About The Southern | The Southern Association of Wholesale Distributors:
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.
To lead the effort to promote professional standards by improving the quality of wholesale distributor programs, services and operations.
To be a representative and advocate for wholesale distributors by promoting understanding of the responsibilities, functions and needs of wholesale distributors before government, corporations, foundations and community leaders throughout the state, region and nation.
To provide professional development opportunities for wholesale distributors, and their employees through publications, training, meetings and other activities.
To provide member services that give members access to selected goods and services which might otherwise be unavailable to them.
The Southern Association of Wholesale Distributors, (known to insiders as “the Southern”) is a regional trade association representing the interests of corporations and individuals involved in the manufacturing, sales, and distribution of convenience products. The 14 states that comprise the region covered by the Southern contain 46% or 66,653 of all c-stores in the country.
Our members’ product offerings typically exceed 10,000 SKUs and include most things carried by convenience stores such as candy, tobacco, snacks, groceries, general merchandise, beverages, health and beauty care items and fresh food.
The Southern is dedicated to supporting and building a strong distribution system in addition to enhancing its members’ ability to conduct a successful, profitable business.
Want more information on the Southern Association of Wholesale Distributors? Do you want to find out about the latest products and services, seminars and conventions, publications and resources for the distribution industry? Simply click on the appropriate tab across the top of the page for more information on becoming a member or attending/exhibiting at our annual convention.
The Southern’s Wholesale Members sell over $50 billion a year in our 14-state region (and surrounding states). They all come together once a year at our annual meeting to conduct business, attend education sessions and network with the top manufacturers in the industry.
Confirmed 2019 Vendors:
Attendee Registration – All confirmed vendors should have received a link to register all of their attendees. All attendees (including spouses and children) need to be registered so that they will have a badge ready for them when they arrive at the meeting in Williamsburg. A badge is needed to attend all events!
Hotel Information – The Southern does NOT make your room reservations. Please reserve your rooms directly from the Colonial Williamsburg Lodge by following this link. You can also contact the Lodge directly by calling 1-800-261-9530. Be sure to tell them you are with the Southern Association of Wholesale Distributors annual meeting in June.
Show Deals – Our Virtual Show Deal Portal expands your selling window by making your show deals available to buyers fromJune 1 to June 30. Vendors utilizing this great tool will have access to review, download and print all orders before arriving at the meeting and throughout the month of June. For those Vendors that are participating, click on the Virtual House of Deals icon to start adding products.
Why attend the Southern Annual Meeting?
Learn from industry experts the latest profit-making techniques in small, highly interactive education sessions.
Take advantage of awesome opportunities for networking with distributors, manufacturers and suppliers.
Learn about the latest products and services from and conduct business with the nation’s top convenience store manufacturers and suppliers.
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