WILLIAMSVILLE, N.Y., 2017-Feb-09 — /EPR Retail News/ — Tops Friendly Markets, a leading full-service grocery retailer in New York, northern Pennsylvania, western Vermont, and north central Massachusetts recently teamed up with Redland Foods to produce a segment of its Tops Brand line of products right here in Western New York.
Redland, an affiliate of Trophy Foods Inc., expanded into the U.S. from Canada for the first time in 2014, having already created 20 new jobs for the community and investing over $2.5 million into Western New York, with plans for further growth in jobs and capital investment in 2017. This type of commitment to the community and the economic impact that they will have for years to come is just one of the many reasons why Tops decided to partner with them on this product line.
Having recently rebranded and reformulated thousands of items over the past two years, and added or reformulated hundreds of items with an emphasis on cleaner ingredients, Tops was seeking a company that offered flexibility as well as a manufacturer willing to work within its high standards of quality and transparency. Having the product made locally also guarantees the freshest and highest quality products possible for their customers and was something that was important to Tops when seeking a vendor.
“Whether it was producing smaller batches or helping us to develop a blend of flavors that no other national brand offers, Redland helped us to develop a program to meet our needs all within our guidelines,” said Nicky Walsh, director of business development for Daymon. Daymon, a private brand development group, works closely with Tops Markets to develop several of the Tops Brand products.
“Redland Foods is very proud to partner with Tops Markets on their new initiative to provide their customers with innovative healthy snacking nut products,” said Joseph Milando, vice president of sales. “We established very early on a great working relationship with the Tops team in developing and launching a wide assortment of snacking nut items meant to cater and indulge their customers on great tasting snacking nuts! We are extremely excited about our tremendous partnership with the leading full-service grocery retailer.”
“Working with local manufacturers is something Tops takes great pride in so when seeking a vendor to manufacturer its 18 varieties of snack nuts and trail mixes, Tops was pleased to find Redland conveniently located right in our backyard on Sonwil Drive in Cheektowaga, NY, said Frank Curci, chief executive officer and chairman for Tops Friendly Markets.
In the coming months Tops is looking forward to working with Redlands on additional opportunities to expand its snack line including one with a seasonal flare due to hit shelves this fall.
About Tops Friendly Markets
Tops Markets, LLC, is headquartered in Williamsville, NY and operates 172 full-service supermarkets with five additional by franchisees under the Tops banner. Tops employs more than 15,000 associates and is a leading full-service grocery retailer in New York, northern Pennsylvania, western Vermont, and north central Massachusetts. For more information about Tops Markets, visit the company’s website at www.topsmarkets.com.
Trophy Foods Inc. Canadian based Trophy Foods Inc. is a manufacturer of nuts, dried fruits, and confectionery and bulk foods. They work with grocery retailers, mass merchandisers, drug channels, and food service customers across Canada and the U.S. to create and produce a wide variety of private label branded products. With headquarters in Mississauga, Ontario and a second location in Calgary, Alberta, Trophy Foods has been in operation since 1967.
Source: Tops Friendly Markets