Adam & Marinhas - Portugese and African inspired piri piri sauces made in Cheshire

PUBLISHED: 14:50 02 October 2012 | UPDATED: 22:00 20 February 2013

Adam Mustafa and Marinha Da Silva with their selection of sauces

Adam Mustafa and Marinha Da Silva with their selection of sauces

When Adam Mustafa and Marinha Da Silva were made redundant, they turned things around with an old family recipe

Christmas 2008 is a time Adam Mustafa and Marinha Da Silva wont forget in a hurry.

The couple had just been made redundant from their jobs at a Scarborough holiday park and a baby was on the way. They didnt know where to turn.

Fast forward almost four years and it is a different story. They moved to Cheshire and started selling burgers as well as goat curry and peri peri chicken from a catering van in Old Trafford. But it was the sauces they made, taken from a recipe devised by Marinhas Portugese father Almiro, that were the big success. They were devised by him while running a restaurant in Zimbabwe. Adam and Marinha decided to start selling the sauces full time and The Delicious Sauce Co was formed.

Adam, originally from Tanzania, said: The sauces Almiro made in the restaurant were famous but also a closely guarded secret. When we both lost our jobs we didnt know what to do.

Marinha mentioned about setting up a catering business using some of her dads recipes. I thought it was a great idea. They were so popular that we decided to sell the catering van and started producing the sauces to sell at farmers markets, making them at home. Were so pleased we did.

The pair, who live in Cheadle with children Marcus, six and Marcia, four, now have a unit in Handforth and also produce around 4,000 bottles of sauce a week at Reaseheath College. It is this organisation, along with the Princes Trust and Venture Counsellors and Investors that has helped them grow their business.

Things are going so well that they now produce six different flavours of sauces as well as five chilli jellies and four chilli extra virgin olive oils. They are all gluten free and suitable for vegetarians and vegans.

They sell their products at farmers markets as well as at local suppliers including several Cheshire farm shops and garden centres. The sauces are now being exported to parts of Spain with plans to supply the entire country.

Adam said: We cant believe how well everything has gone but its something were pleased with. We have also long been thinking along the same lines as Mary Portas and were keen to generate employment opportunities across the north west by making our products available to other like-minded people who want to generate jobs and income by selling the sauces at markets in their own areas.

When we think back to where weve come from, weve achieved a lot. We know that Almiro would be pleased with what we are doing and would be proud of us. Were also very proud to be sharing his fantastic recipes with our customers. We now want a larger manufacturing plant
so we can build the business even more.

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