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The registration deadline for CDA’s Convenience Distribution Business Exchange (CDBX) is one month away. Exclusively for CDA member companies, CDBX will be held in Chicago, IL, Sept. 20-23. CDBX is the most productive meeting CDA members attend each year. In just 2 1/2 days, CDA member distributors may have up to 30 TOP-TO-TOP meetings with key trading partners all in one great venue plus plenty of networking time with all in attendance during meals and receptions. The registration and payment deadline is May 7.

Distributor members can view the distributor brochure for more details and then register online or via the distributor registration form. For member suppliers/manufacturers, CDBX is invitation only and participation in Convenience Distribution Marketplace is required. Please reach out to Angie Simonetti at angies@cdaweb.net with any questions.

For all the CDBX details, including the schedule, hotel booking, registering and more, visit the CDBX 2021 site.

CDA is committed to the health and well-being of Convenience Distribution Business Exchange (CDBX) attendees. We understand the uncertainty surrounding travel and event attendance in these unprecedented times, and continuously monitor guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, local, state and national officials and the host hotel. We will remain in contact with CDBX attendees with event updates or any deviations from what you have come to expect at CDBX.


Zatina to Retire from McLane Company

Tom Zatina, McLane Co.'s executive vice president and chief strategy officer and president of McLane Food Service, retired April 2. Zatina joined McLane Co. in January 2006 after more than 20 years of experience in the foodservice industry. During his time at the company, he was responsible for launching the company’s office of strategy, developing a culture towards increased focus on customer service and leading the acquisition and integration of Rocky Mount NC-based Meadowbrook Meat Company. For more details, read the official release.


Conagra Brands Announces New Chief Strategy Officer and President, Foodservice & International

Conagra Brands, Inc. has announced the appointment of Chaly Jo Moyen as chief strategy officer and president, foodservice & international, effective April 12. In this newly-created position, Moyen will play a central role creating, executing and sustaining the company's strategic initiatives. In addition, she will be responsible for Conagra's international business segment, bringing the company's brands to consumers outside of the U.S., as well as its foodservice division to distribute its products to restaurants, retailers, commercial customers and other foodservice suppliers. For more details, read the official release.


UniPro Hosts Virtual Spring Conference

UniPro Foodservice held its Spring Virtual Conference March 22-25, 2021, where the event hosted 250 Member companies and over 650 Supplier representatives from 145 companies. In total, 7,000+ appointments were booked over four days. “We have been very pleased with the success of our virtual conferences," said Bob Stewart, CEO. "Many of our members and suppliers have been able to include more personnel in their appointments to create meaningful dialogue and drive sales as we move toward bringing the industry back from the pandemic.” For more details, read the official release.


Senate Parliamentarian Rules on Reconciliation

The Senate Parliamentarian Elizabeth MacDonough issued an opinion on Monday that the budget resolution passed in February could be reopened to include at least one more round of reconciliation, which allows for measures governing taxes and spending to be protected from filibusters. This sets the stage for President Biden's infrastructure agenda to pass in two packages with simple-majority votes. The parliamentarian is an expert on the procedures of the Senate, and determines whether certain actions are permitted under Senate rules. Read more here.


Treasury Releases Made in America Tax Plan Report

The Department of the Treasury released the Made in America Tax Plan Report to provide additional depth into President Biden’s American Jobs Plan announced last week. This report describes Biden’s tax plan, the goal of which is “to make American companies and workers more competitive by eliminating incentives to offshore investment, substantially reducing profit shifting, countering tax competition on corporate rates, and providing tax preferences for clean energy production.”


Spread the Word! Four $5000 Scholarships Offered Through the DEF

The CDA Distributors Education Foundation (DEF) is awarding four $5,000 scholarships to applicants from distributor member companies in honor of Ray Foley, the late National Candy Wholesalers Association executive vice president. Help us spread the word by sharing this scholarship information with your colleagues and family! Member employees and their immediate family members who are attending an accredited college or university in 2021-22 are eligible. Applications will be accepted through May 14. Click here to learn more about the Ray Foley Memorial Scholarship Program, view the application, and download a printable flyer to post in your facility.


