Information for vendors

shoppers

At PCC, we're open to new business! We're always on the lookout for products that will delight our customers and meet our values as a trusted organic and natural products retailer.

We welcome the opportunity to work with you on getting new products to market, especially if you are a Seattle-area producer who is just starting out.

Quality and sustainability

We're known for high standards in product quality and sustainability. Please take a look at our product standards. If your products are a good match, we'd like to know about them. We appreciate the opportunity to meet with you and see your new items, and we can help you find the best way to get your products to market.

We review all potential products for quality, pricing and ingredients. All products must meet our product standards. Please check that your products comply before submitting them for review. Our list of minor ingredients is a useful reference that includes ingredients and processing agents that may or may not be acceptable to PCC.

We give preference to products that are certified organic, locally produced, and/or Non-GMO Project Verified or are in process of being so.

Additional considerations:

  • All suppliers of products making non-GMO claims for soy, corn, canola, sugar (from sugar beets), cotton seed oil, Hawaiian papaya or zucchini/yellow crookneck squash are required to supply organic certification or Non-GMO Project verification.
  • All suppliers of chocolate candy confections and baking cocoa are required to complete our agreement for ethically sourced cacao. PCC only carries products from vendors who provide assurance that child slave labor is prohibited and follow International Labor Organization (ILO) Fundamental Conventions on child slave labor.
  • All suppliers of coffee are required to complete our agreement for ethically sourced coffee beans. PCC only carries certified organic and ethically sourced coffee products.
  • All suppliers of products derived from animals are required to submit an agreement verifying that their products do not contain ingredients from cloned animals and/or their offspring.
  • All new health and body care products must comply with Natural Products Association standards for ingredients and suppliers must submit our compliance agreement.
  • All seafood must meet the Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch program’s sustainability guidelines. This means all seafood must be caught or harvested in environmentally friendly ways. Seafood vendors are required to sign an agreement ensuring compliance.

To ensure that your products are given a full and fair evaluation, please mail or drop off a New Item Packet with your samples and the information requested below. We will respond to you within two weeks of receiving your samples.

ATTENTION: New Items
PCC Natural Markets
4201 Roosevelt Way N.E.
Seattle, WA 98105-6092

New item packet checklist

Frequently asked questions

How can I verify that PCC received my packet?
Ship your packet with a carrier that offers delivery verification, or drop them off personally at the PCC business office.

When should I expect to hear back about my samples?
Please allow two weeks for a response. We will provide feedback and guidance regarding your products.

How do I get my products to PCC once they are authorized?
Choose from a variety of distributors (see below) or you may self-distribute. You may supply some or all PCC stores.

Who are PCC's largest or most frequently used distributors?

 

Beer and Wine

Click Distributing
Columbia Distributing Grape Expectations
Noble Wines, Ltd.
Odom Distributing
Southern Wine and Spirits
Vehrs, Inc.
Vinum Importing and Distributing

Books and publications

NutriBooks
Workman Publishing
Mountaineers Books
Sterling Publishing
Harper Collins Publishers
Random House, Inc.
Ingram Publisher Services
Small Changes

 
 

Deli and Bakery

Distribution Partners, Inc. (DPI)
Pacific Food Importers
Peterson
R & K Foods
UNFI

Grocery

Greenshoots Distribution
Crown Pacific
J.C. Wright
R & K Foods
Specialty Frozen, Inc.
UNFI

 
 

Health and Body Care

Frontier Natural Products Co-op
Northbest Natural Products
Threshold Enterprises
UNFI

Meat and Seafood

Clipper Ship, Inc.
Corfini Gourmet
Mondo's Meats
Plymouth Poultry

 
 

Produce

Northwest Specialty Produce
Organically Grown Company
Pacific Coast Fruit Company
Peterson Fruit Company

 

How do I get my products authorized at one of these distributors?
Our merchandisers can help facilitate placement of your products with an appropriate distributor.

What is a broker? Do I need one for my product line?
A broker is a representative paid by commission, retainer or a combination of the two. A broker is responsible for negotiating product placement with retailers and distributors, and handling the respective paperwork and follow-up. Brokers can negotiate promotional calendars between manufacturers and retailers, and typically are responsible for placing approved products onto the shelves at the stores. The need and use of a broker is at the sole discretion of the vendor.

May I take samples to the store to see if your staff likes them?
Store staff members are not responsible for new item authorization. Our merchandisers make all new item decisions and approved items are communicated to our stores through a systematic process. Please submit new items to our business office to ensure our merchandisers see the products.

Updated 7/31/2013

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