Thursday, 12 November 2015

The Apprentice, Mannys Sauces and your business - see how they all connect

As a retailer, sometimes a part of your job is to launch a new product or bring a great product to people's attention. It's not always an easy task, as the competitors on this year’s The Apprentice have found out on two tasks so far this year-

There was an early episode where the two teams had a go at launching a new shampoo made with the cactus flower-

And a more recent episode featured the two teams (and those within the teams) going head to head against each other in designing and selling their own children's book-

It is not easy to launch your own brand or product but one man that has launched his own brand is Manny. Here's his story-

“As any other person in the world, I had a huge dream - to open the first Piri-Piri Chicken Restaurant in the world, and then spread this dream to every corner of the planet. It wouldn’t be easy to achieve, but neither was it impossible. I had the will, the courage, the faith and family support to make it come true. Early in 1985, I sold my home to open the first piri-piri chicken restaurant outside of Mozambique. CHICKENLAND was the chosen name and Johannesburg, South Africa was the birth place of my dream! After a short while, I was making, bottling and selling a range of 5 different Piri-Piri Sauces and Marinades. After a slow start, the business was a stunning success! The name quickly spread across the city and everyone was talking about this new food place that was taking the food industry by storm.

The business success was proven! The next step was expansion to other parts of the city, country and abroad, and many people tried to get financially involved. Expansion included a need for capital and people, and so in 1987, I sold some of my business shares to two young men: one of Portuguese origin and the other, a South African of Jewish origin. Shortly after they joined, the business name was changed to NANDOS. Chickenland was a nice name, but according to marketing experts at the time, it was felt that the business should be backed by a personal name before the expansion took place. Between MANNYS and NANDOS, I was out-voted two to one, and the latter name was chosen. Despite a few initial problems, the expansion started taking off and now more than ever, the success was tremendous!

A few years later, the rug was pulled out from under my feet and I was forced to leave my business. I lost my dream; one of the best things in my life after my family. After this happened, I opened a few other restaurants including Chickenland in Portugal, but these weren’t my dream. It was a way to make a living, but it wasn’t my passion. It took me a long time to recover from what happened, but I was determined and pushed through until another dream emerged; to make the best sauces and speciality food products in the world! MANNYS SAUCES is now my new dream! Once again I can see this new dream taking shape and growing strong all the way to the TOP! The passion is back and I again have the will, the faith, the support of my family, and the support of so many loyal customers that know and appreciate the high quality products that we make. I am forever grateful to my family and my customers for their support and the divine forces for showing me the way.
Manny x”

And one of retail’s challenges is to get in touch with your customers in different ways. It’s by being what large companies and analysts call multi-channel that gives you the best access to customers. Follow Manny’s lead, where you can-

Try the online store at for the Chickita - Mann’s famous cured and smoked chicken sausage and the rest of the range of cured meats.

Follow on Facebook at where you can read about the wonderful MannyNaise. With this, you can substitute your boring, regular mayonnaise for the spectacular taste of MannyNaise and transform dishes from the ordinary to the wonderful.

Catch up with them on Twitter at to hear about the Tomato Fusion – a sauce that’s destined to become the ketchup of choice for the 21st Century. It’s the next level in tomato ketchup.

Their YouTube site at gives you great recipe ideas and shows you how to use the sauces, such as the original, classic Piri-Piri sauce. This is the genuine, original and unique Southern African Piri-Piri sauce. This is the perfect mix of the heat of chilli and the depth of flaviour that perfectly captures what Mannys Sauces is all about.

Don’t forget the selection of cured meats. Paio is a great selection and is made of pork fillet with a maximum of 5% fat.

And you can just go straight ahead and check out their website at to see details of what they are all about, more details on Manny’s story, find stockists and much more.

Think about your retail business and how you can make your offering truly multi-channel – it will bring out the best in your products!

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