by Jennifer Ruple

Angry Irishman Hot Sauce, manufacturer of 10 unique, handcrafted, Ohio-made hot sauces, mustards, barbecue sauces and dry rubs, was honored with the CIFT Excellence Award.
The award is in recognition of exceptional achievement in the development of the food company and the contribution to the industry and state of Ohio.
“We are very excited to receive this award for our achievements,” said Kevin Mackey, president and CEO, Angry Irishman Hot Sauce. “Because of the ongoing assistance from CIFT we are looking at the next big phase for the business, and we look forward to continued growth and expansion.”
In 1995, Mackey founded the company that has earned several prestigious local and regional awards over the years. Production takes place at the Northwest Ohio Cooperative Kitchen, managed by CIFT, where several products and flavors were recently added due to consumer demand – including online orders coming from across the globe.
Since 1995, CIFT has provided a unique blend of business solutions, innovation and technical expertise to the food processing, agricultural and manufacturing sectors. These services are designed to enhance the economic performance of the industries and create new jobs. CIFT is a partner of the Ohio Manufacturing Extension Partnership, designed to help small to mid-sized manufacturers in Ohio become leaders in their industry.