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Harmons Awards Three Local Businesses $5,000 Development Grants

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Harmons Neighborhood Grocer awarded Bitter’s Lab, Salsa Queen, and Days Fresh Produce $5,000 each as part of its Local Supplier Development Grant initiative. The annual grants program, now in its fifth year, rewards local businesses for their exceptional dedication and effort in providing high quality products to Harmons for its customers.  

As Utah’s first premium cocktail bitters company, Bitter’s Lab pays it forward by providing educational courses, buying locally and creating partnerships with local non-profits like Grand Staircase Escalante Partners and The Green Urban Lunchbox. 

Salsa Queen has become the largest producer of fresh salsas in Utah and plays an active role in supporting local charities and contributing to the local food bank. 

Days Fresh Produce focuses on summer employment opportunities, purchasing supplies from local businesses and providing fresh food produced locally. 

“We know that it is tough for local businesses to compete against ‘big business’ as they try to make their retail mark,” said Todd Jensen, vice president of sales, Harmons president and CEO. “We are proud to offer these products in our stores and our Local Supplier Development Grant is another way for us to show our support for helping them on their success journey. These locally owned businesses exemplify what it means to be a local Utah business. They create delicious products with fresh ingredients and prioritize giving back to their community.” 

Harmons past grant recipients include: 2019: Chocolate Conspiracy, Mamachari Kombucha and Shaffer Farms. 2018: Bar 10 Beef, McFarland Farms and Hollow Tree Honey. 2017: Caffe Ibis, Heber Valley Milk & Artisan Cheese, Kodiak Cakes. 2016: Mezzo Chocolates, RubySnap Fresh Cookies, Intermountain Specialty Food Group, Drake Family Farms. 

Harmons continues to focus on providing customers with an extensive selection of local items. They partner with more than 350 local vendors, making it one of the most comprehensive selections of local items in Utah.