KOOL-AID Brand Cotton Candy Unveiled by Hilco

Hilco has joined with Kraft Heinz to create KOOL-AID ® brand Cotton Candy tubs and peg bags. Each tub comes with a combination of two flavors, KOOL-AID ® Tropical Punch and Cherry, and the peg bag is available in Tropical Punch flavor. For more details, read the fact sheet.


Distributors: Commit to Improving Your Business by Participating in the HIPA Survey

Make plans now to get the most comprehensive financial benchmarking report in the convenience distribution industry, the Hershey Industry Performance Analysis (HIPA) Report. The 2021 report, available only to those who participate in the survey, will help you understand where your company stands now and clarify the actions needed to improve profits.

Distributor members, download the survey now and consider forwarding it along to the person best suited in your company to complete. Survey responses need to be received by April 30 in order to receive the report. Participating in the HIPA Report survey process is relatively quick and easy - for almost every company it takes less than two hours to complete. Need more reasons why you should take part this year? Check out this video, which describes the HIPA Report and why fellow distributor members find it a valuable tool for their business.

“The CDA HIPA report is a key strategic tool that we use to analyze and benchmark how we are doing as a company," said Chad Owen, president, Chambers & Owen, Inc. "It provides valuable information in a much more efficient manner than if we were to try and capture this data ourselves.”

Thanks to The Hershey Company's support, the detailed benchmarking information in the HIPA Report is free of charge for distributor members that participate. Click here to learn more.


Distributors: Take the HIPA Survey Now

The annual Hershey Industry Performance Analysis (HIPA) Survey has launched! The Hershey Company and CDA continue to deliver the most comprehensive financial benchmarking report in the convenience distribution industry. The report, available only to those who participate in the survey, will help you understand where your company stands now and clarify the actions needed to improve your profits. CDA distributor members, download the survey now and consider forwarding it along to the person best suited in your company to complete. Participating in the HIPA Report survey process is relatively quick and easy - for almost every company it takes less than two hours to complete. Need more reasons why you should participate this year? Check out the video to the right.

Thanks to The Hershey Company's support, the detailed benchmarking information in the HIPA Report is free of charge for CDA distributor members that participate. Click here to learn more about the HIPA Report. Be sure to complete the survey by April 30 to receive the final report.


New Twizzlers Twists Mystery Flavor

The TWIZZLERS brand is bringing some fun and flavor by launching the first-ever TWIZZLERS Twists Mystery Flavor. The limited-edition flavor will be available nationwide beginning this spring for $2.39, and the mystery flavor will be revealed this summer. For more details, read the official release.


Webinars

Live and on-demand webinars are available, covering a variety of topics ranging from marketplace trends to tobacco, cannabis, leadership, employee retention, mentoring, finance and more. Don't miss the most recent upcoming and on-demand webinars, including:

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Please contact Kimberly Kissel with any issues viewing the recorded webinar.


Old Trapper Introduces Single-Serve Beef Sticks

Old Trapper is introducing single-serve, 1.75 ounce beef sticks as a line extension of the popular 15 ounce family size packs. Available in Original, Teriyaki, and Jalapeno Flavors, the beef sticks have 150 calories and 9 grams of protein. They are available nationwide with suggested retail pricing of $1.39-1.59. For more details, visit www.oldtrapper.com.


CDBX 2021 Registration Open


Registration is now open for CDA’s Convenience Distribution Business Exchange (CDBX). Exclusively for CDA member companies, CDBX will be held at the iconic Hilton Chicago in Chicago, IL, Sept. 20-23. CDBX is the most productive meeting CDA members attend each year. In just 2 1/2 days, CDA member distributors may have up to 30 TOP-TO-TOP meetings with key trading partners all in one great venue plus plenty of networking time with all in attendance during meals and receptions. The registration and payment deadline is May 7.

Distributor members can view the distributor brochure for more details and then register online or via the distributor registration form. For member suppliers/manufacturers, CDBX is invitation only and participation in Convenience Distribution Marketplace is required. Please reach out to Angie Simonetti at  angies@cdaweb.net with any questions.

For all the CDBX details, including the schedule, hotel booking, registering and more, visit the CDBX 2021 site.

CDA is committed to the health and well-being of Convenience Distribution Business Exchange (CDBX) attendees. We understand the uncertainty surrounding travel and event attendance in these unprecedented times, and continuously monitor guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, local, state and national officials and the host hotel. We will remain in contact with CDBX attendees with event updates or any deviations from what you have come to expect at CDBX.


