About Topco

TopcoLogoWith its membership collectively representing thousands of locations and billions in sales volume, Topco Associates LLC is a company that has made its mark in the retail food industry. Privately held and giving business solutions to its member-owners, Topco offers a variety of services to help them gain a competitive advantage.

Topco provides packaging, quality assurance and procurement, among other solutions exclusively to member-owners. The member-owners include food service firms, food wholesalers and supermarket retailers. Earnings of the company are re-distributed back to member-owners in relation to participation levels.

Topco’s History

Topco began as a cooperative in September of 1944, established to supply members with paper goods and dairy products.  The goal was to enable them to operate despite shortages caused by the war. The name was Food Cooperatives Inc. and the products were sold using Elna and Food Club labels. A few members of this cooperative were also part of Top Frost Foods, another cooperative.

Top Frost supplied frozen foods and had a notable quality program whose specifications were higher than the leading national labels/brands at the time. The two cooperatives combined in December 1950 and formed Topco Associates, as it is known today. While some say Topco means “top companies,” other say it’s the ‘top’ in Top Frost with ‘co’ coming from ‘cooperatives’ in Food Cooperatives.

Benefits to Members

The specific advantages include:

  • Aggregation – enabling member-owners to compete effectively against top retailers
  • Networking – sharing best practices
  • Leadership – influencing the industry standards
  • Efficiency – eliminating redundant services
  • Pricing – low prices due to aggregation of knowledge and volumes

Some of the member-owners include Wegmans, Weis, Roundys, Raleys, Pueblo, Piggly Wiggly, Marsh, Food City, Giant Eagle, Price Chopper, Coborn’s, Bashas, and Amber Pharmacy, among others.

 

2 Comments

  1. Diane. Buboltz January 15, 2017 at 4:03 pm - Reply

    I would like to know where I can purchase your Carmel corn? We can only find it at Christmas around Brilliant WI. Thank. You for your time.

  2. Madeline Bechtel May 31, 2015 at 12:36 pm - Reply

    I live in Amarillo TX and have purchased your cobbler mix for quite some time. But the last several months I cannot find it in any store is there any way I can purchase some through your website? I usually purchase several at a time and put them in my freezer, then when I want to bake a cobbler, I just take a package out of the freezer, I just used my last package today Thanks for your help

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