National Convenience Distributors, the fifth-largest wholesale distributor to the convenience services industry, has named Jeff Allen chief executive officer. He succeeds Edward Berro, who remains chairman of the Board.
In addition, NCD has appointed Paul Murphy chief operating officer.
Jeff Allen, formerly an NCD divisional president, joined the product distributor in March 2020 following the merger of NCD and Allen Brothers Wholesale Distribution located in Philadelphia.
He f was the third-generation president at Allen Brothers and, since taking over its daily operations in 1981.
Paul Murphy joined NCD in 2016 and previously served as its executive vice president of business development. Prior to that role, Murphy held various senior positions at the Altria Group.
Headquartered in Farmingdale, NY, NCD services customers in the 11 contiguous states from Maine to Maryland. It provides candy, snacks, fresh sandwiches and salads, cigarettes and cigars, coffee, ice cream and frozen and refrigerated foods to more than 14,000 customers.
“The convenience distribution industry, like many others before it, is going through a period of consolidation,” Allen said. “Distributors are looking to join forces with companies that share their growth philosophies and strategic vision.
"However, they want to remain rooted in the core principles like quality service and employee empowerment that NCD exemplifies but many others have forgotten," he continued. "These entrepreneurial companies view NCD as the acquiror [SIC} of choice. We will continue to grow the NCD operations both through strategic acquisitions and internal, organic growth in the years to come.”