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#423929 - 12/02/11 09:01 AM Hot Mama’s wins scorching award
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Hot Mama’s wins scorching award

For most Belizeans, no meal is complete if it’s not topped with hot sauce and luckily, there are several local brands to choose from. But one has bragging rights for winning first place and taking the gold in the condiments category of the first annual Gourmet Products Awards. Hot Mama’s Pepper Sauce earned international recognition for its Sweet Pepper Sauce at the award ceremony, which was recently held in Los Angeles. According to a release from Hot Mama’s, the Gourmet Products Awards recognizes companies, products and services that stand out in quality, innovation and special merit. There are forty-three categories including condiments, confections, dairy, oils, baby products, beverages and snacks. Hot Mama’s Belize operates out of Unitedville, Cayo and has been producing hot sauces for over eight years.

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- Press Release, Belmopan City, Belize, Feb 07, 2012, via GourmetPresswire.com - Hot Mama's Belize recently won an award for being a top of the line product that earns its way to international recognition at the 1st Annual Gourmet Product Awards, which was held in Los Angeles, California. Hot Mama's Sweet Pepper Sauce was awarded the 2011 Gourmet Award Winner of the 'Condiment' category for its unique and inspirational taste.

The Caribbean Export Development Agency (CEDA) had provided some assistance, which enabled us to attend the Summer 2011 Fancy Food Show in Washington, DC. We are quite elated by the sauces success and would like to thank Gourmet Product Awards for giving us the opportunity to submit our entry to the competition. This is a very exciting award for us because it confirms what we have always said "Hot Mama's Sweet Pepper Sauce is incredibly good!" 

"The Gourmet Product Awards recognize companies, products and services that stand out in thier quality, innovation and special merit. In total, they have made extraordinary contributions to the advancement of gourmet and gourmet product standards and market environment, and may have achieved 'great' quality at the highest and broadest level."

Hot Mama's Sweet Pepper Sauce is unique and can be put on most any kind of food. No special recipe necessary -- 'from breakfast to dessert.' Hot Mama's Sweet Pepper Sauce is based on an old family recipe, handed down through the family and we use no preservatives or additional additives.

Contact Shurdia@HotMamasBelize.com to arrange a guided tour through the facilities. Like Hot Mama's Belize at http://www.facebook.com/hotmamasbelize Or purchase our sauce online at http://hotmamasbelize.com/eshop.html And when you are in Belize, visit with us at The Hot Shoppe, located at the factory. 

About The Gourmet Product Awards:
The competition honors the best new gourmet products in 43 finely divided categories including condiments, confections, dairy, oils, baby products, beverages, snacks and more. In order to be granted this outstanding award, the products may exhibit processes and/or innovations that have added to the profession and image of the gourmet industry that may also improve taste, health, enhance personal well-being, wellness, enjoyment and the overall satisfaction of their consumers. www.gourmetproductawards.com

About Hot Mama's Belize:
Hot Mama's Belize, located at mile 60 Western Highway, Unitedville, Cayo District; is a manufacturer of fine sauces and has been in operation for over 8 years. Hot Mama's unique, quality, taste, style, appeal and innovative combination of peppers, has made Hot Mama's an exceptional competitor in this competition, as well as a major provider in the Belize market. Hot Mama's Belize will continue to strive for premium quality and flavor in its products and look forward to future food competitions.

#423930 - 12/02/11 09:02 AM Re: Hot Mama’s wins scorching award [Re: Marty]
Marty Offline

A Belizean product has won an international award. Hot Mama’s today announced that its Sweet Pepper Sauce has won the prestigious Gourmet Product Award. Love News spoke by telephone with Wilana Oldham, from Hot Mama’s Belize.

Wilana Oldham – Hot Mama’s Belize
“We won first place gold for best condiment with the Gourmet Product Award in the US. I think what happened is that we were at the Fancy Food Show in Washington DC this year and I think somebody came along and picked up one of our products which is the sweet pepper sauce and made a recommendation to the Gourmet Product Award Company about the sauce and so they approached me about submitting an application for the contest which we did and then eventually they requested that we send product to five different entities, these were actually judges. These judges were in different types of businesses, one was the International Culinary Institute and some were stores and what not and they got to taste the product and we were chosen first place gold winner we are so happy about this.”

Oldham says that the award has motivated her staff to continue to strive for premium quality and flavor in Hot Mama’s products and looks forward to future food competitions.

Wilana Oldham – Hot Mama’s Belize
“You know it’s very important to get recognition for the work you’re doing so it is a nice boost to not only the morale of the employees but also it motivates us to get the product out there more into the public because we want them to understand that hey, there are people out there who have tried the product and realize how incredibly good it is and there s no reason you should be eating it yourself. We are hoping that it will translate into more public awareness and of course the ultimate goal is more sales.”

Hot Mama’s Company, which is located in Unitedville in the Cayo district currently has nine full time employees. Oldham says that come the new year, the company plans on hiring more workers to facilitate expansion.



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