Patrick and Anita lived in Taichung four years ago, and have been running restaurants since 2001. During that time, they accumulated a lot of solid experience in the restaurant industry.
“We have tried many restaurants, including Italian restaurants, pizzerias, and Mexican restaurants. However, it really comes down to luck when running a chili sauce business in Taitung. Taitung is a good place to work directly with farmers,” Patrick says with a smile.
Although it is not difficult for him to run a restaurant, selling chili sauce is a new challenge. “In the beginning, we were a bit frustrated because it was too difficult. We kept trying to find farmers, as well as visiting distributors, and now we are finally on track.”
The main ingredient of his chili sauce recipe is a special pepper originating from the Caribbean, and is not commonly known in Taiwan. As a result, no farmer was willing to help plant it when they went around looking for cooperation during the early days.
“Later, we went to the FamilyMart situated in Dulan. Someone suddenly came to Anita and asked if we made chili sauce. He was willing to help plant it!” Patrick says.It seemed like an opportunity came knocking on the door, and finally, the first light dawned upon them. Gradually over time, other farmers came to ask if they could cooperate so that their chili sauce production had a breakthrough in development.