McLane Co. Program Offers Branded Coffees, Teas

TEMPLE, Texas — By Chuck Ulie — Javaperks, a new foodservice-at-retail program from supply-chain services company McLane Co., offers customers a premium coffee and tea solution.

“We are pleased to deliver innovative solutions, service and access to resources that help our customers achieve sustained, profitable growth,” said Keith Ross, senior vice president of corporate merchandising at McLane. “Through Javaperks, retailers can offer their customers uniquely branded, high-quality and great-tasting coffees and teas for their stores.”

According to convenience-store industry data provided by S&D Coffee and Tea, hot dispensed beverages represent 14% of all foodservice sales, McLane Co. said. Of that 14%, drip coffee represents 78%, while cappuccinos, hot chocolate, hot tea and specialty beverages account for nearly 1%.

Through Javaperks, retailers can access products to rival any coffeehouse, such as coffee, cappuccinos, iced coffee and tea, McLane said. Retailers also can customize graphics for their coffee bar, countertop units and walls to highlight the Javaperks brand in the store and to provide a branded coffee bar service to retail patrons with minimal expense.

Temple, Texas-based McLane, which in February hosted it second National Hiring Day, provides grocery and foodservice solutions for convenience stores, mass merchants, drug stores and chain restaurants. Through McLane Grocery and McLane Foodservice, it operates more than 80 distribution centers and one of the nation’s largest private fleets. The company buys, sells and delivers more than 50,000 consumer products to nearly 110,000 locations across the United States. Additionally, McLane provides alcoholic beverage distribution through its subsidiary, Empire Distributors Inc. McLane is a wholly owned unit of Berkshire Hathaway Inc., Omaha.

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McLane Hosting Second Annual National Hiring Day

TEMPLE, Texas — By Greg Lindenberg — McLane Co. Inc. will host its second annual National Hiring Day on Feb. 25, with a goal of hiring more than 2,000 people for career opportunities as drivers or as warehouse teammates.

The supply chain services company has full- and part-time roles available for qualified applicants aged 18 and older for warehouse and 21 and older for drivers, including overnight and daytime jobs, it said.

“National Hiring Day allows job seekers to meet current hiring managers without an appointment, ask questions, discuss career goals, and apply for jobs. Some candidates might even receive immediate job offers,” said Paula Hubbard, McLane’s chief human resources officer. “This is a great opportunity for career-minded individuals who appreciate the value of affordable health care benefits, an industry-leading 401(k) retirement plan with employer match, paid holidays, vacation, tuition assistance and time-off based on years of service.”

Candidates can apply in person at any of McLane’s 71 distribution centers nationwide from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Feb. 25. No reservation or resume is required, but job seekers are encouraged to sign up and apply in advance by visiting http://joinmclane.com/national-hiring-day. Applicants will have the opportunity to meet hiring managers and receive on-the-spot offers, McLane said.

Temple, Texas-based McLane provides grocery and foodservice solutions for convenience stores, mass merchants, drug stores and chain restaurants. Through McLane Grocery and McLane Foodservice, it operates more than 80 distribution centers and one of the nation’s largest private fleets. The company buys, sells and delivers more than 50,000 consumer products to nearly 110,000 locations across the United States. Additionally, McLane provides alcoholic beverage distribution through its subsidiary, Empire Distributors Inc. McLane is a wholly owned unit of Berkshire Hathaway Inc., Omaha.

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McLane Company, Inc.

By CSD Staff — McLane is your supply chain advantage in action. Since 1894, McLane has made an unmatched investment in the profitability of our customers, whether they are single store operators, emerging multi-store operators, or large chains. With a powerful combination of retail supply chain and category experts, world-class infrastructure, nationwide buying power, and innovative technology services, we enable our customers to move beyond price-based competition and maximize their profitability.

Nationwide Buying Power- To effectively service nearly 110,000 retail locations, we work closely with thousands of manufacturers to offer the widest range of products to our customers. In fact, we are one of the largest worldwide purchasers of products in such key retail categories as tobacco, candy, and salty snacks. This kind of buying power means that we can assist you in getting the best manufacturer buying brackets possible.

Merchandising Solutions and Market Insights- A key advantage of working with McLane is the depth of our information resources and market insights. Our experienced category managers are ready to help with merchandising needs including inventory, pricing, category analysis, and product promotion. Solutions range from a 24×7 merchandising portal to an online (or mobile) virtual trade show, as well as center store profit-building programs, planogram services, and store resets. Our extensive data warehouse provides objective sales data and market insights to determine the best product mix scenarios and identify key selling opportunities.

Consumer Value Products (CVP)- McLane’s private label products subsidiary, CVP, offers a wide range of high quality, low cost products with over 240 SKUs in all major categories. CVP was created with our customers and the conscious consumer in mind who want great value for a reasonable price. Lower costs for consumers and higher margins for retailers are a true win-win opportunity.

Foodservice-at-Retail- McLane Kitchen is a solution developed for c-stores that want to take advantage of the growing foodservice-at-retail opportunity. It offers easy-to-implement turnkey solutions as well as comprehensive, custom solutions to generate optimum sales and profits for retailers. McLane Kitchen also encompasses the Fresh Produce+ program that provides fresh produce, cut fruit, snack trays, and produce racks to c-stores, regardless of location.

Technology Solutions- McLane’s technology solutions are designed to help customers buy better, sell smarter, and profit more. Grocery retailers have the never-ending challenge of dealing with thousands of SKUs, dozens of technology applications and various front and back office systems. Fortunately, our dedicated team of IT professionals is ready to help. Not only do we provide a broad range of custom applications, but we also help ensure that they integrate with major enterprise applications and POS hardware systems.

McLane Company, Inc. is one of the largest supply chain services leaders in the United States, providing grocery and foodservice solutions for convenience stores, mass merchants, drug stores and chain restaurants. Through McLane Grocery and McLane Foodservice, McLane operates over 80 distribution centers and one of the nation’s largest private fleets. The company buys, sells and delivers more than 50,000 consumer products to nearly 110,000 locations across the U.S. Additionally, McLane provides alcoholic beverage distribution through its subsidiary, Empire Distributors, Inc. McLane is a wholly owned unit of Berkshire Hathaway Inc (NYSE: BRK) and employs 20,000 teammates.

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PFMA Board Welcomes McLane’s Charles Irons

By Thomas Mulloy — The Pennsylvania Food Merchants Association this week welcomed Charles Irons, market director for McLane Co., to its board of directors.

In 2009, Irons started his career with McLane Co. as market director. He has led management responsibilities for Circle K, Thorntons, TravelCenters of America, Speedway, EG America and QuickChek, along with several regional accounts. Currently, he is responsible for teammates in the Northeast portion of the United States, which encompasses 13 states.

Irons was a mentor during the first McLane Sales Mentoring Program and led new sales hire training nationally.

