In case you missed it a couple days ago, the LA Times ran an awesome piece on the founder (David Tran) of everyone's beloved hot sauce Huy Fong Foods Sriracha Sauce.
Instantly recognizable by the Rooster on the front and it's bright green cap, you can find this stuff on the table of restaurants all over the US and certainly in every foodies cupboard, they wouldn't be caught dead without it.
Even more fascinating to us here at Real Food Real Kitchens is that the story of their humble beginnings reads like all small family owned businesses (including RFRK); started in 1980 by David Tran with $50,000 from family savings after being turned down by a bank for a US$200,000 loan, the company sold just over $60 million worth of sauce last year. How's that for a success story, that bank branch manager is probably still kicking himself daily for turning down that loan.
And still after all these years it's still a privately owned family company. Tran has turned down multiple big dollar offers to buy his company, but he is sticking to his brand like family saying, ""This company, she is like a loved one to me, like family. Why would I share my loved one with someone else?" (*LA Times)
Take a few minutes to read more about David Tran and his story in the LA Times HERE. From refugee to self-made millionaire, it's a story that everyone will find inspiring.
by Craig Chapman