ready-to-eat popcorn to join their 2022 line of Cinnamon Toast Crunch and Cocoa Puffs.
April Deals End Tomorrow – Don’t Miss Out On Functional Snacking Items!
by Maggie Gioia | | May 05, 2023 | | Featured, Vendor Partners
Our April deals have been extended to May 6, so don’t miss out on these functional snack savings!
Business is ‘Blooming’ at NCD Spring Trade Show
by Maggie Gioia | | May 01, 2023 | | Events, Featured, Industry News
Business was ‘blooming’ at National Convenience Distributors’ spring-themed trade show. With roughly 200 vendors and over 1,000 retailers in attendance, the April 27 event kicked off NCD’s 2023 show season.
Your Spring Starter Kit
by Maggie Gioia | | April 03, 2023 | | Featured, Vendor Partners
Spring is finally here! With sunny skies and warmer temperatures just around the corner, consumers will be out and about more frequently, and according to recent findings, ready to spend.
Team NCD Tackles TPE 2023
by Maggie Gioia | | February 28, 2023 | | Events, Featured, Industry News
Last week, the NCD team traveled to Las Vegas, Nevada to attend Total Products Expo at the Las Vegas Convention Center.
Team NCD Supports U.S. Naval Academy
by Maggie Gioia | | February 28, 2023 | | Events, Featured, Industry News
This past Thursday, Team NCD attended the United States Naval Academy’s Midnight Madness in Annapolis, Maryland.
General Mills Releases Chex Mix Treat Bar To C-Stores
by Maggie Gioia | | February 16, 2023 | | Featured, Industry News, Vendor Partners
General Mills fans are in for a treat this March 1. As a “major player” in the cereal bar space, General Mills has announced the release of a new treat bar variety – Chex Mix.
Last Minute Valentine’s Day Ideas
by Maggie Gioia | | February 08, 2023 | | Featured, Vendor Partners
With Valentine’s Day just one week away, shoppers will be out and about collecting all the V-Day essentials. The number one pick? Sweets. In 2022, 44% of consumers opted to gift candy – particularly boxes of chocolate – helping convenience stores secure the top spot for all things Valentine’s Day treats. As the retailer most responsible for candy sales, here’s how c-stores can maximize their Valentine’s Day offerings.
Top 3 Super Bowl Snacks
by Maggie Gioia | | January 31, 2023 | | Featured, Vendor Partners
The Super Bowl is right around the corner, and although it may be one of the largest sporting events of the year, it is also one of the largest snacking events of the year. With National Convenience Distributors, super snacking means super savings.
NCD Supports Bolla Charity Foundation For Its Ninth Year
by Maggie Gioia | | December 22, 2022 | | Events, Featured, Industry News
On Thursday, Dec. 8, the National Convenience Distributors Team attended the Bolla Charity Foundation’s annual gala in support of the foundation’s acts of community service including massive contributions to local Toys for Tots drives, Girl Scouts of the USA, first responders, scholarship funds and, most notably, military veteran assistance programs.
Delaware Valley Division Affirms Community Commitment at December Town Hall Meeting
by Maggie Gioia | | December 21, 2022 | | Events, Featured
On Tuesday, Dec. 26, National Convenience Distributors’ chief executive officer, Jeff Allen, and Allen Brothers vice president, Steve Ouimette, were invited to represent NCD’s Delaware Valley Division in a town hall meeting held to discuss the tightening of the Pinpoint Program with Philadelphia Police Department’s Commissioner, Danielle Outlaw, who has spearheaded the program. Allen Brothers has been a longtime partner and advocate of the City of Philadelphia’s 25th Police District.
Winter 2023 is Here: Get Ready With Warren
by Maggie Gioia | | December 21, 2022 | | Featured, Vendor Partners
It’s officially the first day of winter! National Convenience Distributors’ partnership with Highline Warren is helping to make this winter a bit more bearable with a quality line of automotive snow gear.
NCD Holiday Gift Guide: Stock Up on Last Minute Seasonal Items and Stocking Stuffers
by Maggie Gioia | | December 20, 2022 | | Featured, Vendor Partners
For today’s consumer, Christmas shopping can be stressful, and oftentimes anything but convenient. Though 94% of families both hang and fill stockings, according to a Field Agent survey, many of those families will actually forget the stocking stuffers until the last minute. The same survey found that the top 12 stocking stuffers included candy, with chocolate being number one, as well as packaged snacks, baked goods and gum or mints. While big box retailers sell out fast during the holiday season, convenience stores help shoppers find all these in-demand stocking stuffers in one place, no matter how late. Prepare for this opportunity with these seasonal favorites!
