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A recipe always tastes better with extra TLC

One of the most important ingredients to the AB recipe is keeping your store, just as that, YOURS. We want your store to reflect who you are and who your customers are.  Our talented and personable sales team will spend face time with you; designing a specialized game-plan that fits your store’s needs.  We will shake your hand at the end, and most importantly, offer solutions about adding in profit driving food stations and/or new products that will work for you.   Next, our team of design professionals can add a modern look to your store while strategically developing a store layout that encourages quick decision-making purchases from your customers. The end result: soaring profits, a stress-free store management process, and a specialized store that fits your needs and the demographics of your location and customer base. For stores already operating or new stores in development, we are here to help.

After Coffee Station Re-Design

After Coffee Station Re-Design

Before Pic

Before Pic


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It’s Mother’s Day! Our store owners are saying one of two things; “I am so glad I called Allen Brothers” or “I should have called Allen Brothers”.  Every husband, father, brother, son, and/or friend of a “mom” is running rampant trying to find a last-minute gift. What does every woman want? CHOCOLATE.  Stocking up on a large variety of chocolate was a good plan for this weekend.

The customers of your stores are saying the same thing as you: “My corner store sure does stock everything I need” or quite the opposite.

As a gift, the new Kit Kat Mini’s® from Hershey® are a great choice. Throw a little story behind it; Kit Kat® now has children of her own.  Kit Kat® Mommy is so nice, sweet, and smart for adding the subtle crisp of the wafers that she decided it was time to extend her family and make Mini’s.  Why not create little one’s that you can get that luxurious taste of chocolate in one BITE?”

On a serious note, Memorial Day weekend is coming up next. Make sure you are prepared with all of the last-minute things your customers will need. Make a check list starting with: Charcoal, Lighter Fluid, Paper Goods, BBQ Sauce, etc.

Check your MAY COMMON SENSE FLYER, it’s all on special!!! Sale ends May 31st.




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AB Alert: Implementation of Graphic Warning Labels on Cigarettes Blocked by Federal Judge

Graphic Images Halted on Cigarette Packs and Ads

Big news coming out of Washington, D.C. today, where U.S. District Judge Richard J. Leon granted a request by five tobacco companies seeking to postpone the September 22nd, 2012, deadline for implementation of graphic warning labels on cigarettes packages, cartons, and advertisements. Special thanks to the fine people at AWMA & CSP Daily News for publicizing the story!

While the long term implications of today’s legislation are still undetermined, here’s what we currently know. Judge Leon’s ruling lays out a preliminary injunction barring the implementation of these graphic labels. This is certainly no guarantee that these labels won’t still be enforced, but it’s an indication that the tobacco companies listed below may win their claim that the warnings violate freedom of speech, a right guaranteed by our First Amendment.

In case you are unaware of what Judge Leon is reversing, we’ll quickly review. This past June the FDA unveiled a marketing campaign designed to repel potential tobacco-buying customers with graphic colored images of a diseased lung, a disfigured mouth, a weeping woman, and a smoker exhaling through a tracheotomy hole, to name a few. These images were to be positioned to dominate a half of the front and back of each carton, and 20 percent of most ads.

The five tobacco companies who fought the initial ruling are listed below:
1.) Lorrilard
2.) R.J Reynolds Tobacco Co.
3.) Commonwealth Brands Inc.
4.) Liggett Group LLC
5.) Santa Fe Natural Tobacco Co.

Allen Brothers will continue to follow this story and keep you informed of any updates.


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Top Performers: September, 2011

Today’s posting is part of a monthly guide on the top new-selling items and established items that have shown a significant climb (based on previous performance) in expected sales. The title of this post could just as easily be “What’s Selling,” items that should be considered for placement in your everyday selection to increase rings at your register! While we’re here, just another reminder to focus in on Halloween items (Reese’s Peanut Butter Pumpkins shown below) and be sure to strengthen your candy aisles during this profitable time of the year in the convenience store industry.

The team at Allen Brothers acknowledges that the amount of new products constantly bombarding the market can feel overwhelming, and staying updated on industry trends while running a business is indeed a daunting task. You have enough things keeping you busy, it’s our job to help you stay informed about what’s going on in your business. We receive information on hundreds of new products every week, and it can be difficult to spot the diamond in the rough. We also spend countless hours analyzing product performance vs. the market and in the stores we service. To help you analyze the performance of new items, Allen Brothers has introduced “Top Performers”.