Irons spent the first part of his career working as a division manager in North Alabama for U.S. Smokeless Tobacco Co. He managed 2,400 accounts and 10 sales representatives. In this role, he oversaw sales responsibilities for 15 distributor accounts and 24 convenience store accounts. Irons developed marketing plans for six specific geographical assignments during his tenure.

“We are excited to welcome Charles and the experience he brings to the PFMA board of directors,” said Alex Baloga, president and CEO of PFMA. “McLane is a longtime supporter of the association, and we value having their voice on the board.”

Irons graduated from the University of North Alabama with a bachelor’s degree in marketing and management. He is a member of Kappa Sigma fraternity.

Irons has also served as president of the Kentucky Wholesale and Distributor Association, executive board member of the Kentucky Grocers and Convenience Store Association, president of Austin Touchdown Club and Decatur Youth Soccer.

The Pennsylvania Food Merchants Association, a statewide trade association, advocates the views of nearly 800 convenience stores, supermarkets, independent grocers, wholesalers and consumer product vendors. PFMA members operate more than 4,000 stores and employ more than 250,000 Pennsylvanians.

Source: Convenience Store Decisions

Video: Honoring Today’s Top C-Store Leaders & Rising Stars

DES MOINES, Iowa — Applauding the accomplishments of veteran convenience channel leaders while recognizing the potential of rising stars in the industry took center stage as Convenience Store News hosted its 35th annual Hall of Fame awards gala and fourth annual Future Leaders in Convenience (FLIC) Summit back-to-back on Nov. 11.

This year, CSNews welcomed retailer inductee Kyle Krause, founder and CEO of Krause Group, the parent company of Kum & Go LC, and supplier inductee Vito Maurici, senior vice president of sales and trade relations for McLane Co. Inc., into the Hall of Fame.

The night also honored Retailer Executive of the Year Kevin Smartt, CEO of Texas Born Inc. (formerly Kwik Chek); and Special Service Award recipient Roy Strasburger, president and CEO of StrasGlobal.

The dinner capped off a day that previously celebrated 25 rising stars who are ready to bring convenience and fuel retailing to the next level. This year’s FLIC class was the largest yet. Recipients are young convenience retailer leaders (aged 35 and under) who are poised to be at the forefront of the industry’s future. 

The program’s goal is to celebrate and help develop the next generation of convenience store industry leaders by recognizing the achievements of a select few emerging leaders, while providing a forum for talented young businesspeople to hone their leadership skills. 

Both events were held in Des Moines, home of Kum & Go.

Watch the video below for highlights of the day’s happenings.

Sponsors of the 35th annual CSNews Hall of Fame awards gala included Anheuser-Busch, Altria Group Distribution Co., BIC, The Hershey Co., McLane Co. Inc., Mondelez International, and Reynolds Marketing Services Co. Reynolds also is the founding and presenting sponsor of CSNews’ Future Leaders in Convenience program.

Source: Convenience Store News

A Passion for People

Danielle Romano Managing Editor — From the outside looking in, most people may not understand the enormous complexity of the convenience store industry. This complexity, coupled with cross-channel competition, forces the industry to be innovative, nimble, and on the cutting edge of understanding the migratory nature of consumer needs. Tack on the trials and tribulations of the COVID-19 pandemic, and the velocity of change has accelerated.

But if you ask industry veteran Vito Maurici what force continues to propel the channel forward, he will tell you that it’s the people and the lasting impact mentorship can have.

“I have been tremendously blessed and honored to have caring and trustworthy colleagues and mentors who have given their time and energy to coach me throughout most of my diverse and versatile career,” said Maurici, this year’s supplier inductee into the Convenience Store News Hall of Fame. 

Maurici, in turn, has paid it forward. Of the achievements he is most proud of is the opportunity he’s had to give back by serving as a coach and mentor to others. Throughout a storied tenure, Maurici, who today serves as senior vice president of sales and trade relations for McLane Co. Inc., has played an important role in promoting members of his teams to positions with greater responsibility and accountability.

“If I had a small part in them achieving their career goals, it is absolutely among my most significant professional accomplishments,” he told CSNews

Fellow industry veteran David Onorato, the 2020 supplier inductee into the CSNews Hall of Fame and vice president, general manager, small format stores for The Hershey Co., has high praise for Maurici’s leadership and influence on the industry.

“As a friend of Vito’s for many years, I have had a front-row seat and watched him and been able to appreciate everything Vito does for the industry, has done and will continue to do well into the future. Simply put, he’s an outstanding individual and he puts everybody in front of him — his teammates, his customers, his friends and his family,” Onorato said. 

A Jack of All Trades

Maurici received his undergraduate degree in marketing and management from Indiana University’s (IU) Kelley School of Business, where he earned academic and athletic honors. He was awarded the Big Ten Medal of Honor for his athletic and academic accomplishments while at IU. He was also a two-time recipient of All-Big Ten honors and twice selected Honorable Mention All-American as a four-year varsity wrestler.

His distinguished career spans 26 years as a sales and marketing executive. 

His tenure within the convenience industry began with Altria Group Distribution Co. as a territory sales manager. He rose through the ranks to ultimately become vice president of sales, successfully overseeing the strategy, execution and engagement of new product launches, merchandising programs, and customer partnerships.

After 16 years with Altria, Maurici joined NJOY, a U.S. manufacturer and distributor of electronic cigarette and vaping products, in June 2010 as its senior vice president of sales and distribution. He was instrumental in the company’s growth from a startup to a billion-dollar valuation.

In June 2016, Maurici was ready for a new challenge and accepted his current role as senior vice president of sales and trade relations for McLane, one of the largest supply chain services companies in the United States. Reporting to CEO Tony Frankenberger, Maurici oversees the distributor’s grocery division trade channels, including c-store, mass merchandisers, drug, wholesale club, travel centers, dollar stores, military, and independent retailers.

He has transformed McLane’s sales mission to focus on being solution oriented, driving sales for both customers and McLane, while leading approximately 300 sales teammates. 

“McLane Co. was started in 1894 and is an industry-leading and very well-respected foodservice solutions company. My work with other companies has involved direct contact with McLane throughout my entire career. The company’s strong values, reputation for integrity, stability, and terrific leaders and teammates were among the many factors leading to my decision to join the company when the opportunity arose,” recalled Maurici, who’s also led trade marketing efforts for Philip Morris International in central Europe, the Middle East and Africa; and worked as a strategic consultant to 7-Eleven Inc., where he formulated and implemented strategies for the multi-billion-dollar tobacco category nationwide.

Looking to the Future

Reaching this point in his career and attaining Hall of Famer status, Maurici says he has gained a wealth of knowledge over the years. Key among the lessons learned is listening to teammates’ needs, removing obstacles to their success, and developing their skills so that they can achieve their career goals. This is critical to developing leaders, he emphasized.