Last Chance To Save On Healthier For You Items
by Maggie Gioia | | November 23, 2022 | | Featured, Vendor Partners
While the year may be winding down, retailers still have time to save on 2022’s trending items with National Convenience Distributors’ November and December deals. Stock up on popular products from Conagra Brands, the Wonderful Company and Jack Link’s.
NCD Celebrates Diwali With New England Retail Partners
by Maggie Gioia | | November 07, 2022 | | Events, Featured
On Sunday, October 30, National Convenience Distributors’ New England Division attended the Sanskar Culture Society Umiya Dham Boston’s Diwali celebration at the Ambrosia in Foxborough, Massachusetts. In addition to celebrating India’s largest and most important holiday, NCD was honored at the event for serving as one of the organization’s top sponsors. The party welcomed over 1,000 attendees, many of which were NCD customers.
Touchdown Deals at the NCD Fall 2022 Trade Show
by Maggie Gioia | | November 03, 2022 | | Events, Featured, Industry News
This past Thursday, National Convenience Distributors hosted their football-themed 2022 fall trade show at the Meadowlands Exposition Center in Secaucus, New Jersey. With nearly 200 booths to choose from, attending retailers scored on exclusive deals on innovation items and bestsellers.
NCD Raises $20,000 For American Cancer Society Event
by Maggie Gioia | | October 25, 2022 | | Events, Featured
Each year, National Convenience Distributors’ proprietary brand, Island Coffee, sponsors the American Cancer Society’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk at Jones Beach State Park on Long Island. In addition to their sponsorship, NCD’s marketing coordinator, Maggie Gioia, established a team to participate in the event, ultimately raising nearly $20,000.
Annual Fill The Fence Fundraiser Fuels Breast Cancer Awareness
by Maggie Gioia | | October 21, 2022 | | Events, Featured
Both Laura Gagnon and Shelley Carner-Hickman hosted National Convenience Distributors’ New England Division’s Fill the Fence Fundraiser, raising $1,500 for Rays of Hope in just three hours!
NACS Offers Team Building Opportunity to NCD
by Maggie Gioia | | October 17, 2022 | | Events, Featured, Industry News
From Oct. 1 through Oct. 4, National Convenience Distributors traveled to Las Vegas, Nevada to the annual National Association of Convenience Stores show at the Las Vegas Convention Center for three days of team bonding, vendor and customer connection, networking and industry-focused education.
NCD Supports Sam’s Children in Annual Benefit Event
by Maggie Gioia | | October 10, 2022 | | Events, Featured
On Saturday, Sept. 24, team NCD headed to the Hartford Marriott Downtown in Hartford, Connecticut for the Sam’s Children annual benefit event. The Rocky Hill, Connecticut-based nonprofit was founded by Sam’s Food Stores to provide non-medical financial assistance to families that have children with serious illnesses and disabilities.
NCD ‘Came, Met and Collaborated’ at 2022 AARA Show
by Maggie Gioia | | September 22, 2022 | | Events, Featured, Industry News
Last week, National Convenience Distributors attended the Asian American Retailers Association trade show at the New Jersey Convention and Exhibition Center in Edison, New Jersey. The event offered retail attendees a chance to – as AARA’s tagline suggests – “come. Meet. Collaborate” with spotlighted vendors and distributors.
NCD Leads at Annual CDBX
by Maggie Gioia | | September 16, 2022 | | Events, Featured, Industry News
This past week, National Convenience Distributors traveled to Chicago, Illinois for the Convenience Distribution Association’s Business Exchange event. The annual conference, which took place September 12 through 15, offered CDA members unparalleled networking opportunities as well as up to 30 Top-to-Top meetings with critical trading partners.
Your End of Summer Smoke Guide
by Maggie Gioia | | September 09, 2022 | | Featured, Vendor Partners
Labor Day may signify the end of summer, but there are still plenty of warm days ahead. As a result, consumers are looking to enjoy the late summer and early fall sun. Use this tobacco guide to learn more about these seasonal favorites and expand your offerings.
