KENTWOOD, Mich. — A new cannabidiol (CBD)-infused beverage may hit Circle K, Speedway and other leading convenience-store chains in the near future.
Retail food and beverage broker Shankman & Associates Inc.—a major broker for the c-store industry—has partnered with Centr Brands Corp., a non-alcohol beverage company that recently launched its first product, a sparkling, low-calorie CBD beverage.
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Kentwood, Mich.-based Shankman & Associates works with a variety of retailers, ranging from supermarkets and value stores to drug stores and vending companies. The convenience-store industry is one of its largest sectors, though. Its c-store operator partners include Circle K, Speedway, MAPCO, Kwik Trip, TravelCenters of America, Thorntons, and United Dairy Farmers, while its c-store supplier partners, including McLane, Core-Mark, S. Abraham & Sons and others. Shankman operates in Kentucky, Illinois, West Virginia, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, Tennessee and Wisconsin.
"We are proud to be Shankman's first CBD beverage, and thrilled with the opportunity to partner with them as we move into six new states, bringing us to 23 in total,” said Joseph Meehan, CEO of Centr Brands, Vancouver, British Columbia.