Local Michigan Company Receives Top Honors in Global Food Awards
Backwoods Mustard Company takes first place at the World Hot Sauce Awards
Davison, MI – May 24, 2016 – Backwoods Mustard Company’s new Honey Habanero mustard won first place in the mustard category at the 2016 International Hot Sauce Festival and World Hot Sauce Awards held in Lafayette, LA. The winners were selected by approximately 30 judges from across the country, including executive chefs, restaurant owners, elected officials, hot sauce industry experts, and enthusiasts.
Nearly 300 companies from 14 countries submitted product for the competition and categories ranged from hot sauce to salad dressing. ”Winning 1st place at a global event is a huge honor and personal victory for us.” says Brian Ernst, President of Backwoods Mustard Company. Brian goes on to say, “It’s not only a win for us, it’s also a win for Michigan.”
The hot Honey Habanero mustard is made with 100% raw Michigan honey. “The flavor profile is very unique,” says David Saterstad, Vice President of Backwoods Mustard Company, “It starts with a distinct honey flavor and slowly finishes with the classic heat of the habanero.”
This isn’t the first time Backwoods Mustard has won an award. Their original Sweet Jalapeno mustard took 2nd place in the mustard category in the 2014 World Hot Sauce Awards. The same flavor also garnered 1st place in the Gourmet Food category in WDIV’s local and very popular ‘Vote 4 the Best’ competition, where hundreds of thousands of people participate to vote on more than 12,000 businesses in various categories.
Backwoods Mustard Company brought their first product, Sweet Jalapeno mustard, to market in June of 2013 and followed up with their second and hotter flavor, Honey Habanero, in December of 2015. Their product can be found in nearly 200 retail stores, restaurants, and breweries.