Mendez Hot Sauce Story

13 years ago, Rafael Mendes on a fishing trip in Central Brazil blended native malagueta peppers and vegan ingredients together to create a delicious yellow hot sauce for his friends. Everyone that tasted his hot sauce told their friends, and soon Rafael was making Mendez Hot Sauce fulltime to meet the growing demand.

The need for malagueta peppers created an opportunity to lift families out of poverty by providing farmland, agricultural training and guaranteed purchase of chili pepper crops near his home town of Anapolis, Brazil. Now, every 5000 bottles of Mendez Hot Sauce sold gives decent work to a family for one year fostering economic growth in Central Brazil.