Bottled meal enhancers that can kick up a dish are increasingly popular across all generations. But extra focus is being placed on multiuse items that can double as a base or marinade, for example, as well as timesavers that speed up meal prep.
According to the Specialty Food Association, Millennials are the most frequent purchasers of oils and vinegars as well as salsas and dips. The Gen-Xers are reaching for the cooking sauces and marinades as they look for products of convenience for mealtime. Meanwhile, Baby Boomers are responding to the myriad condiments and dressings available on today’s market and the innovative flavors they now offer.
“Today’s Specialty Food Consumer 2016” reveals that Pasta and Pizza Sauces was the sixth highest-growing category of specialty foods in 2016 while Condiments and Dressings came in ninth. The popularity of jarred kitchen-helpers suggests that consumers are cooking a fair amount of their meals at home and are looking for the products that can help make that process easier without compromising on flavor. Retailers can grab their attention with multi-functional sauces, dips and spreads that offer unique ingredients, bold flavors and big help in the kitchen.
As the rugged Cascades dominate the Pacific Northwest landscape, Total Domination Wing Sauces from Barhyte dominate taste buds with flavors like Scotch Bonnet Pepper and Blackberry; Hatch Chile, Pepper and Garlic; and Honey BBQ.
800/407-9241 or barhyte.com
Dave’s Gourmet introduces three hot sauces: Creamy Roasted Jalapeño, Creamy Ginger Citrus, and Creamy Garlic Red Pepper. Its creamy texture and complex flavors make them versatile and moderately spicy. Glutenfree, preservative-free and non-GMO, they’re packaged in 8-ounce glass bottles with six bottles per case.
415/401-9100 or davesgourmet.com
Kettlewood Combustion Co. barbecue sauces are a new addition to the Original Juan Specialty Foods family of brands. Unique flavor combinations are created by pairing single varietal natural smoke with decadent ingredients in three flavors: Pecanwood & Bourbon Vanilla, Oakwood & Caramel, and Cherrywood & Chocolate. They’re free from gluten and GMOs.
800/568-8468 or originaljuan.com
For gourmands, Watcharee’s offers a Thai Sauces Gift Set that includes 11.75-ounce jars of all four ready-to-use authentic sauces: Pad Thai, Peanut, Green Curry, and Massaman Curry. Handcrafted in small batches from premium ingredients imported from Thailand, they bring the flavors of Asia to the United States.
800/931-2970 or watcharee.com
Bourbon Elite BBQ sauce from Deaf Man’s BBQ is made with 100 percent Kentucky Bourbon for a smooth sauce with some sweetness and a little bite. Made using natural ingredients, it’s gluten-free and has no high-fructose corn syrup and no preservatives.
213/493-2465 or deafmansbbq.com
For 22 years, The Old Mule Company has produced “BBQ-Marinade-Dipping Sauces” on the family farm in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina. They boast a unique blend of spices with three flavors available: Original, Hot and Mustard. It is gluten free and contains no preservatives or MSG.
828/625-0305 or oldmule.com
Aloha From Oregon celebrated its 25th anniversary this year with the launch of Habanero Pepper jelly, Smokey Red Habanero Pepper Jelly and Mango Habanero Pepper Jelly, which all complement its original Jalapeno Pepper Jelly. They’re proving to be in the top 10 of the company’s sales.
541/343-5519 or alohafromoregon.com
L’Epicurien Chocolate & Pistachio Spread from The French Farm is made from quality pistachios and chocolate. It’s free from additives and preservatives and is great smothered onto brioche, drizzled on ice cream, or simply enjoyed on its own.
713/660-0577 or wholesale.frenchfarm.com
Bourbon & Berry Cranberry Sauce from Little Acre Gourmet is a leftover revitalizer for turkey, pork or lamb. It’s also handy for making quick and easy hors deourves or as a topper on cream cheese or crackers. It’s available individually or packaged in a kraft gift box.
603/617-8434 or littleacregourmet.com
Bacon Jam is not just for burgers anymore. These bacon spreads from TBJ Gourmet are perfect for inspiring appetizers, sandwiches and elevating entrees.
856/222-2000 or tbjgourmet.com
Italian Foods Corporation’s La Piana Romantica Happy Apple is a new apple-cider-vinegar-based condiment for salad dressings, sauces and glazes. Imported from the Emilia-Romagna region of Italy, it melds sweet and tart notes for a range of culinary applications. Packaged in tall, slender 8.4-ounce glass bottles, it also makes an attractive shelf display.
888/516-7262 or italianfoods.com
Whiskey Smoked Irish Salt from San Francisco Salt Co. is aged in Teeling Whiskey oak kegs that are smoked within hours of being emptied to retain its rich aroma, which is then subtlety infused into Oriel Irish Mineral Sea Salt. It then delivers a powerful and smoky flavor.
510/477-9600 or sfsalt.com
Combining fresh fruit, cane sugar and a little bit of lemon juice for a line of versatility, Blackberry Patch syrups are great as dessert toppings, as a stir-in for oatmeal, on yogurt and much more. Flavors include Blackberry, Blueberry, Raspberry, Peach, Strawberry and seasonal offerings, such as Pumpkin Spice and Apple Butter.
800/853-5598 or blackberrypatch.com
The award-winning Castillo de Canena estate has been producing oils in Spain since 1780. These prized “first day” oils require twice the amount of olives. This year’s label features the artwork of Spanish film director and artist Alex de Iglesias, whose design adorns the iconic bright cherry red bottle. They ship six bottles per case.
425/398-9761 or culinarycollective.com