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Convenience Distribution Magazine Issue 1, 2023 - 2023 Industry Outlook Issue

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The 2023 Industry Outlook issue of Convenience Distribution ® magazine is online!

This issue features CDA’s Industry Outlook, which details the results of our annual survey with members’ predictions for the year ahead. In addition to profiles on CDA’s 2023 chair Corey Cooper, Stephenson Wholesale Co., Inc., and Hall of Fame honorees Mike Auger, former president of RAI Trade Marketing Services-Reynolds American, Inc., and Charlie Casper, former president of Hardec’s, you’ll find in-depth reports on the tobacco segment; seasonal and novelty candy; grab-and-go; navigating the supply chain; and the upsides of warehouse verticality. These are all timely and relevant topics for the industry.

For online viewing, visit Convenience Distribution ® magazine and log in*.

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Register Today for Marketplace 2023! On-Site Registration Will Not Be Available

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  • Connect with top suppliers, sample the best products in foodservice and enter to win prizes during the one-day trade show.
    • Prize drawings occur throughout the day with the Grand Prize drawing (sponsored by Galactic Performance Solutions) at the end of the show!
  • Learn from industry experts in focused education sessions
  • Network at receptions and celebrate award recipients at the Awards Dinner & Afterglow

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Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack Holds Farm Bill Meeting

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Tom Vilsack convened with senior Agriculture Department officials last week for a strategy session to discuss the future of agriculture and major farm bill messaging goals. He reportedly said the USDA needs to raise awareness about its work aiding rural communities and should convey that the farm bill can help “the many,” rather than the few, in order to build strong bipartisan support. Read more here.


CDA Welcomes New Member: Capital Sales Company

Capital Sales Company is a full-line distributor of all national brand candy, dry grocery, beef jerky/meat snacks, tobacco, smoke accessories, restaurant supplies, household products, general merchandise, health & beauty care, automotive supplies and beverages. It is the exclusive distributor for Breeze Smoke & Addall XR! The company has over 600,000 square feet of combined warehouse space to serve you. It serves retailers in Michigan and Northwest Ohio, as well as the wholesale trade in over 35 states.

AddverbLogo Contact information for Capital Sales Company:

Sam Haddad
info@capitalcsc.com
Capital Sales Company
1471 E 9 Mile Road
Hazel Park, MI 48030
(248) 542-4400
www.capitalcsc.com


CDA Welcomes New Member: Kaival Marketing Services

Kaival Marketing Services (KMS) supports the sale of the BIDI® Stick electronic nicotine delivery system (ENDS) device, a premium vape product that comes in 11 flavor varieties. The BIDI® Stick, Bidi Vapor’s premiere device, is made with medical-grade components, a UL-certified battery and technology designed to deliver a consistent vaping experience for adult smokers 21 and over. After a favorable court ruling, Bidi Vapor, LLC, is one of the few remaining vape companies that can legitimately sell flavored products, subject to U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) enforcement discretion, and supports stringent, age-verification policies at retail. Kaival Brands Innovations Group is the exclusive U.S. distributor of products from Bidi Vapor. KMS supports the efforts of Kaival Brands.

AddverbLogo Contact information for Kaival Marketing Services:

Todd Wheeler
Todd.Wheeler@kaivalmarketingservices.com
Kaival Marketing Services
115 9th Avenue S, Unit 502
Jacksonville Beach, FL 32250
(904) 265-5476
https://wholesale.bidivapor.com


UniPro Foodservice Acquires ProMark Group, Inc.

UniPro Foodservice announced it has acquired ProMark Group, Inc. and its brand. This reengineered and exclusive brand solution offers further benefits exclusively to the UniPro membership and complements the company's overall growth strategy. For more details, read the official release.

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Conagra Brands Unveils New Seasonal Offerings

Conagra Brands, Inc. is debuting a tasty collection of sweet treats, breakfast mixes and flavored seeds across top brands such as Snack Pack, Duncan Hines, Mrs. Butterworth's and DAVID Seeds. For more details, read the official release.

