American consumers are crazy for condiments—and have been since the early 1800s (when tomato ketchup was invented). But condiments that were popular from the 1970s to the ’90s—including horseradish, balsamic vinegar, ranch dressing and salsa—seem tame by today’s standards. The industry’s hottest success story—Sriracha—demonstrated how consumers’ palates are evolving to embrace extreme spices, fermented flavors and influences by global cuisine. In fact, the U.S. hot sauce market grew 150% from 2000 to 2013—more than BBQ sauce, ketchup, mayonnaise and mustard combined.
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