Haa Aaní became a partner and supplier with Dear North, a consumer brand developed by Huna Totem Corporation. Dear North develops and markets uniquely Alaskan food products to consumers in the Western United States, including the popular Wild Alaska Spruce Salmon Bites.
“Consumers are very excited about these products and flavors and we look forward to an ever deepening relationship with Haa Aaní economic development as we expand our market distribution and product offerings,” said Anne French, vice president marketing of Dear North.
Wild Alaska Spruce Salmon Bites is a smoked coho product, enhanced with the slight herbal infusion provided by spruce tips in the smoking process. The spruce tips are sourced directly from
Sealaska lands. Haa Aaní natural resources and economic development teams collaborated to develop a small-scale spruce tip program in Hoonah, Alaska to supply Dear North. Alaska Tree Trimmers, a shareholder-owned business, harvested the spruce tips. The partnership is a great example of why bringing Sealaska’s natural resource businesses under one integrated and efficient entity is leading to more collaboration and increased opportunities.
“We have effectively created opportunity that captures spruce tips as a new marketable product from a pre-existing program,” said Ed Davis, director of the Haa Aaní economic development team.