Happy early Valentines Day for those of you celebrating!
Long overdue, but at last I'm here to answer the question of "What happened with the adventures in FL??"
I won't lie, I've been struggling with how to write this blog. Then, what with some personal life experiences happening and then catching the flu, I put this off long enough.
My friend in FL and I agreed to a 3-week trial where he would take No-MaTer and knock on some doors to see if he could make some headway. Well, 3 weeks turned into 4 weeks and speculation turned into excitement. What started off, for me, as a shot in the dark, has turned into a friendship. Admirably, my FL contact hopped around Tampa and St. Petersburg for a month to chase down leads, make connections, and establish interest in No-Mater. There was so much great feedback!
However, the struggle persists. We did find one store that would love to have No-MaTer Marinara Sauce. The tricky part is the expense of shipping from CO to FL, distribution costs as it's not like I can deliver all the sauce at once to the store location, and then the store's cut of the sales. Unfortunately, it was out of scope.
We also found a restaurant who seemed interested, but follow-ups led to a lack of commitment there.
Lastly, there was also strong interest from a meal preparation company. It took much insistence for them to be persuaded to give No-MaTer Marinara a chance. But when they did, they loved it. Interestingly enough, they did not love that it's called a Marinara sauce and recommended it be called a finishing sauce instead. To each their own. I personally don't go to the store to buy "finishing sauce" for my pasta haha Sadly, they too lacked the motivation to commit. And, honestly, it would have likely led to a similar fate as that of the store.
All in all, it was a fantastic experience, but did not lead to any further prospects for No-MaTer Sauce Company LLC.
Reading back through this blog, this is why I was hesitant. I am not keen on giving sad news or leaving on low notes. Alas, here we are though.
No-MaTer once again is on the final step to the end. The delay now is really weather related more than anything. Once the weather clears, don't worry you have some time as this is usually around April, I'll be able to coordinate with the food banks for picking up the remaining inventory. Until then, please feel free to submit your orders!
Thank you all for your support! All the best, Gena
p.s. I'm sure you've heard of pineapple on pizza (and yes, I'm definitely a fan), but have you tried mango?