Advantage Sales and Marketing Acquires Crombie Kennedy Nasmark Inc

5/31/2007

IRVINE, Calif. — Advantage Sales & Marketing (ASM), announced today the formation of ASM Canada, Inc., a Canadian subsidiary of ASM, which has acquired the business of “Crombie Kennedy Nasmark Inc.” (CKN).

CKN is an all Canadian National Sales and Marketing Company covering all classes of trade. CKN is structured with separate Grocery and Pharmacy divisions to service the specialized needs of Grocery / OTC-HBA products. CKN also operates a Buy/Sell division that takes possession of certain products, distributes, and invoices the customers directly.

CKN is one of the largest Sales and Marketing agencies in Canada, furthering ASM’s position as the largest Sales & Marketing agency in North America. This acquisition will allow ASM to offer their customers and clients the largest array of selling, merchandising, and promotional marketing services available in North America. Additionally this transaction supports ASM’s objective of following all major international customer flows. The CKN division of ASM Canada, Inc. will operate under the name “Advantage CKN.”

With the acquisition, ASM will be retaining the industry expertise of Henry Gerstel, President; Milt Dobson, EVP Grocery; Rick Moore, EVP Pharmacy and the CKN existing management team/associates who have been key to this company’s success. In addition, Don Crombie, the founder and leader of CKN since 1977 will serve as Chairman Emeritus providing advice and counsel to senior management. Operations for Advantage CKN are headquartered in Toronto, Canada and supported by fully connected regional offices in Halifax, Montreal, Toronto, Calgary and Vancouver.

About Advantage Sales & Marketing
Advantage Sales & Marketing provides sales, marketing, and merchandising services to retailers and manufacturers of consumer products in Canada and the United States. ASM, formed in California in 1997, is headquartered in Irvine, California.