Two of the largest confectionary celebrations are finally here – National Chocolate Day on October 28 and Halloween on October 31. This is your last chance to prepare for these upcoming holidays with candy from National Convenience Distributors!
On Thursday, September 21, the National Convenience Distributors family of vendors, retailers and teammates came together for the Fall 2023 Trade Show at Harrah’s Resort and Casino in Atlantic City, New Jersey. The show garnered over 1,100 customers, all of whom were excited to “rake” in the savings on the exclusive deals of nearly 300 presenting vendors. But the best of all? The Spin to Win Wheel helped to generate the highest level of customer engagement experienced by the NCD trade show series.
As a customer turned team member, Bill Stamos has been part of the Century Distributors family, the Mid-Atlantic Division of National Convenience Distributors, for 35 years. Now, after over three decades of dedicated partnership, Stamos, Century’s current Director of Merchandising and Food Service, will ascend to Director of Sales and Merchandising.
We’ve got all the deals on summer’s hottest items!
National Convenience Distributors (“NCD”), the 4th largest wholesale distributor to the convenience industry, today announced the acquisition of Colonial Wholesale Distributing, Inc., one of the Southeast region’s largest full-line wholesale distributors to the convenience and grocery store industries. Financial terms were not disclosed.
After nearly 21 years as a regional sales manager at National Convenience Distributor’s Tri-State Division – Harold Levinson Associates – Fred Maia has announced his retirement, leaving a lasting impact upon the organization.
National Convenience Distributors’ executive vice president of government affairs, Kyle Feldman, was awarded for Excellence in Regulatory Engagement at an R.J. Reynold’s business session in North Carolina earlier this month.
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!
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.
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.
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.
Our April deals have been extended to May 6, so don’t miss out on these functional snack savings!
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.
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.
Last week, the NCD team traveled to Las Vegas, Nevada to attend Total Products Expo at the Las Vegas Convention Center.
This past Thursday, Team NCD attended the United States Naval Academy’s Midnight Madness in Annapolis, Maryland.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.