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THE FIRST OF MANY.

THIS YEAR, FOR THE FIRSTTIME, Beverage Dynamics has named its Top 100 Retailers. This awards program builds on decades of naming one or more Retailers of the Year, and reflects our commitment to recognize the best independent, off-premise retailers in the country.

The Top 100 isn't about sales volume or store count--it recognizes retailers who live by best practices that can benefit the whole industry. Our panel of judges considers hiring and training programs, customer service philosophy, marketing and advertising mix, category management and dozens of other factors when deciding who deserves to make the list.

This year, the top five includes one single-store operation, three chains with between 5 and 20 stores, and one large regional chain. The full list of winners also includes three control state agencies and a handful of municipal stores. It's this variety that strengthens the overall independent marketplace. When the winners came together on the final night of the Beverage Alcohol Retailers Conference, the networking and sharing of best practices lasted well beyond the cocktail hour, banquet and awards presentation. Dozens of retailers were sharing stories well into the night, and hopefully will continue to do so throughout the year.

Thank you to our inaugural sponsor, the Distilled Spirits Council, for helping bring this program to life. We look forward to working with suppliers, wholesalers and technology providers on next year's event as we build on the success of this year's awards.

Want to see your store on next year's list? Be sure to fill out a nomination form at BeverageDynamics.com/top 100 starting in August, when the 2020 entries will open. Then next year you could be featured within the pages of this magazine, sharing the stage with innovative retailers from across the country. I look forward to reading all of your entries and continuing this awards program for many years to come!

Jeremy Nedelka

Beverage Group Content Director

jnedelka@epgmediallc.com

INTERESTED IN SPONSORING THE TOP 100 AND ATTENDING OUR INVITATION-ONLY AWARDS BANQUET? CONTACT SALES MANAGER KATHY JOHNSON AT KJOHNSON@EPGMEDIALLC.COM OR 763-383-4409.

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Title Annotation:Top 100 RETAILERS AWARDS
Author:Nedelka, Jeremy
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Date:Jul 1, 2019
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