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Upcoming CDA Webinar: "2022 C-Metrics Category Spotlight: Year in Review"

IncentiveProgramCard Presenters: Tom Baldwin and Mike Farrah,
Management Science Associates (MSA)

Wednesday, February 1, 2023 | 1:00-2:00 PM ET | Register Now

Join CDA for this popular webinar, which offers a convenience channel performance review for warehouse delivered products, presented by Management Science Associates’ (MSA) Tom Baldwin, distributor liaison, and Mike Farrah, client relationship director. Key categories are reviewed such as cigarettes, OTP, candy and snacks, providing insights into performance at a national and regional level.


CDA's Day on the Hill is Back In-Person

CDM23videoAfter hosting virtual meetings the past two years, our annual advocacy program is back in person in Washington, D.C. on May 9-10.

Distributors will participate in policy briefings, hear from knowledgeable speakers, enjoy networking and have interactive meetings with Members of Congress who represent their businesses. CDA provides training, materials and support to make the most of distributors' meetings. View the video to the right for a recap of last year's virtual event.

Please visit the CDA website for the tentative schedule and to register. Participation is limited, so register now to secure your spot.


House Members Introduce Cannabis, ATF Bills

Republican House Members have begun to introduce cannabis-related legislation, signaling this will be a topic of interest in the 118th Congress. Last week, Congressman Alex Mooney (R-WV) introduced H.R.363, a bill that would protect gun rights for registered medical cannabis users. Congressman Greg Steube (R-FL) also reintroduced H.R.394, which would provide safe harbor to veterans who use cannabis in states where it is legally permitted.

Last week, Congressman Matt Gaetz (R-FL) introduced H.R.374, a bill that would abolish the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms (ATF). This legislative effort gives a glimpse into how some Republicans are thinking about federal regulatory oversight of businesses.


Timeline for Debt Limit Showdown Accelerates

Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen informed congressional leaders last week that the Treasury Department is beginning to use extraordinary measures to avoid defaulting on obligations after the U.S. officially hit its debt limit on Thursday. The letters from Secretary Yellen came sooner than many had expected and created a sense of urgency and anxiety on the Hill over the upcoming showdown to increase the limit.

House Republicans want to leverage must-pass legislation to raise the nation’s borrowing authority to extract significant federal spending cuts. However, the Biden Administration and congressional Democrats are resistant to participate in negotiations around potential cuts and view targeting popular social programs as a non-starter. The Treasury Department warned that extraordinary measures to cover the debt will be exhausted by June so if Congress fails to raise the debt limit by then, the economy could face unprecedented debt default. President Biden is scheduled to deliver the annual State of the Union address on Feb. 7 and will likely be discussing the debt ceiling in his speech. Read more here.


Congress in Recess This Week, GOP Committee Assignments Announced

The House and Senate are both in recess this week following the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday. Despite being out of session, the House Steering Committee met this week to finalize committee assignments for members of the Republican Conference. Read more here.


University of Innovative Distribution (UID) Registration

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CDA is a sponsor of the University of Innovative Distribution (UID) supported by Purdue University. Offered annually in March, UID is a powerful, multiday concentrated educational program focused on the unique needs of the wholesale distribution industry.

The UID experience is designed to enhance and fortify your knowledge, skills, and abilities to support immediate application into your work environment.

Click here for more information. Click here to register.


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Distributors

  • CDM23video Register for one low fee ($250 for CDA members) and bring as many company personnel as desired. Don’t forget to include your foodservice team!
  • Connect with top suppliers, sample the best products in foodservice and enter to win prizes during the one-day trade show.
    • Prize drawings occur throughout the day with the Grand Prize drawing (sponsored by Galactic Performance Solutions) at the end of the show!
  • Learn from industry experts in focused education sessions
  • Network at receptions and celebrate award recipients at the Awards Dinner & Afterglow

Please note: on-site registration will not be available.