Vape Sales Rise Despite Obstacles

Despite a challenging 2020, electronic smoking devices ended the year with dollar sales in convenience stores up by nearly 5%, thanks to a bump of more than 14% in unit sales. Read this Convenience Store Decisions story for more details.


Spread the Word! Distributors Education Foundation Offering Four $5000 Scholarships

Each year, the CDA Distributors Education Foundation awards four $5,000 scholarships to applicants from our distributor member companies in honor of Ray Foley, the late National Candy Wholesalers Association executive vice president. Member employees and their immediate family members are eligible. We encourage you to share this scholarship information with your colleagues. We will be accepting applications through May 14. Click here to learn more about the Ray Foley Memorial Scholarship and to view the application.


Non-Chocolate Peg Bags and Take-Home Packages Drive Confectionery Growth

From a macro level, convenience retailers battled supply issues, wholesale price increases, fewer in-store promotional campaigns and lack of innovation in the confection category in 2020. The saving grace for confections in 2020: formats such as non-chocolate peg bags and stand-up pouches. Read this CSP Daily News story for more details.


President Biden Releases Details of Jobs and Infrastructure Plan

Ahead of his speech in Pittsburgh, details of President Joe Biden’s “American Jobs Plan” were released yesterday morning. See here for detailed briefing materials from the White House on the economic recovery and infrastructure plan. Unlike the “American Rescue Plan,” where the House could use already drafted legislation (the HEROES Act), most of this bill will drafted from scratch. Speaker Pelosi told Democrats she wants to get the bill done by the 4th of July, just 6 weeks from now. The package is approximately $2.5 trillion over eight years, with new taxes, including a corporate tax hike to 28%, that cover the cost in 15 years. The White House is positioning this as temporary spending that’s being paid for by permanent tax increases. There is no chance of Republican support for the bill in Congress so it will almost certainly be considered through the reconciliation process, which only requires a simple majority to pass.


Convenience Store News 2021 Category Captains

Sixteen suppliers and distributors in 17 product categories were chosen as this year’s 2021 Convenience Store News Category Captains for their close partnerships with their c-store customers to create successful solutions for today's retail environment. For more details, visit the Convenience Store News website.


CDA Welcomes New Member: The Emerald Corp.

The Emerald Corp. is a GMP certified, OEM manufacturer and distributor of alternative health products based in Long Island, NY. It is an all-inclusive source for branded and white label products across many verticals in the holistic health industry. The company's wide range of products and services cater to the convenience store and grocery market, and its brands were designed and priced to accommodate consumers in a fast-paced retail setting. The company's attractive point of sale, specialty formulas and lifestyle marketing approach drive the demand for its innovative products.

Your contact information for The Emerald Corp. is as follows:

Michael Garcia
info@theemeraldcorp.com
The Emerald Corp.
48 Mall Drive
Commack, NY 11725
(631) 574-0824
www.theemeraldcorp.com


Biden to Release Skinny Budget Next Week

The Biden administration has announced plans to unveil their initial 2022 spending requests next week to help shape congressional negotiations. The plan will include Biden’s discretionary funding priorities, broken down by agency with some additional details within them, according to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). The full budget proposal will reportedly not be released until May. Read more here.


CDBX 2021 Registration Open


Registration is now open for CDA’s Convenience Distribution Business Exchange (CDBX). Exclusively for CDA member companies, CDBX will be held at the iconic Hilton Chicago in Chicago, IL, Sept. 20-23. CDBX is the most productive meeting CDA members attend each year. In just 2 1/2 days, CDA member distributors may have up to 30 TOP-TO-TOP meetings with key trading partners all in one great venue plus plenty of networking time with all in attendance during meals and receptions. The registration and payment deadline is May 7.

Distributor members can view the distributor brochure for more details and then register online or via the distributor registration form. For member suppliers/manufacturers, CDBX is invitation only and participation in Convenience Distribution Marketplace is required. Please reach out to Angie Simonetti at  angies@cdaweb.net with any questions.

For all the CDBX details, including the schedule, hotel booking, registering and more, visit the CDBX 2021 site.