“The more you grow and trust your team, the more they will exceed your expectations,” the McLane executive expressed.

Looking ahead, Maurici is as bullish today about the future of the convenience store business as he was when he first started in the industry. He is excited about how innovation will aid the perseverance of the people working in this industry, and how the industry will hold the line in continuing to be integral.

“As I thought about my career in preparation for [the Hall of Fame] event, I feel so blessed and grateful to be a part of this industry for so many years. As I reflect on what makes this industry so special, one thing comes to mind and that’s people,” he said during the 35th annual CSNews Hall of Fame awards gala, held Nov. 11 in Des Moines, Iowa. “The people in this industry are truly special. Whether it is an associate in the store working the first shift, a warehouse employee selecting groceries and loading trucks, a driver delivering products to the store, or an independent c-store owner, the common thread is great people make this industry what it is.”

Source: Convenience Store News

McLane Company Helps Keep Retailer Sales Percolating with New Coffee and Tea Products

The new foodservice-at-retail program, JAVAPERKS, delivers a branded, low-cost solution.

TEMPLE, TX — McLane Company, Inc., a leading supply chain services company, recently launched JAVAPERKS, a new foodservice-at-retail program that offers customers a premium coffee and tea solution.

“We are pleased to deliver innovative solutions, service, and access to resources that help our customers achieve sustained, profitable growth,” said Keith Ross, senior vice president, Corporate Merchandising, McLane Company. “Through JAVAPERKS, retailers can offer their customers uniquely branded, high-quality, and great-tasting coffees and teas for their stores.”

According to convenience store industry data provided by S&D Coffee and Tea, hot dispensed beverages represent 14 percent of all foodservice sales.  Of that 14 percent – drip coffee represents 78 percent, while cappuccinos, hot chocolate, hot tea, and specialty beverages account for nearly one percent. Through JAVAPERKS, retailers may access products to rival any coffeehouse, such as coffee, cappuccinos, iced coffee, and tea.  Retailers may also customize graphics for their coffee bar, countertop units and walls to highlight the JAVAPERKS brand within the store and to provide a branded coffee bar service to retail patrons, with minimal expense.

To learn more about JAVAPERKS, visit www.mclanegrocery.com/javaperks.

About McLane

and foodservice supply chain solutions for convenience stores, mass merchants, drug stores and chain restaurants throughout the United States. McLane, through McLane Grocery and McLane Foodservice, operates over 80 distribution centers across the U.S. and one of the nation’s largest private fleets. The company buys, sells and delivers more than 50,000 different consumer products to nearly 110,000 locations across the U.S. In addition, McLane provides alcoholic beverage distribution through its wholly owned subsidiary, Empire Distributors, Inc. McLane is a wholly owned unit of Berkshire Hathaway Inc. (NYSE: BRK).

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COVID-19

An Update from Our CEO on COVID-19

Dear McLane Community,

Almost two years have passed since our world, our nation, our communities, and our company mounted herculean efforts to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic.I could not be prouder of how our entire McLane community responded to this crisis. Through grit, determination, and focus on our business and our customers, McLane continues to build on the legacy of trust that has driven our success for more than 126 years.  The incredible work of our leadership and teammates has allowed McLane to not only survive but thrive operationally and safely as an essential business during this unrelenting pandemic.

McLane Vaccination PolicyI, along with many McLane teammates—including my senior leadership team—have received a COVID-19 vaccine. I strongly encourage each of you to get vaccinated to protect yourself, your family, your coworkers, and your communities. McLane is not, however, requiring our teammates to receive a COVID-19 vaccine. We understand this is a personal decision for each teammate. We encourage our teammates to make sure they use reliable information when making their decision about being vaccinated. For teammates who choose to get vaccinated, McLane will be flexible in allowing time to receive the vaccine. We encourage teammates to schedule their appointments in advance. In the event a teammate’s appointment causes them to arrive late, depart early, or leave during a shift, the teammate must notify the supervisor of the vaccination appointment as soon as possible.  We will waive attendance-related infractions with proof of COVID-19 vaccination appointment attendance. Generally, McLane will not track teammates’ vaccination status, except under very specific conditions related to contact tracing, voluntary incentive programs, and state and federal guidelines.  We will maintain a copy of the vaccination record in a confidential file separate from the teammate’s personnel file.

Persevering Through AdversityIn addition to COVID-19, there are many other challenges our industry and communities are facing that continue to test our operational readiness and business continuity. With an all-hands approach, teammates across the company rallied to ensure we continued serving and supporting our customers’ more than 110,000 retail locations nationwide, from the mom-and-pop convenience store down the street, to the local restaurant and the big-box retailer. Our commitment to providing best-in-class service to our customers has been constant, and our expertise in delivering this level of service is unwavering.

Supporting Our Teammates

We appreciate our hard-working teammates. Through your dedication, loyalty, and commitment, we have continued to serve our customers and communities during these difficult times.

I consider it our duty and obligation to protect our teammates and help stop the spread of COVID-19 while maintaining a fully operational supply chain. With that in mind, we developed and implemented protocols based upon government recommendations and direction. As public health agencies provide new guidance on responding to COVID-19, we continue to update and adjust our processes.

Please remain vigilant in maintaining our health protection protocols, even if you have been vaccinated.

The Road AheadWe are taking steps to get the business back on a normal footing while learning from the adversity we all faced over the past two years.  Our values must continue to guide us as we recover from the challenges we are facing and those that are ahead. As a team, we must continue to look out for and uplift one another.  Thanks to each of you for working tirelessly to keep us strong and doing everything you can to help our nation and communities.

Best Regards,

Signature Tony Frankenberger

Tony Frankenberger
President and Chief Executive Officer

Our Focus on the McLane Company Team

McLane’s priority is always the safety of our teammates, customers, partners, and the communities in which we live and work. We are closely monitoring the recommendations of government and public health agencies to reduce the effect of COVID-19 on all our stakeholders.

McLane’s COVID-19 response efforts are led by a cross-functional team of McLane leaders who are working to assure both teammate and community safety and business continuity.

COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions:

How is McLane protecting its teammates while they are at work?

  • We have implemented procedures to actively identify, prevent and contain the spread of COVID-19, including: 
    • Engaged in consistent and transparent communications;
    • Implemented social distancing measures, such as spacing workers, staggering schedules, and decreasing social contacts;
    • Required the wearing of masks or other approved cloth face coverings;
    • Restricted access to our facilities to teammates and authorized visitors;
    • Eliminated large work-related gatherings;
    • Restricted work-related travel; and
    • Canceled McLane-sponsored events.
  • We have enhanced our sanitation protocols at all McLane facilities.

What is McLane doing to minimize the effect of COVID-19 on its customers?

