How We Started
Kim's Gourmet Sauces evolved in the kitchen of Kim Kolker as
sauces for her own use. Friends and family urged her to
market her sauces because they were such good tasting,
versatile sauces. Kim incorporated her company in July 1993
and her company grew by leaps and bounds.
Kim believed that she could make an all natural, preservative
free sauce with no MSG that would compliment any recipe and
so she created 5 delicious sauces: Original Teriyaki (which
was her first, and I believe her favorite), Spicy Teriyaki,
Asian BBQ, Spicy Peanut and Cracked Pepper Grill Sauce. With
Kim's hard work and her belief that she had a great product,
the business grew and before you knew it, Kim's Gourmet
Sauces were in places like King Soopers, Shamrock Foods,
Tony's Markets, and in many different states across the
My husband and I have known Kim for many years. My
husband has sold Kim's sauces through Shamrock Foods for many
of those years. When Kim decided to sell her company, she
knew that my husband and I were the perfect ones (as she puts
it) to buy it and run with it. So on May 1st, 2010 we
purchased Kim's Gourmet Sauces.
What We Became
At first I thought, "Oh my goodness what have we done?" I knew
nothing about running a company. But with my husband's belief
and knowledge of the business, he convinced me that we could
make this company grow and succeed. We brought the product
back in-house and started once again making the sauces ourselves
in Castle Rock, Colorado. We make all of the sauces at the
commissary kitchen that Kim actually started in.
are made in a 60 gallon double jacketed Groen tilted steam
kettle. It actually is quite impressive. We then bottle,
label, pack and ship from that location. We date the bottles
with a born on date and an expiration date on the bottom of
the bottle. Our product has an 18 month shelf life. It is
very concentrated. A little goes a long way. It makes life a
lot easier to have everything we need right there at our
Kim's Gourmet Sauces has a new look and a new product. The
new look you will see are the labels.
My husband and I
decided that we wanted a label that would represent our
company. Rest assured the recipes are all the same as when
Kim made them. We just thought a different look was in order.
One of the new products that we have created is a Gluten-Free
Once my husband and I got into this
business we started hearing more and more about people who could not have wheat products or are trying to stay away from
them. Families would come up to us at the Farmer's Market who
had 3 or 4 family members with Celiac disease and begged
us to make a gluten-free product, so we did. You cannot tell
the difference, but our family and friends that are wheat
intolerant are very happy. As with all of our other products
the Gluten-Free Teriyaki is all natural, preservative free
and no MSG.
The newest addition to our line is our Bourbon-Aki. What
makes it delicious is the Kentucky Bourbon that we add. It
enhances the flavor of any protein that it is marinated with.
Our favorite is a flank steak or tri-tip.
We could not have gotten this far without help from our
family, friends and customers. My husband and I would
personally like to thank the people who have helped us
along the way. First it would have to be to Kim (founder and
previous owner) for the wonderful opportunity to have bought
this great company. We left the name as Kim's because she
does deserve all the credit. Kim did all the hard work and we
get to market and sell this great product. There are so many
others to thank. Shannon for the labels, Rick and Chris
Miller for their improvement of the labels, Matt Smith and
Sarah LaReau for their support and help with our first website, Brian Lind our first employee, our
children for all the support and help at the Farmer's
Markets, Randy Sorenson whose commissary kitchen we get to
make all those great sauces in, Tony's Market for believing
in our product and being one of our store fronts, Shamrock
Foods for letting us sell wholesale, Omega Marketing and
Sales who are our brokers and of course our loyal customers.
Without you, there would be no us!
We are always looking for
new ways to improve and grow so we would love to hear any
feedback that you may have.
All of our sauces come in a Food Service container as well.
We offer a 1/2 gallon size for our customers to use in their
restaurants and back of the house operations.
Where We Are Today
Four Whole Foods Markets and working on the rest.
King Soopers (52) and City Markets (4).
Albertson stores (17) locations in Colorado.
All 25 Sprouts stores in Colorado.
All Tony's Market locations.
Along with many other places where you will be able to find
our delicious sauces. Please contact us for further
Enjoy the sauces and keep creating good healthy recipes! We
truly appreciate your business and support.
- Cindy and Pat Coyne