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Fuel Your Game With Mondelez

August 28, 2019

Mondelez has it’s three young adult brands, Chips Ahoy, Trident and Sour Patch Kids, working together to appeal to gaming consumers with their most recent promotion. Mondelez is giving away sought-after gaming prizes and also unlocking exciting exclusive in-game content from purchasing Mondelez products!

Packs for Sour Patch Kids and Trident Vibes brands are being released with graphics of video game characters and contain codes to unlock in-game items.

How can your customers participate in this giveaway from Mondelez? Harbor is currently carrying two displays that carry participating products. The Floorstand has Trident Vibes Gum, Chips Ahoy Cookies, and Sour Patch Kids, which are all participating brands.

67% of US households own a device to play video games and 65% of US households have at least one person playing 3+ hours of games of week. Gaming can be done and consumed in a variety of ways from console, to casual to e-sports.

Gaming is a snacking occasion with 94% of games indulging on their favorite treat while playing games. Bring those customers into your store by carrying the Mondelez floorstand with the participating products with their exciting gaming giveaway! Talk to your Harbor Rep to learn how you can add this floorstand to participate in Mondelez’s giveaway.

New Products from Jack Link’s Protein Snacks

August 28, 2019

The protein snacking company creates category growth with products for new consumers and new occasions

Jack Link’s Cold Crafted
New to the brand, Jack Link’s Cold Crafted brings two Wisconsin delicacies together – smoked meats and cheese – in one delicious offering. The new Jack Link’s Cold Crafted will be available in the refrigerator aisle and the fresh snacking area.

The new line includes:

  • Cold Crafted Beef & Cheese Snack Sticks: Made with 100 percent beef and real Wisconsin cheese, Cold Crafted Snack Sticks will be available in the following varieties: Smoked Meat Sticks (Original, Loaded with Pepper Jack, Loaded with Cheddar Cheese); Beef and Cheese Bites; Smoked Meat Sticks and Cheese (Cheddar and Pepper Jack).
  • Cold Crafted Linkwich: Made with premium cured meats and real Wisconsin cheese, this hand-held snack was inspired by the eating habits of busy families. Linkwich is a line of family-friendly, protein snacks with a grab-and-go combo offering 15g of protein in one serving and only 1g of carbs and sugar. Launch includes three varieties: Colby Jack & Hard Salami, Pepper Jack & Genoa Salami and Cheddar and Hard Salami.

Jack Link’s Bars
Snack bars are one of the most popular ways to get through the afternoon slump, but they don’t come without sacrifice. A lot of options may taste great but are full of calories, sugar, or can lack the protein you need to get through the day. Jack Link’s is changing the game in a simple way: bringing the benefits of meat to keep you satisfied without the guilt and with great taste.

Jack Link’s bars are currently available in three delicious flavors: Original, Teriyaki and Cracked Pepper

Jack Link’s Steak Bites
Eating America’s #1 meat snack brand on the go just got easier, thanks to Jack Link’s Steak Bites. The new on-the-go snack gives consumers exactly what they want – a high-protein, low-fat, handheld snack at an awesome value. Made with 100% beef, the steak bites are an excellent source of protein with 17g of protein in one single pack and only 110 calories. Flavors include Original and Teriyaki.

Jack Link’s Big Bag
Consumers are purchasing more big bags of jerky for larger occasions, more frequent snacking and larger households. Jack Link’s 10oz bag delivers an incredible value for consumers favorite flavors and forms – Original, Teriyaki, Peppered, Sweet & Hot and Teriyaki Tender Bites.

Product Spotlight: Trolli

August 6, 2019

Welcome to the Fantastical, Neon World of Trolli… Where everything Trolli touches transforms into something bright, happy, and sweet…for as long as it takes to eat a delicious Sour Brite Crawler. If it’s weirdly awesome you want, get your paws on our Unique Shapes. Each pack is like an unforgettable snackventure.

Sour Brite All-Star Mix

Trolli, the original Inventors of the Gummi Worm, launched Sour Brite All-Star Mix in 2019. All-Star Sour Brite features the most original shapes in a single bag, including: Crawlers, Sloths, Octopuses, Llamas and Tiny Hands.

Sour Brite Mystery Night Crawlers

Mystery offers a unique twist on Trolli’s Sour Brite Crawlers – white and neon sour sanded gummi worms that won’t give away their flavors until you take a bite! Each pack contains three dual flavored crawlers. Crawlers are colored white & pink, white & green and white & blue. What do they taste like? You’ll have to try them to find out. 

You won’t want to miss out on these exciting new products from Trolli! Be sure to talk to your Harbor Rep and add them to your candy aisle today.

Customer Spotlight: Mountain Markets

August 2, 2019

Operating 9 locations throughout Northern California serving Chevron, 76 and Valero gasoline.

