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 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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Source: Convenience Store Petroleum

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


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

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

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