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Topco Recognizes Member Owners For Outstanding Own Brand Commitment

Topco Associates annual awards
Hy-Vee Inc.—Greatest Overall Purchase Volume: from left, Topco Chairman of the Board and Stater Bros. CEO Pete Van Helden; Hy-Vee VP Procurement Isaac Wiese; Hy-Vee SVP Merchandising Mike Terry; Hy-Vee EVP & Chief Merchandising Officer Darren Baty; Hy-Vee Supply Chain Subsidiaries Vice Chairman, President Jay Marshall; Hy-Vee Inc. Chairman, CEO and President Randy Edeker; Hy-Vee Group VP Merchandising and Private Brands Dan Gubbins; Hy-Vee SVP Marketing Joel Allen; and Topco Associates President and CEO Randy Skoda.

Topco Associates LLC honored members who demonstrated exceptional program partnership and commitment in 2019 during its recent annual membership conference in Palm Springs, California.

Based in Elk Grove, Illinois, Topco is a more than $14 billion, privately held, member-owned company that provides aggregation, innovation and knowledge management solutions for its leading food industry member-owners and customers, including grocery retailers, wholesalers and food service companies.

The following are the 2019 award winners:

  • Hy-Vee Inc.—Greatest Overall Purchase Volume: Topco honored Hy-Vee with one of its highest awards. In 2019, Hy-Vee led all members in overall purchases. A member of the Topco Board of Directors since 2003 and an active member for 20 years, this is the 15th consecutive year in which Hy-Vee has achieved this honor, demonstrating an outstanding commitment to growth and driving best-in-class results.
  • K-VA-T Food Stores Inc.—Greatest Overall Purchase Penetration: Topco also presented K-VA-T Food Stores with one of its highest achievement awards. In 2019, K-VA-T achieved outstanding engagement in Topco programs, surpassing all members in overall purchase penetration. In addition to its 2019 accomplishment, K-VA-T has achieved this impressive designation for the 16th year in a row, demonstrating an unparalleled commitment to partnering for growth across Topco’s membership.
  • Associated Food Stores Inc.—Greatest Dollar Growth, All Programs: In 2019, Associated Food Stores continued its expansion within pharmacy, dairy and indirect spend. It also saw significant dollar growth of the Food Club brand. This is the third consecutive year that AFS has received this award.
  • Schnuck Markets Inc.—Greatest Percentage Growth, All Programs: Schnucks achieved impressive growth across the Topco Brand portfolio including produce, center store and fresh meat, with significant growth in the beef category.
  • Big Y Foods Inc.—Greatest Dollar Growth, Fresh: Big Y grew its fresh dollar purchases with significant growth in fresh meat, branded meat and produce.
  • Brookshire Holdings Inc.—Greatest Percentage Growth, Fresh: Brookshire grew its total fresh purchases by leveraging Topco programs with new purchases in avocados, beef cuts, sausage and bacon.
  • SpartanNash Co.—Greatest Dollar Growth, Value-Add: In 2019, SpartanNash significantly expanded participation in Topco’s Pharmacy program, with the majority of its growth coming from Branded Rx.
  • Alex Lee Inc.—Greatest Percentage Growth, Value-Add: In 2019, the team from Alex Lee achieved best in class percentage growth by unlocking value through increased commitment in Topco Fuel and Indirect Spend programs.
  • URM Stores Inc.—Greatest Dollar Growth, Center Store: By focusing on selling compelling Own Brands to independent grocers, URM achieved greatest dollar growth in center store through new expansion in Topco program dairy categories, as well as significant additional purchase growth in eggs and cheese.
  • Affiliated Foods Inc.—Greatest Percentage Growth, Center Store: In 2019, AFI–Amarillo grew its Topco program in center store and increased its participation in Topco’s dairy program including fresh eggs.