  • We have developed protocols to effectively deal with changing government regulations and direction.
  • We are managing inventory to best serve our customers, including increasing inventory on cough, cold, HBC, and other high-demand items.
  • We have put contingencies in place to service customers from alternate distribution centers if needed.
  • We are communicating with our customers often about their plans and how we can assist them.

Is McLane experiencing any major disruptions to its business?

  • We are not currently experiencing any major disruptions in our operations.

Additional Resources

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and FEMA have made a variety of resources available at coronavirus.gov.

The U.S. Department of Transportation has also published its information, including temporary regulatory changes and guidance documents, at transportation.gov/coronavirus.

Also, your home state official website and governor’s office may have additional information on state-level response efforts.

McLane Grocery Welcome Supply Chain Exec as President

By Thomas Mulloy — McLane Co., a leading supply chain services company providing grocery and foodservice solutions, announced that Chris Smith has joined the company as president of McLane Grocery, a $33 billion business unit providing supply chain solutions to over 70,000 retailer locations.

Before joining McLane Co., Smith worked at global leader in retail pharmacy Walgreens Boots Alliance as the senior vice president — chief supply chain officer. He oversaw supply chain functions for 9,200 U.S. — based Walgreens stores through 16 distribution centers and 9,000 warehouse employees. Before Walgreens, he served as the executive vice president — chief supply chain officer at C&S Wholesale, the largest grocery wholesaler in the country. Smith has also held senior leadership positions in distribution and logistics with McKesson Corp., a Texas-based leader in healthcare.

“We are very pleased to have Chris join our team,” said McLane Co. CEO Tony Frankenberger. “He brings a wealth of supply chain and logistics leadership experience across diverse industries that will contribute to many areas of our business.”

Smith has a Bachelor of Arts in economics from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and serves on the board of Phillips Pet Food & Supplies.

“I am thrilled to join the McLane team and for the new and exciting opportunities ahead,” said Smith. “McLane has a long history, a great reputation and is a trusted supply chain services leader. I look forward to contributing to its near-term and long-term success.”

McLane Co. is one of the largest supply chain services leaders in the United States, providing grocery and foodservice solutions for convenience stores, mass merchants, drug stores and chain restaurants.

Through McLane Grocery and McLane Foodservice, McLane operates over 80 distribution centers and one of the nation’s largest private fleets. The company buys, sells and delivers more than 50,000 consumer products to nearly 110,000 locations across the U.S.

Additionally, McLane provides alcoholic beverage distribution through its subsidiary, Empire Distributors Inc. McLane is a wholly owned unit of Berkshire Hathaway and employs approximately 24,000 teammates.

Source: Convenience Store Decisions

McLane Grocery Names New President

TEMPLE, Texas — Convenience-store and grocery distributor McLane Co. Inc. has named Chris Smith as president of McLane Grocery, a $33 billion business unit providing supply chain solutions to more than 70,000 retailer locations.

Before joining McLane, Smith was senior vice president and chief supply chain officer at retail pharmacy company Walgreens Boots Alliance, where he oversaw supply chain functions for 9,200 Walgreens drug stores through 16 distribution centers. Before Deerfield, Ill.-based Walgreens, he served as the executive vice president and chief supply chain officer at C&S Wholesale, Keene, N.H., a major grocery wholesaler. Smith has also held senior leadership positions in distribution and logistics with McKesson Corp., an Irving, Texas-based healthcare company. Smith also serves on the board of Phillips Pet Food & Supplies.

“We are very pleased to have Chris join our team,” said McLane CEO Tony Frankenberger. “He brings a wealth of supply chain and logistics leadership experience across diverse industries that will contribute to many areas of our business.”

Temple, Texas-based McLane is one of the largest supply chain services leaders in the United States, providing grocery and foodservice solutions for convenience stores, mass merchants, drug stores and chain restaurants. Through McLane Grocery and McLane Foodservice, it operates more than 80 distribution centers and one of the nation’s largest private fleets. The company buys, sells and delivers more than 50,000 consumer products to nearly 110,000 locations across the country. Additionally, McLane provides alcoholic beverage distribution through its Empire Distributors Inc. subsidiary. McLane is a wholly owned unit of Berkshire Hathaway Inc., Omaha.

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Chris Smith Named President of McLane Grocery

TEMPLE, Texas — McLane Company, Inc., a leading supply chain services company providing grocery and foodservice solutions, is pleased to announce that Chris Smith has joined the company as President of McLane Grocery, a $33 billion business unit providing supply chain solutions to over 70,000 retailer locations.

Before joining McLane Company, Smith worked at Walgreens Boots Alliance, a global leader in retail pharmacy, as the Senior Vice President – Chief Supply Chain Officer. He oversaw supply chain functions for 9,200 U.S.- based Walgreen stores through 16 distribution centers and 9,000 warehouse employees.  Before Walgreens, he served as the Executive Vice President – Chief Supply Chain Officer at C&S Wholesale, the largest grocery wholesaler in the country. Smith has also held senior leadership positions in distribution and logistics with McKesson Corporation, a Texas-based leader in healthcare.

“We are very pleased to have Chris join our team,” said McLane Company CEO Tony Frankenberger. “He brings a wealth of supply chain and logistics leadership experience across diverse industries that will contribute to many areas of our business.”

Smith has a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and serves on the board of Phillips Pet Food & Supplies.

“I am thrilled to join the McLane team and for the new and exciting opportunities ahead,” said Smith. “McLane has a long history, a great reputation, and is a trusted supply chain services leader. I look forward to contributing to its near-term and long-term success.”

About McLane

McLane Company, Inc. is one of the largest supply chain services leaders in the United States, providing grocery and foodservice solutions for convenience stores, mass merchants, drug stores, and chain restaurants. Through McLane Grocery and McLane Foodservice, McLane operates over 80 distribution centers and one of the nation’s largest private fleets. The company buys, sells, and delivers more than 50,000 consumer products to nearly 110,000 locations across the U.S. Additionally, McLane provides alcoholic beverage distribution through its subsidiary, Empire Distributors, Inc. McLane is a wholly owned unit of Berkshire Hathaway Inc (NYSE: BRK) and employs approximately 24,000 teammates.

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Contact

McLane Company, Inc.
James Barnes
Director, Communications and Public Relations
254-654-7959
[email protected]

People on the Move: Beck Suppliers, Kum & Go, CDA, Diebold Nixdorf, Gate Petroleum & Parker’s

NATIONAL REPORT — Melissa Kress, Senior News Editor — Retailers, wholesalers and suppliers in the convenience store industry are only as good as their management teams and employees. In this special roundup, Convenience Store News runs down the most recent executive changes at the top in the industry. 

ADD Systems

Advanced Digital Data Inc. (ADD Systems) announced Linda Carrer, customer support manager, retired after 30 years with the company. According to ADD Systems, Carrer instilled in her support team the importance of being good listeners, always seeking to understand client needs to give the best support possible.

