My name is Kyle Colson, the owner and operator of Hella Hot Hot Sauce, and with my wife Natalie, we have created an insanely great product for everyone to enjoy.We are a small mom and pop outfit in Northern California and are making a transition from cottage food industry to the commercial kitchen scale. We had started our operation about 2.5 years ago in our home kitchen in the redwoods of Los Gatos, California. Having the love for hot sauce in our bloods we would buy sauce where ever we traveled and fill up an entire shelf in our refrigerator.So I started to make hot sauce and sample it out on our family and friends, using locally sourced fruit and veggies. Then the buzz was created and we started to sample our hot sauce on certain musicians, comedians and other friends. The good feedback was coming in at a very high rate to the point where our product was in a very high demand with the slogan “I’ll take one of each”. I then started to create recipes with the thought in mind of being the Ben and Jerry’s of hot sauce! We now are at 18 different types of hot sauce and still create new recipes on a regular basis. This gives us a creative pool from which to choose our eventual top 5!
Our hot sauce is truly original and like no other! The sauce is made from locally sourced fruit! We have been creating the brand and have moved forward with trademarking our name, copyrighting the label, forming an LLC and have our website up for viewing at www.hellahothotsauce.com !!
We are now looking for funding to help with our commercial kitchen rental costs, manufacturing equipment,bottling equipment and bottles, permits from the Santa Clara County and the state of California. Our Hella Hot Hot Sauce is such a great product that we stand by it 200%! I have been Quoted to be the “Walter White” of hot sauce and would love for Hella Hot Hot Sauce to be in your kitchen soon!
Risks and challenges
The Risks and Challenges that we have seen and haven’t seen are and have been a mountain to climb. We have struggled with the California cottage food law that our governor, Jerry Brown, just signed in the recent couple of years. Our business was based in the beginning on being a small home based operation that would hopefully become successful in a couple years of us using the cottage food law. So we were in compliance with all California cottage food law requirements and were set to have our permits go through with the Santa Clara county environmental health offices and were noticed that hot sauce is not on the approved food list of the state. So with knowing we couldn’t receive our permit A or permit B for the cottage food law I had to direct our business to the commercial level. Renting a commercial kitchen, receiving business insurance, changing our labels, adding more permits and licenses and jumping through more hoops and red tape! The commercial kitchen fees are much higher than using your own home kitchen as well as adding business insurance at a one million dollar liability policy, and spending more money to have the sauce Ph tested and nutrition facts be posted on the label for FDA approval. These things are adding all up and have been challenging from day one but we strive to make our product in a commercial facility to be able to manufacture and produce one of the most incredible hot sauces that will ever hit your pallet!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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