CDA is committed to the health and well-being of Convenience Distribution Business Exchange (CDBX) attendees. We understand the uncertainty surrounding travel and event attendance in these unprecedented times, and continuously monitor guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, local, state and national officials and the host hotel. We will remain in contact with CDBX attendees with event updates or any deviations from what you have come to expect at CDBX.


Swisher Expands Partnership with E-Alternative Solutions

Swisher announced it has expanded its partnership with E-Alternative Solutions (EAS) to support the marketing, sales and distribution of EAS’s Leap ® and Leap Go ® vapor brands. Both companies will remain separate entities with EAS benefitting from the additional support and strength of Swisher’s sales and marketing organization. For more details, read the official release.


Kittycorn Mermaid Candy Fan from CandyRific

CandyRific is introducing the new Kittycorn Mermaid Candy Fan, a character that is part kitten, part mermaid and part unicorn. The Kittycorn Mermaid Fan is joining the popular Sweet Squad assortment, with the Unicorn, Llama and Mermaid. Each comes complete with 0.53 ounces of assorted fruit flavored dextrose candies (natural flavors and colors) and ships in six, 12-count displays per case. For more details, visit www.candyrific.com.


White House Prepares $3 Trillion Infrastructure Package

The White House is considering as much as $3 trillion worth of measures to include in a long-term economic program modeled after President Biden’s “Build Back Better” plan. The plan would be segmented into two separate parts: one focused on infrastructure and clean energy, and a second focused on what's being termed the "care economy" with a focus on key domestic economic issues. The package will likely be an opportunity for Democratic leadership to add in their legislative priorities, and Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) on Tuesday said that lawmakers are already discussing including legislation to lower prescription drug prices as part of this next major legislative package. The administration is leaning toward pursuing a bipartisan infrastructure bill first, then trying to pass larger pieces of the economic package again through the budget reconciliation process, which only requires a simple majority to pass in the Senate. Read more here.


2021 Ray Foley Memorial Scholarship Program

Each year, the CDA Distributors Education Foundation awards four $5,000 scholarships to applicants from our distributor member companies in honor of Ray Foley, the late National Candy Wholesalers Association executive vice president. Member employees and their immediate family members are eligible. We encourage you to share this scholarship information with your colleagues. We will be accepting applications through May 14. Click here to learn more about the Ray Foley Memorial Scholarship and to view the application.


HIPA Survey Now Open

The annual Hershey Industry Performance Analysis (HIPA) Survey has launched! The Hershey Company and CDA continue to deliver the most comprehensive financial benchmarking report in the convenience distribution industry. The report, available only to those who participate in the survey, will help you understand where your company stands now and clarify the actions needed to improve your profits. CDA distributor members, download the survey now and consider forwarding it along to the person best suited in your company to complete. Participating in the HIPA Report survey process is relatively quick and easy - for almost every company it takes less than two hours to complete. Need more reasons why you should participate this year? Check out the video to the right.

Thanks to The Hershey Company's support, the detailed benchmarking information in the HIPA Report is free of charge for CDA distributor members that participate. Click here to learn more about the HIPA Report.


ITR Economics Webinar Series: Managing in an Uncertain Economy

There is no crystal ball, but forecasting is the next best thing you can do to predict your company’s economic future! This interview-style presentation webinar series, geared to those in distribution, is designed to help your company plan during these extraordinary times. In this series, economist and forecasting expert Alex Chausovsky of ITR Economics and Ian Heller of Modern Distribution Management cover industry trends, business-to-business activity, trade, inflation, interest rates and more. To view the webinars, click the links below.

Webinar Series Details | March | February | January | December | November | October


Mars Wrigley to Develop Biodegradable Packaging

Mars Wrigley announced a two-year partnership with Danimer Scientific, a leading developer and manufacturer of biodegradable materials, to develop an innovative home compostable packaging for a more sustainable planet. The aim of this collaboration is new, biodegradable packaging for various Mars Wrigley brands, starting with smaller and single packs that are more likely to be littered and typically less likely to be recycled. For more details, read the official release.


ITR Economics Webinar Series: Managing in an Uncertain Economy

There is no crystal ball, but forecasting is the next best thing you can do to predict your company’s economic future! This monthly interview-style presentation webinar series, geared to those in distribution, is designed to help your company plan during these extraordinary times. During this six-month series, economist and forecasting expert Alex Chausovsky of ITR Economics and Ian Heller of Modern Distribution Management have been covering industry trends, business-to-business activity, trade, inflation, interest rates and more. The last webinar in this series takes place today, March 18 at 3:30 PM ET.

