Home Back Issues August 2011 Saucy startup finds success with foodies

Saucy startup finds success with foodies

| Print |  Email
Articles - August 2011
Wednesday, July 20, 2011

By Linda Baker

0811_SaucyStartupFindsSuccessWhatever you do, don’t call Barcelona’s No. 1 Mole Poblano a chocolate sauce, says Roberto Riquelme, one of three partners at Barcelona Sauces, a year-old company based in Bend. The company’s six “finishing sauces” use a complex mix of whole ingredients — 21 in the case of the Mole — no preservatives or corn syrup allowed. “The secret is the balance,” Riquelme says. “You put it in your mouth and the flavor unfolds like wine.”

Featuring recipes developed by Riquelme’s partner and father, Enrique, who lived in Mexico City before retiring to Bend, Barcelona Sauces is a classic, recession-begets-entrepreneur story. When the real estate collapse limited his work as an architect, Roberto sought out “an alternate solution,” he says.

So far, the gambit seems to be paying off. Targeting foodies who want gourmet taste without the hassle, the company is on track to gross $60,000 a month by the end of 2011. The products are carried by Oregon Whole Foods Markets and other grocers, and hit Seattle stores in July.

About Green Sauce No. 7, one of Barcelona’s best sellers: The recipe includes more than eight different ingredients, including onion, cilantro, tomatillos, garlic and cumin. Please, says Riquelme Jr., don’t call it salsa.

 

More Articles

A Taste of Heaven

September 2014
Tuesday, August 26, 2014
BY VIVIAN MCINERNY

Craft beer comes to Mount Angel.


Read more...

Startup or Grow Up?

September 2014
Tuesday, August 26, 2014
BY JON BELL

Startup culture is all the rage. Is there a downside?


Read more...

Downtime

September 2014
Wednesday, August 27, 2014
BY JESSICA RIDGWAY

How State Representative Julie Parrish (House District 37) balances life between work and play.


Read more...

Back to School

September 2014
Wednesday, August 27, 2014
BY LEE VAN DER VOO

By now we’ve all read the headlines: Starbucks is giving away free degrees. Except it isn’t.


Read more...

Managing family assets: The importance of planning ahead

News
Friday, August 22, 2014
Unknown-1BY CLIFF HOCKLEY |  OB GUEST CONTRIBUTOR

When business intersects with family, a host of  situations can arise. Without a clear vision and careful planning, hard-earned investments can become stressful burdens.


Read more...

Is this employee right?

Contributed Blogs
Wednesday, August 13, 2014
081314 thumb employeefeelingsBY TOM COX | OB BLOGGER

When I say, “Your Employee is Always Right,” I do not mean “right about the facts,” but rather “right about how they feel” and “right about how they want to be led.”


Read more...

Podcast: Interview with Pete Friedes

Contributed Blogs
Wednesday, August 27, 2014

082714-thumb friedesbookTom Cox interviews Pete Friedes, author of "The 2R Manager," about becoming a Best Boss.


Read more...
Oregon Business magazinetitle-sponsored-links-02
SPONSORED LINKS