Kettering couple’s juicy sauce now available at Whole Foods

Tracy and Jeffrey McElfresh of Kettering have released JuicyMelt Supreme Hot Sauce.  Varieties include Ruby Wizard (grapefruit habanero), OG Catalyst (orange ginger habanero), and All the Fun (white pepper peach). CONTRIBUTED
Tracy and Jeffrey McElfresh of Kettering have released JuicyMelt Supreme Hot Sauce. Varieties include Ruby Wizard (grapefruit habanero), OG Catalyst (orange ginger habanero), and All the Fun (white pepper peach). CONTRIBUTED

Here’s some juicy news.

Mere months after introducing JuicyMelt Supreme Hot Sauce at the  Oakwood Farmers' Market, Jeff and Tracy McElfresh have landed on the shelves of  Whole Foods Market.

The store at 1050 Miamisburg Centerville Road, Washington Twp., Montgomery County is one of 14 places the small-batch, handcrafted hot sauce is sold.

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Tracy and Jeffrey McElfresh of Kettering have released JuicyMelt Supreme Hot Sauce.  Varieties include Ruby Wizard (grapefruit habanero), OG Catalyst (orange ginger habanero), and All the Fun (white pepper peach).
Tracy and Jeffrey McElfresh of Kettering have released JuicyMelt Supreme Hot Sauce. Varieties include Ruby Wizard (grapefruit habanero), OG Catalyst (orange ginger habanero), and All the Fun (white pepper peach).

Credit: JuicyMelt Supreme Hot Sauce

Credit: JuicyMelt Supreme Hot Sauce

We asked Jeff about the partnership.

What are you doing with Whole Foods?

“Whole Foods began carrying JuicyMelt this week. We started in our local Dayton store and expect to begin selling to additional stores in the Cincinnati metro market soon.”

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Shannon Szelog, a Whole Foods Market manager, with JuicyMelt Supreme co-owner Jeff McElfresh. The sauce is now sold in the grocery store.
Shannon Szelog, a Whole Foods Market manager, with JuicyMelt Supreme co-owner Jeff McElfresh. The sauce is now sold in the grocery store.

How did it come about?

“This came about through getting samples of our hot sauces in front of as many people and businesses as possible. We work hard to make the best sauces so when folks do get to try them, they get the full experience.”

What do you think will distinguish your sauce?

“First, what’s in the bottle is quality and made as often as possible with local and organic ingredients. Second, our logo and marketing help tell our story in a unique and exciting way. Third, we do sauces a lot different than your average hot sauce. We are trying to do something bigger than salt and vinegar up against heat.”

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JuicyMelt Supreme can also be found at Arrow Wine, 615 Lyons Road in Centerville and 2950 Far Hills Ave. in Kettering; Butcher Block, 2857 Crescent Blvd., Kettering; Dot's Market, 118 W. Franklin St. in  Bellbrook and 2274 Patterson Road in Kettering; Maria's Unique Food in the 2nd Street Market in Dayton; the Oakwood Farmer's Market, 22 Orchard Drive, Oakwood; This Old Couch, 3930 Dayton Xenia Road, Beavercreek; Tom's Market, 242 Xenia Ave., Yellow Springs; the West Chester Winter Farmer's Market, 8558 Beckett Road,  West Chester and Jungle Jim's, 5440 Dixie Highway in Fairfield and 4450 Eastgate S Drive in Cincinnati.

Tracy and Jeffrey McElfresh of Kettering have released JuicyMelt Supreme Hot Sauce.  Varieties include Ruby Wizard (grapefruit habanero), OG Catalyst (orange ginger habanero), and All the Fun (white pepper peach).
Tracy and Jeffrey McElfresh of Kettering have released JuicyMelt Supreme Hot Sauce. Varieties include Ruby Wizard (grapefruit habanero), OG Catalyst (orange ginger habanero), and All the Fun (white pepper peach).

Credit: JuicyMelt Supreme Hot Sauce

Credit: JuicyMelt Supreme Hot Sauce