Suppliers

Exhibit booths for Marketplace 2023 are sold out.
Interested in exhibiting at Marketplace 2024? Contact Jenn Finn to be notified when 2024 show details are available.

Please reach out to Jenn Finn at (703) 208-1649 or jennf@cdaweb.net with any questions.

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Expert Panel Issues Report on FDA Tobacco Regulatory Operations

On July 19, 2022, U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Commissioner Robert Califf issued a public statement directing the Reagan-Udall Foundation to engage an independent expert panel to evaluate the operational aspects of the FDA’s tobacco regulatory program. In the statement, Commissioner Califf stated that “the agency has confronted a series of challenges that have tested our regulatory frameworks and stressed the agency’s operations, prompting me to take a closer look at how we do business.” The expert panel selected by the Reagan-Udall Foundation was comprised of former FDA leaders and regulatory strategist as well as process improvement specialists.

The expert panel did not review the actual tobacco-related policies put forth by the FDA’s Center for Tobacco Products (CTP), but rather carried out an evaluation process that focused on how the agency operates regarding the proposal and adoption of regulations and guidance, product application review, compliance and enforcement, and communication with the public and other stakeholders.

In December of 2022, the expert panel issued its report titled “Operational Evaluation of Certain Components of FDA’s Tobacco Program.” Click here for more information on the report.


House Passes Bill to Rescind IRS Funding Despite Biden Veto Threat

In the first vote on legislation with Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) in charge, the House voted along party lines last week to rescind most of the $80 billion provided by the Inflation Reduction Act to bolster the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). The bill was largely a messaging bill as it is considered dead-on-arrival in the Democratic-controlled Senate and even more so since President Biden declared he would veto it if it ever reached his desk. Nevertheless, the issue could become a bargaining chip in the upcoming debates over raising the debt ceiling and the funding of the federal government. Read more here.


CDA Welcomes New Member: Velociti Alliance North America, Inc.

Velociti Alliance North America, Inc. is a leading supplier of order fulfillment and supply chain software solutions, and is the designer of award-winning automated warehouse systems.

AddverbLogo Contact information for Velociti Alliance North America, Inc.:

David S. Driskill
david.s.driskill@velocitialliance.com
Velociti Alliance North America, Inc.
PO Box 5455
Greenville, SC 29606
(864) 616-6457
www.velocitialliance.com


CDR Software Acquired by FOG Software Group

FOG Software Group, a division of Vela Software, has announced it has acquired Covington, LA-based CDR Software. Following the acquisition, CDR will operate as an independent division of FOG Software Group within its supply chain and logistics portfolio. Former owners, Jebb Maginnis and Harland Williams, will continue with the company to develop, enhance, service and support CDR’s suite of robust software solutions. For more details, read the official release.

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S. Abraham & Sons Announces 2023 Trade Show

S. Abraham & Sons, Inc. (SAS), a subsidiary of Imperial Trading, is set to host its 37th Annual Vendor Exhibit & Trade Show. The show, which is themed “Sail into Higher Profits, Steering You into 2023 and Beyond”, will be held Feb. 23-24, 2023 at DeVos Place in Grand Rapids, MI. Additionally, retailers will have a six-week buying opportunity from Jan. 23 - March 5 to place orders on The Marketing Arm Trade Show portal. For more details, read the official release.

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UniPro Foodservice Announces 2023 Conference Schedule

UniPro Foodservice has announced its scheduled conferences for 2023. A key component of UniPro’s mission is to provide opportunities for its members and suppliers to drive sales and increase profits. Each conference is uniquely designed to meet the needs of its attendees. For more details, read the official release.

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New Valentine's Day and Easter Treats from Hershey

The Hershey Co. has announced it is bringing back some of its most beloved seasonal favorites and introducing a bevy of new treats to help you celebrate Easter and Valentine's Day this year. For more details and a list of new products, read the official release.

