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Posted on: January 11, 2023
Leon has worked various roles at Harbor, starting as a Stocker and working diligently to achieve his current role as Warehouse Manager. Q: How did you make the transition from where you started to where you are now? A: My career in grocery wholesale started with a company that Harbor later acquired. While there I went from order selection to stocking, and then on to delivery driver. I had a brief hiatus to pursue an opportunity driving elsewhere.  I returned after hearing how much Harbor had improved the operation, and incentivized hard work. Since then I have continued to learn and have always wanted more. I guess you could say I like a challenge, and here we are! Q: How long have you been with Harbor? A: It will be 15 short years on March 5th 2023 Q: Any advice for advancing your career at Harbor? A: My advice is to be a continuous learner. Ask questions and get involved. Take on more and be proud to do so, and when more is asked of you take it as a compliment. Q: What roles have you held at Harbor? A: Stocker, Delivery Driver, Receiver, Supervisor, A.M. Warehouse Manager, and currently Warehouse Manager.
Posted on: January 11, 2023
Through his years at Harbor, Adam worked in various roles, starting as a Delivery Driver and moving to his current role as a Transportation Manager. Q. How did you make the transition from where you started to where you are now?   A. My first role at Harbor was a full-time delivery driver out of the Tumwater, WA warehouse, which later moved to the current Lacey, WA warehouse.  I worked as a delivery driver for 10 years and enjoyed working directly with our customers and salesreps.  After we moved to the Lacey warehouse, I showed interest in moving up within the company and into a management position, but I wasn’t selected.  I guess it wasn’t the right time.  A management opportunity came available later, but it required relocating my family to the Marysville, WA area.  After taking that initial step, I began to learn new things about Harbor and the operations and continued advancing throughout different roles, to where I am now. Q. How long have you been with Harbor?  A. Feb 2023 will be 17 years. Q. Any advice for advancing your career at Harbor?  A. Stay true to Harbor’s core values of being genuine, motivated, resourceful, and friendly.  There are a lot of opportunities within Harbor to advance because the company is continually growing.  Advancing within the company will require constant improvement because there are a lot of things to learn about an operation. Q. What roles have you held at Harbor? A. Feb 2006- Delivery driver- Tumwater, WA and Lacey, WA July 2016- North Area Driver supervisor- Mount Vernon and Everett, WA July 2018- Dispatch supervisor- Lacey, WA April 2019- Driver supervisor- Lacey, WA March 2021- Assistant transportation manager- Lacey, WA July 2022- Transportation manager- Lacey, WA Q. What do you think is the most important quality to have to get your career started at Harbor? A. I think the most important quality is being friendly and working with others.  Harbor is a family, and a family is a team.  Working together as a team is extremely important. 
Posted on: November 22, 2022
Today, Harbor Wholesale, the Northwest's top family-owned, independent distributor, acquired Modesto, CA-based MTC Distributing Co. The combined 200 years of market leadership forms the premier customer-focused and family-owned distribution company on the West Coast. Justin Erickson, Harbor Foods' CEO and 4th generation owner, states, "this is an incredible opportunity to bring our family companies together into the 4th generation and beyond, maintaining and enhancing the culture that's made MTC and Harbor successful for a century. MTC celebrated 100 years in 2021, and Harbor will join them in 2023. We look forward to entering our next 100 years with an incredible team of industry professionals who share common values and a similar obsession with our customers' success." Tom Eakin, CEO & 3rd generation owner of MTC Distributing said, "with the industry constantly evolving; we are taking the opportunity to bring two like-minded, independent companies together. I trust Harbor to carry on the MTC legacy and provide the solutions our retail and foodservice customers need today and into the future. Harbor's extensive experience in foodservice, branded programs, fresh foods, and innovative marketing and technology will allow our incredible team to bring even greater value to our customers." The combined companies operate four distribution centers on the West Coast, servicing customers from the Canadian border to just north of L.A., CA. With more than $1 Billion of collective purchasing power, Harbor and MTC are well equipped to offer competitive programs to customers while generating strong returns to reinvest in