Family-owned company Harbor Wholesale has acquired the Seattle-based Halfon Candy Company, which is currently owned by 2nd generation owners Alan and Marie Scharhon.
Harbor Wholesale recognises the acquisition as a significant opportunity to support their convenience and grocery customers with the expansion into the seasonal and speciality candy category.
“With the acquisition of Halfon Candy Company, we increase our overall market share and expand Harbor Wholesale in areas that would have taken us years to independently develop,” said Rick Jensen, President of Harbor Wholesale. “This newly acquired expertise in seasonal and specialty candy, brings Harbor customers more variety as well as access to unique items to help them grow overall sales and give us a stronger presence in traditional grocery.”
The acquisition builds on Harbor’s existing strength in the retail space while providing for unique opportunities to serve new customers in many different channels.
“It is an honour to carry forward the great legacy of Halfon Candy and Alan Scharhon,” added Mr Jensen.
Halfon Candy Company was established in 1946 by Jim Halfon – over his 48 years at the company, he worked his way up the ladder and built the company into what it is today. Alan was honoured in 2021 with his induction into the Candy Hall of Fame. After 48 years, Alan is ready to pass along the 500 customers and a specialised product mix into the Harbor Wholesale Team.
“As the time came near to determine our next steps, it seemed only natural to enter into a conversation with another multigenerational local family owned and operated business with the same core values as ours,” said Alan. “I am fortunate to operate a business that allows me to have fun while operating a business. I am proud of what we have built at Halfon Candy Company, and I comfortable Harbor Wholesale will support our customer base and carry on what we created.”
Alan Scharhon will remain involved to ensure a smooth transition and continued commitment to team members, customers and vendors.
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