Jose, and partner Pas Marchi, are behind the boutique SA smallgoods label, San Jose, based at Elizabeth.

The couple are about to take some serious steps into the retail frontline, but insist the aim is to stay small and provide a top quality gourmet product.

Surprisingly, despite the wide reach of their products and the fact that half a tonne of Spanish or “South American” style chorizo is churned out each week, the full-time San Jose team numbers only amount to “a hard-working” four.

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