Webinar Series Details | March | February | January | December | November | October

You can contribute to this series! Do you have a question you would like to ask? Email Kimberly Kissel anytime throughout this series to add to this ongoing conversation.


BAT Enters Strategic R&D Collaboration with Organigram

BAT Group (BAT) announced the signing of a strategic collaboration agreement with Organigram Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of publicly-traded Organigram Holdings Inc., focused on research and product development activities of next generation adult cannabis products, with an initial focus on CBD. Through the collaboration, BAT will gain access to cutting-edge R&D technologies, product innovation and cannabis expertise. For more details, read the official release.


CDA Welcomes New Member: Absolute Nature CBD

Absolute Nature CBD's products are certified USDA Organic, eco-friendly and independently tested for every batch. The company takes pride in being the most open and transparent hemp company in the market. Absolute Nature is more than just a supplier, they are a partner to lean on within the industry, offering their expertise and knowledge.

Absolute Nature CBD will ship your order with a full panel Certificate of Analysis that is specific to item(s) ordered. They provide independent proof so your customers know they are making the right choice in purchasing from you.

The company also offers Private Label and White Label Services for you to take advantage of within your business. Build your own brand with confidence of providing compliant, safe and effective CBD, CBG and other health-based products. Absolute Nature CBD excels in offering solutions to complex problems in the hemp industry.

Your contact information for Absolute Nature CBD is as follows:

Dustin Jones
orders@absolutenaturecbd.com
Absolute Nature CBD
539 W. Commerce #786
Dallas, TX 75208
(469) 456-9743
https://absolutenaturecbd.com/


SpartanNash Announces Finance Team Transitions

SpartanNash announced the appointment of Jason Monaco as executive vice president and chief financial officer, effective March 22, 2021. Monaco will direct finance, mergers and acquisitions, treasury, internal audit, real estate and risk management. The company also announced the promotion of Todd Riksen to vice president, corporate controller, effective March 14, 2021. Riksen will oversee retail, distribution and corporate accounting and financial reporting, SEC reporting, tax compliance and tax planning, financial shared services, and will support the quarterly earnings reports, shareholder calls and required filings. For more details, read the official release.


Now Accepting Applications for the 2021 Ray Foley Memorial Scholarship Program

Each year, the CDA Distributors Education Foundation awards four $5,000 scholarships to applicants from our distributor member companies in honor of Ray Foley, the late National Candy Wholesalers Association executive vice president. Member employees and their immediate family members are eligible. We encourage you to share this scholarship information with your colleagues. We will be accepting applications through May 14. Click here to learn more about the Ray Foley Memorial Scholarship and to view the application.


SnackFutures Joins Upcycled Food Association

SnackFutures, the Mondel─ôz International, Inc. innovation and venture hub, announced it has joined the Upcycled Food Association (UFA), a non-profit organization dedicated to preventing food waste by growing the upcycled economy. For more details, read the official release.


HIPA Survey Now Open

The annual Hershey Industry Performance Analysis (HIPA) Survey has launched! The Hershey Company and CDA continue to deliver the most comprehensive financial benchmarking report in the convenience distribution industry. The report, available only to those who participate in the survey, will help you understand where your company stands now and clarify the actions needed to improve your profits. CDA distributor members, download the survey now and consider forwarding it along to the person best suited in your company to complete. Participating in the HIPA Report survey process is relatively quick and easy - for almost every company it takes less than two hours to complete. Need more reasons why you should participate this year? Check out the video to the right.

Thanks to The Hershey Company's support, the detailed benchmarking information in the HIPA Report is free of charge for CDA distributor members that participate. Click here to learn more about the HIPA Report.


House Republicans Vote to Reverse Ban on Earmarks

On Wednesday, House Republicans voted to reverse an internal caucus ban on congressionally directed spending, also known as earmarks, for upcoming spending and infrastructure bills. The GOP conference banned earmarks in 2011 when they took over the majority. The change could put pressure on Senate Republicans to follow suit, since both House Democrats and Republicans would be putting earmarks in legislation. Restoring earmarks would give Congress more power in directing the spending that it appropriates, and would reassert the legislative branch’s influence in Washington. Read more here.