Harper’s Homemade bread acquired by Aberdeen companyOct 17th, 2016 | By Sarah Glenn | Category: Featured, Pocatello News
By Sarah Glenn/For the Journal
POCATELLO — There’s a new owner behind Harper’s Homemade Bread.
The yellow, red or green packaging that fills shelves from Costco to WinCo and many area markets in between was recently acquired by the Aberdeen-based Driscoll Management Company.
According to Jordan Driscoll, the company’s business manager, two of the three original owners of the Pocatello-based baking operation were looking to retire.
“It was a really good fit for both sides,” Driscoll said.
With Harper’s founder, Jeff Harper, staying on as operations manager, the all-natural recipes, the baking process and the staff aren’t changing at all, Driscoll said.
The company will continue to employ 35 people and distribute to its regular grocers. Harper’s Homemade Bread will also remain in Pocatello, baking from its location on Second Street. However, Driscoll said as the business expands in the future, they might move to a bigger location.
“It isn’t very big,” Driscoll said of the current bakery. “However, in the event that we want to be in a new facility we would like to keep that in Pocatello. We like being a local company.”
Despite Harper’s small facilities, its reach is extensive. The Pocatello-made bread is sold in various Albertsons, Ridleys, Stokes, CostCo, WinCo, Kings, Broulim’s, and Macy’s stores across the region. The Pocatello product can be found in stores from Idaho Falls to South Salt Lake City.
Although the product’s reach could be expanding, its ingredients are getting more local. Driscoll Management Company owns several agricultural interests across southern Idaho.
Driscoll Brothers is an agribusiness made up of three farm operations located in Aberdeen, American Falls and Jerome Idaho. The operations grow potatoes, sugar beets, wheat, hay and corn.
“We were looking for a way to vertically integrate our family businesses,” Driscoll said. “They saw us as a good family company and we both wanted to contribute to our communities. That’s why it was such a good fit.”
Although the bread recipes won’t be changing, many of the ingredients will now be grown not far from where the bread is made.
“The recipe doesn’t put preservatives in the bread, meaning it might go moldy on the counter before your other breads do,” Driscoll said. “That’s normal because we use all-natural ingredients. That’s what makes it so good.”
Harper’s Homemade Bread began in 2001 in its current Pocatello location.
Driscoll Management Company operates many business interests across Southeast Idaho. Driscoll Potato is a Potato Packaging Plant that was established in 1980.
Highway 39 is a Potato Partnership formed in 2015 between Driscoll Potato and SunRiver of Idaho, and owns certain rights to packaging Simplot’s Innate Potato. Driscoll Transportation was initially established to transport primarily the company’s own agriculture products.
However, the business now hauls various customer products. Driscoll Cattle is primarily a cow-calf operation located north of Aberdeen. In addition, the company owns and operates Driscoll Truck Center and CarQuest of American Falls.
The Driscoll family business started in 1952 with Jordan’s grandfather. Today, three generations have worked for the company.
The acquisition of Harper’s Homemade Bread was finalized on Sept. 15. The packaging and product branding will remain the same, Driscoll said.