Manufacturing Kitchen

kitchenMonkey Spit Hot Sauce debuted in 2008. Originally, we ourselves used a contract packer or co-packer to produce our sauce. The key to our products has always been fresh peppers, but the big co-packers wouldn’t use fresh produce, insisting that they could get the same results with a pepper mash or puree. They were wrong. The result was not nearly as good, plus they had huge minimum orders. We eventually found a small co-packer in Nevada, but that meant we were paying to ship peppers from the Central Coast to Nevada, then paying to ship the bottled product back to the Central Coast. In 2012, we decided it was time to do it ourselves and Monkey Spit Manufacturing was born. The learning curve was steep. When you sell packaged food to the public in California there are tons of regulations, but we know what we’re doing.

The Process

The first thing we will need is your recipe so we can give you a price estimate. We have a non-disclosure form to assure you that we will not share your recipe or produce it for anyone but you. It’s very important that you give us all of your ingredients and procedures so we can match your product as closely as possible. Once you have your pricing a $2000 deposit is required to continue the process. At that time Monkey Spit will conduct two test cooks of your product for your approval. Once the formula has been approved, Monkey Spit will get the required Nutritional Values, PH Requests, UPC Codes and work with you on the layout of your label. You will need to provide us with your logo and artwork in a high definition vector file. Once your label is designed, Monkey Spit will have it reviewed by Everclean, Inc. to insure there are no errors or omissions which could potentially keep you off the shelves of certain stores.

A Little on Fresh Produce

If you use any fresh fruit or vegetables in your product and plan to sell it to the public, your co-packer must be certified as a commercial cannery. You’re in luck, Monkey Spit does hold a cannery license. The process becomes more complicated as PH logs have to be kept, sample bottles sent to the state and your product palletized in our facility until it is released by a visit from the state inspector. This will add to your cost, but in our experience customers are willing to pay a little more for high quality product.

Manufacturing

Once you approve the test cook and we know that labels are in the pipeline, we get busy manufacturing! A deposit of 50% of the cost for that manufacturing run is due in advance with the balance due when complete. Manufacturing runs may have an overage or underage of 10% of the quantity ordered. Pickup at our facility during normal business hours is free, delivery charges shall apply if you need your product brought to you.

For more information

We look forward to working with you, and helping you make a superior product. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to call or email. Paul Smith (805) 931-1555 paulsmith@monkeyspithotsauce.com

About Monkey Spit

Founded on the Central Coast of California in 2008, Monkey Spit Hot Sauce makes the best batch of serrano and habanero hot sauce around.

Original, Gorilla, Atomic Monk, we don’t monkey around when it comes to hot sauce.

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