Charlotte-based Hot Shots has purchased Ohio fiery foods company CaJohns. While the terms of the deal were not disclosed, CaJohns’ owner, John Hard, said the sum had seven figures. Hard opened his business in 1999, and it grew to have wholesalers in all 50 states with 25% of its business being exports. The company enjoyed $2 million in annual sales, it had won over 500 national and international awards, and Hard is a member of the Hot Sauce Hall of Fame. Hot Shots is a developer of over 2,000 seasonings and spices, which it distributes worldwide. Hard said the deal made sense since Hot Shots, which has been buying CaJohn products since 1999, was one of his company’s largest customers. The deal will also preserve the CaJohns brand. The CaJohns production facility has now been closed with operations moving to Charlotte. Hard helped all seven employees find work in other area food businesses; his wife’s business, a store down the road that sells his sauces, will remain open. Hard will join Hot Shots as a brand ambassador and consultant.