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After 15 Attempts, Rep. McCarthy Finally Gets Speakers Gavel; House Adopts Rules Package

Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) became the 55th Speaker of the House early Saturday morning, ending a historic four-day, 15-ballot standoff. The final vote was 216 for McCarthy, 212 for House Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY) and six present votes. With the present votes, he needed 215 votes to win. In his first speech as Speaker to the new 118th Congress, McCarthy said, “I hope one thing is clear after this week. I never give up."

The House voted 220-213 on Monday to adopt a rules package that will govern how the chamber operates for the next two years. The rules package includes several changes that were agreed to during negotiations to secure support for McCarthy’s election as speaker. That includes a provision that would allow a single member of the House majority to force a vote on deposing the speaker. Other new provisions would eliminate proxy voting and remote committee proceedings spurred by the pandemic, adopt budget procedures aimed at restricting mandatory spending increases and repeal collective bargaining rules adopted last year. Rep. Tony Gonzales (R-TX), who said he objected to conservative threats to cut defense spending, was the sole GOP vote against the rules package. Read more here.


Register Now for Marketplace 2023! On-Site Registration Will Not be Available

Distributors

  • CDM23video Register for one low fee ($250 for CDA members) and bring as many company personnel as desired. Don’t forget to include your foodservice team!
  • Connect with top suppliers, sample the best products in foodservice and enter to win prizes during the one-day trade show.
    • Prize drawings occur throughout the day with the Grand Prize drawing (sponsored by Galactic Performance Solutions) at the end of the show!
  • Learn from industry experts in focused education sessions
  • Network at receptions and celebrate award recipients at the Awards Dinner & Afterglow

Suppliers

Exhibit booths for Marketplace 2023 are sold out.
Interested in exhibiting at Marketplace 2024? Contact Jenn Finn to be notified when 2024 show details are available.

Please reach out to Jenn Finn at (703) 208-1649 or jennf@cdaweb.net with any questions.

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Rep. Jason Smith Elected House Ways and Means Chairman

On Monday, Rep. Jason Smith (R-MO) won a three-way race to serve as Chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee for the 118th Congress. The GOP steering committee chose Smith over Reps. Vern Buchanan (R-FL), who had once been considered the leading contender, and Adrian Smith (R-NE). For more information on the leadership of House Committees, see here. House subcommittee chairmanships and committee assignments are expected to be finalized in the coming days.


FDA Releases Ads on Mental Health Effects of Cigarette Smoking Among Youth

This week, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) “The Real Cost” Youth Cigarette Prevention Campaign launched two new ads and, for the first time, will focus on the negative mental health effects of cigarette smoking and withdrawal in an ad. One ad – “Auctioneer” – highlights the fact that cigarette withdrawal can lead to anxiety, and the other ad - “Said Every Smoker Ever” – highlights the fact that three out of four teens who smoke will continue to smoke into adulthood. These new ads aim to increase awareness that cigarette smoking can worsen the ongoing mental health crisis among teens. Read more here.


CDA Welcomes New Member: Addverb

Addverb provides smart end-to-end warehouse and industrial automation and intralogistics solutions. Addverb's fleet of automated robots, material handling technologies and software solutions, comprising an extensive portfolio of fixed and flexible automation solutions, help improve the performance and accuracy of warehouse and factory operations.

Addverb's mission is to discover a customer's warehousing problem, design an appropriate customized automation solution to the identified problem, deliver the solution and provide dedicated after-sales support.

Addverb's headquarters, manufacturing and R&D facilities are in India, with global offices in Australia, Singapore, the Netherlands, the U.S., Germany and the UAE. Addverb's current 100+ customers include Reliance, Unilever, Flipkart, Coca-Cola, Pepsico, Johnson & Johnson and PAR Pharmaceutical.