Harbor’s Regional Sales Manager, Tonya Walker recently met with Mountain Markets’ Director of Operations, Jared Warren to discuss Mountain Market’s recent transition to Harbor.

In the next 5 years, how do you see Mountain Markets’ brand evolving? We are working on developing a Foodservice program that is unique and
tailored to our customer’s wants and needs. We are excited to partner
with Harbor and begin developing a program that will best suit our customers. Our stores are located in a rural area, so being able to provide a wide variety of foodservice items for our customers, from hot breakfast items, to on-the-go dinners, will be another value added for our local community. We are finalizing the launch of our store branding for Treeline Cafe. This new brand is fresh and eye-catching. The new program branding will refresh and update the look and feel of our stores. Staying on top of trends is important in the convenience store industry, and new branding will differentiate our store in our local community.

What is something unique about the Mountain Markets chain of stores?
Like Harbor, Mountain Markets is also family owned and operated. Being able to partner with other family owned companies has allowed us to keep things local. With Harbor’s help we also began the early phases of launching our new brand for Mountain Markets called Treeline Cafe.

We embrace technology and utilize it to be organized and communicate more effectively. This benefits both our team members and our community. We played an active roles in assisting our community during and after the Boles fire here in Weed, California. We also raise money every year for a local Breast Cancer organization as well as contribute to child abuse prevention for our local Community Centers. Since 2010, over $144,000 has been raised for Breast Cancer and since 2013 over $30,000 has been raised for Child Abuse Prevention in our area.

How has Harbor helped you achieve your mission since becoming your supplier?

Since partnering with Harbor, we have been able to reduce the number of distributors we use and streamline our process of bringingin the products that we need. Through partnering with Harbor and their sales reps, we have also been able to develop a strategic partnering plan that promotes more effective communication and involvement within each of our stores, allowing our managers to become better educated about the products that we carry. Harbor has also helped us in the execution of our branding for our locations by assisting us in developing a brand for our coffee and foodservice programs.

Thank you Mountain Markets for taking the time to speak with us, and for being a valued Harbor Customer!

Meet Our Customer Service Department

July 26, 2019

Meet the people who process your orders every day. The customer service department is comprised of thirteen team members. Our Customer Service Representatives are truly “Obsessed With Your Success” and will do everything in their power to make sure they serve our customer’s efficiently and accurately. From recommending products, resolving issues and taking orders, our friendly Representatives strive to make it “easy” for our customers.

“I love the one-on-one interactions that we get to have with our
customers daily and the ability to get to know them. It really creates strong
relationships and teaches you that we are all a team. You learn that the success of others is also your success and vice versa. Teamwork makes the dream work!” – Alexis Marx, Customer Service Representative

There are a variety of ways you can place your order with Harbor, but all of them are processed by our Customer Service department. Once an order is received in the system, a Customer Service Representative, who is responsible for a specific set of routes each day, reviews the order looking for duplications, excess quantities or any oddities. They will also check to make sure the order is similar in size to previous orders, as well as making sure we have an order in the system. If necessary, they will contact the customer to confirm quantities, items, etc. Once all orders on a route are verified, the route is closed. Transportation then takes over and releases the route to be built on the truck and delivered to the store.

“What I Love about Customer Service is that it is NEVER boring! Harbor has so many great customers that it’s easy to go the extra mile to meet everyone’s needs. We get to be involved in so many aspects of the business that allow us to learn so much about our custoemrs and about Harbor!” – Joy Stidd, Customer Service & Sales Support Lead

Thank you to all of our customers who work with us and our Customer Service Team each and every day!

Sparkling Water Surging

July 11, 2019

With more consumers putting a focus on low calorie beverages, Water and Sparkling Water products are seeing a spike in sales.

Why should you expand your Unsweetened Sparkling Category?

Sparkling Water is experiencing extreme growth in the Convenience Channel and is not expected to slow any time soon. Experts anticipate category sales ($) to double in the next three years.

67% of new Sparkling Water customers are entering through flavors. Broad flavor variety is critical to capture new and returning customers.

Unsweetened Sparkling Water is the fastest growing beverage segment at +21% in Sales. Perrier has a 45% share of the Sparkling Water category and is driving 31% of Sparkling category growth.

Nearly 4 out of 10 Consumers will drink Sparkling Water by 2021.

Although Sparkling and Flavored Water sales are increasing, be sure to limit flavor duplication on the shelf. Only add flavors that are broad and diversify your cold vault selections for best sales results.

In addition to consumers seeking out better for you beverages, Perrier Natural Flavor and other Sparkling Water products are Partnership For A Healthier America Healthier Food and Beverage Guideline approved. Drinking Water is proven to help improve your mood as well as help you and your customers stay energized. You are what you drink, so drink up!

