Scott Roberts — Chilli Letter from America #2

by Scott Roberts on January 20, 2010 · 1 comment

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Scott Roberts

Scott Roberts

Welcome everyone to the new year!

Are U.S. Hot Sauce Sales Looking Up?

The U.S. has suffered an economic downturn during the past two years,but things are looking up for some of American sauce makers. Just one example, Michael Greening of Mike & Diane’s Gourmet Kitchens (makers of Ring of Fire Hot Sauces) said that his sales as of 11 January had already surpassed his entire January sales last year. Here’s hoping the the remainder of the year will see similarly rising sales and aggressive growth for the entire industry.

Spice of Life Cruise

While much of the North American continent braved bitter temperatures during the coldest January in many years, several American chilliheads – bloggers, hot sauce manufacturers and fiery foods leaders – had attended the four-day Spice of Life Cruise and Seminar at Sea, which sailed from Florida to the Bahamas. I unfortunately was unable to attend, but others had a great time and reports are starting to trickle in:

See – and

Peppers at the Beach Event

A brand new hot sauce show is in the beginning stages of being planned.  What has been dubbed as “Peppers at the Beach”, the event will be less of a trade show, and more of an informal demo for manufacturers, and an excuse for chileheads to meet up and maybe enter in a few eating competitions. It will be hosted by Chip Hearn (who currently holds the world’s record for the largest hot sauce collection) at his Peppers hot sauce shop in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware. The event will take place on the 15th and 16th of May. See

Top Selling Chilli Plants Are Scorchers

American gardeners and lovers of chilli peppers want heat. Lots of it. One source of evidence of this is the popular Cross Country Nurseries, one of the top suppliers of mail order hot pepper plants in the country, and their list of best sellers.  In the chilli pepper category, the top five most popular are the super hot Bhut Jolokia, Red Savina Habaneros, Trinidad Scorpions, Fataliis, and Chocolate Habaneros.

Chilliheads Help With Haiti Relief By Releasing Limited Edition Hot Sauce Bottle

Peppers and More, another blog in which I am involved, is helping out with the Haiti earthquake relief effort by releasing a special, limited edition bottle of hot sauce. 100% of the money generated from the sales of this will be donated to the American Red Cross, which will use to send much-needed supplies down to the afflicted Caribbean island.


New UK Reviews

This past month I’ve attempted to review a broad range of spicy food. In that was a pair of offerings from Britain: a onderful pickled chile spread called Mr. Naga Hot Pepper Pickle, and a homemade UK chilli sauce created from peppers obtained from Sudan (which I’m guessing might be chocolate habaneros).

There’s much more exciting stuff coming up in the next few months – new projects, new business ventures, and more opportunities to spread the love of chile peppers and hot sauces.

Stay tuned and I will see you all next month.

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