Topco Salutes Private Brand Excellence

Topco Associates recently held its 2016 Annual Membership Conference February 24 through 26. During the two-day meeting, several members received awards for their performance. Topco is proud to announce the following 2015 award winners:

SpartanNash Co. – Greatest Dollar Growth All Programs
SpartanNash showed great success by utilizing Topco’s market and category expertise to grow private brand sales as well as joined Topco’s Aggregated Pharmacy Initiative (API).

Affiliated Foods Midwest – Greatest Percentage Growth All Programs
Affiliated Foods Midwest demonstrated unparalleled growth by developing a wide array of private brand programs including Full Circle Market, Top Care and Buckley Farms.

Brookshire Holdings, Inc. Markets – Greatest Dollar Growth Center Store
Brookshire Markets’ Full Circle Market and Top Care end cap programs drove outstanding results in 2015.

Associated Food Stores – Greatest Percentage Growth Center Store
Associated Food Stores dedicated a team to drive and support the success of own brand initiatives, which garnered significant growth in center store.

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From Left: Jim Goers, SVP, Member Development and National Brands, Topco Associates; John Lucot, President and COO, Giant Eagle, Inc.; Jerry LeClair, EVP of Sales, Merchandising and Marketing, Giant Eagle; Marc Kurkiewicz, Vice President, Meat Programs, Topco Associates; Chris Hooks, SVP Center Store and Fresh Programs, Topco Associates.

Giant Eagle, LLC – Greatest Dollar Growth Fresh
Giant Eagle continued its successful participation in the produce program while significantly expanding its participation in the Fresh Meat program.

From Left: Jim Goers, SVP, Member Development and National Brands, Topco Associates; Pete Van Helden, President and CEO, Stater Bros. Markets; Dennis McIntyre, EVP Marketing, Stater Bros. Markets; Marc Kurkiewicz, Vice President, Meat Programs, Topco Associates; Chris Hooks, SVP Center Store and Fresh Programs, Topco Associates.
From Left: Jim Goers, SVP, Member Development and National Brands, Topco Associates; Pete Van Helden, President and CEO, Stater Bros. Markets; Dennis McIntyre, EVP Marketing, Stater Bros. Markets; Marc Kurkiewicz, Vice President, Meat Programs, Topco Associates; Chris Hooks, SVP Center Store and Fresh Programs, Topco Associates.

Stater Bros. – Greatest Percentage Growth Fresh
Stater Bros. grew their total fresh purchases by leveraging Topco to source case-ready beef, branded meat and produce.

Weis Markets, Inc. – Greatest Dollar Growth Value Add
Weis Markets, Inc. achieved outstanding dollar growth in Topco’s Pharmacy, Indirect Spend and National Brands programs.

Golub Corporation/Price Chopper – Overall Percentage Growth Value Add
Price Chopper achieved best-in-class percentage growth across all three of Topco’s Value Add programs while leading pharmacy initiatives such as diabetes education, patient care programs and in-store clinics.

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From Left: Jim Goers, SVP, Member Development and National Brands, Topco Associates; Dan Glei, EVP Merchandising and Marketing, K-VA-T Food Stores Inc., Jesse Lewis, SVP and COO, K-VA-T Food Stores, Inc.; Steve Smith President and CEO, K-VA-T Food Stores, Inc., Randy Skoda, President and CEO, Topco Associates.

K-VA-T Food Stores, Inc. – Greatest Purchase Penetration
For the 12th year in a row, Topco presented K-VA-T Food Stores with the Greatest Purchase Penetration. K-VA-T Food Stores surpassed all members across all programs.

From Left: Jim Goers, SVP, Member Development and National Brands, Topco Associates; Karl Kruse, SVP Supply Chain, Hy-Vee, Inc.; Jon Wendel, EVP and Chief Merchandising Officer, Hy-Vee, Inc.;  Randy Skoda, President and CEO, Topco Associates
From Left: Jim Goers, SVP, Member Development and National Brands, Topco Associates; Karl Kruse, SVP Supply Chain, Hy-Vee, Inc.; Jon Wendel, EVP and Chief Merchandising Officer, Hy-Vee, Inc.; Randy Skoda, President and CEO, Topco Associates

Hy-Vee, Inc. – Highest Purchase Volume
Hy-Vee, Inc. led all members in 2015 in overall purchases for the 11th consecutive year, by increasing purchases by over 11% versus last year.

In addition, several members were honored for their significant Topco anniversaries, including:

  • Piggly Wiggly Midwest, LLC – 60 years
  • Big Y Foods, Inc. – 25 years
  • Larroc, Inc. – 10 years
  • Centro Cuesta Nacional, C. Por A. – 10 years
  • Roche Bros. Supermarkets, LLC – 10 years
  • Golub Corporation Price Chopper Supermarkets – 10 years

“These organizations have shown great leadership by fully utilizing Topco’s market intelligence, category expertise and creative services to create best-in-class own brand offerings, said Jim Goers, Topco Senior Vice President, Member Development and National Brands. “We congratulate these members for their commitment and dedication to Topco.”



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