Back By Popular Demand – Yumm! Sauce in Jars

by Mark Beauchamp on December 29, 2009

Since our change to new Yumm! Sauce packaging early in 2009, we’ve had a tremendous amount of feedback. I blogged about the new packaging in July, discussing my reasons for the change from glass jars to the plastic tubs. While the values that drove my decision then still stand today, your collective voice rang loud and clear and I heard you!

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I did not realize how important the reusable aspect of the jars was to so many of our restaurant guests for use as containers for storing buttons, screws, herbs, jams, and so on. I also came to realize that changing the shape of the package meant that I changed the “social life” of the sauce – it no longer fit in the door of the refrigerator and got lost on the shelves.

I want to thank all of you who expressed your thoughts and suggestions by comment card, email, our web site blog, and our web site comment form. Your ideas and viewpoints are very important to me. I also want to thank you for your patience for the time it took to bring the jars back.

Beginning this week, Yumm! Sauce will once again be available in the 8.2 oz. glass jars. Initially, the jars will be available at the four Eugene Café Yumm! restaurant locations. In order to assess customer response and preference, the 6 oz. plastic tubs will also be available at the restaurant locations. The next step will be to roll out the jars to all Café Yumm! restaurant locations statewide in the coming weeks. The 6 oz. plastic tubs will continue to be available at selected grocery stores throughout Oregon and western Washington.

As you can see in the picture, the jars have a new look with redesigned labels! (Mary Ann says, “They’re gorgeous!”) We hope you like the new look.

As always, we’d love to hear what you think.

- Mark Beauchamp, President and Co-Founder

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CafeYumm 12.29.09 at 2:23 pm

Some exciting news! Yumm! Sauce in jars is back as of today in all four Eugene restaurants: http://bit.ly/7aWve5

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Belinda 01.01.10 at 6:19 pm

I live in Portland..any idea when we will see the glass jars up here? Those plastic tubs are so wasteful! Please bring the jars to Portland!! Please!!

Debbie 01.13.10 at 2:39 pm

Thank you! I am happy the jars are back! I reuse the jars for spices, they are just the right size. Now I can go back to buying yumm sauce.

Liane 02.11.10 at 11:10 pm

Thank you, thank you , thank you for returning to the glass jars. I just logged onto the website after buying Garlic Yumm sauce today at my nearby New Seasons for making homemade yumm wraps. After transferring the sauce to one of my old yumm glass jars and wiping out that part that would otherwise be wasted on the plastic, with my finger, I was just curious. Now let’s just hope that the glass jars make it to New Seasons- not very cost effective for me to drive across Portland to pick it up in the restaurant. I make many batches of freezer jam in the summer and the glass jars are the perfect size!

Erinn 04.01.10 at 3:35 pm

Please bring the glass jars back in Portland grocery stores! We miss them and get to Eugene very infrequently! (In fact, our Yumm consumption has (sadly) gone down because we HATE fussing with the awful plastic tub covers! They’re terrible!) What we’d really love are the big bottles up here! Those little tubs just don’t last.

Des 08.12.10 at 11:43 am

Yay! I’m glad the plastic tubs are going away, we wasted so much delicious sauce because these ended up at the back of the fridge. I didn’t realize other people had that same problem :)

Alexandra 08.17.10 at 6:45 pm

Thank you so much for changing to the jars… those work so much better!! Now you need to jar the Sauce for the Asian Slaw!!! I HATE COLE SLAW but I loooove Cafe Yumm’s… thanks to that sauce!! Yummmm

Jennifer 11.04.10 at 10:25 pm

I grew up in Eugene and I moved to Denver 3 years ago. I came back to Eugene for a visit last month and one of my objectives was to bring home some Yumm Sauce. I consumed the entire jar in about 7 days all by myself. It is everything I remember and I wish so desperately that I could purchase it here. Thanks for an amazing product. Please get it on the shelves out here!
Craving in Denver,
Jennifer

Brennan Novak 12.30.10 at 5:25 pm

Glad to hear your bringing the glass jars back. I just discovered the amazingness that is YUMM sauce… but was bummed it came in plastic as an environmentalist plastic pollution is my biggest fear for the health of our planet and human beings.