In addition, the following members were honored for their milestone anniversaries:

  • Meijer, Inc.—65 years;
  • Pueblo, Inc.—50 years;
  • Associated Grocers Inc.—40 years;
  • K-VA-T Food Stores, Inc.—25 years;
  • Hy-Vee, Inc.—20 years;
  • Brookshire Holdings Inc.—15 years;
  • C&S Wholesale Grocers Inc.—15 years; and
  • Southeastern Grocers LLC—15 years.
K-VA-T Food Stores Inc.—Greatest Overall Purchase Penetration: from left, Topco Chairman of the Board and Stater Bros. CEO Pete Van Helden; K-VA-T Food Stores EVP Merchandising and Marketing Dan Glei; K-VA-T Food Stores President and CEO Steve Smith; Topco Associates President and CEO Randy Skoda; and K-VA-T Food Stores COO Greg Sparks.
Affiliated Foods Inc.—Greatest Percentage Growth, Center Store: from left, Topco Associates VP Category Management and Market Insights Katie Waeltz; Topco Associates SVP Center Store Christine Heffernan; Affiliated Foods COO Brian Piancino; Affiliated Foods President and CEO Randy Arceneaux; Topco Associates VP Member Development Marc Kurkiewicz.
URM Stores Inc.—Greatest Dollar Growth, Center Store: from left, Topco Associates VP Category Management and Market Insights Katie Waeltz; Topco Associates SVP Center Store Christine Heffernan; URM Stores President and CEO Ray Sprinkle; URM Stores VP Procurement Michael McShane; Topco Associates Marc Kurkiewicz VP Member Development.
Alex Lee Inc.—Greatest Percentage Growth, Value-Add: from left, Topco Associates VP Member Development Marc Kurkiewicz; Topco Associates Senior Director Indirect Spend Rich Minio; Alex Lee Inc./Lowes Foods LLC President Tim Lowe; Alex Lee Inc. President and CEO Brian George; Alex Lee Inc./MDI President Michelle Azar; and Topco Associates EVP and CFO Tom Frey.
SpartanNash Company—Greatest Dollar Growth, Value-Add: from left, Topco Associates VP Member Development Marc Kurkiewicz; Topco Associates Senior Director Indirect Spend Rich Minio; SpartanNash EVP and Chief Merchandising and Marketing Officer Lori Raya; SpartanNash VP Private Brands John Paul; SpartanNash SVP Merchandising Joe McQuesten; SpartanNash VP Operations Finance Francis Wong; Topco Associates EVP and CFO Tom Frey; and Topco Associates SVP Health and Wellness Tom Rousonelos.
Brookshire Holdings Inc.—Greatest Percentage Growth, Fresh: from left, Topco Associates SVP Fresh Scott Caro; Topco Associates VP Produce and Floral Mike Ferguson; Brookshire Holdings Chairman and CEO Brad Brookshire; Topco Associates VP Meat Programs Dave Negron; and Topco Associates VP Member Development Marc Kurkiewicz.
Big Y Foods Inc.—Greatest Dollar Growth, Fresh: from left: Topco Associates VP Produce and Floral Mike Ferguson; Big Y Foods EVP and COO Michael D’Amour; Topco Associates SVP Fresh Scott Caro; Big Y Foods President and CEO Charlie D’Amour; Topco Associates VP Member Development Marc Kurkiewicz; and Topco Associates VP Meat Programs Dave Negron.
Schnuck Markets Inc.—Greatest Percentage Growth, All Programs: from left: Topco Associates President and CEO Randy Skoda; Schnuck Markets Chief Merchant Steve Mayer; Schnuck Markets VP Own Brands Jason Ulichnie; Schnuck Markets Chairman and CEO Todd Schnuck; and Topco Associates VP Member Development Marc Kurkiewicz.
Associated Food Stores Inc.—Greatest Dollar Growth, All Programs: From left, Topco Associates President and CEO Randy Skoda; Associated Food Stores President and CEO Neal Berube; and Topco Associates VP Member Development Marc Kurkiewicz.

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