AFS Receives Recognition for Growth – Obray Named to Topco Board

Members of the AFS Executive Team attended meetings with Topco last week. During the meetings, Associated Food Stores (AFS) was recognized by Topco for two impressive accomplishments.  

First, AFS was acknowledged for the greatest dollar growth for all programs in 2021. With large companies like KVAT, Wegman’s, Affiliated Foods and others as fellow Topco members, this award is particularly extraordinary. 

Second, AFS was congratulated for being a member of Topco for 10 years having joined the group in 2012. In addition to the awards, Bob Obray, president and CEO of AFS, was named to the Topco Board of Directors. This announcement is an important one as it gives Associated Food Stores direct representation on the Topco board now and in the future. 

“Our partnership with Topco is extremely valuable,” said Bob. “It allows AFS, and subsequently its members, to benefit from the buying power, scale and knowledge that comes from the nationwide organization.” 

Topco is a nearly $15 billion 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. 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. Many of the AFS Exclusive Brands such as Food Club, Simply Done and Culinary Tours come from Topco.