In recent years there has been a growing trend towards offering diners the chance to customise the heat and spice of their chosen dish by providing them with a selection of different sauces on the table, often in a branded caddy. Chilli sauces, pepper sauces, mustards, pickles, chutneys – these are just some of the options available, served in everything from bottles to ramekins, caddies to dip pots. However, in the light of COVID-19, it would seem likely that this practice is one that operators will need to review, certainly for the immediate future.

When it comes to a solution TABASCO® has a readymade solution in the form of its 3.7ml mini bottles of TABASCO® Original Red Pepper Sauce and, especially, its 3ml TABASCO® Original Red Pepper Sauce sachets – both of which have proved hugely popular with fast food and takeaway operators during lockdown. These single-use formats are ideal for post COVID-19 ‘at table’ dining because they can simply be disposed of or, better still, recycled after use. And consumers can still enjoy the pleasure of customising their dish without the risk of cross-contamination from sharing a pump dispenser or bottle.

It is widely acknowledged that building consumer confidence will be vital for operators as they look to entice consumers back to their venue, so managing risk and being seen to have an active focus on all aspects of food safety and hygiene, including the provision of condiments and sauces, will be crucial in this regard.

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