Western Family Foods to close Tigard headquarters
Company consolidates with Chicago food co-op, plans to shut down Tigard headquarters by year's end.
Western Family Foods is expected to close its longtime Tigard headquarters later this year after the food giant announced that it had been consolidated by a Chicago food cooperative.
Western Family, a private label food-service company based off Southwest 72nd Avenue, distributes more than 3,600 products to grocery stores across the country.
Its one of Tigards biggest private companies, but the longstanding food distributor notified employees last week that it would consolidate with Chicago-based Topco Associates LLC.
Topco is a retail cooperative that distributes private-label goods for 50 retailers and wholesalers across the nation.
In a statement, Western Family said that at the consumer level, Western Family will remain exactly the same.
Under this arrangement, Topco will provide the same quality and variety of products that consumers have come to expect from Western Family with no changes planned for either the products offered or the retailers that presently stock the Western Family brands, the company said.
Western Familys legal manager Cherylynn Moser said that news reports of Western Family had been purchased by Topco are not accurate. Instead, she said, Topco has been authorized to distribute Western Familys products to retailers across the country.
Under the agreement, Topco will begin distributing Western Family, Shurfine and Natural Directions brands, she said.
The brands are not going away; nothing is changing for them, Moser said.
Western Familys Tigard headquarters, 6700 S.W. Sandburg St., is expected to close by the end of the year. The company employees 58 people at its Tigard office, all of whom will be laid off.
Western Family Foods is one of the states largest private companies. The company markets and distributes private-label foods to grocery stores across the country under the Western Family, Shurfine, Shursaving, MarketChoice and Better Buy brands. The company brought in more than $730 million in 2014, according to the Portland Business Journal.
Western Family has been based in Tigard for decades, building its current space on Southwest Sandburg Street 15 years ago.
Western Family was founded in 1934 as Pacific Mercantile Cooperative, and changed its name to Western Family in 1963.
Editor's Note: This story has been updated with a statement by Western Family and its legal manager Cherylynn Moser.
By Geoff Pursinger
The Times, serving Tigard, Tualatin and Sherwood
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