We are absolutely delighted to introduce our next Q&A feature. It’s the fantasitc Sheena from Galloway Chillies. We’ve met Sheena a number of times now and she’s the only person we know who’s this passionate about chillies and producing good quality products. We have a number of different products which we have used in various recipes. Sometimes it’s just a few spoonfuls of chilli jam into bolognese to give it a little kick or spread on top of a baked cambert, dipping crusty bread into it, delicious.
Here’s what Sheena had to say when we asked her some questions.
Briefly describe your brand?
We are a chilli business who care passionately about where our ingredients are sourced. With the exception of the citrus fruits and the bell peppers all the other products we use as ingredients are British.
How long have you been in business?
We are not far off turning two as set up the business on the 1st December 2012.
What was the inspiration behind setting up your own business?
The love of chillies and the passion for local/seasonal produce.
What has been the biggest challenge in getting your product to market?
My biggest challenge is probably time as I work full time presently while running the business.
We’ve seen you at a few foodie events, do you enjoy attending these and why?
I love meeting existing an potential new customers, not just to talk about our products but chillies in general – the many varieties, heats and flavours that are available.
What makes you stand out from other similar products?
I suppose in the fact that the majority of our ingredients are British and that we do nearly every preserve (except the seasonal ones) in a range of heats to suit all chilli tolerances.
How did you find your niche?
I have always loved chillies but on returning to Galloway a few years ago, discovered that the varieties of chilli available was very poor in the region so I decided to grow my own!
What’s your favourite product you make?
Oh not that a toughie. I do love Chilli Burns (our Chilli Hot Toddie) but then I love the lemon too and then there is the seasonal preserves including Chilli Raspberry and Chilli Chocolate Mincemeat.
Are there any plans to make a seasonal product?
Ha ha, just answered this in previous question. We do lots of seasonal products but at this time of year it’s the turn of out Chilli Chocolate Mincemeat – a rich decadent product made with Sulwath Rein Beer.
Where can we buy your product?
What’s your biggest passion outside of food?
Oh now that a difficult one as I so so love food but possibly its relaxing whether in the company of good friends or on my own with a large glass of wine and a good book.
Anything else we’ve not asked that you’d like to tell us?
Hmmm, maybe but it all depends on when this will be posted on your blog!!