NAPAR, the acronym for the National Association of Perishable Agricultural Receivers, is the only fresh produce association focused exclusively on and representing the interests of produce wholesalers and receivers in the U.S. It is headquartered in Washington, D.C. Most of its members are family-owned, multi-generational businesses, the group says.
Topco Associates is a $14 billion-plus, privately held company that provides aggregation, innovation and knowledge management solutions for its food industry member-owners and customers, including grocery retailers, wholesalers and foodservice companies.
The new partnership allows NAPAR members to purchase not-for-resale supplies through Topco’s “Indirect Spend” program, which utilizes the collective buying power of Topco’s food industry wholesale and retail members. This collective buying power will produce significant savings for NAPAR’s members.
“This is a great opportunity for NAPAR’s produce wholesaler-receiver members,” said Chairman Matthew D’Arrigo of D’Arrigo Bros. Co. of New York.“For those who participate, Topco’s collective buying power will provide NAPAR members with significant savings on everything they use to run their businesses from forklifts and jacks, to shrink wrap and corrugated and from trucks and tires to refrigeration equipment,” he continued. “This partnership will push more to their bottom lines and make them more competitive.”
NAPAR members will save by participating in national contracts that have been negotiated by Topco for its members. In many cases, they will purchase the same brand names from the same suppliers at substantial savings.
“Topco will make NAPAR members more competitive and more successful,” D’Arrigo added.