Pepper Palace

Pepper Palace is an American company that produces a wide variety of hot-foods products, including hot sauces, salsas, barbecue sauces and condiments. The privately held corporation is based in Sevierville, Tennessee, with retail outlets throughout the United States and Canada.


The history of Pepper Palace can be traced back to 1989, when Bob and Melissa Staab began selling a homemade hot sauce called Uff Da Scandinavian Gold Hot Sauce at a store in Iola, Wisconsin. Later, they sold their hot sauce and other pepper-related products under the name "Hots" in Appleton and Green Bay, and under the name "Hots Pepper Pod" in Oshkosh, with their son, Craig Migawa.[1]

In 1997, Craig Migawa and his wife Tanya opened a retail outlet in a small storefront in Gatlinburg, Tennessee, and shortly thereafter moved the operation to a 3000 square-foot facility nearby. In 1999, the company began selling spicy food products online, through the website In 2006, the company introduced a private label service,[2] and the following year opened a distribution center and corporate headquarters. In 2008, Pepper Palace opened its second retail outlet in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Since then, the company has continued to grow, and now has locations in 39 cities throughout the United States and Canada. Pepper Palace has received hundreds of national awards for its products and marketing.[3] The company currently sponsors a women's professional bicycling team called Pepper Palace Pro Cycling.,[4] a.k.a. Pepper Palace p/b The Happy Tooth.


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  2. ^ "Hot in the Harbor -Literally!". Retrieved March 1, 2014.
  3. ^ "Pepper Palace: The Hottest Shop on the Web". Retrieved 2016. Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  4. ^ "Pepper Palace steps up to UCI Level for 2015". Retrieved January 17, 2015.