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Posted on: December 15, 2020
The Category Management team at Harbor Wholesale is a dynamic group of leaders committed to supporting merchandising solutions in the independent c-store world. It’s not just about a robust assortment – it’s about the right assortment. Using region specific data and industry knowledge, our Category Management team works with our Vendor Partners to ensure you have the best products available in your store. To be a successful Category Manager here is the secret recipe;- A passion for creating winning solutions for independent retailers.- Category expertise and an understanding of current consumer trends.- Tremendous negotiating skills combined with strong Vendor partnerships.- Understanding of where regulations and taxation fit into each category.- Strong merchandising skills to design the best schematics and displays for retail. Let’s meet Harbor’s world-class Category Managers! Chelsea GarrowCategory Manager - Beverage, Grab & Go, SnacksChelsea considers her categories to be a lot of fun. Snacks and Grab & Go especially always have new and exciting things to offer and it has beeninteresting for Chelsea to see how dramatically consumer trends in these categories have changed over the past nine years. It’s not just about chips and burgers anymore. Finding the right balance between classic c-store fare that still sells, and better-for-you options that meet increasing demand can be a real challenge. That’s the fun part. Chelsea likes to look at it like a giant puzzle and put the pieces together, so they fit just right to make the big picture make sense. She also takes a lot of pride in helping Harbor’s independent retailers stand out from the crowd with private label brands specifically tailored to Pacific Northwest consumers, such as our Mountain Fresh Sandwiches, Salads, and Snacks. Jan HicknerCategory Manager - GroceryJan Hickner is the newest member of our Category Management team. She comes to us with an extensive grocery wholesale background and manages our Grocery, Grocery Nonedible, Cooler, and Frozen categories. Jan has a passion for helping the independent retailer and thrives on their success. She is excited to bring her passion, knowledge, and ideas to the conveniencechannel. Jaime McLeanCategory Manager - Tobacco & OTP, Auto, HABA,General MerchandiseJaime manages Tobacco, Health & Beauty, General Merchandise andAutomotive products for Harbor. Her favorite thing about her role is being able to fully utilize her initiative and problem-solving skills to improve productivity and add value to the categories that she manages for the company. She loves working with the Harbor Sales Team and helping them drive their goals in the field while offering the best solutions and product mixes for our customers.She has extensive experience navigating the ever-changing state and Federal tobacco regulation landscape, and enjoys working with the Harbor Sales Team to help them. Theo PorterCategory Manager - FoodserviceTheo’s favorite thing about being a Category Manager for Harbor Wholesale’s Convenience Foodservice is that he gets to develop programs for our customers that are innovative and unique. Whether it’s bringing a vendor program to Harbor’s Sales Team or building one from scratch, he gets to be creative and make something that hasn’t existed before. Helping our customers stay relevant and building relationships keeps him engaged and excited to work every day. Angela WallerCategory Manager - Candy, Meat SnacksAngela is our Category Management Team Lead and she also manages Candy, Meat Snacks & WAM program. It is easy to be passionate about what you do when you are surrounded by great people. Servicing c-stores is fun, fast-paced and ever-changing; there is never a dull moment! Angela loves interacting with vendors, team members and retail partners. What’s not fun about candy! She gets a great deal of satisfaction when she goes out into retail and sees new items Harbor set up or programs Harbor has put together out in the field. Angela has worked closely with theMarketing team to help design our proprietary rack programs several years ago, and she still gets excited when she sees our “Fuel” racks out at retails (formerly Meat Snack Zone). Angela works hard to ensure our Sales Team and retail customers have all the tools they need to maximize rebates on WAM programs. Seeing total payouts to retail grow year-over-year, by driving core items to the shelves and increasing sales lets Angela know we are doing it right. Harbor paid over a million in rebates to our retailers in 2019. Harbor is an open-minded nimble company that supports new ideas and creativity which is what keeps us all moving forward. Angela measures her own success by the success of our partners, it is what keeps her motivated to come to work every day with a smile on her face.
