"Anyway, everything's good and we're growing, glad to be a part of Avoyelles Parish, and hopefully we can create some more jobs,” says Patrick Deshotels, President & CEO of 2 Sisters’ Salsa, “And again, thank all of you for coming out and supporting us."
The event? A groundbreaking for the little engine that could. Yep. Big things--- a-k-a expansion--- is happening in the town of Plaucheville, specifically at 2 Sisters Salsa.
Specifically, at 2 Sisters Salsa.
2 Sisters? As in, TWO sisters? They’re also daughters, explains Deshotels.
“The two sisters are my two girls, Sarah and Emily.”
The girls are 16 and 13 respectively, and at least right now, aren’t too sure what to make of having a salsa company named in their honor. Regardless, though-what a company, and for farmer Patrick Deshotels, what an adventure through only five years.
“Did I ever say to myself, 'Hmm, I don't know’,” says Deshotels. “Of course. Many times."
He wanted something more, wanted to explore the possibilities, and wanted to leave something for his daughters. But, yes, those first three years were tough. “The biggest hurdles was having no contacts, no relationships, not being in this business, and starting from nothing."
So, Patrick Deshotels began forming a sales team, and found people to create those relationships. “I was able to add some really good employees and starting building solid relationships with some important people out there.”
Now, 2 Sisters’ is a bonafide success story.
"(How many states?”) We're in 20 states"
"(How many stores?) Over 4,000 stores."
"(How many chains?) We're in about six chains right now."
It’s impressive data from Sales Director Denise Ramon. And sales? Numbers? Those are pretty impressive, too. “We're looking to sell over 800,000 jars this year,” adds Ramon.
2 Sisters’ Salsa now produces five types of Salsa: Original. Jalapeno. Fiesta. Verde. And my favorite, honey. And the 10,000-foot expansion will help them expand the reach of a pretty tasty product. “Well, 2 Sisters Salsa is made with all-fresh produce, and it's sugar and gluten-free,” says Ramon.
And what about the salsa recipes? There’s nothing too fancy or involved, smiles Deshotels. “Recipes are just kind of homemade Cajun recipes-- basically Avoyelles Parish--using our blend of spices and seasonings.”
2 Sisters’ Salsa, made in Avoyelles Parish, and all about people who went for it and made it happen. Deshotels’ advice for others wishing to pursue a dream?
“You’re gonna go through some tough times, and you can’t give up. You have to stick with it and move forward.”
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