Topco Recognizes Member-Owners For Outstanding Store Brand Commitment

Greg Sparks, SVP and COO, K-VA-T Food Stores; Dan Glei, EVP, merchandising and marketing, K-VA-T; Steve Smith, president and CEO, K-VA-T; Jim Goers, SVP, member development and national brands, Topco Associates; Jesse Lewis, EVP and COO (retired), K-VA-T; and Randy Skoda, president and CEO, Topco.

Greg Sparks, SVP and COO, K-VA-T Food Stores; Dan Glei, EVP, merchandising and marketing, K-VA-T; Steve Smith, president and CEO, K-VA-T; Jim Goers, SVP, member development and national brands, Topco Associates; Jesse Lewis, EVP and COO (retired), K-VA-T; and Randy Skoda, president and CEO, Topco.

Topco Associates recently held its 2017 Annual Membership Conference. During the two-day meeting, the company honored members who demonstrated exceptional program participation. The 2016 award winners are:

SpartanNash Co.—Greatest Dollar Growth All Programs
In 2016 SpartanNash continued to implement Topco’s Aggregated Pharmacy Initiative and grew its own brand portfolio with an emphasis on Full Circle Market and ValuTime.

Associated Food Stores—Greatest Percentage Growth All Programs
Associated Food Stores showed impressive growth following its transition to Top Care in 2016. It also increased its assortment and promotion of Topco own brands, including Full Circle Market, @ease, Paws Happy Life, Simply Done and Wide Awake Coffee.

Weis Markets—Greatest Dollar Growth Center Store
Weis Markets achieved greatest dollar growth in center store by expanding its assortments in bottled water, coffee, frozen vegetables and salty snacks through brands such as Full Circle Market and ValuTime.

Associated Grocers of Florida—Greatest Percentage Growth Center Store
In 2016 Associated Grocers of Florida significantly expanded its own brand portfolio and grew center store categories such as cereal, sugar and canned vegetables.

Big Y Foods—Greatest Dollar Growth Fresh
Big Y Foods demonstrated impressive growth in produce, deli meat and chicken and achieved significant savings on ground beef through Topco’s Fresh Meat program.

Stater Bros. Markets—Greatest Percentage Growth Fresh
Stater Bros. grew its total fresh purchases by leveraging Topco’s produce program for berries, citrus, mandarins and cherries.

Price Chopper Supermarkets—Greatest Dollar Growth Value Add
Price Chopper’s continued growth and participation in Topco’s Indirect Spend, specifically HR and employee benefits, pharmacy and national brands programs contributed to its continued success.

Brookshire Holdings—Greatest Percentage Growth Value Add
The team from Brookshire’s achieved best-in-class percentage growth across all three of Topco’s Value Add programs. Topco applauds Brookshire’s for its leadership and performance in pharmacy, national brands and indirect spend.

K-VA-T Food Stores—Greatest Purchase Penetration
For the 13th year in a row, Topco presented K-VA-T Food Stores with the Greatest Purchase Penetration Award for surpassing all members across all programs.

Hy-Vee—Greatest Purchase Volume
Hy-Vee led all members in 2016 in overall purchases for the 12th consecutive year.

In addition, the following members were honored for their milestone Topco anniversaries: Giant Eagle, 55 years; Associated Grocers of the South, 30 years; Bashas’, 15 years; Coborn’s, 15 years; Imperial Distributors, 15 years; Wegmans Food Markets, 15 years; Quick Chek Corp., 10 years; United Supermarkets, 10 years; and Associated Food Stores, five years.

About The Author

A former newspaper editor and publisher who has handled digital duties for The Shelby Report since 2011. She once enjoyed leisurely perusing the grocery store aisles but, since having a baby in 2016, is now an enthusiastic click-and-collect shopper.

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