facilities, technology, and innovative solutions for our customers. MTC Distributing will remain independently operated in Modesto, with the current leadership team in place. Tom Eakin remains with the new company in an advisory capacity to ensure a smooth transition and continued commitment to team members and customers. About Harbor Wholesale  Founded in 1923, Harbor Wholesale is dedicated to supporting the local entrepreneurs that provide jobs in their communities, bring convenience to busy lives, and invite us all to experience life around the table. Every day. Harbor is proud to have received one of the coveted 2022 Washington's Best Workplaces Awards, as well as one of Washington's Fastest-growing Private Companies. As the largest independent 4th generation family-owned distributor in the west, Harbor Wholesale now employs over 800 team members, and serves over 6,000 convenience stores, independent grocers, and quick-serve restaurants with a great selection of products. These include Harbor-owned brands held under Real Fresh Brands™, such as Mountain Fresh™, Via Vita Pizza®, Split Shift®, Watertown Craft Roasted®, Mein Street®, and Skippers®. Harbor Wholesale operates distribution centers in Lacey, WA, Portland, OR, Roseburg, OR, and the newly added Modesto, CA. Harbor Wholesale is a subsidiary of Harbor Foods. For additional information, please visit us at or Harbor Wholesale is the owner of all trademarks referenced herein. About MTC Distributing Co.   In 1921, Herbert P. Eakin founded Modesto Tobacco Company. A little over ten years later, William, Herbert's son, took over the business and renamed the company Modesto Tobacco and Candy. In 1986, the business was purchased by William's son, Tom Eakin.  Tom renamed the company MTC Distributing to reflect the significant growth in various categories. After 100 years in Modesto, MTC is looking forward to beginning a new chapter by staying true to what made them one of the largest independent distributors west of the Mississippi—remaining open to innovation, keeping the prices and products competitive, and putting the customers' satisfaction first. For additional information, please visit us at  
Posted on: October 31, 2022
Through her years at Harbor, Ashley has worked in different roles within the Warehouse and eventually transitioned to her current role as an Accounts Payable Clerk. Q: How did you make the transition from where you started to where you are now? A: I felt like my transition was natural within the company, I knew I couldn’t jump straight into an office role when I had no experience about the company or about food distribution in general. My only work experience was retail and being a barista. When looking to advance, I looked for positions I believed I was qualified for while achieving what I was looking for. My time working in the warehouse has certainly helped me in my office positions as I know the process of the outflow of product as well as the incoming. I am able to share my knowledge with my teams and help answer questions when the come up. Q: How long have you been with Harbor? A: I have been with Harbor for 5.5 years, I started in April of 2017 when I was 19! Q: What roles have you held at Harbor? A: I started in the Warehouse printing Tags as well as being an Order Selector. From there I moved to an inventory role on the PM shift, followed by a change to the AM Receiving Team. From there I decided I would like to be in an office role so I moved to a Customer Service Position. I then transitioned to a position as the Accounting Admin Assistant and my most recent position is an Accounts Payable Clerk. Q: What do you think is the most important quality to have to get your career started at Harbor? A: I think the most important quality to have is the desire to learn and try new things. I love learning and am always willing to take on more work if I am able to. Harbor has changed so much in the short amount of time that I have been here, I have loved getting to work with new people in different department and seeing how other positions relate to each other as I continue to progress within the company.
Posted on: August 3, 2022
The newest and hottest (literally) meat snack to hit the market - Vacadillos Carne Seca! What is Carne Seca? It is 100% steak seasoned with various spices and flavors, including chiles and lime, and then air-dried and sliced into lean strips. All of our product is all natural with ZERO preservatives, ZERO Nitrites/Nitrates, and 0G of Sugar. PACKED with high protein in every bag! Not your traditional Jerky, but rather better & better for you - No need to gnaw on these - Every bite is tender and flavor packed to keep you coming back for more! We stand behind our product and ensure customer satisfaction! Now curb your cravings and melt your face off with bold Vacadillos flavors. Lean into the heat and taste the fire you've been craving.
