Handcrafted and highly addictive! The reputation and popularity of Antoinette’s dips now precede them across western Canada, but they are still proudly made right here in Nelson. Characterized by unique flavours and high-quality ingredients, these dips, spreads, salsas, and tapenades, are versatile and delicious. What’s more, Antoinette’s salsas and hummus are now made with 93% and 86% organic ingredients, respectively! Owner, Troy Swanson, brings a lifelong appreciation for food and food producers to his work, and his dedication to quality shows.
Who is the creator behind Antoinette’s Dips:
Troy Swanson owns In Your Face Foods. Along with a great local team of employees, he makes, packages and markets dips under the Antoinette’s brand, selling them throughout the Kootenays and across BC and Alberta.
What do you make?
We produce a variety of dips, salsas and tapenades. Our products have a unique, fresh flavour and quality that our customers describe as “highly addictive.” Our products include: Salt Spring and Chili Dips, Wicked Chili Salsas, Hummus, and Kalamata and Black Olive Tapenades.
How would you describe your company?
In Your Face Foods is an artisan food producer happily located in the beautiful West Kootenays of British Columbia. For us, artisan food is about creativity and integrity, it’s about caring for the person who eats our food, the ingredients we use and the environments they come from. It’s about taste. Food crafted in small batches with the utmost attention to detail in process and ingredients simply tastes better than its industrialized counterpart.
You are now making your salsas and hummus with more organic ingredients! What motivated you to make this transition?
We have always used some organic ingredients, and using more is something I have wanted to do for a long time. I just wanted to make an even better product. It took a while to get our company to a point where we could afford to use more organic ingredients while still keeping our dips affordable for our customers. By buying more ingredients directly (cutting out middlemen), by growing our production and sales, and by finding ways order and store ingredients in larger quantities we were finally able to make this transition. And we were really happy to do so without having to increase our prices! Starting in 2017, our Hummus is now 86% organic and our Wicked Chili Salsas are 93% organic.
How long have you been in business?
What motivated you to start?
I grew up on a farm and I have a great appreciation for food producers. I love cooking and food in general. I had fallen in love with the Antoinette’s dips so I jumped at the opportunity to become the new owner when the company went up for sale.
What are some of your greatest joys?
Getting emails and phone calls from people describing how much they love our products.
What are some of your greatest challenges?
Balancing the work life with family life and my love of being in the mountains
What is your vision for your company?
My vision is to keep up the brand’s tradition of high quality ingredients, handcrafted into great tasting products. We strive to keep quality, cost accessibility, and dietary needs in mind. We hope to keep creating products whose unique flavours and quality instantly turn people into loyal, long-term customers.
Why is local food and/or local purchasing important to you?
It makes our local economy more vibrant and more sustainable.
If you could deliver a message directly to Co-op members/customers, what would it be?
Thank you very much for your support and business over the years; we hope you will continue to enjoy our dips for many years to come.