Back To School Season Offers Opportunity to C-stores
by Maggie Gioia | | September 05, 2022 | | Featured, Vendor Partners
It’s back to school time, which means that students — and their parents — are constantly on the go. Whether it’s an early morning drop off, on the way to a friend’s house, or rushing off to practice, neighborhood convenience stores are the number one stop along the way.
The Powerhouse Partnership Continues: NCD Attends ACS Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Kickoff Breakfast
by Maggie Gioia | | August 18, 2022 | | Events, Featured
National Convenience Distributors’ Maddie Del Plato and Marty Glick attended the American Cancer Society’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer of Long Island kickoff breakfast. The breakfast is held to mark the start of the fundraising period for Making Strides Against Breast Cancer of Long Island — an annual walk that will take place on Oct. 16 this year. NCD’s proprietary brand, Island Coffee, has been a sponsor of the event for seven years.
Make a Splash this Summer with Bottled Beverages
by Maggie Gioia | | August 12, 2022 | | Featured, Industry News, Vendor Partners
As temperatures soar, consumers are more likely to purchase bottled waters and other functional beverages. Take advantage of the heat and make a splash this summer with National Convenience Distributors’ full selection of trending bottled beverages!
Hot Deals to Help Cool Down This August
by Maggie Gioia | | August 02, 2022 | | Featured, Vendor Partners
While temperatures are heating up, National Convenience Distributors is cooling down with exclusive deals on top-performing ice creams.
No Such Thing As Summer Without The Grill
by Maggie Gioia | | July 29, 2022 | | Featured
While there’s nothing quite like a summer barbeque, consumers can still get the same ‘fresh off the grill’ flavors on the go with National Convenience Distributors’ foodservice roller grill program.
How PCA helps NCD keep their “finger on the pulse” of the premium tobacco industry
by Maggie Gioia | | July 26, 2022 | | Events, Featured, Industry News
On July 8 through 12, National Convenience Distributors headed down to Las Vegas, Nevada to attend the Premium Cigar Association Convention and International Trade Show — one of the largest shows in the premium tobacco industry.
Serving Up Smiles
by Maggie Gioia | | July 22, 2022 | | Events, Featured
For the fifth year in a row, Allen Brothers Wholesale Distribution assisted the 25th District of the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Police Department in hosting their annual block party yesterday.
Watch Sales Climb With Clif Bar This July
by Maggie Gioia | | July 19, 2022 | | Featured, Vendor Partners
July is National Parks and Recreation Month, and since CLIF BAR Was born on the back of a bike, who better to power the outdoor adventures of consumers than CLIF BAR? Best known for their namesake bar made with rolled oats, CLIF has expanded throughout the years to include protein-focused Builders Bars, kid’s Z Bars and protein Z Bars, Minis, Cereal, Nut Butter Bars, BLOK Energy Chews and Gel, LUNA Bars, drink mixes and artisan-made grocery items.
‘Summerize’ Your Store With These Seasonal Must-Haves
by Maggie Gioia | | July 07, 2022 | | Featured, Vendor Partners
Summer means consumers are heading outdoors, but what are summer outdoor activities without the foods and games that make them so special? We’re summing up the best products to help you step into summer!
Show Your True Colors With Hostess This July
by Maggie Gioia | | July 01, 2022 | | Featured, Vendor Partners
This past May, Hostess debuted their limited edition “patriotic” strawberry Donettes and red, white and blue CupCakes. Since the treats are only available until July 4, this is the last chance for retailers to secure the seasonal sweets before Independence Day.
Summer Trade Show Success: Vendors and Retailers Hit Jackpot with NCD
by Maggie Gioia | | June 27, 2022 | | Events, Featured, Industry News
National Convenience Distributors held their summer trade show yesterday at Harrah’s Resort and Casino in Atlantic City, New Jersey. The event marked Century Distributors’ — NCD’s Mid-Atlantic Division — trade show debut with the NCD family of distributors.
PFMA’s Annual Conference Offers Educational Experience for Food Retail Industry Leaders
by Maggie Gioia | | June 23, 2022 | | Events, Featured, Industry News
Last week, National Convenience Distributors’ CEO, Jeff Allen, and NCD’s executive vice president of government affairs, Kyle Feldman, attended the Pennsylvania Food Merchants Association’s annual conference at the Gettysburg Hotel and Visitor Center in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. The two-day event — Tuesday, June 14 through Wednesday, June 15 — highlighted trends, innovation and challenges within the food retail industry.
