Golden State Foods Wins 2020 Sauce Of The Year From The Association For Dressings & Sauces For Its Zaxby’s Caribbean Jerk Sauce
(October 20, 2020) ATLANTA, GA –The Association for Dressings & Sauces (ADS) awarded Irvine, CA-based Golden State Foods Corp. (GSF) as the winner of the Sauce of the Year Award for its Zaxby’s Caribbean Jerk Sauce. The announcement was made during the ADS 2020 Technical Meeting “Face2Face” held virtually October 5-7.
(Pictured (Top): GSF Senior Corporate Chef Kate Dolan (left) and Lead Food Scientist Daizy Hwang (right) with Golden State Foods)
“GSF collaborated with the Zaxby’s Product Innovation team on the Caribbean Jerk Sauce for Zaxby’s Caribbean Jerk Fillet Sandwich, which initially launched in January 2020 as a limited time offer and then extended longer because the promotion was so successful,” said Mitch Dingwall, Senior Director, Production Development for GSF.
“As consumers enjoy pepper and spice-flavored foods, the ‘spice and heat’ trend influenced this crowd-pleasing sauce, which features just the right amount of heat and a balanced flavor profile with familiar, yet authentic, exotic, intriguing notes.”
“The authentic, fruity, sweet and spicy Caribbean Jerk Sauce features a blend of mango, habanero peppers, and Island spices,” said GSF Senior Corporate Chef Kate Dolan. “It complements other sandwich ingredients, including a signature hand-breaded, crispy-fried chicken fillet, banana peppers, lettuce, and mayo on a toasted potato bun. Zaxby’s also offered this sauce as a wing glaze.”
“We’re honored that our Caribbean Jerk sauce was awarded “Sauce of the Year.” To hear that others enjoyed it as much as we loved making it sweetens this victory for both GSF and Zaxby’s even more. We’re thankful for our continued partnership in bringing this sauce to life,” noted Zach McLeroy, Co-Founder and CEO of Zaxby’s.
The Sauce of the Year award is presented by ADS to recognize and celebrate truly innovative and delicious products. Nominations for the award were received earlier in the year and a judging team from the ADS membership voted via blind taste tests, based on the sauce deemed to have the best overall taste.
Golden State Foods, founded in 1947, is one of the largest diversified suppliers to the foodservice industry, servicing approximately 125,000+ restaurants in more than 40 countries from its 50+ locations on five continents. Golden State services the top tier of Quick Service Restaurant customers throughout the U.S., including Zaxby’s. The company has developed or matched multiple signature products for an array of industry leaders, supporting their success of numerous famous products throughout the world. For more information, visit Golden State Foods.
Founded in 1926, the Association for Dressings & Sauces is an international trade association of manufacturers of salad dressings, mayonnaise, condiment sauces and the suppliers to the industry. For more information about ADS, visit the Association’s website.
For more information, contact Stan Samples, Director of Communications for the Association for Dressings and Sauces, at [email protected] or 678-303-2996.