Established in 1922, the Southern Association of Wholesale Distributors, "the Southern" (formerly the Southern Tobacco and Candy Association) is a 14-state regional trade association representing the interests of corporations and individuals involved in the manufacturing, sales, and distribution of convenience products.
Members consist of wholesalers, manufacturers, brokers, and others involved in the convenience products industry. From maker to market, the association has benefits and services to fill every channel member's needs.
Member states include: Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and West Virginia.
The 14 states that comprise the region covered by the Southern contain 46% of all c-stores in the country as reported in Trade Dimensions 2006 Directory of Convenience Stores. Specifically, that 46% is made up of over 66,653 c-stores...the majority of which are serviced by wholesale distributors who are members of our organization.
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