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How busy are you?

So busy...

Busy…

It seems as though we have been so busy in the past 3 weeks, that we fell off the face of the earth…Well, we didn’t. (Thank goodness for that!)

When you take all the projects that have to be done before the nice weather gets here in New Jersey…you do them in January and February! All projects that’ll help us get more production in the Spring!

We’re planting our peppers in about 65 days, so be on the look out for new creations from what’s going to be grown in 2017.

We have had so many things happen in the past month. Here’s the breakdown.

  • Above the Coals BBQ/Grill Seasonings will be on the menu at a trendy restaurant here in NJ in the coming week(s). (Name and location will be announced when we are on the menu)
  • All 3/5/7 oz. and 1/1.5/2# Food Pouches will have their own labels. (around 3/1)
  • We’ve completed the custom label for a May wedding (for favors)
  • We have a new seasoning coming out March 1st.!! (Very excited)

Yes! We are in the wedding favor business now! Love it! So, if you know someone that is getting married and needs favors…send em our way! Keep us busy!!

New labels should be here in about a month (we ordered a lot of labels for a lot of products!).

Local News:

Our friends at O’kaysions Katering in Alpha, NJ are selling our Above the Coals Signature Classic, Carolina, El Toro and Savina #7 in the Fresh Market as well as the line up of Pilsudski Mustards. We congratulate them on the year anniversary in their storefront in Alpha!

Amazon update:

After a lot of going back and forth and telling Amazon that we were going to leave the site, they catered a program to us that will allow us to continue to sell product there in the coming months. They indicated that the fees that will be taken out of any profits will be higher because the monthly fee won’t be charged, but a per unit charge will occur.  Although, we aren’t happy about more fees, we will continue to keep our products listed at Amazon for another 2 weeks – till (2/14/2017) at the $5 per shaker that it’s at now.  We appreciate the business over there and look forward to continueing to provide Fulfillment by Amazon going forward.

Shipping:

In case you were sleeping since Christmas, the Post Office raised it’s rates on shipments for Priority Mail…Crazy right? It felt like this just happened and it did…AGAIN!

So, we are toying with a flat rate shipping price that would cover all orders under $35 in product, and then shipping would be FREE…We are thinking of going this direction because most customers don’t order just one shaker…and the average sale is over $20.00….Tell us what you think!

Save while we are busy:

Coupon code for your entire order good from this posting date till Sunday 2/5 at 11:59 p.m.

“keepbusy17” is the code…

Cost of Ingredients:

Sometime in January we were in a conversation with some friends who said “Everything is costing more and prices are rising…” Well that was the beginning of what was about to happen last week. After a few calls to order ingredients for our seasonings, we were told by not one, but 2 manufacturers that they DON’T cater to the small business. Yep…you heard that right. They are in the volume business working with your big box stores and large market chains. Well, we aren’t part of their universe…So, in checking on the prices of ingredients I can tell you this…

  • Paprika has gone up $1/lb. in the last year.
  • Black Pepper has gone up $13.00/5 lb. container in the last year.
  • Granulated Garlic, Salt and Sugar have gone up over 20% in the past year.

You can see where we are going here…

Prices as of 4/1/17 are going up on the retail and wholesale sides. We aren’t happy about this, but to continue to make a great product we’ll be following suit and raising our prices just a little.

Thanks you for understanding!

Chris and Beth

 

 

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Amazon.com – Sale Finale

Amazon.com departure…

Last year we were asked countless times to sell our products on Amazon.com and we did. We went through the process of getting through the “Gate keeper” at Amazon and was permitted to sell in the Grocery category. We marketed out products and let people we know we were there. We had a few sales here and there, but not to the extent that the engine of Amazon was hoping to take us. It was a let down for us quite frankly.

With that going on a decision was made back in Sept 16′ to exit Amazon after the holiday season. Well, today is the day that we were going to have all of our product shipped back to us and inventoried here. There was a hitch…removal fees and shipping charges. Both of them I was aware of…but .50 cents per unit to pack in a box and send shakers back? No..

So, I am going to pass on this REDUCTION in price to you. Head to Amazon.com and get a shaker of Classic, Carolina or El Toro at just $5.00 each and use your prime to get FREE shipping! I figure we’ll liquidate the stock rather than incur the removal fee. The original retail at Amazon was $7.69, so this is a great discount at $5 bucks! When the inventory is gone…we depart. Pick up a shaker and tell a friend! We’ll even add 2x your purchase price to your rewards account! Pick up all 3 shakers and spend $15 dollars and we’ll make sure you get $30 toward your first coupon for the year! Details are below as well!!

“Coals Kash” and Moving forward:

After looking at sales in 2016, we have decided that we want to give back for the dollars that you spend with us month after month. So, starting now we’ll be keeping a log of your purchases and when you achieve certain thresholds you will be emailed a coupon code good for the entire year. The schedule will go as follows:

Example:

When a customer hits a transaction total amount of the following he/she will receive an email with a coupon code good for the following. The total never resets for the year and is not available for wholesale accounts.

  • Spend $100 and you’ll receive a 10% off code good for all of 2017
  • Spend $200 and you’ll receive a 15% off code good for all of 2017
  • Spend $350 or more and you’ll receive a code good for 25% off the rest of 2017.

This program will include all sites that sell our products. Our products can be found here at www.abovethecoals.com, at Above the Coals in our Square Marketplace site, and also at our store on ETSY.

New Year’s Sale: EXPIRED

From Now till January 4th, 2017 you can pick up this great deal that offers our top 3 products of 2016. Offer expires 1/4/17 at 10 p.m.

New Year Trio 

$22.95