DCS: State of the Union

Hello DCS Family!

It’s been an exciting past couple weeks and the fun continues. First and foremost, we want to thank everyone who has helped spread the word of DCS and our IndieGoGo fundraiser! Your shares, likes, comments, reviews, and contributions are truly appreciated, and have been instrumental in getting us this far. Keep spreading the word my friends…you’re doing awesome.

We’ve consolidated everything into 3 simple buckets and want to provide updates on where we are in our path to launch.

Business and Financial:

Investor news – Susie and I knew we were going to need a small business loan beyond IndieGogo and as long time Rackers approached Graham Weston with the opportunity to help mentor us in this process. We want to give a huge THANK YOU to Graham for his partnership moving forward through launch and beyond!

Vendors/Distributors – Thanks to fellow Racker Crystal Koepke we sent our initial pitch sheet and jars of DCS to the salsa purchasing agent at HEB. We are excited at the possible partnership with one of the largest distributors in Texas.  The path continues and we will be going through required channels in submitting DCS with additional suppliers. The following are the list of stores we starting with.

  • Central Market
  • Whole Foods
  • World Market
  • Trader Joes
  • Specs
  • Buccees
  • Tops Markets (New York grocery store interested in DCS)
  • San Antonio Local Farmers Markets – Pearl, etc.
  • If you can think of anyone else – reach out!

Marketing:

Website – Our site received a major makeover in the past month, and we want to give a huge shout out to Team DCS for the work they are doing to add more content and features. Version 3.0 with ecommerce functionality, testimonials, recipes, DCS5000 pics and more will be coming in August. Great stuff!

IndieGoGo – We are working on designs for the sticker, Limited edition T-shirt, Founders Polo, Launch party venue and line up, and many other little gifts for the release in September. We can’t wait to get you dressed in DCS.

PR Media Outlets – Our first ever article was written on DCS this past week by Jessica Elizarraras @SAcurrent – read it here! We will be reaching out other media outlets to see if we can drop some DCS by their offices for some taste testing.

New Label – We have a new Label! Great job by Team DCS in getting this finalized and ready for print! We love all the feedback and are happy everyone loves it!

Manufacturing and Operations:

DCS 5000 – Sergio owner of B&R Custom Pits has been helping us bring our custom design to life! We nailed down the meshing system the custom conveyor belt will be using on both barrels and construction with kick off in early July. Fabrication of the DCS 5000 will take about 8 weeks and we’ll update with photo’s as it goes into production!

DCS Spice Kits – Tim Bolner and SA Fiesta Spice Company is now in partnership with DCS and is helping us nail down our exact batch kit size.

Co-Packer – Now all set with our exact Processes and Procedures for batching all three flavors of Traditional, Happy and Scorpion, they are preparing for the first test run in September once the DCS 5000 is completed! I personally can’t wait for this!

Thanks:

Lastly, Susie and I want to give a huge High Five and shout out to Ernest Flores & Kelly Long for being a part of Team DCS! They have spent many nights and weekends working with us on the items above. We could not be where we are without their help and greatly appreciate their commitment.

We’ve also been fortunate to have friends at work like Crystal Koepke, Ven Shamugam, and others jump in and assist along the way as well. We want to thank all of you for contributing when you saw an opportunity to help!

If you have any thoughts, ideas, or would like to salsa shop talk, please feel free to shoot me an email to dsjimendiola@gmail.com or call me on the DCS Bat phone at 210-748-7915.

Straight grillin’

Dom & Susie