Dave Hirschkop is a successful serial entrepreneur and innovator known for his offbeat marketing (used to wear a straight jacket to trade shows), award-winning products, and his humor. He used to own and run Burrito Madness restaurant, wrote a spicy food cookbook, Crazy from the Heat, and currently runs Dave’s Gourmet, Inc.
In today's episode we get a really interesting behind-the-scenes look at growing a food product and grocery business model with our special guest Dave Hirschkop. Dave is the founder and creative force behind Dave’s Gourmet. Dave’s Gourmet is a specialty foods company that makes a wide range of products including Gourmet Pasta Sauce, Hot Sauce, Condiments and Spices.The Wall Street Journal called him the, “...legendary Dave Hirschkop, the granddaddy of ultra-hot sauces.” Business Week said, “Dave's Hirschkop is known as an innovator.” It's a great conversation about product innovation, small business pivoting and long-term success and creatively scaling.  Connect with Dave: Dave's Gourmet website -- This episode was brought to you by our course “A Year of Content” for only $37 today: www.ayearofcontent.com. Don't know what to say to your customers? Our course gives you three video workshops and 200+ prompts to use in email, social media, video and website for your product-based business. Ann says, "I was so overwhelmed and didn't know what I should focus on/do first. The step by step guidance, focusing on small chunks of progress, has been incredibly helpful and stress relieving." Check it out a www.ayearofcontent.com. We'd love to connect with you on Instagram! Join us at @theproductboss. Get into The Product Boss Facebook Group and connect with other product-based entrepreneurs. See you in there!
In today's episode we get a really interesting behind-the-scenes look at growing a food product and grocery business model with our special guest Dave Hirschkop. Dave is the founder and creative force behind Dave’s Gourmet. Dave’s Gourmet is a specialty foods company that makes a wide range of products including Gourmet Pasta Sauce, Hot Sauce, Condiments and Spices.The Wall Street Journal called him the, “...legendary Dave Hirschkop, the granddaddy of ultra-hot sauces.” Business Week said, “Dave's Hirschkop is known as an innovator.” It's a great conversation about product innovation, small business pivoting and long-term success and creatively scaling.  Connect with Dave: Dave's Gourmet website -- This episode was brought to you by our course “A Year of Content” for only $37 today: www.ayearofcontent.com. Don't know what to say to your customers? Our course gives you three video workshops and 200+ prompts to use in email, social media, video and website for your product-based business. Ann says, "I was so overwhelmed and didn't know what I should focus on/do first. The step by step guidance, focusing on small chunks of progress, has been incredibly helpful and stress relieving." Check it out a www.ayearofcontent.com. We'd love to connect with you on Instagram! Join us at @theproductboss. Get into The Product Boss Facebook Group and connect with other product-based entrepreneurs. See you in there!
  Upon graduating college Dave Hirschkop opened Burrito Madness in College Park, MD. As a way to deal with unruly drunks, Dave created a hot sauce. Before long that hot sauce became Dave's main focus, and Dave's Insanity Sauce was born. Today Dave owns a website and business called Dave’s Gourmet where they sell Dave's Insanity Hot Sauce, pasta sauce, overnight oats and much more. In Today's episode, Dave shares how he spun a gourmet food business out of his restaurant and what advice he has for other restaurants looking to launch their products into stores and online retail.  Show notes… Calls to ACTION!!! Subscribe to the Restaurant Unstoppable YouTube Channel Join the private Unstoppable Facebook Group Join the email list! (Scroll Down to get the Vendor List!) Favorite success quote or mantra: "Your attitude determines your altitude." -Tony Robbins    In this episode with David Hirschkop we discuss: Creating something truly memorable, unique, and great.  If it's not exceptional with your first rendition, keep trying.  Starting where you can and slowly scaling as you can.  Scaling with concentric circles. Regarding retail, focus on instore velocity a.k.a. how fast a product is selling in one store before you look to scale to multiple stores.  Understanding that you're not going to be good at everything, so be the best at what you're already good at.  Considering how well your product ships.  Understanding the power of "why".  Considering the supply chain. Needing conviction.  Creating an experience at every touching point.  Running surveys.  Resources Mentioned 458: Brett Ottolenghi on how to react to food trends Survey Monkey The Dip: A Little Book That Teaches You When to Quit   Today's sponsor: BentoBox empowers restaurants to own their presence, profits and relationships. The hospitality platform disrupts third-party services that come between the restaurant and the guest. BentoBox puts the restaurant first and offers tools that drive high-margin revenue directly through the restaurant’s website. BentoBox is trusted and loved by over 5,000 restaurants worldwide including Union Square Hospitality Group, Eleven Madison Park, Gramercy Tavern, Lilia and more. MarginEdge is the only restaurant management system to combine automatic invoice processing with POS and accounting integrations, improving financial performance, visibility, and efficiency. It all starts with snapping a photo of invoices with your smartphone. We take it from there – every line item and every handwritten note is captured. We then integrate with your POS, so each day you know everything you bought and everything you sold. We create a rolling P&L with drill-down capability and it flows effortlessly to your Accounting System of choice. For 50% off your first year. Go to me.marginedge.com/unstoppable   Gusto offers modern, easy payroll, benefits, and HR to small businesses across the country — they were even named best online payroll by PCMag. And as a listener, you’ll get three months free when you run your first payroll. Sign up and give it a try at Gusto.com/unstoppable.      Contact info: Dave'sGourmet.com Dave@Davesgourmet.com  Thanks for listening! Thanks so much for joining today! Have some feedback you’d like to share? Leave a note in the comment section below! If you enjoyed this episode, please share it using the social media buttons you see at the top of the post. Also, please leave an honest review for the Restaurant Unstoppable Podcast on iTunes! Ratings and reviews are extremely helpful and greatly appreciated! They do matter in the rankings of the show, and I read each and every one of them. And finally, don’t forget to subscribe to the show on iTunes to get automatic updates. Huge thanks to Dave Hirschkop for joining me for another awesome episode. Until next time!   Restaurant Unstoppable is a free podcast. One of the ways I'm able to make it free is by earning a commission when sharing certain products with you. I've made it a core value to only share tools, resources, and services my guest mentors have recommend, first. If you're finding value in my podcast, please use my links!
Launching & growing a Specialty Food Small Business with Dave Hirschkop, founder of Dave's Gourmet - a specialty foods company that makes a wide range of products including Gourmet Pasta Sauce, Hot Sauce, Condiments and Spices. You have probably heard of Dave’s Gourmet Insanity Sauce! Dave shares his entrepreneur story, including starting a restaurant and developing the initial hot sauce product. Dave believes you need grit to succeed in business, and keeping things relatively simple to successfully operate and grow a small business. Henry Lopez is a serial entrepreneur, small business coach, and the host of this episode of The How of Business show – dedicated to helping you start, run and grow your small business. (TheHowOfBusiness.com)
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