How Spice Island Chilli found its fire

Spice Island Chilli, is one of Portsmouth’s popular businesses at Southsea Food Festival.  The range of premium and versatile chilli sauces, is a testament to the power of passion and perseverance. Founder Liam Coleman’s journey began in his home kitchen in 2015, fuelled by a love for bold flavours and a desire to create something unique. Spice Island Chilli is now stocked in over 170 stores nationwide.

But Spice Island Chilli wasn’t born overnight.  Here Liam shares some thoughts on growing his business, testing his products, and gathering invaluable customer feedback.

From niche to nationwide

Southsea Food Festival proved to be a launchpad for Spice Island Chilli. The event’s large audience and focus on culinary exploration provided the perfect platform for Liam to gauge customer interest and refine his offerings.  From just three initial flavours, the range grew to five, each one inspired by Liam’s travels and the maritime heritage of Portsmouth Harbour.

The secret sauce of success

Liam’s dedication to quality and versatility is what truly sets Spice Island Chilli apart. His motto: “cook, dip, marinate, glaze” reflects the range’s ability to elevate any dish, from sandwiches and snacks to barbecues.  But it’s not just about heat levels; Spice Island Chilli offers a spectrum of flavours, ensuring there’s a perfect match for every palate.

Passion on a plate

Liam’s motivation is clear: bringing smiles to his customers’ faces. He thrives on positive feedback and customer satisfaction, constantly striving to create the best possible product. This passion shines through in every interaction, from conversations at food festivals to the quality that goes into each bottle of sauce.

Liam says:

“There’s nothing better than receiving a comment or a review from a customer who says, I’m using your sauces, I’ve tried all the others and yours is the best out there…It really makes my day.”

Spice up your business dreams

Liam’s journey offers valuable inspiration for aspiring entrepreneurs. Here are some key takeaways:

  • Be sure about your commitment: Starting a business is a marathon, not a sprint. Be prepared to invest time and effort, even when faced with challenges.
  • Embrace resilience: There will be setbacks. What matters is your ability to bounce back and keep moving forward.
  • Believe in your product: Passion is contagious. Let your enthusiasm for your creation shine through in your interactions with customers.
  • Start small, dream big: Don’t be afraid to experiment and refine your offerings based on customer feedback.

A fiery future

Spice Island Chilli’s story is far from over. While Liam continues to expand his national reach, he also has his eyes set on new product development.  With a return to the roots planned – a launch of exciting new creations at the Southsea Food Festival’25 – Spice Island Chilli is poised to keep taste buds tingling for years to come.

For more information about Spice Island Chilli 

Spice Island Chill will be at Southsea Food Festival 2024 


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