About Us

Arcade Snacks has been a family owned and operated wholesaler since 1986, having started as a small nut roasting company in the family home of George Arcade Ethier and wife Ann. Together with sons Rick Haufe and TJ Ethier, George traveled near and far to buy the best cashews; bringing them back to Acton for roasting, salting, packing and selling as Cup a’ Nuts at Logan International Airport in Boston. Roasting only in the best peanut oil, we’ve coined the phrase “Packed with Quality”, a term that has been used to describe their company for over three decades.


George “Arcade” Ethier

From our garage in Acton, to larger facilities in Hudson, MA then Northborough, MA, Arcade Snacks continually grew; adding various nuts, dried fruits and candies from all over the world. When we began to experiment with snack mixes, like The 19th Hole Snack Mix, that is when the roof was blown off the building in Northborough, resulting in the purchase of our state of the art, 17,000 square foot facility in Auburn, MA. Here we have grown into one of New England’s premier distributors of over 300 different nuts, candies, and bulk trail mixes from all over the world. We have the capacity to service the finest hotels, restaurants, country clubs, confectioners and retailers from across the United States, while still able to personally deliver to our local and smaller establishments right around the corner. We are proud to say we are both SQF Certified as well as KVH Kosher Certified.

Though 99% of our business is wholesale manufacturing and distributing, we have become well known for our retail store. Follow the smell of the roasting cashews and you will find a huge assortment of bulk nuts, bulk dried fruit, and confections, all packed up and ready to take home. During the fall and holiday months, you will find Ann & friends in the chocolate room whipping up delicious chocolate turtles with our freshly roasted pecans. Don’t forget George’s Famous Marshmallow Pops; our holiday gift to you!  Whether a retail or wholesale customer, stop in and hello.  And as always, THANK YOU FOR YOUR BUSINESS!

The Arcade Snacks Family

Leadership Team

Rick Haufe

Rick Haufe


Since 1986, Rick has been working hard to bring the freshest, highest quality products to the public. He has built key relationships throughout the industry, which has earned him the trust and respect of both his customers and his vendors. Rick constantly strives to better his company, always working hard to bring in the best quality product he can, knowing that our customers are the final inspection.

When he isn’t working, Rick enjoys hunting, snowmobiling, eating at his favorite restaurants, spending time with his family, and walking his beloved dog, Jack. His favorite snacks are Cheddar Ale Mix, Energy Mix, Pumpkin Spice Caramels, Raw Almonds, and definitely the Gourmet Jumbo Cashews!

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T.J. Ethier

T.J. Ethier

Vice President

Barrett (T.J.) Ethier has been working with his family since 1986 coming on full time after college. TJ’s drive and work ethic have helped to make Arcade Snacks one of the most reliable distributors in New England with an amazing turn around time on 99% of orders. TJ doesn’t stop until the job is done!

That said, TJ has a “work hard – play hard” mentality and most enjoys his time with his wife and their two boys. TJ loves to help coach his boys in baseball and basketball, vacationing, and spending time him friends and family.

TJ’s favorite snacks are the Fava Beans, Dark Chocolate Sea Salt Caramels, Energy Mix and of course, all of the Freshly Roasted Nuts!

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Ann Ethier

Ann Ethier


Ann Ethier has been Secretary & Treasurer at Arcade Snacks since its inception in 1986 in the garage of her family home in West Acton, MA. Financing the company herself as they got up and running, Ann has been the support system to her family without which they would never have gotten to where they are today. Ann is the epitome of the Family Matriarch, having a hand in the day to day operations of Arcade Snacks, offering her sons and late husband George business guidance but reminding them of the importance of family.

During the months of September through February you might still find Ann in our Chocolate Room, creating chocolate masterpieces! Known for her handmade Chocolate Turtles and her late husbands’ Chocolate Marshmallow Pops, for years Ann worked tirelessly to produce all kinds of chocolate confections for our retail store and for corporate special orders. Ann enjoys spending time with her family and relaxing with her 6 grandchildren. Her guilty pleasure is our white chocolate (and Hallmark Movies).

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