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    Pathmark Becomes a Member-Owner of Topco

    CARTERET, N.J. -- Pathmark Stores, Inc. here said yesterday that it has joined Skokie, Ill.-based privately held national cooperative Topco Associates, LLC, enabling Pathmark will take part in Topco's private label grocery, HBC, general merchandise, frozen foods, dairy, and bakery programs.

    CARTERET, N.J. -- Pathmark Stores, Inc. here said yesterday that it has joined Skokie, Ill.-based privately held national cooperative Topco Associates, LLC, enabling Pathmark will take part in Topco's private label grocery, HBC, general merchandise, frozen foods, dairy, and bakery programs.

    Said Pathmark co-president and chief marketing and merchandising officer Ken Martindale in a statement, "As one of Topco's 60 member companies, we join a cooperative that has aggregated purchasing power of more than $5.6 billion. We expect to realize significant benefits; in particular this partnership will help to strengthen our private label program, and it is another major step in our repositioning of Pathmark."

    The Mid-Atlantic regional grocer currently operates 141 supermarkets in the New York-New Jersey and Philadelphia metro areas.

    Topco offers procurement, quality assurance, packaging, and other services exclusively for its member-owners, which include supermarkets, wholesalers, and foodservice companies.

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