Posted on: August 2, 2022
STIR UP THE PERFECT CUP WITH AMERICA’S #1 CREAMER BRAND. - COFFEE MATE® Coffee mate offers an innovative liquid creamer concentrate format that provides a rich, creamy flavor plus better value and less waste. These low-cost and efficient pumps allow for easy dispensing and can be cleaned in between uses. Exclusive to Coffee mate, it’s the industry’s only pump.Available in a 1.5 L pump to reduce packaging waste, the bottle requires no refrigeration and has a 9-month shelf life. With 300 servings per bottle, one pump bottle is equivalent to 300 creamer tubs. The Coffee mate pump bottle is available in 7 popular flavors that are cholesterol-free, gluten-free, lactose-free, and kosher dairy. The benefits of Coffee mate® Pump Bottles are endless:- Lower cost per servings vs tubs and bulk- Small, flexible footprint- Tamper-proof, locking, non-removable pump for food safety- Simplified operation – ambient use and storage, no refrigeration needed- 9-month shelf life unopened; 30-day shelf life opened- Portion control format; reduce packaging waste- Lactose-free; cholesterol-free; gluten-free and Kosher Dairy- Pack Size: 2x1.5L- Available flavors: Sweetened Original, French Vanilla, Hazelnut, Snickers, Salted Chocolate Caramel, Pumpkin Spice (seasonal) and Peppermint Mocha (seasonal) Not only is this format great for operators and consumers, but it’s also good for the environment. Appeal to Millennials with reduced packaging options, 1 Pump Bottle is equivalent to 300 tubs! Less packaging is less waste and better shipping efficiencies with fewer trucks on the road.
Posted on: June 7, 2022
The cheesiest poppable snack experience. Bite-sized, melt-in-your mouth, fun poppable shape, deliciously baked with 100% real cheese inside and out, for the cheesiest taste! DISRUPT THE CATEGORY WITH CHEEZ-IT TOP SELLING, ICONIC BRAND: Cheez-It remains the #1 cracker brand* in C-Store with a 46.0 share of Crackers GROWTH DRIVER: Cheez Its have shown strong growth with +6.5% growth over the past 5 years vs. total cracker category growth of +1.1% CHEEZ-IT CAPTURES IMPORTANT C-STORE OCCASIONS:   Cheez-It answers the need for Lunch, Afternoon Snack, After Work Bite, and Late Night Snacking CHEEZ-IT INNOVATION IS INCREMENTAL: Cheez-It has driven category growth, launching platforms that are incremental such as SNAP’d. New CI PUFF’d delivers a distinct product experience to help drive incrementality. CHEEZ-IT SATISFIES CHEESY, SNACK CRAVINGS:  Delivering the best of both worlds – cravable, 100% real cheese taste of Cheez-It combined with puffy, airy texture for a unique snacking experience on-the-go anytime, anywhere. STRONG MEDIA SUPPORT:  Massive commercial launch plan surpassing 2019 SNAP’d support, including TV, digital and social marketing, to reach over 80% of Cracker HH’s.
Posted on: June 7, 2022
• Confectionery Category is growing at 17% YTD in the Pacific Division and both dollar and unit sales are growing• Trips are currently down, however basket sizes are up• Consumers are trading up to larger pack types• Peg Bag and SUP driving growth in Fruity Confections• Peg Bag makes up the largest share of Fruity Confection dollar sales and is up 19.4%• Ensure you are offering a variety of Peg & Stand Up bag items• Mega Pack Segment is driving the largest growth in the Gum Category• Mega Pack is up 103%• Single pack gum is up 13.5% and still the largest pack type in the gum category at 56%• Ensure you are carrying Mega Pack Gum while still offering the form, flavor and variety offered by Singles• Nearly 10% of Confectionery sales would be missed without new items• Support Speed to Market with New Item Innovation Content provided by Mars Wrigley.