Introducing Darigold FIT Milk

July 11, 2019

Darigold FIT milk delivers sustained energy with 75% more protein and 40% less sugar than whole milk. Bring it along on your busy day or pack it on your next big adventure.

This milk has better nutrition versus regular 2% milk with 14g of protein and 7g of sugar. Plus, it’s lactose free! Available in 2% White Milk and Chocolate.

Dairgold FIT Milk was also recently recognized by the World Dairy Innovation Awards by being nominated for Best Dairy Drink.

FIT milk also benefits retailers, by driving trade up and incremental category profit. Darigold also has an extensive support plan, which will drive more shoppers down the aisle while building awareness and trial.

Talk to your Harbor Rep about adding this product to your dairy lineup today!

Harbor Receives The First Annual Excellence In Safety Award from the Washington Food Industry Association

June 5, 2019

This year the Washington Food Industry Association launched the Excellence in Safety Award. They came to Harbor, as well as many other businesses, and interviewed our (and the competition’s) CEO, a safety committee member, a floor employee, and a manager to learn about what we are doing and evaluate our commitment to safety. They also reviewed our applicable documentation and completed a facility walkthrough to spot check our work and validate the effectiveness of our programs. Other large businesses in the WFIA include Charlie’s Produce, Franz, and McLane Northwest as well as many other grocery store chains and suppliers. We have many great partners who became our competition for this award and we won! I’m proud to announce that Harbor Wholesale Foods was selected as the winner of the 1st Annual Excellence in Safety Award!

We are very proud of our team’s achievement. We have been anxious to raise the bar on safety in any way possible. In entering evaluation for this award, the chance to win was a driving factor, but the ultimate motivator was to up our game; to meet and exceed the standards set forth. We were also interested in seeing who else would enter to give us some ideas with whom to compare programs and drive further excellence. We have been establishing a culture wherein every manager’s primary job is safety manager. We have been empowering employees to deeply engage in the safety of the team, driving increasing feedback, suggestions, and participation in the safety process. While we have improved our results, establishing a healthy management commitment to safety is our proudest achievement.

Congratulations Team Harbor for making a difference in safety! Congratulations for caring for our team and community by building our culture of safety! Excellence is a pursuit, a way of life, not an end. Keep driving!

Safety You Can Count On: BIC Lighters

June 5, 2019

In 1994, BIC a world leader in lighters, and the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), ushered in a new era of lighter safety, mandating that lights like BIC’s sold in the U.S. have enhanced child-resistant features to reduce the risk of children accidentally starting fires with lighters. BIC was instrumental in enabling this new rule, providing critical support to CPSC. That same year, BIC partnered with Fireproof Children, a division of Community Health Strategies focused on fire safety education, to launch a public education program “play safe to be safe!” to educate young children about fire safety.

Over the past 25 years, the efforts of BIC, CPSC, Fireproof Children and many other dedicated organizations and individuals have proven action and advocacy work to improve lighter safety. Since the government mandated child-resistant lights and following public education efforts, the U.S. has seen declines in the number of serious fires, number of structure fires started by children, and children starting fires while playing with lighters and matches.

However, now all changes since 1994 have been for the better. Not all lighters are created equal, which is why it’s important to sell high-quality lighters in your store.

Low-quality generic lighters are flooding the U.S. marketplace. 70% of the lighter models tested in the U.S. did not meet safety standards set by American Society for Testing and Materials International. This means they can lead to serious fires, property damage or injuries.

BIC Lighters meet or exceed all safety standards. By stocking BIC in your store, you are helping to educate your customers on high-quality lighters and the importance of them. Plus, with their wide variety of patterns and lighter options, your customers are sure to find a lighter that fits their personal style.

Check out the June 2019 Promo Book to learn more about BIC and see the current deal on their products!

Information was provided by BIC Lighters.

How Much Do Your Employees Pay You?

May 8, 2019

By Mel Kleiman, CSP

Yes, you read that right

The fact is, if your employees don’t “pay” enough for the right to work for your organization, you and they may not have your jobs much longer.

Now, I understand that most of us don’t think we need to “pay” for the right to be employed. It’s the other way around, right? They pay us to show up and do our jobs.

My point is that, while doing their jobs, employees have to produce more in value than they cost; otherwise, the company is on its way to going to go out of business.

So, instead of focusing on the money they earn, encourage your people to look at how much they make for your organization. The more valuable they become to you and the organization, the more money will be made by everyone.

“There is no future in any job;

the future is in the person who does the job.

Certified Speaking Professional Mel Kleiman is an internationally recognized speaker, consultant and author on strategies for hiring and retaining the best hourly employees and their managers. He is the president of Humetrics, a leading developer of systems, training processes, and tools for recruiting, selecting, and retaining an hourly workforce. For more information, call (713) 771-4401, email mkleiman@humetrics.com or visit www.humetrics.com and www.kleimanhr.com.