Your contact information for Addverb is as follows:

AddverbLogo Steve Hobbs
Steve.Hobbs@addverb.com
Addverb
5 Park Place, Suite 250
Irvine, CA 92614
+1 (949) 491 9956
www.addverb.com


CBD/Cannabis News

Four States Eye Cannabis Measures as Congress Stalls (Market Watch)

Legal Recreational Marijuana Sales Starting in Connecticut (AP)

Illinois changes rules for social equity adult-use marijuana license applicants (MJ Biz Daily)

Maine’s Adult-Use Cannabis Sales Nearly Doubled in 2022 (Central Maine)

Massachusetts Unveils Board that Will Guide Funding for Marijuana Equity Applicants (The Boston Globe)

Minnesota Democrats Pledge Recreational Marijuana will Become Legal in 2023 (CBS Minnesota)

Missouri Bill Would Ban Release of Medical Marijuana Registry Information to Fed
(Tenth Amendment Center)

Marijuana And Weapons In Tennessee, Illicit Weed Market In Virginia: What Regulators Intend To Do (Benzinga)

Washington Lawmakers Consider Drug Possession Penalties in New Session (Marijuana Moment)

Wisconsin Inches Toward Medical Marijuana Legalization as GOP Leaders Signal Support
(Wisconsin Public Radio)


CDA Welcomes New Member: smoodi

smoodi is the first automatic, self-serving and healthy smoothie store in a box. smoodi enables convenience stores and other retailers to offer 100% natural smoothies at an affordable price, which requires zero labor or maintenance.

Your contact information for smoodi is as follows:

smoodieLogo Adam Sandler
adam@getsmoodi.com
smoodi
125 Western Avenue
Allston, MA 02163
(603) 396-7828
getsmoodi.com


Great Lakes Foods Acquired by SpartanNash

SpartanNash announced it has acquired Great Lakes Foods, an independent grocery wholesaler, including its 300,000-square-foot distribution center in Menominee, MI. The warehouse serves approximately 100 independent grocery customers across the midwest and employs 125 associates. For more details, read the official release.

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The J.M. Smucker Co. Announces C-Suite Addition

The J.M. Smucker Co. announced that Rebecca Scheidler will assume the role of senior vice president & general manager, consumer foods. Scheidler, who previously served as vice president, customer and category business and vice president, marketing, consumer foods, brings more than two decades of CPG leadership to the role. For more details, read the official release.

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Hershey Recognized as One of U.S. Most Just Companies

The Hershey Co. announced its inclusion on the annual ranking of America's Most JUST Companies by JUST Capital and media partner CNBC. The customer stakeholder group ranked Hershey as number one in the Food, Beverage and Tobacco industry, and 2023 marks the company's fourth consecutive year on the list. For more details, read the official release.

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McCarthy Fails to Gain Enough Votes to Win Speaker of the House

For the first time in a century, the House has failed to elect a speaker on the first ballot. This leaves the House without leadership, operating rules, committee assignments and Members unable to take the oath of office. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA), who served as Minority Leader in the last Congress, came up short on six separate votes over the course of Tuesday and Wednesday. House Republicans only have a 222-213 majority, meaning McCarthy can only lose four votes. The House will keep voting until a candidate gets 218 votes. The path forward is unclear, but McCarthy could become Speaker of the House with less than the threshold if some members vote ‘present’ or are absent. McCarthy and his allies have been negotiating ahead of the next session of the House, set to convene at noon on Thursday, for a third day of attempts to elect a Speaker. Read more here.


Omnibus Spending Bill Signed Into Law

On Dec. 23, President Joe Biden signed the nearly $1.7 trillion fiscal year 2023 omnibus spending package into law. The House voted 225-201 to pass the bill Friday afternoon after the Senate advanced the measure by a bipartisan vote of 68-29 on Thursday, Dec. 22. The SAFE Banking Act ultimately failed to make it into the omnibus and was not able to catch a ride on the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). The bill would provide protections for banks working with cannabis businesses. Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) made clear recently that he is not in favor of the bill. Read more on what was included in the omnibus here.


