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The two-man spice rub business, which launched in
Teaming with a local manufacturer to replicate their award winning blends, the co-founders marketed their way onto the shelves of more than 120 grocery stores, butcher shops and specialty outlets. Their homegrown, proprietary spice mixes -
"From the very beginning, it was about giving back," said Bohnemeier. "My whole family comes from law enforcement, and Mike has served in that capacity for 12 years. We've been friends for a long time and had won several BBQ competitions. Over time, the idea (of a spice rub business) built itself."
Starting a business that develops and sells great-tasting products is one thing, giving away profits is quite another for a small start-up. With the tagline, "Spicing It Up For Those Who Serve," the company is passionate about charities that support injured and fallen first responders and military personnel.
These donations are vital to The Backstoppers and their goal to deliver a
"We are passionate about supporting these extremely worthy charities that provide tangible support to members of the military and to emergency responders," Radosevich said. "These charities do a terrific job and are always there whenever they're needed to support the men and women who serve others."
This ability to give back to those who serve starts with making desirable products. Code 3 uses gluten-free, MSG-free ingredients in its blends, along with sea salt and natural (rather than processed) sugar. Bohnemeier says the proof is in the blend at the dinner table and on the meat.
"Our six-ounce bottles are always filled to the brim with product," Bohnemeier said. "We're focused on providing a high quality product and giving back. I'll typically sell about 60 bottles during one grocery store demo. Given the taste of what we create and the charities you're helping each time you purchase our blends, we hope you'll be back for more."
The Code 3 Spice partners credit
"When our business took off and began growing faster than we'd imagined, SIUE and the SBDC staff stepped in to help us," Bohnemeier said. "They provided expert input on understanding our market opportunities and managing our record growth. With their help, we're on track to reach 400-plus locations this year."