Another Year Startsby Bruce Hopkins on 01/08/14
I have been less than attentive to this portion of the site, and for that I must appolgize. Seems that so many things distract me from paying attention to some portions of this business I just get farther behind on them, and this blog is one of them. I hope to amend that this year.
Many things have happened since last I posted anything; I am not sure I can relate them all. Most importantly, or foremost in my mind, is that we now have a "manufacturer's representive". Yes, someone who represents our product to retail sellers! The name of the company that has picked up the spice blends and salts is Cross Country Marketing located in Virgina. XC Marketing, as it is known has been presenting our products to stores along the East Coast. They have also introduced it to a distributor in the lower section of the midwest, and they too, are now interested. It will sure be nice if this takes off!
I have been working on some new products, but have yet to produce enough to even Beta the product. The amount of time and money it takes to get any product out is amazing, but stay tuned for new stuff this year. And, yes we really hope it will be this year.
Late in 2012 we built a new "mini processing" room and have been using it throughout 2013. Well, it is actually a "shed", that I wired, plumbed, insulated, sheet rocked, painted......well you get the idea .... so we would have a place close by in which we could produce our products and hopefully increase our ability to serve our customers. It is also my "test kitchen". It is small, but has proven over the past year to be very helpful and efficient. It has saved us both time and a little money in travel to our co-processor. We have been able to run smaller batches, a money saver. When we need large batches we still go to our co-processor for those. So, progress it is!
I want to thank everyone who has supported us, purchased our products and continue to do so. I also want to thank everyone for telling others about us and have encouraged them to try our products.