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Posted on: April 29, 2022
WA Food Code Updates Pt 5: In the final of this series, Andy and Susan include a few extra restaurant specific topics including acceptable under cooking of fresh seafood, pets in dining areas, customer provided containers, dating of mollusks & shellfish, and more. ALL the details from WA's Department of Health:
Posted on: April 29, 2022
WA Updates Food Code/Health Inspections: Making such a mess "go away" isn't enough, you have to have a plan that accounts for the various surfaces of your operation, the right tools, proper protection for your staff, a disinfectant that kills norovirus, and (ideally) a kit at the ready.Listen to DOH's Susan Shelton & Harbor's Andy Cook discuss the practical application of your plan. ALL the details from WA's Department of Health:
Posted on: April 29, 2022
WA Updates Food Code/Health Inspections: DOH's Susan Shelton and Harbor's Andy Cook discuss the symptoms that employees now MUST report to management, the responsibility of management, how thoroughly this change in policy needs to be communicated, as well as tips and tricks to ensure compliance. ALL the details from WA's Department of Health:
Posted on: April 29, 2022
WA Updates Food Code/Health Inspections: After a 1 year education period, EVERY foodservice establishment in WA State will be required to have a Certified Food Protection Manager to oversee, coordinate, and ensure food safety compliance and comprehension.Susan and Andy discuss what everyone should know about this new rule including where and how to obtain certification as well as how many of these certified people are needed in an operation (HINT: as little as 1)Helpful Links:Specific info on Certified Food Protection Manager with list of approved providers: ALL the details from WA's Department of Health:
Posted on: April 29, 2022
NEW FOOD CODE CHANGES IN EFFECT MARCH 2022 Harbor's Andy Cook speaks with DOH's Susan Shelton about new rules around Date Marking for ready to eat foods: Now referred to as Time/Temperature Control for Safety (TCS) Andy & Susan discuss when the date tracking begins, how to manage the procedure, what future health inspectors will be looking for, and why this is important.
Posted on: January 18, 2022
LACEY, Wash., Jan. 14, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- Harbor Wholesale, the Northwest's top family owned, independent distributor, acquired the brand and intellectual property of the 52-year-old iconic northwest based Skippers Seafood & Chowder from Starway Restaurants, LLC.  In assuming the rights to the brand, Harbor will support the (5) remaining retail locations (licensees), online retail business and 128 quick serve restaurant locations found in convenience stores and grocers throughout the Northwest. Skippers Starway Restaurants LLC acquired the Skippers Seafood & Chowder intellectual property in 2007.  Scott Way and team began working with Harbor in 2013 when they realized Skippers would bring a delicious quick service restaurant (QSR) opportunity to store owners. Scott believes, "with their shared northwest roots and passion for customer service, quality, and value, Skippers and Harbor are the perfect fit.  Over the last 8 years Harbor has gotten to know Skippers and its customers.  Nobody is better positioned or better suited to carry the Skippers brand into the future than Harbor." When Rick Jensen, President of Harbor Wholesale, joined the team nearly two years ago, Harbor saw an opportunity for Skippers to join an already robust portfolio of Harbor owned brands.  "We are excited to be the stewards of this nostalgic brand and further develop the concept in the northwest and beyond. We see a lot of opportunity to build on the signature fish & chips and clam chowder that Skippers is known for with our team of experts, that is 100% focused on our customers' success."  The transaction will close on January 14, 2022, and transition over the following months.   About Harbor Wholesale Founded in 1923, Harbor Wholesale delivers fresh, convenient solutions for people on the go. As the largest independent 4th generation family owned distributor in the Northwest, Harbor Wholesale serves 4,500 convenience stores, independent grocers, and quick serve restaurants with a great selection of products. These include Harbor owned brands, held under the Real Fresh Brands™, such as Mountain Fresh™, Via Vita Pizza™, Split Shift®, Watertown Craft Roasted®, Mein Street®, and now Skippers®. Harbor Wholesale operates distribution centers in Lacey, WA, Portland, OR and Roseburg, OR. 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. Contact Taber Lee, Director of ext.1363
Posted on: August 12, 2021
To all Retailers, As you all know we are in an unparalleled time in history with numerous supply chain interruptions, we are working behind the scenes to ensure that we have practical product solutions for a disrupted supply eco-system. I have spoken with many innovative c-store and supermarket owners recently as they navigate a treacherous supply chain caused by the economic impact of Covid-19. Here is what I found they have in common: They are quick to temporarily pivot to items they can get instead of leaving a hole on the shelf for the disrupted item.They over project their quantities on the upcoming order to compensate for the items that manufacturer’s cannot supply to avoid shortages.They embrace new items, as manufacturers work hard to protect the supply chain on key new items.They use displays and floor stacks to create impulse solutions and to fill the shelf as the display sells down.They are creative with Grab & Go solutions for the store. In the upcoming weeks we will  looking at the top 25 impact outs each week and give you some items (with current inventory) that you pivot to in this challenging product pipeline.  We will also give you some commodity headlines, with behind the scenes insight on how we can partner together to win in this tough environment.
Posted on: August 9, 2021
About The Store Solutions TeamOur Store Solutions program was launched in the Fall of 2014. Our 11 Teams are located in 3 states Washington, Oregon, and Northern California totaling 20 Team members, including our newest Team out of Portland, OR based in our new Rich and Rhine Portland Distribution Center! The program is 7 years old and has added 6 teams throughout the Pacific Northwest since its inception. Our Store Solutions Team serves our 2,200 c-store and small market customers. Annually they re-set and merchandise approximately 500 customers across all regions. Their resets accomplish everything from cleaning up categories and retagging them, to building brand new gondolas, throwing a stocking order, and can include a redesign by request. How Does The Store Solutions Team Benefit Customers?Our Store Solutions team bring the most relevant and timely marketing and industry knowledge to each reset via SKU selections which are in our Merchandising Guide. These selections are based on industry data like MSA, Nielson, and IRI. This data is specific to the customers we serve. In addition, our team members are skilled at being creative and innovative with on hand resources, from shelving to racks, to achieve the best possible results. Not every customer hasidentical resources, so the challenge is real. How Does The Store Solutions Team Evaluate Stores?The team meets with the Territory Sales Manager, along with the store manager or representative to determine customer priorities and get a feel for how what the customer is expecting for their store. They then take this information and design a layout with category assignment. A great example of this is Jacks Mini Mart located in The Dalles, OR. This was a large job, approximately 5,000 sq. ft. Marcy, Lead Store Solutions Representative out of Vancouver, WA had the help of three Territory Sales Managers. They all pitched in on the job by tearing down shelving and rebuilding it. This job took a few months of preparation, with many new things moving into the location, but overall, the team did a great job resetting the store and making it look fantastic!