Brookshire Brothers joins Topco’s membership

Elk Grove Village, Ill., 2017-Jul-28 — /EPR Retail News/ — Topco Associates, LLC announced today ( JULY 26, 2017) that the Lufkin, Texas-based Brookshire Brothers, Inc. has joined the membership.

“Brookshire Brothers’ philosophy of innovation and commitment to serving customers’ needs makes it a great addition to Topco’s membership, especially as we drive new ways to advance as one in the marketplace. We look forward to helping them leverage Topco’s platform of aggregation, innovation and knowledge management across multiple categories so that they can deliver even more value and in-store solutions to their shoppers,” said Randy Skoda, Topco President & CEO.

Brookshire Brothers was founded in 1921 and became a majority employee-owned company in 1999. In 2006, the employees bought the remaining shares of the company to become one of the largest 100% employee owned companies in the country.

With store formats ranging from contemporary grocery stores and convenience supermarket hybrids to traditional convenience stores, Brookshire Brothers owns and operates under nine distinctive retail brands: Brookshire Brothers, Brookshire Brothers Express, Cormie’s Grocery, David’s Supermarkets, David’s Express, Pecan Foods, Polk Pick-It-Up, Brookshire Brothers Pharmacy and Tobacco Barn.

“2017 has been a year of outstanding growth and innovation for Brookshire Brothers. On behalf of the company and our 7,000 employee-owners, we are delighted to become a members of Topco Associates. Topco offers a unique opportunity for its members to dramatically increase our scale, gain industry insight from other regional grocers and more effectively compete in our respective markets,” said John Alston, President and CEO, Brookshire Brothers.

About Topco Associates LLC
Topco Associates LLC is an over $14 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 companies. 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.

Media contact:

Nancy Antol
847-329-3386
nantol@topco.com

Source:  Topco Associates LLC

Symphony EYC and Topco to provide retail members with both insights and reports to help drive ID store sales

Partnership provides Topco members and suppliers with better understanding of consumer shopping patterns and decision-making across the aggregate, helping drive business growth and gaining a sustainable competitive advantage.

PALO ALTO, CA, 2017-Jan-18 — /EPR Retail News/ — Symphony EYC, the leading provider of software and services for retailers, wholesalers and manufacturers, and Topco Associates, LLC, the largest food buying cooperative in the United States, have announced the establishment of an aggregated solution to provide Topco member retailers with both insights and reports to help drive ID store sales.

Together, Symphony EYC and Topco are able to deliver an aggregated set of customer data across multiple member retailers that can be shared with their Consumer Packaged Goods (CPG) partners, allowing Topco members and CPG partners to design and run better programs that ultimately deliver higher sales. In addition, through this partnership with Symphony EYC, Topco will further leverage customer insights into their own-brand label business supporting their member retailers.

Symphony EYC and Topco will provide members with access to segmentation solutions and innovative cloud-based Category Management capabilities. Additionally, Topco members, who represent some of the strongest and most trusted regional retailers in the US, will benefit from:

 Increased ID store sales due to better customer insights driving better plans
 Improved partnership and support from CPGs using the retailers customer data
 Ability to drive scale
 Stronger private label offerings developed using customer insights

“Symphony EYC is proud to partner with Topco to provide our customer-centric retailing solutions and services to its participating member retailers who are a diverse and strong group of regional retailers that span the US market,” said Dr Pallab Chatterjee, Chairman and CEO of Symphony EYC. “Together, we will deliver scalable customer insights that will further strengthen the retailers and allow CPG partners to effectively leverage this valuable information to drive their results as well.”

“We view this partnership with Symphony EYC as another opportunity for our members to collaborate and achieve greater value. By collectively leveraging Symphony EYC’s customer-centric insights and reporting, we’re creating richer insights and helping Topco members better understand consumers and their buying decisions,” said Randy Skoda, President and CEO of Topco.

About Symphony EYC

Symphony EYC, a leading provider of software and services for insights-driven customer engagement, partners with leading retailers and manufacturers in over 70 countries to deliver increased margins, profits and loyalty by enabling a more consistent customer retail experience. The simple, intuitive cloud-based software apps, big data analytic solutions and services, as well as Symphony EYC’s innovative omni-channel loyalty management platform, enable value creating customer-centric retailing opportunities that align to delight existing and attract new customers.

Symphony EYC solutions help power the Symphony Retail Cloud, the industry’s first rolebased, customer-centric cloud solution that enables retailers and manufacturers to deliver more than two percent revenue growth by translating customer intelligence into insights and actions that drive bottom-line decisions. More at www.symphonyretailcloud.com

About Topco Associates LLC

Topco Associates LLC is an over $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

For additional information please contact:
Symphony EYC

Joan Geoghegan
joan@cavalier-communications.com
978-371-3921

Topco Associates
Nancy Antol
nantol@topco.com
847-329-3386

Source: Topco Associates LLC

Illinois-based Central Grocers, Inc. joins Topco family

Elk Grove Village, Ill., 2016-Dec-01 — /EPR Retail News/ — Topco Associates LLC announced today ( November 29, 2016) that Joliet, Illinois-based Central Grocers, Inc. has joined the cooperative, expanding its retail, wholesale and foodservice companies’ membership.

“I am excited for this strong retailer-owned wholesaler to join our membership,” stated Randy Skoda, Topco President & CEO. “We look forward to partnering together to help Central Grocers fulfill their mission of serving the true independent grocer in their local market,” he continued.

Central Grocers supplies popular grocers such as Strack & Van Til, Tony’s Finer Foods, Ultra Foods and Sunset Foods, and will participate in Topco’s Grocery, Dairy/Bakery, Meat, Deli, Produce and Floral programs. Topco expects to have the wholesaler fully transitioned by first quarter of 2017.

“Central Grocers is pleased to join the Topco family. Topco’s innovative approach to finding business solutions in the grocery industry will be of significant benefit to the members we serve in more than 500 independent grocery stores. We envision that their buying power will help us maintain customer-friendly pricing in our intensely competitive markets, while Topco’s expertise in quality assurance, packaging and sustainability will help us improve overall in-store efficiency,” said Ken Nemeth, President & CEO of Central Grocers.

Formed in 1917, Central Grocers, Inc. has grown to become a $2 billion, memberowned, grocery wholesale cooperative. The wholesaler supplies more than 500 independent retailers in the Chicagoland and Northwest Indiana area with groceries, produce, fresh meat, service deli items, frozen foods, ice cream and is the exclusive distributor of the Centrella Brand.

About Topco Associates LLC
Topco Associates LLC is an over $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.

Media contact:
Nancy Antol
847-329-3386
nantol@topco.com

Source: Topco Associates

Topco to assume the procurement and marketing services for Western Family’s own brand products

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.

Media contact:

Danell O’Neill
doneill@topco.com

Source: Topco