Today we’d like to introduce you to Kerry Stessel.
Thanks for sharing your story with us Kerry. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
It all started 18 years ago when I played poker with some of my neighbors on Saturday nights.
Flavor is the focus, too, at Spring-based Hot Line Pepper Products.
“Our sauces are complex,” said founder Kerry Stessel, who started his hot-sauce business in 2011.
A self-described amateur chef who manages the 15,000-member Woodlands/Spring Foodie Club on Facebook, Stessel said the roots of his business go back a dozen years when he and his poker buddies began trying to one-up one another when it came to snacks.
The production of hot sauce is one of the eight fastest growing industries in the country. Not necessarily because it was lucrative, but because he loved hot sauce, Kerry Stessel started Hot Line Pepper Products after giving it considerable thought, and he thought it through every step of the way.
I first sampled these when Kerry visited ZestFest 2011 in Irving, Texas. As he made his way around the show floor, he stopped by the Bloggers Booth (with its lone person running it being me) and let me taste some out of his test bottles that he brought from his drive up.