Posted August 31, 2006 by Nick Lindauer in Hot Sauce News

August 16th – Original Juan Specialty Foods, Inc. Day

On August 16, 2006, Joe Reardon, Mayor/CEO of the Unified Government of Wyandotte County/Kansas City, Kansas, declared the day as “Original Juan Specialty Foods, Inc. Day”

Original Juan Specialty Foods, Inc. was started in 1998. The seed for Original Juan was planted when friends Joe Polo and R.J. Samuels founded the Lotta Hotta Specialty Foods Chain in 1991.

Original Juan has one hundred forty eight different products, representing twelve brands; including barbecue sauce, pasta sauce, condiments, spices salsa, dips and dessert sauces.

Original Juan has received more than 200 national and international awards and honors including its addition to the 2006 List of Top 100 Inner City Companies in the nation, as presented by INC. magazine. They were selected from a pool of more than 4,500 nominations from sixty-five cities and thirty states.

This is the second year in a row the company has received this honor.

You may visit Original Juan Specialty Foods Outlet Store, located at 111 S.W. Blvd., Kansas City, Kansas. Store hours are M-F, 9-4:30 and Sat. 10-3:00. Or you may visit them on line at .

Joe R. Polo, Sr, will be featured as a guest columnist in an upcoming edition of the K.C. Star’s Tuesday Business Section.

The official proclomation is available for download here (PDF)

Nick Lindauer

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