Today’s posting is the third edition of Top Performers to date, and the Marketing and Buying Department’s ranking is placed in no particular order. The items listed are done so based on unit sales from the previous month, which in this case is August 2011. If you’re not currently carrying these products, don’t worry! The team at Allen Brothers Wholesale Distribution would be happy to answer any questions you may have regarding product performance, selling points, and suggested retail prices.

Hershey Peanut Butter Pumpkin, Item # 444325. Not too late to stock up today!

The rankings are listed in no particular order:

Reese’s Peanut Butter Pumpkins – Item #444325
Stride Shaun White Mint – Item #468256
5-Hour Energy Extra Strength Grape – Item #628127
Job Papers 4 Box Display – Item #001715
Supreme Protein Peanut Butter and Jelly – Item #422300
Supreme Protein Peanut Butter Pretzel – Item #402223
5-Hour Energy 9 Box Counter Rack Display – Item #692696
Slim Jim Giant Dare Line: Jalapeno (Item #414054), Habanero (Item #414055), and Chili Pepper (Item #414152)


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Allen Brothers Wholesale Distribution: A Look Inside

Check out our first in a series of videos to get a better idea of what makes Allen Brothers one of the top convenience store wholesale distributors in the country. You can find classic industry videos online at the Allen Brothers Website under the “Fun Links” Tab, including the original Choo Choo Carlie commercial for Good N’ Plenty. Amazing how the media world has changed!

Happy Selling!


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A Look at the Credit Card Swipe Fee Reform: What Will be the Impact?

What Do Swipe Fee Reforms Mean for the Convenience Store Owner?

What will be the lasting impression left by the swipe fee reforms on credit & debit card transactions? The answer remains to be seen. Rest assured, however, that there will be many more twists & turns throughout this reform process. For those not familiar with the situation, let’s take a step back to look at it from the vantage point of a typical convenience store purchase with a payment card. When a customer pulls out their card and swipes it through the machine to make peyment, the operator is charged an interchange (or swipe) fee that typically ranges from 1 – 3% but can scale as high as 5% for some merchants. This comes out to an average of 44 cents per card transaction, and in 2008 operators nationwide spent just under $48 billion in interchange fees.

Following early reform proceedings, many industry experts anticipated a substantial reduction in costs shouldered by the retailers. But there has been push-back & pressure from major bank lobbyists, and changes to the initial reform bill have already been made. When the bill was first laid out, the proposed ceiling on interchange fees was 12 cents. This past June, however, after intense lobbying on behalf of the big banks, the maximum interchange fee was set at 21 cents. This modification goes into effect on October 1st, 2011.

As this article on NACS Online summarizes, there is still a lot to learn regarding the benefits and pitfalls of the swipe fee reforms. Allen Brothers echoes the considerations from NACS in encouraging retailers to take caution in regards to pricing until the full impact of the swipe fee reform becomes more comprehendible. Feel free to contact Allen Brothers if you’d like more information on the swipe fee reform movement, and as always, happy selling!


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Allen Brothers Wholesale Web Specials Advantage

Good Morning and Happy Thursday,

With more and more of the Allen Brother’s community following our newsletter and visiting our website, the Marketing Team at Allen Brothers wanted to give you an inside scoop on a development occurring right now!

Web Advantage Special on Sweetart Chewy King Size

The AB Team has developed a Web Specials Advantage on the Allen Brothers Website for deals first publicized online. Whether you’re placing your orders online, over the phone, through your Allen Brothers salesperson, or via fax, you can take advantage of these product codes and great prices. I’ve highlighted above one of our first knock-out deals publicized on the Allen Brothers Website, a Chewy Sweetart King Size 12 Count Box for only $11.99!

Allen Brothers has other great deals available to our customers online right now, including blowout specials on Mentos Counter-Unit Displays and Wheaties Fuel Bites. To check out these and other great deals, follow these five simple steps:

1.) Go to
2.) Enter into the Store Owners Section
3.) Go To the Monthly Specials Tab
4.) Click on the “Web Advantage” Link
5.) From here, you’ll be able to scroll through the file as if it were your own digital flyer.

Please contact Allen Brothers today if you’re not setup online. You can call directly at 1-800-207-2553 to speak to an Allen Brothers Representative, or send a message to the Allen Brothers Inbox.

Happy selling!


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