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Northern Tier Honors Eby-Brown

Names convenience-store distributor as a Strategic Partner of the Year

TEMPE, Ariz. -- Refiner and gas station and convenience store operator Northern Tier Retail has named Eby-Brown Co. LLC, a leading consumer products distributor to the convenience-store industry in the eastern United States, as a Strategic Partner of the Year.

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Northern Tier Energy LP is an independent downstream energy company with refining, retail and logistics operations that serves the PADD II region of the United States. It operates a refinery in St. Paul Park, Minn. Northern Tier also operates approximately 165 convenience stores and supports approximately 95 franchised convenience stores, primarily in Minnesota and Wisconsin, under the SuperAmerica trademark, and owns a bakery and commissary under the SuperMom's brand.

The Tempe, Ariz., company has been Eby-Brown's retail partner since November 2010.

Kraig Elliot, Northern Tier Retail's director of marketing and category management, highlighted Eby-Brown's strong mix of program offerings as a key factor to driving in-store growth.

"Programs like Vendor Days, where we negotiate promotional deals for the upcoming year and SmartProcess, a leading category management solution that builds and implements our market specific planograms, are perfect examples of how Eby-Brown provides value above and beyond the industry standard," said Elliot.

"We're extremely proud to be recognized for our strategic relationship with Northern Tier Retail," said Tom Wake, co-president of Eby-Brown. "Their commitment to excellence and passion for their business continues to drive us to provide best in class service. We look forward to the continued success of our strategic partnership."

Eby-Brown, Naperville, Ill., is the largest family-owned wholesale distributor in the convenience-store industry. It owns and operates six distribution centers throughout the Midwest and Southeast.

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