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Little Red’s Sauces originated as a hobby which quickly turned from an obsession to a growing business. Founder Shane Doherty has a passion for making homemade batches of sauces, experimenting with different ingredients to make sauces that are unique in taste while also being made from natural ingredients.
The company’s story started in 2020 after I lost my job due to COVID-19. It encouraged me to turn my passion for sauces into a business and I initially started creating batches of hot sauces for friends. The positive reaction led me to approach several bars, restaurants and businesses with product samples. The small-scale distribution was well received with one chain of restaurants agreeing to stock and sell Little Red’s products and integrate our sauce into their menu.
The success of this initial distribution served as proof of concept and inspired me to apply to The Prince’s Trust Programme in the UK where I was living at the time. I was accepted onto the programme and completed it successfully.
I moved home to Ireland knowing I had a viable business. Little Red’s Sauces was subsequently established in Dublin, offering a unique blend of premium sauces which deliver powerful flavours from all-natural ingredients. Little Red’s Sauces now operates a commercial kitchen and bespoke production facility which is based in the heart of Dublin. The premises has allowed us to build strong relationships with vendors, shop owners and independent retailers.
Little Red’s Sauces is committed to using locally sourced, natural ingredients with no added sugar and free from chemical additives. We use a range of traditional and modern fermentation techniques which creates a sustainable, eco-friendly production process. The result is a unique blend of sauces that explode with flavour and leave consumers wanting more.
SuperValu’s Food Academy programme and my Local Enterprise Office provide Little Red’s Sauces with a solid and reliable environment to develop our products, allowing us to grow in a gradual and sustainable manner. The Food Academy programme offers a potential opportunity to get my product on SuperValu shelves around the country, something which would be invaluable to a growing company. SuperValu’s support for local communities and Irish businesses is well known and they continue to offer the expertise, resources and guidance needed to help my company to scale up while navigating the ever-changing food industry in Ireland.
We source our ingredients from several Irish farmers and producers, aiming to showcase their produce to new consumers through our sauces. Our goal is to expand our operation, creating new jobs and hiring local people. Growing the company will enable us to continue supporting farming communities and plan future developments such as a fresh chilli nursery.