Team NCD Leads in Rhode Island 5K
by Maggie Gioia | | June 17, 2022 | | Events, Featured
Last weekend, Erin Mercolino-Nigro and Steve Peterson of National Convenience Distributors took part in Angels Giving Back’s annual 5K race. Alongside their families, Mercolino and Peterson demonstrated NCD’s commitment to their customer partners.
Looking For A New Summer Snack? Kellogg’s Has You Covered
by Maggie Gioia | | June 07, 2022 | | Featured, Vendor Partners
73% of consumers have summer travel plans, and with travel, comes snacking. Whether consumers are on route to the beach, the airport, or a long road trip, odds are they are going to stop to refuel or prepare for the journey ahead. Kelloggs’ new Cheez-It Puff’d products are ready for summertime travel.
A Sweet Week For NCD
by Maggie Gioia | | May 31, 2022 | | Events, Featured, Industry News
Last week, National Convenience Distributor’s sales and procurement teams headed to the National Confectioner’s Association’s Sweets & Snacks Expo in Chicago. Annually held at McCormick Place, the expo is an industry resource for confectionary innovation.
NCD Leads BP’s Annual Community Scholarship Game Night Fundraiser As Premium Sponsor
by Maggie Gioia | | May 27, 2022 | | Events, Featured
National Convenience Distributor’s led BP’s 35th Annual Community Scholarship Game Night Fundraisers as a premium sponsor yesterday, Thursday May 26. The NCD sales team attended the casino-themed event, which was held at Citi Field.
Top 3 Workplace Wellness Tips
by Maggie Gioia | | May 23, 2022 | | Featured
May is Mental Health Awareness Month and National Convenience Distributors takes the mental health of their employees seriously. That’s why we spoke with Stephanie Grindell, a licensed mental health counselor, to help us find our top three workplace wellness tips that are proven to benefit mental health.
National Convenience Distributors Hosts First Offsite Sales Meeting Since The COVID-19 Pandemic
by Maggie Gioia | | May 20, 2022 | | Events, Featured, Industry News
Team NCD headed up to Villa Venezia in Middletown, New York yesterday for their first offsite sales meeting since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Team NCD Volunteers at Long Island’s Largest Soup Kitchen
by Maggie Gioia | | May 16, 2022 | | Events, Featured, Industry News
This past Friday, four employees from National Convenience Distributors volunteered at the INN — located in Hempstead, New York — helping to provide fresh meals to the homeless and hungry.
National Convenience Distributors Celebrates Evening of Hope with the American Cancer Society
by Maggie Gioia | | May 03, 2022 | | Events, Featured, Industry News
National Convenience Distributors Celebrates Evening of Hope with the American Cancer Society.
Shooting for the Stars: How Big Dipper Dough’s Co-founder, Austin Groesser, Built a Successful Start-Up
by Maggie Gioia | | April 29, 2022 | | Featured, Industry News
How a teenager in Michigan built a successful start-up by selling edible cookie dough. Now, the business supplies over 3000 retailers nationwide.
Stacey Mazzella Named New Senior Director of Marketing at National Convenience Distributors
by Maggie Gioia | | April 19, 2022 | | Featured, Team Update
National Convenience Distributors is excited to announce the promotion of Stacey Mazzella to Senior Marketing Director.
National Convenience Distributors Announces Summer Trade Show
by Maggie Gioia | | April 18, 2022 | | Events, Featured, Industry News
National Convenience Distributors announced their summer trade show details last week. The can’t-miss event will take place on Thursday, June 23 at Harrah’s Resort and Casino in Atlantic City, New Jersey.
National Convenience Distributors Hits Homerun With First 2022 Trade Show
by Maggie Gioia | | April 15, 2022 | | Events, Featured, Industry News
National Convenience Distributors hit a homerun yesterday with their first trade show of the 2022 season at the Eastern States Exposition Center — better known as ‘The Big E’ — in West Springfield, Massachusetts. With an upwards of a thousand retailers in attendance, the baseball-themed industry event offered countless deals and deep discounts on best-selling products, as well as a chance for customers, vendors and NCD employees to connect.