With her retirement, ADD Systems promoted Steve Tymikiw to customer support manager. He joined ADD Systems more than 23 years ago and brings a wealth of software knowledge, as well as a great deal of experience working directly with ADD clients.

Previously, Tymikiw worked as an application and integration manager in the Implementation & Training Department. In that role, he worked closely with clients, managing high priority projects. Prior to that he gained valuable industry experience as an accountant with two large energy marketers.

Beck Suppliers

Justin Jeffers joined Beck Suppliers as vice president of fuel supply and logistics. Jeffers will lead the company’s fuel transportation division as well as its propane and fuel oil division. The fuel transportation division is responsible for delivering approximately 200 million gallons of motor fuel annually to Beck-branded fuel customers, the company’s wholesale division, and FriendShip Kitchen, the company’s retail arm.

Jeffers comes to Beck from Mansfield Energy Corp., where he held the position of vice president of logistics and transportation. Prior to Mansfield, he spent 18 years with Kenan Advantage Group, where he served in multiple capacities of increasing responsibility.

Convenience Distribution Association

The Convenience Distribution Association (CDA) announced Kellie Janssen, Henry’s Foods Inc., was elected as chair for 2022 at the association’s Annual Membership Meeting.

Janssen joined Alexandria, Minn.-based Henry’s Foods in 2012 as director of business development and rose to the title president. She has served on the CDA board of directors and various committees over the years, and is currently on the association’s executive committee.

Diebold Nixdorf 

Diebold Nixdorf Inc. added William A. (Bill) Borden, corporate vice president of worldwide financial services for Microsoft Corp., to its board of directors.

A veteran leader in the global financial services industry, Borden brings a wealth of experience to Diebold Nixdorf’s board. For more than 20 years during his career, he has held various senior leadership positions at some of the largest banking institutions in the United States, including Bank of America and Citigroup. As Microsoft’s thought leader in financial services, he is responsible for leading the development and execution of the company’s global financial services strategy, supporting its customers in their digital transformation journeys.

Borden is a member of the Executive Leadership Council, a membership organization for the development of global Black leaders. He is committed to helping the communities in which he lives and works through board membership, volunteering and mentoring. For Diebold Nixdorf, Borden will serve on the board’s audit and technology committees. His appointment expands the number of the company’s directors from 11 to 12.

GATE Petroleum

GATE Petroleum Co. announces promoted Lucas Hildebrand to vice president, finance and administration, secretary and treasurer.

In this role, Hildebrand is responsible for the financial reporting of GATE Petroleum. He also provides support for the company’s administrative functions and oversees the company’s banking relationships. Hildebrand has been with GATE for 15 years, and previously served as corporate controller.

GATE Petroleum Co. announces promoted Lucas Hildebrand to vice president, finance and administration, secretary and treasurer.

In this role, Hildebrand is responsible for the financial reporting of GATE Petroleum. He also provides support for the company’s administrative functions and oversees the company’s banking relationships. Hildebrand has been with GATE for 15 years, and previously served as corporate controller.

GPM Investments

GPM Investments LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of ARKO Corp., welcomed Justin Odom as senior category manager. 

Prior to joining GPM, Odom spent more than four years as an associate category manager and category manager at 7-Eleven Inc. where he was responsible for the profitability and growth of assigned categories in 3,000-plus stores throughout 12 states. Before 7-Eleven, Odom spent nearly two years as a category specialist for Sunoco LP.

As senior category manager, Odom will oversee all center store categories across all of GPM’s family of community brands. Categories include candy, salty snacks, meat snacks, and sweet snacks. In his new role, Odom will be responsible for setting category strategy, and driving overall sales growth and profitability. He will have one associate category manager and one category manager reporting to him.   

Impact 21

Aaron Simpson joined Impact 21 as its newest senior principal consultant. In his role, Simpson focuses on helping Impact 21 clients improve and refine their marketing strategies by providing best practices and insights gained from his career as a marketing executive, which spans over two decades.

Prior to joining Impact 21, Simpson served as vice president and chief marketing officer at Maverik, where he helped build a brand experience that has created thousands of followers and loyal customers. He led a team of 50 associates responsible for customer strategy and program execution, including customer engagement/loyalty, category management, foodservice, merchandising, and marketing to deliver consistent growth in quarterly sales and profits.

Kum & Go LC

Kum & Go welcomed Brian J. Beckett as chief financial officer (CFO). He brings with him more than 15 years of experience driving bottom-line performance initiatives and leading active, engaged teams. He will report to CEO Tanner Krause.

Beckett succeeds Erin Kuhl, who has transitioned to the role of CFO for Kum & Go’s parent company, Krause Group. Expanding the Krause Group leadership team gives the full enterprise a strong financial strategy team dedicated to each business and working collaboratively across the Krause Group portfolio, according to the organization.

Beckett most recently served as the vice president of finance and treasurer at Vertex Software. Prior to Vertex, he worked for Athene USA as a senior director on the Accounting and Transaction Advisory Group.

McLane Co. Inc.

McLane Co. Inc. named Michelle Patterson as vice president of marketing and communications. Patterson’s appointment is a crucial talent acquisition as McLane advances grocery and foodservice solutions for convenience stores, mass merchants, drug stores, and chain restaurants, the company stated.

Patterson has more than 20 years of experience as a strategic marketing executive. Since 2007, she and her husband, John, have co-owned and operated ShakeWell Creative, a strategic creative agency in Austin, Texas. Under John’s leadership and a board of directors, the agency will continue developing and executing marketing and branding strategies that have positioned diverse Fortune 500 companies for long-term growth. Over the years, clients have included McLane Co., KINEXO, Fluence by OSRAM, Aramark, Webber, Fourth, Texas Health Action and Kind Clinic.

Patterson will continue to serve as the board chair for The Pangea Network, an international nonprofit dedicated to improving the lives of women and girls through proven education and empowerment programs.

Parker’s

Parker’s recently hired Brittany Burcham as director of communications and community outreach. In her new position, Burcham focuses on internal communications at Parker’s, supporting the entire workforce across 71 stores as well as overseeing community outreach.

Before joining Parker’s, Burcham served as the senior communications manager, Global Franchise Learning for Marriott International, where she created and executed communications plans, launched learning webinars and established branding standards. She previously worked at Marriott International as a senior communications manager and special projects communications lead.

Earlier in her career, she served as a senior communications specialist with Macrosys LLC, as a public relations and marketing consultant for Children’s National Health System, and as director of community marketing and public relations for Hospice of Montgomery.

Stephenson Wholesale

Stephenson Wholesale Inc. Co, dba Indian Nation Wholesale Co. (INW), named Greg Cross president. He is the third generation of the Cross family to take this role.

With the change, Corey Cooper stepped away from day-to-day operations after more than 11 years as president. He remains remain with INW in a new role, focusing on driving strategic ventures that promise to bring exciting opportunities for our customers.

