Topco Associates is a top company in terms of private-label procurement. Topco uses the combined purchasing clout of more than 50 member companies (mostly supermarket and foodservice operators) nationwide to wring discounts from wholesalers and manufacturers. Topco distributes about 10,000 private-label items, including fresh meat and produce, dairy and bakery goods, pharmacy, flowers, and health and beauty aids, to retail locations throughout the US. Its brands include Food Club, Shurfine, and a line of "Top" labels such as Top Crest and Top Care. In addition to procurement, Topco helps its members manage their costs through financial-services programs and other business services.
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