Efforts in Congress to Amend the Farm Bill to Address Hemp Regulatory Issues

A report issued by the Congressional Research Service (CRS) said that while hemp was federally legalized through the most recent 2018 Farm Bill, “Congress may consider further amendments as it starts to debate” the next iteration expected in 2023, including policy changes related to THC limits and laboratory testing. Read more here.


Non-Chocolate Consumer Insights

The non-chocolate candy category, which is expected to reach $20 billion in U.S. sales by 2027, is a consumer favorite during prosperous, inflationary and pandemic times. Accounting for about 32% of all confectionery sales in the U.S., non-chocolate candy has experienced very strong sales pre- and post-pandemic with a wide and growing fanbase. For more details, read this Convenience Store News article.

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SpartanNash Gives $400k to Food Pantries Across the Country

SpartanNash recently raised $313,000 on behalf of the SpartanNash Foundation through in-store fundraising efforts. The SpartanNash Foundation pledged additional funding to make a total donation of $400,000 to 126 food pantries across the country to help fight food insecurity. For more details, read the official release.

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FDA Officials Look at Regulating CBD in Foods and Supplements

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has signaled that the agency may make recommendations for how to regulate the growing number of food and supplements containing CBD in the coming months.

In an interview with the Wall Street Journal, Norman Birenbaum, an FDA senior public health advisor, said, "I don't think that we can have the perfect be the enemy of the good when we're looking at such a vast market that is so available and utilized. You've got a widely unregulated market." FDA Principal Deputy Commissioner Janet Woodcock said, "Given what we know about the safety of CBD so far, it raises concerns for FDA about whether these existing regulatory pathways for food and dietary supplements are appropriate for this substance."

Congress legalized hemp in the 2018 Farm Bill and tasked FDA with regulating products made with hemp-derived CBD. Since then, manufacturers, distributors and retailers have operated without specific federal rules guiding their manufacture or marketing, while some states have moved forward with their own sets of rules. In the meantime, the agency is focusing enforcement efforts on products that pose an immediate public health risk. Read more here.


Register for Marketplace Now!

Distributors

  • CDM23video Register for one low fee ($250 for CDA members) and bring as many company personnel as desired. Don’t forget to include your foodservice team!
  • Connect with top suppliers, sample the best products in foodservice and enter to win prizes during the one-day trade show.
    • Prize drawings occur throughout the day with the Grand Prize drawing (sponsored by Galactic Performance Solutions) at the end of the show!
  • Learn from industry experts in focused education sessions
  • Network at receptions and celebrate award recipients at the Awards Dinner & Afterglow

Suppliers

One exhibit space remains!
Reserve your exhibit space online or via the exhibit space reservation form.
Exhibit space contract must be received by January 6 (first come, first served).

Please reach out to Jenn Finn at (703) 208-1649 or jennf@cdaweb.net with any questions.

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Mars Acquires Whole-Fruit Snacking Brand

Mars, Inc., has announced it has signed an agreement to acquire Trü Frü, a high-growth, better-for-you, whole-fruit snacking brand. Trü Frü will operate as a separate business within Mars to maintain its entrepreneurial spirit and the authenticity of its brand and culture. For more details, read the official release.

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Candy Sales Head for Record Year

The candy category in 2022 continues to track double digits ahead of 2021 with growth being seen in the chocolate, non-chocolate and gum/mints sectors. According to Information Resources, Inc. (IRI), sales increased 10.8 percent over the 52 weeks ending Dec. 4, 2022. However, the impact of inflation on the dollar performance is seen when switching to unit sales, which are now tracking behind in all subcategories. For more details, read the Candy & Snack Today article.

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Mondel─ôz to Sell Developed Market Gum Business to Perfetti Van Melle

Mondel─ôz International has announced it has entered into definitive agreements to sell its developed-market gum business in the U.S., Canada and Europe to Perfetti Van Melle Group for a headline purchase price of $1.350 billion. The sale includes manufacturing facilities in Rockford, IL and Skarbimierz, Poland, and the gum brands Trident, Dentyne, Stimorol, Hollywood, V6, Chiclets, Bubbaloo and Bubblicious in the U.S., Canada and Europe, as well as the European candy brands Cachou Lajaunie, Negro and La Vosgienne. For more details, read the official release.

