Hot sauce brand Huckle’s is the latest Baltimore company to join Union Collective, the manufacturing and retail complex anchored by Union Craft Brewing set to open next year in Medfield, said Huckle’s CEO Harrison Long.
Huckle’s, which has been brewing and bottling at Maggie’s Farm restaurant in Lauraville, plans to expand its condiment offerings with the move to the 6,000-square-foot space with a test kitchen, retail area and room for production.
“Right now, almost everything we do is a hot sauce, but we’re looking to broaden into marinades and other types of sauces, ketchups and so forth,” Long, 38, said. “We don’t make anything with tomatoes yet, and I’m sure we’re going to get into that market soon.”
Huckle’s currently makes nine varieties of hot sauces including Fire-Roasted Habanero, Original Honion and Classic Chipotle. The products can be found in more than 60 stores in the Baltimore-Washington region, Pennsylvania and New Jersey.
“Huckle’s commitment to using local ingredients for their products made them a natural fit for Union Collective” said Adam Benesch, co-founder of Union Craft Brewing and Union Collective, in a statement.
Huckle’s first hit local shelves in May 2015, and has been looking for its own space “almost since our inception,” Long said. The brand is a two-person operation with Long and COO Kedrick Smith, but the move to Union Collective will allow them to hire full-time employees for the first time, he said.
The products lack preservatives and are made from locally sourced ingredients. That will not change at the new location, according to the Station North resident.
“We don’t see any reason to change something that’s working just because we’re making more of it,” he said.
Long said the hope is to be fully operational out of the new space by January. Huckle’s joins a tenant list that includes Union Craft Brewing, Baltimore Whiskey Company, the Charmery and Earth Treks Climbing and Fitness. Long said he’s already thinking about potential collaborations with the other tenants.
“It’s a tremendous opportunity for us,” he said, “so we’re looking to run with it.”
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