Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Smokey Chipotle Ketchup Win International Acclaim!

August 2, 2011, Fredericksburg, Texas. Fischer & Wieser Specialty Foods, Inc. from Fredericksburg, Texas is celebrating after winning a prestigious 2011 Great Taste Award. Fischer & Wieser Specialty Foods, Inc. has been presented with a coveted one-star Gold Great Taste Award for its Smokey Chipotle Chilli Ketchup.

Starting from a simple beginning as a road-side peach stand, Fischer & Weiser now produces more than one hundred products in the same tradition as their first jar of peach preserves. Nestled in the fruitful farmland of the Texas Hill Country, Fischer & Wieser Specialty Foods, Inc. is still family owned and operated as well as a bustling international company that has become the #1 specialty food company in Texas.

Operating on the simplest truth—produce a quality product and loyal customers will embrace it—helped to launch the company’s flagship sauce, The Original Roasted Raspberry Chipotle Sauce®, into stardom by winning NASFT’s prestigious award for Outstanding New Best Seller in 1997, and has since garnered numerous awards.

Fischer & Wieser gourmet items are available throughout America at specialty food stores, club stores and grocery stores, online and internationally in Canada, Mexico, and the United
Kingdom. Case D. Fischer, CEO and President said: “We are delighted with this award.
Winning a Great Taste Award recognizes the hard work and dedication that goes into making superb food and drink. Our Smokey Chipotle Chilli Ketchup can be considered a gourmet dipping sauce, but also used as ordinary ketchup. Handcrafted with chipotle chilies, Roma tomatoes, garlic, onion and white wine vinegar, this ketchup has a Southwestern flair that once tried, will cause you never to go back to ‘regular’ ketchup again!“ It has previously won the Golden Chile Award in the Ketchup Category in The Chile
Pepper Fiery Food Challenge, 2010.

The Great Taste Awards, organised by the Guild of Fine Food, are now in their 18th year and going from strength to strength. 7481 products were entered from 1600 companies for the 2011 Great Taste Awards. It took 350 experts 34 days to blind taste all the entries and decide which entries would achieve the coveted one, two and three star gold awards.
The Great Taste Awards judging standards, devised by the Guild of Fine Food, are the most rigorous in the UK. To achieve the 3-star rating a minimum of 20 -more often 30 - judges need to be in complete agreement that the food delivered that indefinable ‘wow’ factor. All the judges’ comments are made available to producers. If no gold is awarded, they need to know why.

Bob Farrand, Chairman for The Great Taste Awards, said: “Winning Gold in the country’s largest and most respected independent food accreditation scheme is a massive pat on the back for any producer - independent proof their products are of the highest quality. We provide constructive feedback from our expert judging teams and for many, winning 1, 2 or 3-star Gold is exactly what’s needed to help grow their businesses, even during a recession. Every winner should feel very proud that their hard work has been rewarded.”

The four regional nominated foods for each of the Great Taste trophy winners have been announced by the Guild of Fine Food and the identity of the regional and national winners and the 2011 Supreme Champion remains a closely guarded secret until the night of 5th September when all will be revealed at the invitation only awards presentation dinner at London’s Royal Garden Hotel. That is the night we find out who carries away the coveted Golden Fork trophies.

A full list of award-winning products is available at, and can be searched by region, award or product category.

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