Cross has spent most of his adult life serving in a variety of roles at the family-owned company, most recently spending the last two years as the chief operating officer (COO). As COO, he focused on modernizing INW’s operations and looks forward to continuing those efforts as president.

Visual Marketing

Visual Marketing Inc. (VMI) hired Tom DeLucia as account executive. In this role, he will report to Vice President of Sales & Marketing Randy Moderhack. DeLucia’s primary responsibility will be to sell VMI’s AIM Tobacco Display System.

Prior to joining VMI, DeLucia spent nearly 30 years in the tobacco industry starting out with Brown and Williamson and then R.J. Reynolds after the two companies merged. He held numerous roles in field trade marketing early in his career and then moved on to corporate roles that included responsibility for merchandising and point-of-purchase development and retail contract strategy.

Delucia finished his career as a marketing director managing the global drive brand Pall Mall and most recently, he was responsible for the successful launch of Lucky Strike.

Source: Convenience Store News

McLane Company Promotes Military Friendly Programs on Veterans Day

TEMPLE, TX — McLane Company, Inc., a leading supply chain services company, announced military friendly initiatives in honor of veterans on Veterans Day. The company’s mission-critical objectives are to support veterans who desire to build strong and stable careers with an industry-leading supply chain solutions provider.

Recently, McLane Company earned the 2022 Military Friendly Employer designation. The designation, owned by Viqtory, Inc., a service-disabled, veteran-owned small business, recognizes the company’s investment in substantive programs to recruit, retain and advance the veterans and service members within our organization. At McLane Company, such programs include the McLane GI Bill Apprenticeship initiative. This national program makes a monthly housing allowance available to veterans who meet the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) eligibility criteria. Military spouses and dependents may also be eligible to receive a monthly housing allowance under the VA’s eligibility criteria.  Additionally, during military deployment, the company offers the option to continue health benefits for family members.

“Veterans gain valuable knowledge, skills, and experiences to defend our nation. They adapt these competencies to benefit our company,” said McLane President & CEO Tony Frankenberger, a military veteran who joined the company more than 35 years ago after serving in the U.S. Air Force as a sergeant and law enforcement officer. “Throughout our 127-year history, veterans seeking career opportunities harnessed their military acumen to help McLane Company evolve from a small retail grocer into one of the largest supply chain services companies in the United States that delivers more than 15 billion pounds of merchandise to customers each year.”

McLane Company’s partnership with the Department of Army/Ft. Hood offers transitioning service members a nine-week training experience where they learn the fundamentals of warehouse operations. Concurrently, the company launched a Registered Driver Apprenticeship Program featuring a veteran initiative, Warriors to Wheels. Both programs are open to anyone, not just veterans. However, military veterans in the driver apprenticeship program who are eligible for GI Bill benefits can receive their GI Bill housing allowance while earning a wage at the same time.

“Approximately 10 percent of our more than 24,000 teammates self-identify as veterans. And roughly 83 percent of our military veteran-teammates are drivers and warehouse teammates, and the remaining 17 percent reflect teammates contributing in a variety of other exempt and non-exempt roles,” said Jennifer Rojas Clouse, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Manager. “Our proactive engagement with The Department of Labor’s Registered Apprenticeship Programs helps us recruit and develop a highly-skilled workforce. Registered apprenticeships are industry-driven and offer flexible training solutions that help to reduce turnover, costs and increase employee retention.”

McLane Company is a leading food distributor for military families through delivery service to military exchanges and restaurants located on military bases. To learn more about McLane’s Warriors to Wheels program and find approved training locations, visit McLanew2w.com.  Click here to view McLane Company’s video tribute to veterans.

About McLane

McLane Company, Inc. is one of the largest supply chain services leaders in the United States, providing grocery and foodservice solutions for convenience stores, mass merchants, drug stores, and chain restaurants. Through McLane Grocery and McLane Foodservice, McLane operates over 80 distribution centers and one of the nation’s largest private fleets. The company buys, sells, and delivers more than 50,000 consumer products to nearly 110,000 locations across the U.S. Additionally, McLane provides alcoholic beverage distribution through its subsidiary, Empire Distributors, Inc. McLane is a wholly-owned Berkshire Hathaway Inc (NYSE: BRK) and employs 24,000 teammates.

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McLane Unveils New Offerings at National Trade Show

TEMPLE, Texas — McLane Co. Inc. kicked off its annual National Trade Show with the unveiling of two new offers: JAVAPERKS, a new coffee program, and Central Eats, a new hot foods program.

With JAVAPERKS, retailers provide a branded a coffee bar service. Through the program, they can access custom graphics, countertop units or walls to highlight the brand within the store.

Through Central Eats, retailers have access to high-quality, pre-packaged breakfast, lunch and dinner items available for sale as a refrigerated or heated and ready-to-eat offering. Retailers may use the Central Eats brand developed exclusively for this program, or they may choose to custom label the products, according to McLane.

Both new offers are available under McLane Kitchen, the company’s foodservice-at-retail solution. Minimal purchase commitment or commissary relationship is required.

The theme of this year’s National Trade Show was “Virtual Experience, Real World Profits.” It was held virtually from Oct. 20-21 and featured one-on-one live chats with suppliers, webinars with McLane’s merchandising and technology teams, and the ability to visit virtual booths where participants could view and download a variety of informative and instructional videos and presentations.

CVP, McLane’s private label brand, debuted new products, including, but not limited to:

  • General merchandise such as laundry pods, dish tabs, charcoal, and briquette;
  • Grocery products such as bath and facial tissue, kitchen towels, and napkins; and
  • Health and beauty products such as deodorant, toothbrushes, and baby wipes.

The show also featured pre-recorded breakout sessions with McLane Co. Director of Private Label Teresa Voelter, who delivered an in-depth presentation on the benefits of the company’s CVP brand offerings, as well as an update from Customer Technology Business Analyst Matt Stroud on advancements in the company’s technology offerings.

The keynote speaker this year was Nik Modi, managing director of RBC Capital Markets. Modi has responsibility for the coverage of beverage, household personal care, packaged food, and tobacco industries. The companies under his coverage total nearly $1 trillion in combined market value.

“Despite the pandemic, we have continued to innovate and create value-added products and services that support the needs of our current and prospective customers,” said Keith Ross, senior vice president of Corporate Merchandising. “The McLane Co. national trade show is a wonderful opportunity for retailers to meet with supplier representatives, learn about the hottest new products, and hear from industry leaders on topics that impact their bottom line.”

Based in Temple, McLane is one of the largest supply chain services leaders, providing grocery and foodservice supply chain solutions for convenience stores, mass merchants, drug stores, and chain restaurants throughout the United States. McLane, through McLane Grocery and McLane Foodservice, operates more than 80 distribution centers and one of the nation’s largest private fleets. The company buys, sells and delivers more than 50,000 different consumer products to nearly 110,000 locations across the United States. Additionally, McLane provides alcoholic beverage distribution through its wholly owned subsidiary, Empire Distributors Inc. McLane is a wholly owned unit of Berkshire Hathaway Inc.

