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Fort Wayne / Roanoke
Fudge Sauces
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Wayne Shive,
Best Boy & Co.

“I am proud to be an Indiana business and wish to show everyone that I am. I also want to demonstrate that what we do is both special and excellent. I felt that receiving the designation as an Indiana Artisan would help accomplish this goal.”

Wayne Shive had much more in mind than just starting a food business when he established Best Boy & Co. in 2007.

Already a veteran entrepreneur, Wayne wanted his new company to become known for quality products, made in small batches. He also wanted people around the globe to benefit from its sales.

Today, Best Boy & Co. – named after the pet name Wayne and wife Ann call their two dogs; the Boykin Spaniels’ silhouette is the company logo — produces a variety of food products that Wayne chose because they’re among his favorites. The way he describes the products shows his pride in them.

Offerings include three barbecue sauces that are “thick, bold and sensual,” four flavors of fudge sauce blended for sophisticated tastes, and two herb and spice blends concocted to enhance most foods.

“Our products may be more expensive than other similar items but small batch, craft-made food products using the finest ingredients make these items a real value for the discriminating buyer,” said Wayne.

He sets the company’s standard high. Best Boy & Co. products must be the finest of their type. “Special attention to natural ingredients, fair trade and organic if feasible, are blended in recipes that create a unique and superior tasting experience,” he said.

Best Boy products use Indiana ingredients whenever possible. When Wayne wanted a bourbon barrel-aged beer to use in a caramel sauce, for instance, he sought out an Indiana craft brewer and found one in Aurora that makes “a great bourbon barrel stout that tested better than I could have hoped in our sample product.” That sample matured into a supplier relationship between the two Hoosier companies.

Profits from Best Boy sales are distributed to charitable organizations such as American Red Cross, the Enough Project, Doctors Without Borders and the International Crisis Group. Wayne’s philanthropic heart looks for groups that provide for the betterment of families and children worldwide.

“Being part of Indiana Artisan has provided a certain level of validation of my work and some justification for working so hard to achieve the best,” he said.