2017 has been a busy and exciting year so far. After giving up my full time job at the end of February to concentrate on The Smokey Carter full time, the business has grown and we are well on the way to taking the business to the next level.
Over the Summer we successfully completed a crowdfunding campaign with Tesco BackIt to fund the development and manufacture of two new sauces (Smokey Chipotle Mayo and Ancho Chilli BBQ Sauce). These sauces have just launched and rewards to our crowdfunding supporters are now on their way.
We have invested greatly in the business over the past few months and have also undertaken a full re brand of our labeling and gift range with the help from Manchester based design agency Create 8. This includes 8 jars, 5 bottles, 4 gift tubes and 5 gift boxes. Our 12 different rub pouches have also undertaken a revamp which feature in a number of the gift boxes. We have also added new merchandise to the range such as a bar blade bottle opener, tote bags, t shirts and beer mats for those die hard Smokey fans.
Along with the new sauces we produced for the crowdfunding campaign we decided to add another sauce to the range whilst having all the new labels printed. Our new Jerk Ketchup is packed with traditional Jerk spices and has a good kick from scotch bonnet chilli.
In August we had another great lift to the business with the announcement of the Great Taste Awards in which we scooped 3 new awards including a 2* for our Pitmaster BBQ Spice Rub, 1* for Spiced Mango & Lime Rub and 1* for Jamaican Jerk BBQ Rub.
The coming months are going to be very exciting with the launch of our brand new website, which is currently being built for us. Other than our website you can also find our products in a number of Manchester deli’s including; A Taste of Honey, Back’s Deli, Three Pigs Butchers, Barbakan Deli, Craft Brewtique and Cheshire Smokehouse.
Dare I say it that Christmas is just around the corner and we are now preparing for our busiest period of the year, which kicks off around mid October.
Watch this space for the launch of our new website and other exciting news! Don’t forget to order our new sauces too! The Smokey Chipotle Mayo is a sure winner and very addictive!
Keep it spicy (and keep an eye out for the new The Smokey Carter “Up in Smoke BBQ Tubes” giveaway)
Howard Carter aka Mr Smokey
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