Source: Convenience Store News

McLane Company Kicks off 2021 National Trade Show

TEMPLE, TX — McLane Company, Inc., a leading supply chain services company providing grocery and foodservice supply chain solutions, kicked off its annual National Trade Show (NTS) today. This year’s trade show theme is “Virtual Experience, Real World Profits” and takes place virtually on October 20-21. The show will feature one-on-one live chats with suppliers, webinars with McLane’s merchandising and technology teams, and the ability to visit virtual booths where participants can view and download a variety of informative and instructional videos and presentations.

“Despite the pandemic, we have continued to innovate and create value-added products and services that support the needs of our current and prospective customers,” said Keith Ross, senior vice president of Corporate Merchandising. “The McLane Company national trade show is a wonderful opportunity for retailers to meet with supplier representatives, learn about the hottest new products, and hear from industry leaders on topics that impact their bottom line.”

The show will feature pre-recorded breakout sessions with McLane Company’s director of Private Label, Teresa Voelter delivering an in-depth presentation on the benefits of the company’s CVP brand offerings. And McLane Company’s Customer Technology Business Analyst Matt Stroud will update attendees on advancements in McLane’s technology offerings.

The keynote speaker this year is Nik Modi, Managing Director, RBC Capital Markets. Modi has responsibility for the coverage of Beverage, Household Personal Care, Packaged Food, and Tobacco industries. The companies under his coverage total nearly $1 trillion in combined market value.

McLane Kitchen, McLane’s foodservice-at-retail solution, is debuting two new offerings during the show: JAVAPERKS, a new coffee program, and Central Eats, a new hot foods program. Through JAVAPERKS, retailers can access custom graphics for their coffee bar, countertop units, or walls to highlight the JAVAPERKS brand within the store and provide a branded coffee bar service to retail patrons. Central Eats allows access to high-quality, pre-packaged breakfast, lunch, and dinner items available for sale as a refrigerated or heated and ready-to-eat offering. Retailers may use the Central Eats brand developed exclusively for this program, or they may choose to custom label the products. Either way, retailers can create a unique offering with minimal purchase commitment or commissary relationship required. 

CVP, McLane’s private label brand, features newly debuted products, including, but not limited to:

·         General merchandise such as laundry pods, dish tabs, charcoal, and briquette

·         Grocery products such as bath and facial tissue, kitchen towels, and napkins; and

·         Health and beauty products such as deodorant, toothbrushes, and baby wipes.

About McLane

McLane Company, Inc. is one of the largest supply chain services leaders, providing grocery and foodservice supply chain solutions for convenience stores, mass merchants, drug stores and chain restaurants throughout the United States. McLane, through McLane Grocery and McLane Foodservice, operates over 80 distribution centers across the U.S. and one of the nation’s largest private fleets. The company buys, sells and delivers more than 50,000 different consumer products to nearly 110,000 locations across the U.S. In addition, McLane provides alcoholic beverage distribution through its wholly owned subsidiary, Empire Distributors, Inc. McLane is a wholly owned unit of Berkshire Hathaway Inc. (NYSE: BRK) and employs more than 20,000 teammates.

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McLane Company, Inc.

James Barnes, Director, Communications and Public Relations

254-654-7959

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McLane Showcases Turnkey Solutions at the 2021 NACS Show

CHICAGO — McLane Company, Inc., a leading supply chain services company providing grocery and foodservice supply chain solutions, is showcasing new industry solutions during the 2021 National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS) Show taking place October 5-8 in Chicago. The NACS Show brings together many of the nation’s top suppliers and retailers. The show serves as an industry-leading venue for introducing new products and services. It is a forum for exchanging ideas and best practices.

Conference participants visiting McLane Company’s booth will experience interactive technologies, McLane Kitchen, a foodservice-at-retail program developed for convenience stores, and Consumer Value Products (CVP), McLane’s private label products subsidiary.  

McLane is previewing two new offerings during the show: JAVAPERKS, a new coffee program, and Central Eats, McLane Company’s new hot foods program. Through JAVAPERKS, retailers can access custom graphics for their coffee bar, countertop units, or walls to highlight the JAVAPERKS brand within the store, allowing them to have a coffee bar service to offer their patrons. McLane’s new hot food program, Central Eats, delivers a turnkey, fully prepared solution. All products featured in Central Eats come entirely prepared, packaged, and labeled for ingredients and nutritional information. These items are ready for sale as refrigerated or heated and ready-to-eat. Retailers can make a custom label or use the Central Eats brand for this program. Either way, they can create a unique offering for their stores.

The Consumer Value Products (CVP) area will feature newly debuted private label products, including:

  • General Merchandise such as laundry pods, dish tabs, and charcoal briquettes.
  • Household Essentials such as bath and facial tissue, kitchen towels, and napkins.
  • Health, Beauty, and Wellness products.

CVP products are available to McLane customers and non-McLane customers and are currently offered at retail locations nationwide.

McLane Kitchen will feature new and existing menu offerings for attendees to experience throughout the show, including JAVAPERKS coffee, Fly Guys Pizza, and Fresh Produce+, samples of cut fruit and vegetables.

“We are excited to have a booth presence at this year’s NACS show and to see our industry partners and customers,” said Vito Maurici, senior vice president of sales at McLane Company. “Despite the pandemic, we have continued to innovate and create value-added products and services that support the needs of our current and prospective customers.”

McLane’s social media team will post highlights during the trade show to McLane’s Twitter (@McLaneCo), Facebook (@McLaneCompany), and Instagram (@McLaneCo) channels.

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Nineteen McLane Company Drivers Inducted into the International Foodservice Distributors Associations Trick Driver Hall of Fame

09/15/2021 – TEMPLE, Texas — McLane Company, Inc., a leading supply chain services company, announced that 19 McLane Foodservice division drivers were named to the 2021 class of the International Foodservice Distributors Association (IFDA) Hall of Fame. The IFDA Truck Driver Hall of Fame spotlights the industry’s top drivers for their outstanding service and safety records.

“McLane Company is proud to have had 32 drivers inducted into the IFDA Hall of Fame since 2018. Our 2021 inductees have a combined total of 594 years of service — an average of more than 31 years of safe and reliable delivery service to more than 32,000 restaurant locations across the United States,” said Susan Adzick president of McLane Foodservice. “We applaud this well-deserved honor for these 19 exceptional McLane Foodservice drivers. Along with previous years’ inductees, they have demonstrated a dedication to our safety culture and commitment to providing phenomenal service to our customers. We’re thankful and proud to have them as teammates.”

