co-owner of Fresh is Best Salsa Company
Inc. with my partner Colin. We manufacture
chips and dips.
started as a home-based business in 1999
and now have a retail storefront where we
manufacture all our products for distribution
around the province of BC and Alberta.
Salsa is the number one condiment in North
America, so there’s lots of people
selling it and lots of people buying it.
The niche that we’ve found is that
we’re one of a kind in the way that
we’re really committed to just fresh
chopped, uncooked ingredients, and that
we have no preservatives.
we started the business, we found out very
quickly that there were a lot of different
bylaws and rules that regulated food production,
so we ended up hooking up with some friends
that have a local restaurant and got in
there late at night and cooked from midnight
till six in the morning two days a week
and that’s sort of where it started
origins of salsa can be traced back to 600
years to the ancient Aztecs, Mayans and
was very home-based at that point. We were
doing all the labels on our computer and
sticking them on the product and a lot of
the bagging and that kind of stuff came
out of the house.
We started originally with just salsa. And
then we have a guacamole, a layer dip, a
spinach dip, and a bean dip, as well as
our taco shells and tortilla chips.
peppers rate the highest on the official
Chile Pepper Heat Scale.
production process remains a lot of manual
labour, because the equipment and machinery
is very expensive, and the quality that
comes out of machines isn’t the same
quality that comes out of people, especially
when it comes to our tortilla chips, the
breakage and the handling and the cooking.”