ELK GROVE VILLAGE, Ill., 2016-Jun-25 — /EPR Retail News/ — Topco Associates, LLC announced today that Western Family member-owners have expanded their relationship with Topco. Specifically under this new agreement, Topco will assume the procurement and marketing services for Western Family’s own brand products including the Western Family, Shurfine, Natural Directions and ShurSaving brands.
This agreement results in expanded relationships with the following members who carry these brands:
• Affiliated Foods, Inc. – Amarillo, TX
• Associated Food Stores, Inc. – Salt Lake City, UT
• Associated Grocers of New England, Inc.
• Piggly Wiggly Alabama Distributing Company, Inc.
• Olean Wholesale Grocery Cooperative, Inc.
• Unified Grocers, Inc. • URM Stores, Inc.
Western Family has been purchasing health and beauty care (HBC) products from Topco on behalf of its seven member-owners for more than three years. Broadening this participation into additional programs is the next evolution of this relationship with Topco. “This expansion further enhances the collective strength of Topco and the membership, and we look forward to working with these member-owners to help drive increased value for their companies and customers,” said Randy Skoda, President and CEO, Topco.
Topco’s experience, coupled with their economies of scale, will be a benefit to our independent retailers making it easier for them to remain competitive, while continuing to offer the same quality Western Family products consumers have trusted for over 50 years,” said Ron King, President, Western Family Foods.
About Topco Associates LLC
Topco Associates LLC is a $15 billion, privately held company that provides aggregation, innovation and knowledge management solutions for its leading food industry member-owners and customers, including grocery retailers, wholesalers and food service suppliers. Topco leverages the collective volume, knowledge and commitment of these companies to create a competitive advantage in the marketplace by reducing costs and offering winning business building capabilities.
For more information, please visit www.topco.com.