McLane Company’s 2021 IFDA Truck Driver Hall of Fame inductees are:

·         Gary Blevins of Cincinnati, Ohio

·         Larry Boulton of Cincinnati, Ohio

·         Bradley Bowers of Orlando, Fla.

·         Joseph Chlebus of Taylorville, Ill.

·         Tom Fazio of Aberdeen, Md.

·         Brian Gaines of Cincinnati, Ohio

·         Bill Kiefer of Riverside, Calif.

·         Gary Kirk of Atlanta, Ga.

·         Ralph Kops of Milwaukee, Wis.

·         Chris Kwiecinski of Milwaukee, Wis.

·         Milton Lord of Atlanta, Ga.

·         Rob Martens of Cincinnati, Ohio

·         Dan Martinez of Milwaukee, Wis.

·         Phil Pacia of Riverside, Calif.

·         Rick Parker of Plymouth, Mich.

·         Charles Spence of Portland, Ore.

·         David Spittell of Phoenix, Ariz.

·         Christopher Stewart of Cincinnati, Ohio

·         Jason West of Denver, Colo.

“Given how challenging the past 18 months have been, it’s exciting to honor these hard-working professional drivers who are truly essential to our economy, national security, and way of life,” said Mark S. Allen, President, and CEO of IFDA. “Our drivers are the heart of the foodservice distribution industry – enabling our member companies to safely and efficiently deliver food and supplies to professional kitchens across the country, even during times of crisis.”

Only truck drivers with the best safety records and longevity of service are eligible for the IFDA Truck Driver Hall of Fame. Drivers must have at least 25 years of employment with an IFDA member company with no chargeable accidents and may not have any moving violations within the last five years.

Click here for the complete list of the 2021 IFDA Truck Driver Hall of Fame Inductees.

About McLane Company, Inc.

McLane Company, Inc. is one of the largest supply chain services leaders in the United States, providing grocery and foodservice solutions for convenience stores, mass merchants, drug stores, and chain restaurants. Through McLane Grocery and McLane Foodservice, McLane operates over 80 distribution centers and one of the nation’s largest private fleets. The company buys, sells, and delivers more than 50,000 consumer products to nearly 110,000 locations across the U.S. Additionally, McLane provides alcoholic beverage distribution through its subsidiary, Empire Distributors, Inc. McLane is a wholly-owned Berkshire unit Hathaway Inc (NYSE: BRK) and employs 22,000 teammates.

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McLane Expands Diversity & Inclusion Efforts

TEMPLE, Texas — McLane Co. Inc. announced its corporate membership in the National Hispanic Corporate Council (NHCC), the premier resource for corporate America to maximize the Hispanic market opportunity.

It is one of multiple Fortune 100 companies that are turning to the NHCC for insights into the latest corporate best practices to effectively compete in the growing Hispanic market.

NHCC provides corporate members with resources to effectively maximize the 60 million individuals, $2-trillion U.S. Hispanic market opportunity as a membership-based organization, according to the council.

“McLane Co. is pleased to partner with the NHCC. This relationship underscores our efforts to foster a more inclusive environment. And it reflects the diverse world in which we live,” said Neftalí García, vice president of government affairs, McLane Co. “We view diversity as a competitive necessity and strive to help our teammates maximize their potential. This focus will enable us to serve better our customers and the communities where we operate.”

García will represent McLane on NHCC’s board of directors as part of its corporate membership.

“On behalf of the NHCC board of directors and its corporate members, I am delighted to welcome McLane Co. to NHCC. As a corporate member-focused organization, we look forward to working with our partners,” said Brian Hall, NHCC chair and manager, supplier diversity and brand advocacy, Shell. “Together, we will enhance the Hispanic market opportunity by leveraging our national network of corporate leaders and member resources.”

NHCC’s Center of Expertise provides a five-pillar approach through talent/human resources, marketing, supplier diversity, community relations, and executive leadership within the Hispanic and diversity and inclusion space. An affiliation with NHCC provides a collaborative community that shares resources, knowledge, best practices and innovative solutions to grow Hispanic talent, customers, suppliers and community relations.

Temple-based McLane provides grocery and foodservice solutions for convenience stores, mass merchants, drug stores and chain restaurants. Through McLane Grocery and McLane Foodservice, it operates more than 80 distribution centers and one of the nation’s largest private fleets. The company buys, sells and delivers more than 50,000 consumer products to nearly 110,000 locations across the United States.

Source: Convenience Store News

McLane Focuses on Diversity and Inclusion

TEMPLE, Texas — By Greg Lindenberg — Supply-chain services company McLane Co. Inc. has become a corporate member of the National Hispanic Corporate Council (NHCC), a resource to help corporate America maximize the Hispanic market opportunity.

Founded in 1985, the NHCC is a collaborative community that provides access to Hispanic talent and consumer resources and that offers insights into the latest corporate best practices to effectively compete in the growing Hispanic market. NHCC provides its corporate members with resources to maximize the $2 trillion U.S. Hispanic market opportunity that includes 60 million people.

Anheuser-Busch, Arco, Circle K, Coca-Cola. McDonald’s, Miller Brewing and 7-Eleven are among NHCC’s founding members.

“This relationship underscores our efforts to foster a more inclusive environment. And it reflects the diverse world in which we live,” said Neftalí (Nef) García, vice president of government affairs for McLane, Temple, Texas. “We view diversity as a competitive necessity and strive to help our teammates maximize their potential. This focus will enable us to serve better our customers and the communities where we operate.”

“On behalf of the NHCC board of directors and its corporate members, I am delighted to welcome McLane Co. to NHCC. As a corporate-member-focused organization, we look forward to working with our partners,” said Brian Hall, NHCC chair and manager for supplier diversity and brand advocacy for Shell. “Together, we will enhance the Hispanic market opportunity by leveraging our national network of corporate leaders and member resources.”

NHCC’s Center of Expertise provides a five-pillared approach, through talent and human resources, marketing, supplier diversity, community relations and executive leadership within the Hispanic and diversity and inclusion (D&I) space. An affiliation with NHCC provides a collaborative community that shares resources, knowledge, best practices and solutions to grow Hispanic talent, customers, suppliers and community relations, the organization said.

As part of McLane’s corporate membership, García will represent the company on NHCC’s board.

McLane is one of the largest supply-chain services leaders in the United States, providing grocery and foodservice distribution solutions for convenience stores, mass merchants, drug stores and chain restaurants. Through McLane Grocery and McLane Foodservice, the company operates more than 80 distribution centers and one of the nation’s largest private fleets. The company buys, sells, and delivers more than 50,000 consumer products to nearly 110,000 locations across the United States. Additionally, it provides alcoholic beverage distribution through its subsidiary, Empire Distributors Inc. McLane is a wholly owned Berkshire unit Hathaway Inc, Omaha, Neb.

Source: Convenience Store Petroleum