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Sam & Oliver

Member Since 10 Feb 2013
Offline Last Active Aug 31 2017 01:57 PM

#1487744 SAmpler Pouches 3 grams

Posted by Sam & Oliver on 30 August 2017 - 02:30 PM

The packets are known in the industry as "sachets" - we commonly call them packets.  Usually they are about 9 grams.  Most copackers do NOT have the expensive equipment to fill these.  It's a great idea on paper, but trying to track down someone with the machinery is a nightmare.  I believe someone said in a conversation at a show I was at that the Palo Alto guys get theirs filled overseas in China? I think even then they are doing 1 million at a time, lead time and shipping also have to be considered.

 

Those mini woozy 1.7 oz bottles cost the same COG to fill at a copacker than the 5oz, so at that point, might as well use a working sample they can share with a friend.




#1418571 The 10th Annual Hot Pepper Awards - WINNERS!

Posted by Sam & Oliver on 08 February 2017 - 08:56 PM

Hot dingity! Truly an honor to have recognition in the community!

Some great names on this list, proud to be up there with these greats!


#1414355 The 10th Annual Hot Pepper Awards - Call For Entries!

Posted by Sam & Oliver on 31 January 2017 - 10:52 AM

what a tease lol




#1395465 BBQ with Cherries

Posted by Sam & Oliver on 12 December 2016 - 10:13 AM

Late to the thread but cherries or cherry preserves work well. Scale back the sugar if you use preserves. But definitely do a reduction if using fresh cherries. I prefer sweet Virginia or New England black cherries.

Be careful not to overpower the sauce with garlic if you include it. Consider a dollop of tamarind paste as well. Otherwise choose your favorite BBQ style and go. Also suggest wine vinegar instead of distilled or cider on this.

I tried it as a Charleston type, but the mustard didn't work well.


#1392109 The 10th Annual Hot Pepper Awards - Call For Entries!

Posted by Sam & Oliver on 02 December 2016 - 06:01 PM

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#1383068 Rebranding / Design reboot for show media walls / booth

Posted by Sam & Oliver on 01 November 2016 - 05:09 PM

Sales this year have tripled what I did last year.  Granted I've got 3 more flavors with 6 total.

 

But one of the biggest challenges I've faced at shows is the statement "Oh, this is for people? I thought it was hot sauce for dogs."

 

As absurd as that sounds, I understand that marketing with pair of dogs on the bottle would be a marketing anomaly.  People tend to think a food item with an animal is for, or of that animal.

 

However, my friend has a picture of a beaver on his bottles, yet never gets asked if it's a hot sauce for beavers.

 

So, I have included shots of my booth setup at my first home show, where I (last minute) went from 20 feet of sales front to 25, forcing me to grab a 3rd table for the front and get creative with it.

 

I'm thinking of re-designing my brand image from the ground up again.  What suggestions to avoid the "is this for dogs?" without losing the nice logo I have?

 

I have flags that say hot-sauce and bbq-sauce that sit on the outdoor tent or booth, but those only serve purpose for people using me as a point of reference, or to find me at a show above the crowd.  Casuals strolling by often say "oh it's for dogs" until I chime in and say "this is for people" in which they say "oh, it is?  I thought it was for dogs" and will come over for samples.  But I know I'm losing a great deal of people I can't engage, which was prevalent this past weekend when I was working solo instead of my usual 2-man crew.

 

Is it as simple as changing the back wall to say "hot sauce and bbq sauce" next to the logo?  Is it a missing banner at eye-level?

 

I would think the crowd standing in front sampling would be enough...

 

Looking for suggestions of what to do in 2017.

 

Edit: not sure why i left the chair out in the middle of the booth, but the chair is normally hidden from view on the side in case I ever had to sit down, and also provides shelter for my electronics and cooler.

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#1383061 Carolina Reaper Sauce?

Posted by Sam & Oliver on 01 November 2016 - 04:51 PM

peppers, vinegar and salt.  the trinity of the Louisiana style is pretty f-n strong. Try a ratio of about 1 pound of peppers, to 2 cups of white vinegar and 10% of that weight in salt.




#1268529 The 9th Annual Hot Pepper Awards - WINNERS!

Posted by Sam & Oliver on 01 February 2016 - 04:41 PM

I can't wait to update my website now :)




#1268348 The 9th Annual Hot Pepper Awards - WINNERS!

Posted by Sam & Oliver on 01 February 2016 - 09:05 AM

Very honored to even be mentioned in with these names, let alone win.  Here's looking forward to 2016 and beyond




#1267283 The 9th Annual Hot Pepper Awards! - Call For Entries!

Posted by Sam & Oliver on 29 January 2016 - 03:28 PM

I just want to tell you all good luck, we're all counting on you.

 

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#1235599 Sam & Oliver's Mind Flay releases - special 50% off coupon presale

Posted by Sam & Oliver on 06 November 2015 - 10:34 AM

I figured the back story was cool... better than "just 'cause" ;)  Tricky to design around since the "y" in the name presents a symmetrical unbalance in the label when trying to put the descriptor in white underneath.




#1235281 Sam & Oliver's Mind Flay releases - special 50% off coupon presale

Posted by Sam & Oliver on 05 November 2015 - 10:52 AM

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Single 5oz Bottle

 

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3-Pack Gift Box (3x 5oz bottles)

 

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Triple Threat 3-Pack Variety Box




#1235010 Sam & Oliver's Mind Flay releases - special 50% off coupon presale

Posted by Sam & Oliver on 04 November 2015 - 06:02 PM

Mind Flay has finally launched!

 

Officially available to the public this Black Friday, 11/27, this strawberry preserve, agave, white wine vinegar and Carolina reaper sauce is extremely tasty with a slow-fuse burn that will light up your sky. All-Natural, Gluten Free and Vegan, this strawberry reaper sauce can be used on everything from Belgium waffles, cheesecake, gelato to marinading steaks, dressing sandwiches or topping a block of cream cheese for a killer dipping appetizer!

 

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Here's a link directly to the product page: http://www.samandoliver.com/mindflay/

 

No need for a coupon.  Link takes you to the product page where the product is already discounted.  Offer expires at midnight Sunday, 11/8/2015

 

Small print stuff:

Offer applies to single 5oz, 3-pack gift box (3x 5oz) or Triple Threat variety box only.

 

Shipping:

Will ship world wide, the site does a great job of finding the best pricing.  International orders can get pricey, so message me if you have any questions BEFORE ordering if it seems high.

 

Allergens:

Contains strawberries

 

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#1232002 The 9th Annual Hot Pepper Awards! - Call For Entries!

Posted by Sam & Oliver on 26 October 2015 - 09:14 AM

Edit: All 4 product lines registered :)

 

Molten Gold

Mind Flay

Stoke

Cinder (the new formula)

 

Now to find a steel box to ship it in so it doesn't get mushed this time around, haha!




#1214342 Check out these new Flip Caps I am using for my glass BBQ bottles

Posted by Sam & Oliver on 31 August 2015 - 04:19 PM

I love the flip lids.  One draw is that once you open the bottle, and remove the seal, shaking the product up and quickly flipping the lid up can leave some product IN the lid's "lid" tab, for lack of better terms  haha.  That in turn can drip down, and if you close the lid, is orphaned around the teardrop orifice and can get sticky, but overall no drips, no mess and easier to clean.  Much smoother pour and doesn't allow for "oh crap" pours when you overturn the bottle and it all rushes out.