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Grocery Supply Company Announces Management Changes

After a 44-year career at Grocery Supply Company (GSC), Michael J. Bain, president/CEO, who rose through the ranks serving GSC in various operations roles in multiple locations across the company, will retire from the company effective Dec. 31, 2022. GSC also announced that Robert Cody, corporate controller, has been promoted to vice president of purchasing; and that John Prickette will assume the role of GSC’s senior vice president of sales and marketing and will continue to lead and support sales, purchasing and customer care. For more details, read the official release.

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Officials Warn SNAP Beneficiaries of Scammers Targeting Accounts

State officials are on alert for scammers targeting Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) participants using methods such as skimming and text messaging. Skimming steals SNAP recipients’ electronic benefit transfer (EBT) payment information from a card reader that’s been corrupted. Scammers also target people with fake texts convincing them to send over their pin number.

The omnibus spending bill that was released this week has language addressing SNAP EBT skimming. Senate Agriculture Committee Chair Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) issued a press release this week, stating, “States are seeing alarming increases in cases of SNAP EBT being stolen from households through no fault of their own. These households are victims of skimming, where thieves use electronic devices to steal a household’s EBT. This legislation gives USDA and states the authority to reissue nutrition EBT to victims of this fraud and to increase security measures to protect families from losing their SNAP EBT due to fraud technology. This will also help to gather more data on these types and occurrences of SNAP fraud so that the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry can further investigate and respond to this issue in the 2023 Farm Bill.” Read more here.


Reagan-Udall Foundation Releases Operational Evaluation of FDA's Tobacco Program

U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Commissioner Robert Califf commissioned the Reagan-Udall Foundation to study the agency’s Human Foods Program as well as an external evaluation of its Tobacco Program. The panel was asked to assess the Tobacco Program’s regulatory processes and agency operations relating to regulations and guidance, application review, compliance and enforcement and communication with the public and other stakeholders. The food program report was released Dec. 9 and the panel issued its report on the Operational Evaluation of Certain Components of FDA's Tobacco Program on Dec. 19.

The report describes the FDA’s tobacco program as “reactive and overwhelmed” in its effort to oversee both traditional tobacco products and a sprawling market of largely unauthorized e-cigarettes. The group calls for the creation of a task force including the FDA and other government departments to help crack down on unauthorized e-cigarettes and other products that have become popular with teenagers. Read the report here.


Brent Cotten Receives Convenience Store News Hall of Fame Award

The 36th annual Convenience Store News Hall of Fame awards gala was held recently in Charlotte, NC, where Brent Cotten, The Hershey Co., was honored as the supplier inductee. The award recognizes individuals for lifetime achievement in advancing the convenience store industry and winners are selected by a panel of c-store industry executives that includes past retailer and supplier Hall of Fame inductees. Click here for more information and to view photos of the event.

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Register Today for the Convenience Distribution Marketplace!

Distributors

  • CDM23video Register for one low fee ($250 for CDA members) and bring as many company personnel as desired. Don’t forget to include your foodservice team!
  • Connect with top suppliers, sample the best products in foodservice and enter to win prizes during the one-day trade show.
    • Prize drawings occur throughout the day with the Grand Prize drawing (sponsored by Galactic Performance Solutions) at the end of the show!
  • Learn from industry experts in focused education sessions
  • Network at receptions and celebrate award recipients at the Awards Dinner & Afterglow

Suppliers

Less than 10 exhibit spaces remain!
Reserve your exhibit space online or via the exhibit space reservation form.
Exhibit space contracts must be received by December 30 (first come, first served).

Please reach out to Jenn Finn at (703) 208-1649 or jennf@cdaweb.net with any questions.

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Schedule | Education | Hotel and Travel

By attending Marketplace 2023 you agree to the Covid Notice and Disclaimer.