Haggen Names Charlie's Produce the Primary and Preferred Supplier for its New California, Nevada, Arizona, Oregon and Washington Store Locations
BELLINGHAM & SEATTLE, WA - In the wake of its 146 store acquisition from Safeway and Albertsons, Haggen has named Charlie’s Produce the primary and preferred supplier for its new California, Nevada, Arizona, Oregon and Washington store locations. In agreeing to this partnership, Charlie's Produce joins Supervalu and Unified Grocers as Haggen's main partners.
“This is a very exciting time for Charlie’s as we expand our geographic footprint beyond the Pacific Northwest and into the Southwest,” said Charlie’s Produce Co-Founders Charlie Billow and Ray Bowen. “The partnership is a testament to the strength of our relationship with Haggen. We admire them for their ongoing commitment to source the freshest local produce available, and we’re proud to supply them with that produce.”
“This acquisition is an incredible opportunity to introduce Haggen to customers throughout the West Coast,” elaborated Bill Shaner, Haggen CEO, Pacific Southwest. “We are a brand that strives to offer guests the best of the region, each season and every day, and Charlie’s Produce shares that commitment. We’re thrilled that they will expand alongside us as we move into California, Nevada and Arizona.”
“This partnership is a win for Haggen, a win for Charlie’s Produce, and a win for regional farmers,” agreed John Clougher, Haggen CEO, Pacific Northwest. “Together, we look forward to offering our guests homegrown freshness while nurturing healthy and sustainable food systems in the regions we do business.”
Pending on FTC approval at the end of the month, Charlie's Produce will be opening a Southern Californian division to support the new Haggen stores. According to a press release, its Seattle distrubtion center will be responsible for supplying the 22 Washington locations, while the Portland distribution center will care for Haggen's Oregon stores.
Congratulations on this exciting partnership, Haggen and Charlie's Produce!