Topco expands to include Associated Food Stores, McLane Global
SKOKIE, Ill. — Associated Food Stores and McLane Global have joined Topco, the company announced Friday.
Associated Food Stores will participate in Topco’s pharmacy program, which now has 23 committed members representing more than $3.2 billion in sales volume. Meanwhile, McLane Global will take part in Topco’s frozen, dairy/bakery, HBC/GM and not-for-resale programs.
With these additions, Topco’s membership now includes 53 retail, wholesale and foodservice companies.
“We’re excited that Associated Food Stores and McLane Global are now Topco members,” Topco president and CEO Randy Skoda said. “They are both outstanding organizations whose joining further enhances the collective strength of Topco and the membership. We look forward to working with them to help drive value for their companies and customers.”
Telebrands rolls out duster
FAIRFIELD, N.J. — Telebrands is bringing the popular Sticky Buddy roller product to retail in early May. The lint and dust remover has had strong direct-to- consumer sales. In its first two weeks on the JW Greensheet industry report of the top 75 traditional direct response spots, the product climbed to the No. 2 position — a rate that is “extremely rare,” according to Greensheet publisher John Kogler.
Sticky Buddy will retail for $10 — a price point that generates some of the best turns in the category, according to Telebrands president AJ Khubani.
Rechargeables power growth
Rechargeable batteries represent a growth area for retailers. A report from the Freedonia Group indicated that alkaline batteries remain the most prevalent type of primary battery, accounting for more than 70% of demand. Sales of other battery chemistries, most notably primary lithium, are expected to gain traction in the market through 2015.
As the population ages, sales of hearing-aid batteries and primary lithium batteries for implantable medical devices are expected to soar.
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