Whitney Sherman 02.18.11 at 2:12 pm

I’m a recent graduate from the University of Oregon, who, along with many other friends, recently moved back home to the San Francisco Bay Area. All of us have Cafe Yumm! withdrawals on a daily basis, as it turned into one of our main food staples throughout our college experience in Eugene.

Living in Berkeley, CA, we firmly believe that a Cafe Yumm! would be incredibly popular here. Berkeley has a very similar vibe to Eugene, and I know that once the word got out, Berkeley-ites would be lining up around the block for this stuff.

Any chance of starting the movement down in California? You would have an abundance of support!!

Susan Yeoman 03.02.11 at 2:27 pm

When you switched to plastic for your Yumm* sauce, I stopped buying your product. I was delighted when you brought back the jars. Thank you!! I reuse the jars for spices, tea, etc as they are a perfect size for such items. The jars make your sauce even YUMMIER!!!!!

Christy M. 04.28.11 at 6:53 pm

Cannot thank you enough for bringing back the glass jar! Saw them in Portland grocery stores this week. I had stopped buying your product when you switched to the plastic packaging and am so happy to stock my frig with it again. Kudos to you for listening to your customers! Thank you!

Linda Gillan 05.24.11 at 11:03 pm

We were visiting UO in Eugene and ate at Cafe Yumm near the University. Wow we were impressed and the flavors of the Yumm bowls were very tasty. I love the Korean Bebimbap and often mixed things with brown rice….but your creation was outstanding. My first question to the general manager was why are there no Cafe Yumm’s in Seattle? As a gluten free eater I know your cafe would flourish in the university district or on capitol hill. Also it would be awesome if you could sell your Yumm sauce via amazon. Good luck and thank you….and to anyone in the Seattle area with entrepreneurial blood…this is a gold mine.

Jill 07.09.11 at 3:25 pm

I first got to try Yumm Sauce (3 different flavors!) at a friend’s house, whose sister-in-law brought it down from Washington when she came for a visit. Okay. It is THE BEST! Living in Southern California, and not finding Yumm Sauce for sale at any of the many healthfood stores (Henry’s, Whole Foods, Clarks Nutrition) I sort of made something similar, and it will do… but just. I wish your website had a mail order option for Yumm Sauce. Well, I REALLY wish we had a Cafe Yumm in our area… but Cali is awfully big, and most likely, the first franchise WON’T be in our area! PLEASE market Yumm Sauce to the retail sector, or at least make it available for purchase online! :)

Dean 07.19.11 at 10:18 am

It’s interesting how, despite your rationale, people think that the jars are somehow “less wasteful”. At any rate, I try to re-use my jars as often as possible in an attempt to justify my habit (I carry salad dressing in to work in them because I cycle to work and it takes a tough container to not spill open in my messenger bag). Also, I’ve been a loyal Yumm customer for years (I grew up in Eugene and went to Cafe Yumm in the 5th street market every Saturday) and I have to admit: the return to the jars was aesthetically comforting to me.

Did you manage to find locally-manufactured jars or are they still coming from China? As others have noted, I would totally bring in a re-usable container and get my yumm sauce that way. Bulk options are pretty popular at my local co-op and if you guys went the bulk distribution route w/ co-ops, chains like News Seasons, etc. I bet you would sell a lot of bulk sauce! I’m sure there would be some work to figure out what that would even look like (such as: would it be a large tub with a scoop or what??) but if you were motivated I’m sure you could figure something out. :)

Amy 04.12.12 at 11:44 am

Hello! I love that your company sticks to its values, and I enjoy visting the Cafe Yumm! locations in Portland and Beaverton, where I work. I have come to realize that I have developed soy intolerance. Do you have plans to adjust the Yumm Sauce recipe to be soy free? I know it’s a long shot, but I had to ask, since I would love to put more of it in my diet!

Thanks for listening!

Julie 04.02.13 at 7:05 pm

I also have a soy intolerance and would love to see a soy free Yumm Sauce option. I love the flavor of Yumm Sauce and get so envious of my family as they happily eat their home made yumm bowls. Please make a soy free option! Thanks!

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