Texas Pete, BMX Athlete Chad Kagy Team with ESPN to Bring “Bikes over Baghdad”

Seventh edition of the goodwill tour cheers soldiers deployed overseas

Deployed Marines enjoyed a cookout thanks to Texas Pete and the Bikes over Baghdad initiative. (Photo: Business Wire)

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WINSTON-SALEM, N.C.--()--Championship BMX athlete Chad Kagy and sponsor Texas Pete® Hot Sauce joined other BMX pros this weekend for “Bikes Over Baghdad,” a goodwill tour organized to cheer American soldiers deployed in southeast Asia.

Kagy joined other riders, including Brian Kachinsky, Mykel Larrin, Morgan Wade, Jeremiah Smith and Scott Powell, in the first stop of the eight-day tour. Thanks to sponsor Texas Pete® Hot Sauce, the troops also will experience a taste of home with a “soldier cookout” featuring plentiful supplies of Texas Pete®. Soldiers also will receive Texas Pete®-branded items like can cozies – and the gratitude of the company that also represents the best of America.

“We could not be more pleased to support an event like ‘Bikes over Baghdad,’ which is just a small way that we, as a proud American company, can give back to the men and women of the military who fight to keep us free,” said Glenn Garner, Director of Marketing for TW Garner Food Company, the makers of Texas Pete® Hot Sauce. “We are thrilled that Chad is involved in this event as well, and we at Texas Pete® and TW Garner applaud his competitive and philanthropic spirit.”

Kagy and the team next will take the tour to undisclosed locations in southeast Asia to thrill U.S. troops stationed there. Fans can follow the tour on ESPN.com’s blog, at http://espn.go.com/action/bmx/blog.

Kagy and Texas Pete started their partnership this summer, with Kagy endorsing the hot sauce throughout the world while he competes in BMX events. Kagy, one the world’s best BMX Vert and BMX Big Air competitors, has returned from a devastating crash in 2011 to return to competitive form in 2012. He won the Teva Winter Games; earned second- and fifth-place finishes at two events at Dew Tour Mega 2.0; took fourth and sixth place in the Big Air and Vert events (respectively) at the X-Games in Los Angeles; and earned a pair of bronze medals for the Mega 2.0 and Vert events at the Asian X Games.

About TW Garner Food Company (www.texaspete.com)

Headquartered in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, TW Garner Food Company is famous for its Texas Pete® Hot Sauce, the number three brand of hot sauce in the United States. Founded in 1929 as a maker of barbecue sauce, the company now sells a full line of hot sauces, wing sauces and seafood sauces under the Texas Pete® brand, as well as salsa and tortilla strips under the Green Mountain Gringo® brand. Texas Pete® and Green Mountain Gringo® products are sold in supermarkets, military commissaries, convenience stores and restaurants throughout the United States. In 2010, Green Mountain Gringo® Salsa was named best overall salsa by Epicurious, among 20 retail salsas that were tested.

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Championship BMX athlete Chad Kagy and sponsor Texas Pete® Hot Sauce joined other BMX pros this weekend for “Bikes Over Baghdad,” a goodwill tour for soldiers deployed in southeast Asia.

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Jordan Bressler, 336-609-4002
jordanb@salesfactory.com