Burdette Beckmann, Inc.'s Richmond, Va. office has been honored with Atkinson Candy Co.'s 2011 broker of the year award. The presentation was made at the company's annual breakfast held at the Heaven on Seven restaurant on Tuesday, May 25, in conjunction with the 2011 Sweets & Snacks EXPO.
The family-owned candy manufacturer also honored the sales achievements of eight brokerages with All-Star Awards and presented its first Atkinson Knock-Out Award.
The All-Star Awards recognize valuable contributions in growing business through new accounts, overall sales performance and exceeding specific sales and distribution objectives. All-Star Awards went to Integrity/ESM; Summit Hill Sales & Marketing, Inc., Fullerton, Calif.; Carlin O'Brien, Milwaukee, Wis.; Fairley & Co., Inc., Indianapolis, Ind.; Kahler-Senders Group, Portland, Ore.; Acosta Sales & Marketing Co., Grand Rapids, Mich.; Trend Sales, Inc., Memphis, Tenn.; and Dan Lalor Sales Co., Salt Lake City, Utah.
The Atkinson Knock-Out Award, a framed pair of boxing gloves, ties in with the company's sponsorship of mixed martial arts fighter Jessica Eye. The honor recognized brokerage Integrity/ESM for achieving the biggest sales increase for the Chick-O-Stick brand, which is Eye's favorite candy.