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CSP’s Category Manager of the Year Award Nominations Open

OAKBROOK TERRACE, Ill. — As the leading provider of category insights in the convenience-store and retail petroleum industry, CSP magazine has announced the opening of a first-of-its-kind Category Manager of the Year Award. Between now and November 20, suppliers can nominate their favorite dedicated, effective category manager by filling out the form at

“Category managers are the driving force behind the growth of the convenience-store industry,” said Jim Bursch, executive vice president of convenience for Winsight LLC (formerly CSP Business Media). “Prior to today, these ‘CEOs’ of their particular category had not been given the recognition they deserve. We see this program quickly becoming the most prestigious award honoring category managers in our channel.”

What makes a top category manager? Certainly bottom-line results are important. In addition, does your candidate stay on top of trends, introduce new flavors and lines and weed out dust-collecting SKUs?

Multiple submissions by suppliers are accepted.

Nominations and winners of the Category Manager of the Year Award will be chosen by their supplier partners.

Category managers will be awarded in eight product categories, including:

  • Alcohol Beverages
  • Candy
  • Foodservice
  • General Merchandise/HBC
  • OTP
  • Packaged Beverages
  • Snacks
  • Tobacco

CSP magazine will honor two winners in each category: those from chains of one to 100 stores, and those from operations of 101 or more stores. In addition to being honored at a special ceremony, winners will be featured in a special section of CSP’s 2016 Category Management Handbook.

Oakbrook Terrace, Ill.-based Winsight LLC (formerly CSP Business Media, LLC) is a market-dominant business-to-business media and information company specializing in the convenience-retailing, restaurant and noncommercial foodservice industries. Winsight has a media portfolio of leading publications including CSP, Restaurant Business, FoodService Director and Convenience Store Products, a suite of digital products including websites, e-newsletters (Restaurant Business Daily and CSP Daily News, among others) and webinars, as well as video products, mobile and tablet apps, custom marketing solutions and the convenience-store retailer intelligence tool, CSPedia. The Winsight Events group produces six exclusive, large-scale executive-level conferences—Restaurant Leadership Conference, FARE Conference, Outlook Leadership, Convenience Retailing University, FSTEC and MenuDirections—in addition to more than 12 major EduNetworking conferences and advisory meetings. Winsight recently acquired Technomic Inc., the leading provider of primary and secondary market information and advisory services to the food industry.

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