Royal Buying Group Announces 2010 Vendors of Year

Honors beverage, candy, merchandise, equipment, foodservice, snack, tobacco suppliers, more

BURR RIDGE, Ill. -- Royal Buying Group Inc. (RBG) announced its 2010 Vendors of the Year at the 2011 Independent C-Store Expo in Burr Ridge, Ill. RBG grants this award to vendors who provide the highest level of service and programming in their category to RBG's member chains of independently operated convenience stores, college bookstores, truckstops/travel plazas and independently operated pharmacy locations, tobacco and liquor store locations.

The following companies and contacts were honored with this award:

Beverage Category

Paul F. Meder, [image-nocss] sales director, national retail sales, Anheuser-Busch Inc.

Candy Category

Sam Van Cleave, regional business manager, Perfetti Van Melle

General Merchandise Category

Jim Blosser, executive vice president of sales, Convenience Valet

Equipment Category

Jeff Bukantz, president, Flex Energy

Foodservice Category

Stephen Douglas, national account manager of convenience stores, Boyd Coffee Co.

Snacks Category

Scott Hoff, central area director, Unilever Ice Cream

Tobacco Category

Rick Hunsberger, vice president of sales, Smokey Mountain Chew Inc.

Distributor Category

Ken Long, sales manager, Dearborn Grocery Wholesalers

RBG, headquartered in Lisle, Ill., is a national organization dedicated to maximizing sales and profitability of its member chains. It now represents more than 6,000 locations nationwide. Its core service capabilities include negotiating with regional and national suppliers for impactful and competitive sales and marketing programs and providing category management, marketing support and customer service support for its membership.