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McLane Focuses on Diversity and Inclusion

Distributor joins National Hispanic Corporate Council

TEMPLE, Texas — Supply-chain services company McLane Co. Inc. has become a corporate member of the National Hispanic Corporate Council (NHCC), a resource to help corporate America maximize the Hispanic market opportunity.

Founded in 1985, the NHCC is a collaborative community that provides access to Hispanic talent and consumer resources and that offers insights into the latest corporate best practices to effectively compete in the growing Hispanic market. NHCC provides its corporate members with resources to maximize the $2 trillion U.S. Hispanic market opportunity that includes 60 million peopl e.

Anheuser-Busch, Arco, Circle K, Coca-Cola. McDonald’s, Miller Brewing and 7-Eleven are among NHCC’s founding members.

“This relationship underscores our efforts to foster a more inclusive environment. And it reflects the diverse world in which we live,” said Neftalí (Nef) García, vice president of government affairs for McLane, Temple, Texas. “We view diversity as a competitive necessity and strive to help our teammates maximize their potential. This focus will enable us to serve better our customers and the communities where we operate.”

“On behalf of the NHCC board of directors and its corporate members, I am delighted to welcome McLane Co. to NHCC. As a corporate-member-focused organization, we look forward to working with our partners,” said Brian Hall, NHCC chair and manager for supplier diversity and brand advocacy for Shell. “Together, we will enhance the Hispanic market opportunity by leveraging our national network of corporate leaders and member resources.”

NHCC’s Center of Expertise provides a five-pillared approach, through talent and human resources, marketing, supplier diversity, community relations and executive leadership within the Hispanic and diversity and inclusion (D&I) space. An affiliation with NHCC provides a collaborative community that shares resources, knowledge, best practices and solutions to grow Hispanic talent, customers, suppliers and community relations, the organization said.

As part of McLane’s corporate membership, García will represent the company on NHCC’s board.

McLane is one of the largest supply-chain services leaders in the United States, providing grocery and foodservice distribution solutions for convenience stores, mass merchants, drug stores and chain restaurants. Through McLane Grocery and McLane Foodservice, the company operates more than 80 distribution centers and one of the nation's largest private fleets. The company buys, sells, and delivers more than 50,000 consumer products to nearly 110,000 locations across the United States. Additionally, it provides alcoholic beverage distribution through its subsidiary, Empire Distributors Inc. McLane is a wholly owned Berkshire unit Hathaway Inc, Omaha, Neb.

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