Posted on: December 14, 2020
NERDS is expanding its fun and innovative candy line with the launch of the crunchy, gummy, yummy invention you've been waiting for... new NERDS Gummy Clusters! Each poppable piece has crunchy, tangy, mini NERDS clustered around a sweet gummy center for a fun-to-eat, dual-texture treat. Available in the Nerds Rainbow flavor with a fruity gummy, this shareable treat is also perfect for on-the-go snacking. NERDS believes in the power of teamwork. It took a creative and nerdy team of scientists, engineers, researchers, marketers, and more to bring to life the idea of incredible NERDS-coated gummies. NERDS is the playful and fun-to-eat candy with a variety of delicious, crunchy, chewy and gummy options: Original NERDS including the iconic dual-flavored box, NERDS Ropes, Big Chewy NERDS… and now NERDS Gummy Clusters. The original iconic box couples two complementary flavors with dual chambers, allowing candy lovers to pour out perfectly imperfect pieces of pure delight. NERDS Ropes give fans a chewy, fruity string packed with crunchy, sweet NERDS, and Big Chewy NERDS and Sour Big Chewy NERDS have a crunch that surrounds a chewy center. The new NERDS Gummy Clusters have tangy, crunchy, mini NERDS clustered around a sweet gummy center for a poppable tasty bite. The NERDS brand believes that everyone is perfectly imperfect, just like its candy, and wants to encourage people to embrace and celebrate the nerdiness in everyone. The brand champions unleashing your passion, smarts, and creativity to be great at something, anything and everything you choose. NERDS come in many shapes, sizes and colors – and no NERDS are exactly the same. NERDS stories feature six different colors of NERDS characters who each represent a different type of NERDS personality, from creative to spontaneous, and the NERDS characters are always better when they work together. For more information on NERDS, please visit
Posted on: December 2, 2020
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Posted on: November 17, 2020
With the closure of restaurants, more demand put back on grocery and limited occupancy restrictions in supermarkets, our retail customer base will see increased traffic. Consumers will look for quick, safe, and easy locations to access essential items. Sun MarketKennewick, WashingtonSun Market has multiple locations in the Kennewick, Washington area. With Harbor, they focus on community foods and school lunches. During the COVID-19 crisis, they provided over 4,000 school lunches and at least 500+ meals to first responders and local hospitals. Amber, the manager at Sun Market, also made and donated masks to their community, including the one worn by our Lead Store Solutions Rep, Dana Rabe. Fat Alberts & Lillie Family MarketSouthern OregonShari Lillie from Fat Alberts & Lillie Family Market made face masks for their local medical facilities, first responders, and their customers. She made over 600 masks to donate. Stop And Go Mini MartBend, OregonStop & Go Mini Mart is all about the essentials. When COVID-19 hit, theyimplemented delivery services within a 3-mile radius with Vroom and offered curbside pickup. They started a social media campaign around their delivery services saying, “We deliver. You relax!”. When toilet paper shortages hit, they offered a roll of toilet paper with every fill-up. Stop and Go Mini Mart has done a great job utilizing social media to show their customers how they are supporting them through COVID-19! The Convenience GroupVancouver, WashingtonThe Convenience Group hired extra team members to increase service to their community during COVID-19. They also adjusted their store selection to offer affordable items to serve all budgets. They were one of the first locations to implement plexiglass partitions at their store. The Convenience Group began offering free PPE to those in need, helping to keep their community safe and healthy. In addition, The Convenience Group’s owner, Don Rhoads, increased donations to local food banks, as well as homeless food and clothing programs. Bellis Fair ShellBellingham, WashingtonAt the onset of COVID, Bellis Fair Shell gave away $25 in free gas to first responder staff at St. Joseph Hospital located in Bellingham, Washington. Roslyn GroceryRoslyn, WashingtonRoslyn Grocery is a classic community market serving customers in Roslyn, Washington, offering a wide variety of fresh foods and fresh produce options. With COVID, they began a concierge service for customers. They also have a strict mask policy, protecting the health of their team members and customers, creating signage so it was clear what the expectations were upon entering the store. Roslyn Grocery also worked with a non-profitorganization to prepare and deliver 300 nutrition bags to their community! Thank you to all of our customers who went above and beyond to serve their communities through COVID-19. Your success is our success, and Harbor is always here to ensure you’re able to continue taking care of our customers!
