Cooking sauces make or break a meal. They’re the foundation of quick-meal cooking, and today, they span the flavor spectrum: ethnic fusion, traditional American barbecue, hot wing flavors, Italian pasta favorites and more. Gourmet shoppers are not interested in a cut-and-dry, one-sauce-fits-all option, however. Instead, they want a grill sauce that doubles as a marinade, or a simmering sauce that can create a hearty chili one day and a beef brisket the next. The packaged sauce category is, essentially, a meal-starter kit. Pizza sauces, in particular, have one of the biggest growth in rates in retail, according to the Specialty Food Association.
Retailers are experiencing sales growth, and the top department for those sales in 2015 was the specialty grocery department. Market the versatility of these sauces and promote each as a quick-fix option for mealtime at home, and customers will oblige.
A brand-new launch to the Barhyte (800/227-4983 or barhyte.com) brand, the Total Domination Wing Sauce line is crammed with flavor. Scotch Bonnet Pepper and Blackberry brings a taste of the Caribbean to diners, and the Hatch Chile option gets its spicy tang from New Mexico hatch chilies. Pepper and Garlic packs just the right amount of heat with crushed garlic and cayenne pepper sauce, and the Honey BBQ sauce combines sweet and smoky flavors for beef, ribs or a pulled-chicken sandwich.
The Creamy Parmesan Romano pasta sauce from Dave’s Gourmet (800/758-0372 or davesgourmet.com) is a gluten-free super sauce that showcases aged Romano and Parmesan cheeses, California tomatoes, premium California garlic, extra virgin olive oil and fresh herbs all in one jar. Founder Dave Hirshkop set out to create a creamy cheese sauce that would allow customers to actually taste the fresh cheeses.
Soul food selections for the at-home chef, KYVAN Foods (513/521-5129 or kyvan82.com) was created by former NFL star Reggie Kelly to bring his Southern cooking staples to homes across the country. New to market this summer are the company’s wing sauces, which are available in Hot Wing, Sesame Garlic BBQ, Original Hot and Sweet BBQ.
BONE DOCTORS BBQ
Founded by two orthopedic surgeons, and honoring the true heritage of barbecue with traditional sauce foundations, Bone Doctor’s BBQ (bonedoctorsbbq.com) adds the contemporary nuance customers want with unique ingredient combinations and eye-catching labeling on a flask-like bottle. The company’s Sweet & Spicy sauce features a combination of peaches, cranberries and honey with a delayed peppery finish.
Building on 20 years of flavor-pairing experience, Urban Accents (877/827-7423 or urbanaccents.com) has launched its first line of spice-infused sauces, which include three Pumpkin Simmer Sauces that are blended with global flavors (Indian Coconut Pumpkin Curry, Moroccan Tomato Pumpkin Tangine and Mexican Chile Pumpkin Mole) as well as three versatile flavors of pizza sauces (Chicago Classic, Fire Roasted Arrabbiata and Manchego & Garlic).
Organic and gluten-free, the Sesame Teriyaki Sauce from Stonewall Kitchen (888/644-1486 or stonewallkitchen.com) features a unique combination of ingredients that add a savory and sweet dynamic to both Asian and everyday dishes. Loaded with the full flavor of organic tamari soy sauce, roasted garlic, toasted sesame oil and wildflower honey, customers can use it in soups or stews, as a marinade or as a dipping sauce.