Karma Sauce to expand in Monroe, Ontario counties

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The Karma Sauce Co. is gearing up for a $1 million expansion.

The Rochester company plans to expand in Monroe and Ontario counties, and has committed to creating nearly 40 new jobs over the next five years.

Founded in 2008, Karma Sauce designs recipes, grows the ingredients used, and handcrafts farm-to-table sauces at its micro-factory at 90 Canal St. The expansion includes an upgrade of its 10,000-square-foot manufacturing facility with the purchase of additional equipment to meet rising demand.

“From our humble beginnings over a decade ago, we are thrilled to be expanding our operations here in New York State,” says Gene Olczak, founder of Karma Sauce. “This investment will not only allow us to keep up with the growing demand for our products but also create good-paying jobs and contribute to the local economy.”

The company’s expansion is supported with up to $400,000 in performance-based Excelsior Tax Credits in exchange for the company’s job-creation commitments. Monroe County, the city of Rochester, Rochester Gas & Electric and Greater Rochester Enterprise are also assisting with the project, officials say.

“It’s so exciting to see entrepreneurs realize their dreams and I congratulate Karma Sauce on growing its state-of-the-art facility in the Finger Lakes, where locally sourced ingredients are key to the brand’s popularity,” says Hope Knight, Empire State Development president, CEO and commissioner. “This hot sauce maker will also heat up the regional economy with the addition of good-paying jobs, in an expansion that also reflects New York’s ongoing support of the state’s agribusiness ecosystem.”  

Karma Sauce’s popularity grew after it was featured on the YouTube Channel “Hot Ones.” The company expanded its line to more than 20 flavored products. These products are made with vegetables grown at its Burning Springs Farm in Bristol. Karma Sauce’s offerings also feature other local ingredients. Its plans for expansion include future job opportunities at Burning Springs Farm.

The company is working toward a Safe Quality Food certification. This designation would open up national and international markets for Karma Sauce.

Smriti Jacob is Rochester Beacon managing editor. The Beacon welcomes comments and letters from readers who adhere to our comment policy including use of their full, real name. Submissions to the Letters page should be sent to [email protected]

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