Courtesy Bmore Media – Sometimes a brilliant idea for a new business has been there all along, right under the nose of a would-be entrepreneur. Such was the case with Tessemae’s, a profitable, three-year-old salad dressing company in Annapolis that has already racked up $3 million in sales. The all-natural salad dressing is flying off the shelves at Whole Foods Market in Harbor East and its stores in more than 20 states, the grocer says. In three months, it will be in Whole Foods across the country. To keep up with demand for its lemon garlic, cracked pepper and poppy-seed grapefruit dressings, the 18-person firm is planning to more than triple its staff, adding 50 employees in sales, operations and manufacturing. The company recently moved its manufacturing operations into a new 36,000-square-foot facility in Essex and expects to quadruple sales next year.
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