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Topco Associates Overview

www.topco.com
Elk Grove Village, IL
201 to 500 employees
1944
Company - Private
Business Services
$10+ billion (USD) per year
Topco Associates is a top company in terms of private-label procurement. Topco uses the combined purchasing clout of more than 60 member companies (mostly supermarket operators and foodservice suppliers) nationwide to wring discounts from wholesalers and manufacturers. Topco ... Read more

Topco Associates – Why Work For Us?


ABOUT TOPCO ASSOCIATES LLC

Topco Associates LLC is a privately held company that provides innovative business solutions for its food industry member-owners and customers. Topco leverages the collective volume, knowledge and commitment of these companies to create a competitive advantage in the marketplace by reducing costs and offering winning business-building capabilities. Topco's membership collectively represents billions in retail sales volume with thousands of stores. 

Topco provides procurement, quality assurance, packaging and other services exclusively for its member-owners, which include supermarket retailers, food wholesalers and foodservice companies. Topco has no conflicting profit motive because it distributes all earnings back to its member-owners based on their level of participation.

 

Topco's Mission Statement

Topco's mission is to provide solutions for our owners to profitably grow their business and realize a sustainable competitive advantage in the markets they serve. We drive value and demonstrate leadership by delivering aggregation, innovation and knowledge management solutions.


AGGREGATION

Topco is focused on providing solutions that enable our members to profitably grow their businesses. Prominent among these is synergy through aggregation. Aggregation, which we define as the leveraging members' collective product and services needs, common resources and capabilities, provides several specific benefits to Topco members:

  • Pricing: Lower prices through aggregation of volume and knowledge;
  • Efficiency: Additional cost and speed-to-market benefits through the elimination of redundant services;
  • Leadership: The ability to influence the evolution of industry standards; and
  • Networking: The sharing of best practices among non-competing members.
  • Aggregation will enable our members to effectively compete against the country's top retailers.

Topco will deliver these aggregation benefits through continuous improvement of our business processes; by having the right staff; and using the right information technology. An additional aggregation benefit is provided by the ability of our members to connect with each other through engagement in Topco. In summary, Topco's success at aggregation creates value by enabling common resources and capabilities to become pooled solutions designed to meet the diverse needs of its members. 


INNOVATION

We define innovation in three distinct areas: product, packaging and process. In each of these, innovation is not the end goal, but rather an ongoing means to an end. The tangible benefits include:

  • Increasing sales;
  • Maximizing margins;
  • Creating differentiation;
  • Building customer loyalty; and
  • Creating leverage with national brands.

Product innovation at Topco centers on delivering superior solutions to consumers that make their lives better. It could be the best-tasting yogurt that gives a great sensory experience, a complete meal solution that saves households time and money or a cleaner that removes spots better than any other on the market. Each of our consumer-focused products should provide our members with clear points of differentiation.


KNOWLEDGE MANAGEMENT

A key Topco asset is the deep understanding of its members' products, categories, suppliers and shoppers. Through the efficient and effective management of this valuable knowledge, Topco can buy smarter, provide the right products at the right time and ensure product consistency for our members' consumers. Topco has key experts that support members at each step of the procurement process. For example, the Meat programs have economists on staff who monitor the meat markets and provide our buying team with the latest supply and pricing trends, so each purchase delivers that extra penny-per-pound reduction in cost. Our Qualiy Assurance department's food scientists use their expertise to ensure suppliers provide consistent, quality food that meets or exceeds the highest quality standards. Topco's Produce department has "feet in the fields," inspecting produce as it ripens on the vine or lands at the port. And our Creative Services department's professionals use their branding and marketing expertise to steward brands, communicate "value at a glance," and connect with shoppers at the point of purchase and each time the product is set on the kitchen counter. 


TOPCO'S HISTORY

On September 28, 1944 a small cooperative was formed to supply its members with dairy products and paper goods, allowing them to operate in spite of wartime shortages. Called Food Cooperatives, Inc., the products procured by this organization were sold under the Food Club and Elna labels. Some of the members of Food Cooperatives were also members of another cooperative called Top Frost Foods.

In addition to supplying frozen foods to its members, Top Frost also had an impressive quality program that set its specifications higher than those of the leading national brands. By early 1950, it was obvious that the two cooperatives were clearly well matched, which resulted in a merger of the two companies in December of that year. This was the beginning of Topco Associates, Inc., as it is known today. Folklore has it that the name "Topco" came from the "top" of Top Frost and the "co" of Food Cooperatives. Some people claim it's an acronym for "top companies."

At Topco, we value the talents and special attributes of our associates


Topco Opportunities

At Topco, we value the talents and special attributes of our associates. We recognize the importance of an environment that encourages professional growth and strives to help our associates obtain their personal goals. Moreover, we know that to best serve our member-owners and enhance their position as industry leaders, we must allow our associates to voice their ideas and reward their individual contributions.

Topco Associates offers an excellent compensation and benefits package, a stimulating work environment, and a chance to grow professionally. We encourage you to join our team!


COMMITMENT TO DIVERSITY

Topco is an equal opportunity employer by law and by our value system. As such, we:

  • Recruit, hire, train, and promote associates in all job classifications without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, or national origin.
  • Make equal employment opportunity a key factor in all our decisions about employment and promotion.
  • Conduct all business without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, or national origin. 


EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY STATEMENT

Topco is an equal opportunity employer and complies with all applicable laws prohibiting discrimination based on race, color, sex, gender identity, religion, age, creed, marital status, parental status, national origin, ancestry, physical or mental disability, sexual orientation, veteran status, source of income, or any other classification protected by federal, state, or local law.

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    Former Employee - Associate Sourcing Manager in Elk Grove Village, IL
    Former Employee - Associate Sourcing Manager in Elk Grove Village, IL
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    I worked at Topco Associates full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Convenient office location, good benefits package. Support from coworkers created irrevocable bond. Marginally lower pay than industry was supplemented with strong benefits package. Was mentored by some very talented and knowledgeable individuals, but many have at least one foot out the door.

    Cons

    Left because they expected too much from too few. Hard work ethic is not recognized through pay. Only way to move up is to change departments as openings become available, and most silos have their own process/procedures that do not fully align, limiting growth potential. Most veterans at the top are disappearing and new colleagues are not as focused on the "team-culture" as the old was.

    Advice to Management

    Work towards creating a "Topco family" again, it worked! Promote from within and harness the knowledge that can only be gained from working up the ladder and working very closely with member / owners stimulate connections across members / category managers at the bottom. Stimulate and mentor those who are eager to grow with the company, and dump those who are dragging you down. Get rid of Topnotch and encourage/enable managers to present real bonuses for excellence. Don't allow cost of living awards for mediocrity. You have some excellent top performers - they don't all need to be showcased, just work on keeping them, you know what motivates them.

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    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 4+ weeks. I interviewed at Topco Associates (West Palm Beach, FL) in June 2016.

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    You go through either a recruiter or staffing agency, The Director will call you on the phone and speak with you briefly, then if they like you then you are asked to come in for a face to face. As you are interviewing, they show you only the good side ( of course ) but once you are there, it is a VERY DIFFERENT STORY.

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