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Porky Joes 02-25-2011 06:49 PM

Starting a Sauce Company
I was wondering if anyone could give me some tips for starting my own company. Eventually I would like to branch out from sauces and do rubs or more. I am thinking the best was is to find a co-packer. Does anyone have any advice for start up costs, business plans, copyright, legal fees, and more.


MilitantSquatter 02-25-2011 07:50 PM

This is a good place to start if you have broader intentions of trying to just sell small batches.

US Small Business Association

Dex 02-25-2011 08:47 PM

Step #1 - Mail out free samples to any Brethren members requesting one to get feedback on how your sauce tastes :-D

Moose 02-25-2011 09:48 PM

I agree with the above. PM me if you want to discuss marketing - I've launched numerous consumer products and might be able to help.

cere19 02-26-2011 08:35 PM

I don't remember which BBQ show I was watching on tv but they showed production of BBQ sauce. They showed a facility that would take a persons recipe and increase it to make a larger batch and bottle it for the customer. This was so the customer did not have to make a bunch of little batches or else invest in the equipment needed to make a larger batch. Don't know if that helps you at all

h00kemh0rns 02-26-2011 09:12 PM

Good article...would look at following some of these steps along with finding a co-packer for mass production once demand is there.

Capozzoli 02-26-2011 09:27 PM

I would say the first thing to do is research your market. Find out how much it is and who the players are.

Then figure out how much of that market you can realistically obtain. Make a biz plan and get help with financial projections.

Find a way to compete in a saturated, price sensitive market. (there is always a way)

Give you product or at least your advertising an edge. "Organic" micro batch BBQ sauce. As for advertising, one word...Boobs.

Have you figured out what equipment and stuff you will need? Im curious.

Groundhog66 02-26-2011 09:37 PM

My advice would be, if your product is ever included in a meaningless online poll.....don't try to buy votes :becky:

Seriously though, good luck in your endeavor.

Porky Joes 02-27-2011 09:47 AM

I have been recommended the same co-packer by a few different people. I also have been trying to work on my business plan but with my children it has been going very slow. Does anyone know of websites, that would provide demographics? One thing I would like to do is start small at flea markets.

Porky Joes 02-27-2011 10:05 AM


Originally Posted by h00kemh0rns (Post 1561978)

Good article...would look at following some of these steps along with finding a co-packer for mass production once demand is there.

This is a great article, I would also recommend the book "From Kitchen to Market"

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