Private brand food distributor Western Family Foods is expected to close its longtime headquarters in Tigard, Oregon later this year after the company announced that it had been consolidated by Chicago food cooperative Topco.
In a statement to the Portland Tribune, Western Family said that at the consumer level, Western Family will remain exactly the same.
“Under this arrangement, Topco will provide the same quality and variety of products that consumers have come to expect from Western Family with no changes planned for either the products offered or the retailers that presently stock the Western Family brands,” the company said.
Western Family’s legal manager Cherylynn Moser said that news reports of Western Family had been purchased by Topco are not accurate. Instead, she said, Topco has been authorized to distribute Western Family’s products to retailers across the country.
Under the agreement, Topco will begin distributing Western Family, Shurfine and Natural Directions brands, she said.
“The brands are not going away; nothing is changing for them,” Moser said.