Posted on: November 10, 2020
In 2019, Oberto launched a line of charcuterie products that quickly became popular across the Pacific Northwest. Charcuterie is a French word used to describe a variety of cold, cooked or cured meats, which has taken the world by storm in 2020. Oberto charcuterie has artisanal qualities, and specialty cheeses and meats which make this the perfect high quality on the go snack, appetizer or even meal with your salad or in a sandwich. The Oberto legacy started in 1918 when Constantino Oberto introduced authentic Italian Salame and cured meats to the Pacific Northwest. With every step forward, Oberto has always looked back to make sure they’re holding onto their heritage. Oberto charcuterie is imported from Italy where the tradition of cured meats and cheeses has been handed down through generation after generation, where the finest prosciutto, salame and cheeses are created. With nine different varieties and sizes of charcuterie, including prosciutto, provolone and fontinello cheeses, Oberto has the perfect tray for any occasion. Oberto prosciutto is aged for a minimumof one year and made with only two ingredients, porkand salt. Oberto provolone and fontinello cheeses are made with 100% Italian milk collected everyday from farms within 50 miles of the Italian production site. Curds are stretched and kneaded in the traditional technique, creating the soft and elastic texture. Each of our nine trays has something different to offer. A lot has changed in the 102 years since Constantino Oberto arrived in America, but one thing has always remained the same – quality, flavor and heritage. Oberto charcuterie is above all others, so upscale your assortment today!
Posted on: October 8, 2020
Haribo has delighted generations around the world for a century. What began as a humble kitchen now produces gummies around the world, capturing millions of hearts and delivering countless moments of childlike happiness. GOLDBEARS Everyone knows them – and for good reason. After all, this unmistakable original has delighted fans around the world since 1922. With flavors ranging from pineapple to strawberry, the five colorful Goldbears represent one thing above all else: irresistible joy that’s fun to share. TWIN SNAKES Sssweet and Sssour Twin Snakes are closely coiled together in a pack of delicious gummies with flavors like Cherry & Orange, Apple & Lemon, and Blueberry & Blackcurrant. Eat them together or pull them apart for double the fun! STARMIX Give your taste buds something to cheer about with HARIBO Starmix, a mixture of HARIBO’s most delicious stars! Enjoy famous flavors like Goldbears, Twin Snakes, Happy Cola, Happy Cherries, and Gummi Rings, all in a single bag! Information shared from
Posted on: October 8, 2020
Coffee House Cafe consists of sliced cakes, danishes, cinnamon buns, and coffee cakes. They're individually wrapped, frozen and have a shelf life of 35 days once thawed! PRODUCT FEATURES •Varieties: Sliced cakes (3), coffee cake (1), Danish pastries (2), cinnamon bun (1) •Packaging: Individually wrapped for easy grab-and-go use; cartridge-style case format •Delivered: Frozen •Shelf-life: 365-day shelf life from frozen; 35 days from thawed BENEFITS •Helps meet growing demand for grab-and-go products •Unique variety differentiates against the competition •Eye-catching branded display helps drive impulse purchases •Shelf-life allows for abundant displays, even in smaller locations •Perfectly suited to coffee & beverage bundles
Posted on: October 8, 2020
Starting out as a small distribution company in 1997, J-Toys, supplied a large number of convenience stores in Arizona. Since then, the company has grown rapidly and now has both a national and international presence as Fun Factory Candy & Novelty Co. Selling a wide variety of products from candy, to toys, to tech, there is a little something for everyone.  Our offerings support the changing retail needs of a dynamic industry by staying ahead of market trends. In 2020, Fun Factory Candy & Novelty Co. partnered with Diesel Power Gear, a licensed product of the Diesel Brothers, Heavy D and Diesel Dave. These official licensed products are inspired by the Diesel Brothers self-titled show on the Discovery Channel where they buy old junky diesel trucks and transform them into crazy cool rides. In this line the products available include ball caps, knit beanies, gloves, winter gear and 10-foot heavy duty tech cables! This has been a hugely popular line due to the Diesel Brother’s media popularity! Fun Factory Candy & Novelty Co. facilitates incremental sales and profit margin growth at the distributor/wholesale and retail levels year over year. This is because Fun Factory Candy & Novelty Co. delivers high quality products and unparalleled customer service, consistently, every time!