West Coast Here We Come!


DennyMike’s Wraps Up BBQ Season with Vast West Coast Expansion

Maine-made, award winning sauces and rubs increase national and international distribution

York, Maine — September 21, 2011 Dennis Sherman, owner of DennyMike’s Award Winning Sauces and Rubs, announced today that the company has landed two major West Coast distributors and an impressive array of independent super markets, making the Maine-made products a hot bi-coastal commodity.

“This is a real kick,” said Sherman.  “We’ve enjoyed phenomenal success in the Northeast and Southern markets, and it’s a fantastic feeling to be hitting shelves on the West Coast…we are well on our way to full national exposure and coast-to-coast store-front availability.”

Sherman recently sealed the deal with QFC, a Washington-based, upscale market chain with more than 170 grocery stores.  DennyMike’s complete line of rubs is now available in QFC stores with the addition of DennyMike’s line of sauces in the stores’ meat departments well underway.

In addition, Sherman has signed on with J.C. Wright, a Seattle distributor of gourmet, ethnic and natural foods that services top-notch retailers throughout the Northwest.  The much-respected distributor is carrying DennyMike’s full line, putting the popular rubs and sauces front and center with the Seattle area’s leading specialty food retailers.

A number of independent outlets in the West also have picked up the award-winning line that has been touted by Saveur magazine and the “Today” show.  Kitchen Kaboodle, a high-end chain of housewares stores in Oregon, has placed DennyMike’s rubs in all of its five locations in the Portland area. Furthermore, Non-essentials, an independent gourmet store in Palmer, Alaska,  along with Atkinson’s, a specialty food grocery in Ketchum, Idaho, are now offering the complete DennyMike’s line.

“It’s very gratifying to sign on with these impressive distributors and grocery stores,” Sherman said.  “Their confidence in the DennyMike’s product line speaks volumes, and we appreciate their support and enthusiasm.  We’re looking forward to being a staple in kitchens, campsites and patios across the United States very soon.”

Back on his home turf, Sherman recently signed on with UNFI, the nation’s leading distributor of natural foods.  UNFI’s East Coast division has selected DennyMike’s to launch in 150 of its top specialty foods markets.  In addition, talks are underway with UNFI’s West Coast office, which currently services approximately 4,000 stores and is undergoing rapid expansion in Washington, Arizona and eastward.

The increasingly popular line of all-natural, gluten-free and certified Kosher sauces and rubs also is enjoying a measure of international success through Soon’s Secret Garden, a Norway distributor.  Canadians also have access to the BBQ big shot as DennyMike’s is now available through P.M. Hansen, a new distribution channel that supplies the Canadian version of Home Shopping Network along with grocery stores and specialty food stores nationwide. Additional distribution throughout Central America is under development.

Since its launch in 2006, DennyMike’s has enjoyed rapid growth and notable success in the barbecue arena and in specialty food circles.  The award-winning line has been touted by local, regional and national outlets and earned repeated awards in the National BBQ Association and Scovie competitions. In addition, Sherman has become a leader in the barbecue industry, serving as a certified barbecue judge at several national-level, high-profile competitions, including the American Royal and Memphis in May, and establishing area qualifying barbecue competitions.

Available at Hannaford’s throughout the Northeast, DennyMike’s also is available through Whole Foods Northeast, Mid Atlantic and North Atlantic, with product in more than 100 stores and via its popular website www.dennymikes.com.

About DennyMike’s

DennyMike’s is a Maine company with roots founded in the spirit of true, Texas-style dry rub BBQ. All of DennyMike’s award-winning, gluten-free, all-natural and Kosher-Certified sauces and rubs are hand-crafted in Maine in small batches, using only the finest ingredients, including natural sea salt, wildflower honey and pure Barbados molasses. DennyMike’s rubs are a great way to begin any meal, whether cooking in your kitchen or at your pit, and his sauces add a unique finishing touch to whatever dishes are presented at the table. DennyMike’s products are available nationwide at www.dennymikes.com and at specialty retailers throughout the Northeast and North Atlantic states and is newly available in the Mid Atlantic states and throughout the West Coast.

For descriptions of DennyMike’s sauces and rubs, barbecue recipes, and order placements,

visit www.dennymikes.com.

To schedule an interview with DennyMike Sherman, or request additional background information or product images, contact: Ann Ewing at 615-419-3753 or ann.ewing@hotmail.com.

by DennyMikes