NORTHLAKE, Ill. -- Shurfine International, a private-label manufacturer and distributor here, said last week it has signed a letter of intent to merge with Topco Associates, a private-label sales and marketing cooperative based in Skokie, Ill. The combined company would have estimated annual sales of $3.45 billion, according to Karen Vorwald, Topco director of member development. Shurfine could not be reached for comment. Vorwald said the merger plans call for Shurfine's business to be ...

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